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.
“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!