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A 2nd Grade Pattern Recognition Game

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Skills:Shapes, Patterns, Visual Discrimination

What we like best:

The app's simple, no-frills approach limits distraction and allows your child to focus.

What you should know:

If you're looking for a quiet study aid, keep hunting; there's no way to turn off the sound, even with the volume all the way down.
Full Review:

Animals, colors and shapes, oh my! Beginning mathematicians can hone early patterning skills with this simple puzzle app. Featuring age-appropriate themes and icons, brightly colored graphics and an intuitive interface, this app puts second graders to the test.

Choose from 5, 10 or 15 patterns puzzles to begin. If a kid struggles with shape recognition, change the option to form the pattern solely from geometric or miscellaneous shapes. The format remains the same in both the “easy” and “difficult” levels, and there are no hidden surprises or interesting interactive extras, meaning there's not much to motivate kids to keep playing. Incorrect answers causes the background of the app to briefly flash red, and the correct answer is given, reinforcing understanding and helping to guide the player during the next puzzle.

While the game is designed specifically for second graders, it still grows with a child's skills. Increase the difficulty in the “settings” tab as they gain confidence, but keep an eye on the clock—as little math whizzes become more comfortable with the game, challenge them to try to shave seconds or minutes off of their best times for motivation.

Reviewed 2012-10-01 on iPad iOS5 by Tia Benjamin

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Price:$0.99
Grade:Second Grade
Topic:Math
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Nth Fusion LLC