As a parent, we all want to ensure that our children have the best learning opportunities. That may look different for different parents and that is fantastic. If we were all the same, parenting in the same way, wouldn’t life be boring? For me, I want my boys to have a wide variety of learning including trips out to visit places, hands on activities, reading books, creating and of course screen time. When we first decided to buy our boys a tablet, my husband was determined that it was going to be filled with educational apps and activities. Honestly, the boys would usually choose to watch YouTube and why not? When I was their age, I wanted to watch Saturday Morning telly.
Recently, we were kindly gifted a subscription to a new app called Albert Junior. It has been designed by teachers, educators and researchers which is hugely reassuring. It is aimed at children who are ages 3-9 years old so perfect for my boys who are 4 and 8. With the Plus Membership, you can have up to four children on the app. This means that you can see what each child has been doing and how they are progressing. Rory and Rowan each have their own account on the app. Rowan, who is 4, started at Level 1. This included an introduction to the foundations of Mathematics including counting, shapes and basic calculations. Rory, who is 8, jumped straight to Level 3.
One aspect that I really like about Albert Junior is the breadth of topics the app covers. Many maths apps, simply focus on number and shapes. Albert Junior covers the entire curriculum which children will be learning at school including Data Handling, Weighing, Geometry, Time and much more. When you open the app, you choose which topic you would like to learn about. Each topic is broken down into stages. As you complete one stage, it then unlocks the next stage. The app has been designed to feel like a computer game so that children want to keep unlocking the next stage. Each will present the topic in a slightly different way increasing in difficulty. For example, one topic in Level 1 is ‘Addition to 5.’ This begins in the first stage with adding together large pictures of animals, as it progresses the animals become dots and then there is more work with number sentences. In some areas, such as shape, younger children will need adult support with reading but by and large the app can be completed independently. There is a narrator that reads the question making each area clear and easy to understand.
On the HiAlbert website, you can log into your account and then you are able to see each child’s progress. You can clearly view which topics your child has been doing and how much of each topic they have completed. This is a great way to see if your child has any holes in their learning or any topics they need support with.
The app has been designed with colours and illustrations to increase concentrations and create a sense of calm. I think that much will have bypassed my boys but they love the characters. In each stage, there is a bar which goes up the side of the questions. Each time you answer correctly the bar fills up and when you complete the exercise a little face appears at the top of the bar. They both love seeing who is going to appear. As typical boys, they especially love the person who has a poo on their head!
Rory and Rowan have both really loved playing with the Albert Junior app and I feel that it is supporting their Maths learning and understanding well. We would really recommend it. At the moment, you can download Albert Junior and use it for free until 30th June 2021 so I’d definitely suggesting trying it out with your child! You can find out more about the app on the HiAlbert website.
We were kindly gifted the Albert Junior app for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are our own.