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We love playing games during our school time. In fact, it is written into our schedule, each day my kids get some game learning time. While we have a lot of options (screen/non-screen) they most often want to play educational i-pad games. Because of that, I spend time looking for high-quality learning apps for my kids. I test them out and make sure they are great! Dragonbox math apps (by We Want to Know) are truly great. (This is a sponsored review. I was given this app for free and am being paid for my time in writing this post. All opinions are my own- cause I LOVE this app!) I got the algebra ones a while back on the recommendation of a friend. When I was given the chance to receive their Geometry app, Elements and review it here, I jumped at it! I was already impressed with their algebra ones, so how could the geometry one not be great, too?! It did not disappoint!
Dragonbox Elements (Inspired by the Greek Mathematician Euclid’s Elements where he describes the foundations of geometry) teaches geometry in the coolest way. They begin by simply introducing the shapes and their different properties~ different kinds of triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, etc. Once you understand the shapes, they begin introducing little challenges and puzzles for you to figure out. If you want to be able to solve them, you have to understand the basics of the shape. Whit each new little step, you are given new rules and theories to help you solve the puzzles. If you forget them, there is a little book to click on and help you out.
The game has 7 levels and over 100 puzzles to solve before finishing it. There are these cute little characters guiding you through the game- even the shapes are animated making it so captivating! You don’t really realize it is math that you are doing, you are just trying to solve the puzzles they present, so kids don’t feel like it is a boring math drilling game at all!! That is what I love most about it.
When we first got the algebra one, my son just whipped through it so quickly. He has since played it again multiple times. This one was the same, he has not quite finished al of the levels, but nearly. I have been playing it on my own as well. I have to say that I call him over to help me more often than I should admit. It is challenging!!
I got really stuck yesterday, so I went to the game walk through video that they provide on YouTube. This helped me figure out what I was missing! There is also a Teacher’s manual and a Parent’s manual. The Teacher’s guide is awesome!! It goes into all of the geometry rules, definitions, and details for each individual section of the game. If you really want to make this into a math lesson, open up the Teacher’s guide and you will learn SO much!
Here is a little video preview of the app:
Also, Be sure to enter the giveaway!! They are giving away 100! 🙂 Your chances are pretty good.