Bottom Line: A wonderful app for testing skills like spelling, addition and subtraction on a second grade level. The vast amount of content is enough to both keep your kids occupied and satisfy your pocketbook. Kids can earn coins and buy rewards in the different stores provided.
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I already knew that 24x7digital's entire series of TeachMe apps was great for testing and reinforcing skills on different levels, so I jumped at the opportunity to try out TeachMe: Second Grade with my son (who is, coincidentally, in the second grade). One thing I like about finding good apps to use as a tool in his education is that he often doesn’t resist like he might if I were to sit down and make him do reviews on paper. Something about it being on the iPad makes it more palatable for him. (Let’s hope that, if he maintains that trait throughout high school, I can find some really awesome Chemistry and Calculus apps! Hey, maybe they’ll have TeachMe: Physics by then.)
We started off by setting up an account for him, so we could track his progress without it getting muddied up by his sister playing with the app. When she's ready, we can set up an account of her own. You’re allowed multiple accounts, so it works well for families with more than one child or for classroom use.
Next we saw the progress page that lists all of the subjects available:
- Sight Words
- Fast Addition
- Fast Subtraction
- Long Addition
- Long Subtraction
From there we headed on in to “Teach Town,” which is composed of a school and various stores. As your child learns in the school, he will earn coins that can be spent in any of the stores to buy various rewards. There is a photo booth, a shape store, a fish store, and an art store.
Upon entering the school, we were immediately plunged right into a round of testing in the various subjects. The subjects appear to be in random order, keeping your little student on his toes. Users receive a reward (a coin) after a certain number of correct answers. The app defaulted to three correct answers for a reward, but you can change that in the settings for each user to either present a greater challenge or a faster reward.
Answers are written by hand, and occasionally we did find that we had difficulty making numbers that the app would recognize. Fortunately, you do have the option in settings to change the input to a keyboard input. I can see that this would be incredibly helpful, particularly for students that have fine motor skill difficulties.
Our first time through the app, we found the difficulty level to be a tad too easy for my little guy. He’s almost done with second grade, and the problems and words we were being presented were things he had covered months ago. I experienced a moment of dread as I envisioned having to play through hundreds of math questions just to get up to date, but fortunately I discovered that you can manually advance to the next level(s) in each player’s settings. Don’t get me wrong, I L-O-V-E math, seriously love it, but knowing that we could advance without having to repeat all that content was a relief. Because it is a LOT of content.
That is perhaps my favorite thing about this app — the fact that there is enough content to play/learn and review for hours. It is extensive and comprehensive. That is pretty satisfying and really makes you feel like you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.
One change I would like to see is the ability to choose which subjects you want to practice at any particular time. There is an option in each user’s setting to turn subjects on and off, but that seems an awfully tedious way to handle things. Perhaps a solution would be to be able to choose as you are beginning play each time whether or not you wish for the subjects to be random or directed.
This is definitely a solid learning app that would be a great addition to your app library, and at $1.99, it is very fairly priced. I am always looking for great educational apps to help supplement my kids' schoolwork, and TeachMe: Second Grade has earned a permanent spot in our roster... at least until we graduate to TeachMe: Third Grade.
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