Fiete Math is an app that is designed around the Montessori approach to math learning. This centers around the concept that children can learn by manipulating numbers in a tactile fashion, adding blocks together, cutting things into pieces, etc. In the app, a required amount of cargo boxes that need to be loaded onto a vehicle is displayed prominently at the top of the screen. The child then needs to look at the boxes that are scattered on the ground and combine and cut them in a way that adds up to the number they need.
Once this is done, they drag the cargo to the vehicle and it moves away, providing the child with another problem to solve. Some of the blocks can be cut and manipulated while others cannot, meaning that the child needs to use different strategies to solve each problem. Certain solutions will unlock cute animals that represent certain numbers and can be used in addition to the plain boxes to fill the cargo vehicle.
Fiete Math is free but certain features require in-app purchases.
Because the app requires the manipulation of blocks by adding and subtracting, the user needs to use their flexibility to look at the problems from multiple perspectives. Because there are some blocks that cannot be cut into sections, the player sometimes needs to use what they have in front of them to solve the problem rather than manipulating the numbers by cutting. This is an easy way for young children to practice their flexibility because they cannot place an incorrect number of boxes into the boat, meaning they can try several different solutions to see what works and what does not. They can also hit the restart button in the upper right corner if they get stuck, meaning that there’s no penalty for starting with a fresh perspective on the problem.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Learning to complete math problems is a great way for younger children to practice their working memory skills. In Fiete Math, the child sees the sum they need to reach by cutting and combining different blocks. They need to keep the value they need in their head while adding and separating blocks from one another in order to successfully solve the problem. There are also certain animals you can unlock that represent a set number of blocks. The user needs to remember what amount each animal represents while they are solving the math problem. The user cannot put an incorrect number of blocks into the boat so this is a low-stakes way to practice working memory, allowing the child to try several times to get the answer right without a penalty. They can also hit the restart button in the top right hand corner if they made an error in cutting or combining blocks.
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