Time tables made easier with Maths Rockx

Singing and learning with Math Rockx

Jack is currently in year 3 and there is a big emphasis on him learning his time tables. He loves maths and it is a subject which he rarely needs extra support in. In fact at his last parents evening his teacher complimented how well he was doing. That doesn’t mean that extra help wouldn’t benefit him! Anything to help him make things a little easier for him to remember time tables is a good thing isn’t it? I was contacted by Math Rockx to see if Jack and Oliver (currently in foundation stage) would like to review the app so I said yes. Jack is already familiar with the more “easier” time tables such as 5x, 10x and 11x. He does not need support whatsoever with those but the harder ones 4x, 6x and 8x he does.

What is Math Rockx?

Maths Rockx is an app currently available via apple or google play and costs £9.99. The creators of the app say that children learn best through music; rhythm and beat, melody and sound. They have assigned each of 12 time tables with a modern song such as Will.i.am, One Direction and Pharrell Williams. By using a mix of the lyrics and sums children learn the visual cues to help them remember the sums needed to learn the time tables needed.

Using a mixture of the lyrics and sums it creates memory triggers for the child to remember the next words. It is just like learning the words to a song, eventually you know it off by heart so when asked a sum i.e 5×4 the child can sing in their head the song and know the answer.

Math Rockx

“Children learn best through music; rhythm and beat, melody and sound.”


Jack enjoyed playing with the app and often asks to sit and have a play. Although he hasn’t listened to the words in awhile he does however love answering the questions. Oliver enjoys looking at the app but he is only familiar with a couple of the songs and I think it helps more to be familiar with the music. More practice with Oliver and he will soon be singing along.

What we thought

Unlike some other apps the creators pay royalties to the artists every time a song/table is downloaded which prevents them offering a school subscription service. I think if your child loves music this would be great for them! Especially as there are some well known tracks included such as Happy by Pharrell Williams. Jack does ask to play on the app and enjoys answering the questions so for me it has been worthwhile for us! It has encouraged him to practice his maths and want to learn! which for me is priceless. I really love the concept behind the app!

 

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7 Comments

  1. 8th April 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Haha what a good idea.
    I hope everyone else sang that out loud whilst reading ?
    We arent at the times table stage yet but used the song method for days and months.

  2. 8th April 2017 / 8:44 pm

    This sounds so much fun! I didn’t quite understand how it’ll worl, but I got the idea 🙂 I need to look more into this 🙂

  3. 8th April 2017 / 8:56 pm

    This sound such a giggle. Anything that makes maths fun and in tune with what the kids like and can relate too (even if they don’t already know the song it’s a fun tune and rhythm). I love this idea. My kids are too young at the moment, but I think the only thing that would make me hesitate is the price. Kate x

  4. 8th April 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Think I need this more than my daughter would. I still to this day struggle with times tables. I have to use a calculator!

  5. 9th April 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I love apps like this that are really educational and helpful, they’ll definitely be the reason we allow our sons tablet time when they’re a little older.

  6. 10th April 2017 / 10:18 am

    Omg! Just what I needed and the song did make me giggle, my 6yo is at the early stages of learning basics of timestables so will definitely be trying this out X

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