A few weeks ago, Bloke School shared an app review of “Elements” a geometry app from the makers of DragonBox Algebra 5+ and 12+ Based on that review we decided to give it a try. So far Aidan has finished the game of the highest difficulty level. Lily is playing on the normal difficulty level and finding the last level challenging. My lower elementary kids are playing in “easy mode.” The upper levels do become progressively harder but I feel that even if they don’t solve the last tier this year, they have still gained from working with the app. Here is a video of Tessa (5) working on a higher puzzle:
The goals of both types of app are not to have five year olds working on geometric proofs or capable of algebra one work. The idea is to expose children to different maths concepts with arithmetic, complicated language and symbols removed.
“In the beginning of the game, players learn to identify shapes based on their properties. Next, logic-based puzzles are introduced. To solve the puzzles, players must use the properties of given shapes, which are placed in complex figures of overlapping shapes, to draw conclusions about other shapes in the figure. As the game progresses, players use the definitions, postulates and theorems presented in Euclid’s Elements to solve increasingly sophisticated puzzles. The logical reasoning in the game is identical to the logical reasoning used in formal geometric proof, only with a kinesthetic gaming component that allows players to develop logic pathways with their fingers.” http://wewanttoknow.com/elements/