“Mama, can I play my Smartick math?”
I’ve gotten this question EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for the past several months.
Did you hear that? She said “play” and “math” in the same sentence!
Our four year old thinks this newest math app was created just for her! It wasn’t of course, but she and her brother enjoy it so much that they ask for it every morning. That’s gotta tell you that something fun and fabulous is happening, right?
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How did We Stumble onto Smartick Math?
I asked the children if they’d be interested in the free trial…they are always up for something new…even math!
Our children tried it for 15 days and were hooked.
This is a fantastic way to keep math fun while doing some serious learning! Plus, the kids beg for it!
What is Smartick
Best of all it only takes 15 minutes a day! 15 minutes and your child is practicing their problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Kids work on mental calculations, and algebra while also improving reading comprehension!
The 15-minute approach helps to…
- create habit or routine
- avoids burnout and boredom
- maximize concentration
- keeps kids wanting more
Smartick Math Incorporates Gamification Elements
Remember how our daughter used the words “play” and “math” in the same sentence? That’s because Smartick has merged gameplay with math! We are a family of game lovers, so this aspect of Smartick math blends beautifully with our daily life.
As a child completes each day’s math session they earn “ticks.” Ticks are like money. Your child uses them to purchase fun attire, decor, or even gifts for each other’s avatar.
Can I just say how adorable it is to see our kids send the other a gift and then run over to announce that they need to check for notifications just so they can see the delight in the receivers eyes when they discover they have a new ribbon, bunny slippers or bandana? So precious!
Smartick Math: Because Math Should Be Fun
How are ticks earned?
- completing problems
- choosing to correct errors
- using Smartick for three days in a row
- using Smartick for a full week
- Birthdays: Our son was delighted when on his birthday he earned an extra 10 ticks! He promptly sent his little sister a pink ribbon for her avatar.
Kids also earn diplomas by mastering levels!
Once a child has completed the day’s session, they are free to explore the virtual map. The map has areas that are unlocked after certain levels are reached. So far we’ve discovered the child’s house, tree house, a store, a school, and the well of ideas.
The well of ideas is used to send Smartick suggestions. Our daughter has suggestion pink high heels, a tiara, and a pink ball gown for her avatar, ha!
There are loads more extra games to help with attention, memory, perception, and reasoning. Our kids favorite game right now is a memory game in which you have to remember which key to use to open the doors to the temple.
What do the Kids think of Smartick?
Smartick has been a perfect addition to our daily rhythm. The children love it and ask for it each morning. The kids are always surprised by some new element to the game and I love that I am immediately sent an email after each child’s session has been completed with a run down of all they did. If I want more information, I simply click on the link provided and I’m taken to the parent dashboard! Here I can see study plans, questions and units each child answered, plus so much more!
Try Smartick Math for FREE
Smartick even has a referral program! Families will receive $27 off when they refer a friend and the friend will receive a discount of 25% on their first subscription. Smartick does offer monthly, quarterly, and yearly payment options as well as discounts for multiple children.