How many math apps have I downloaded over the years that have promised to make math fun? I can’t count them on my devices because I’ve deleted all but one or two. They just didn’t deliver. My kids saw right through them.
A while back a friend told me about the DragonBox app that is supposed to teach algebra to kids from 5 years up through high school. I didn’t bite. Really? A fun app that teaches algebra to all ages? They can’t put it down?
Cue the eye roll from the kids.
Math Apps Can Be Fun
When I got the opportunity to review the DragonBox app, I thought “Why not? Let’s try it.” (disclosure: I relieved the DragonBox app for free and was compensated for my time to deliver an unbiased review.)
My 10 year old son would rather play hockey or video games than do anything educational. He can sense an educational app 3 clicks away. I was desperate to find something to bridge the play/technology/educational gap for him, so I downloaded the DragonBox 5+ app.
When I told him I had a new game for him to play, he just rolled his eyes. “How long do I have to play it?” was his response – complete with eye roll.
Well, 30 minutes later and multiple shouts of “I am awesome at this. It is so fun!” I told him it was time to shut the game down. It was like I was asking him to turn off Boom Beach or something.
Score one for mama!
Teaching Kids Algebra Without “Math”
Not only was my son loving the DragonBox app, he was actually learning. He wasn’t learning basic math skills. He was learning to think algebraically, and without realizing he was learning. At one point, he actually said “Are you sure this is a math app?”
DragonBox uses dragons and icons to guide kids through problem solving, logic-type, brain puzzles that teach them the concepts of algebra without the typical dry math curriculum approach.
After seeing how much fun her brother was having, my 13 year old algebra student wanted DragonBox for herself. So, we downloaded it for her and let her play. It didn’t take long for her to “get it” and start seeing her own algebra studies in the game and apply her new skills to her school work.
It is amazing how getting the numbers and the big, scary “ALGEBRA” word out of the way helps the learning and thinking process.
Get The Best Math App For Yourself
DragonBox is simply the BEST math app we have ever used. Hands-down. You can download the various versions for yourself.
There is even a resource page with downloads to help in adding DragonBox apps to your homeschool math studies!
DragonBox Algebra 5+
DragonBox Algebra 12+
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