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Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide basics is the latest educational app from British app developer Lighthouse Learning. The iMums have previously reviewed Dragon Shapes, Shapes Arts and Fruity Fractions from Lighthouse Learning, and Lumio Farm Factor has a very similar format- bright, colorful graphics, multiple levels and short video clips appearing periodically between levels. Farm Factor has 2 sections: Mystery Multiplication and Veggie Divide, each section has 30 levels. A free lite version is available with 4 free levels in each section and a single IAP to unlock the full app. A full version is also available with no IAPs, this review is of the full version. It is child safe with no adverts and all external links are behind parental gates.
The app is designed to teach children how multiplication is related to both addition and division. In Mystery Multiplication the child is taught to think of multiplication as shorthand for repeated addition of the same number e.g. 5 x 7 is the same as 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7. In Veggie Divide they are taught that multiplication and division are opposites, and that you can use your knowledge of multiplication to solve division problems. Because they teach multiplication and division as an ongoing process, I would strongly recommend doing all the levels in Mystery Multiplication before moving on to Veggie Divide.
The student is first taught to represent multiplication problems using boxes and vegetables. For instance they might have 6 pumpkins and 3 boxes, if they divide the 6 pumpkins evenly each box contains 2 pumpkins. So 3 boxes of 2 pumpkins represents 3×2 and this is the same as 2+2+2. Once they have mastered this concept they are taught that you can also represent a multiplication problem using rows so 3×6 could be represented as 3 rows of 6 peppers.
Veggie Divide concentrates on the concept that multiplication and division are opposites. As in Mystery Multiplication it represents the problems using boxes or rows of vegetables. This time under each visual representation are 2 related problems, for instance 2 rows of 7 peppers can show both 2×7=14 and 14 ÷ 2 = 7. Each problem has missing factors and the child needs to fill in what is missing to complete the 2 equations.
The first time student attempts any problem in the left sidebar there is a short animated clip of how to solve this type of problem along with written directions. The student can see this again any time by pressing the i tab, but there are no verbal directions. This is really useful for reinforcing the learning, but the child needs to be a confident reader to fully utilize it. I used the app with my 7 year old son and daughter, who both enjoyed it and were successfully able to do both the multiplication and division problems with the app. However, I did need to help them with the app solely because they couldn’t confidently read the directions, so I would really like to see narration added. The app spends a lot of time teaching children how to represent equations pictorially, and how to understand the relationship between addition, multiplication, and division, but less time practicing solving equations, so I would like to see more levels added with extra equations to solve.
I think this is a very useful supplementary math app for teaching multiplication and division. Unlike mosts apps for these subjects it does not teach math facts, but instead concentrates on getting the student to understand the fundamentals of what multiplication and division really mean, and how they are related to each other and to addition. Learning these concepts and learning to visually represent the problems are very useful as it gives children important tools to let them solve new problems. I do think children also need to learn math facts (e.g. the times tables) as this is important for being able to answer questions quickly, so I wouldn’t use this as the only method of teaching multiplication and division, but as a supplementary app that really increases the child’s understanding of basic mathematical concepts it is a valuable learning tool.
Overall, a well designed, bright colorful supplementary maths app with high quality animation. I like how it gives young children an opportunity to really understand important maths concepts. By teaching multiplication and division simultaneously children learn from the beginning how they are inter-related which, I believe, makes learning division less daunting. In a future update I would like to see the addition of narration and more levels.
Lumio Farm Factor: Multiply and Divide Basics (Full Version)
by Lighthouse Learning
Price: $2.99 USD
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).