Why MathGirl is Special

MathGirl games prevent the “bad at math” experience and at the same time, attract strong math students. MathGirl starts with the bare-bones basics of numbers–their composition and relationships to each other– and moves clearly and gradually into more complexity.

MathGirl fills in math learning steps often missing in school. An important step in early math is to move from counting on fingers to doing math “in your head.” Number Garden is a simple system for helping girls visualize numbers and their relationship to each other.

MathGirl teaches first and then increases speed and fluency. Most math app games are drills that deal with increasing speed and work if you already know your math facts.

MathGirl games are made for girls. Girls like to play but not necessarily compete. Girls like to make, grow, and nurture things.

MathGirl develops self confidence in math. Girls tend to have lower math scores when their teachers lack confidence in math (See this news report.) MathGirl offsets that effect.

MathGirl engages girls. Cute graphics, simple, yet challenging games, and an appealing reward system help girls discover the experience of numbers.

MathGirl helps girls with different learning styles with a mind-expanding “right brain” approach. Number patterns, called “groupings” by teachers, and their relationships to each other provide a rich alternative to standard approaches.

MathGirl is positive and rewarding. MathGirls go their own speed. They can count again until they get the answer right. All answers recorded are right answers, and all right answers earn stars.

MathGirl is an appealing incentive and reward system. MathGirls can see the items that they can buy with more stars and in higher levels. They can “unlock” new items as they replay levels to get faster or play higher levels.

MathGirl Number Garden is the first in the MathGirl Series. Watch out for MathGirl Adding House and MathGirl Subtracting Store.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Tonya August 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I am not clear on the age Math Girl is intended for. Your website says that a girl as young as 4 yrs. old can do this and that there are 12 levels. But what is the age range? Is your program still applicable for a 7th grader? What concepts besides addition, subtraction, multiplication and counting/ number visualization does your program teach?

Derek radisky October 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hi math girl,
I can’t believe how much my daughter (6) loves your app. I just got the addition, and will happily get more as they come. I have Nother question, though. I don’t suppose you are in the business of supporting your competitors, but I would really like to get more apps with the same philosophy as mathgirl (only for different subjects, maybe?). Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

Derek

Lynn@MathGirl October 4, 2010 at 7:32 am

Thanks, Derick! We’re definitely in the business of supporting other quality apps. The more the better!
Check out Moms With Apps http://www.momswithapps.com
The app world is relatively new–We developers with a passion for teaching kids are feeling out what works and what doesn’t.

bibliomom January 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm

As a homeschool mom of a high-functioning spectrum girl, I’d love to see a whole suite of these games dealing with different subjects. My daughter (though very bright) has an almost non-existant failure threshold and is prone to becoming hysterical when asked to do any kill-and-drill/flashcard type of activity. MathGirl addition has completely overcome this fear. Like I said, I’d love to see some other drill type subjects added. A Spelling fish pond or aquarium beside the house, for example?

Also, if there’s a way to mute the sound without turning off my ringer, I’d love to know about it. Other than that, we love it.

Lynn@MathGirl January 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

We’re so happy that your daughter loves MathGirl! Multiplication is next.
Yes, drilling doesn’t work. It’s all about learning how to think in different ways about numbers–developing
your personal approach through a personal experience with numbers. Then it’s not drilling–It’s
playing faster at what you’ve figured out. Which is fun.
Spelling can be the same thing-It requires rules and a sound and voice connection that could be tackled
on touch devices. Thanks for the thoughts and ideas!

Lynn@MathGirl August 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

That’s so sweet! Molly and I put the development of multiplication on hold because we both have new projects. Molly has released GreenFunder.com and I am producing SkillStory.com I’m passionate about SkillStory. It has the potential to help way more kids learn in a fun new way. We love MathGirl but as popular as MathGirl has been, it can’t support us. We’ll get back to it when we get these other efforts off the ground–Unfortunately it could be too late for your mathgirl!

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