Ministry of Magic, Head Office
Valorious Kermudge, Director of Recruiting and Apprenticeships
It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted for an apprenticeship in the Research Department at the Ministry of Magic. In this role you will have the enviable opportunity to work under one of the great wizards of our time, Dr. Hieronymous Grout, assisting him with his researches on Applied Arithmancy (with a particular focus on Defense Against the Dark Arts). We have arranged a student room for you in the Ministry dormitory. Please report to the dormitory at your earliest convenience and after you have settled in they will direct you to Dr. Grout's laboratory to start work.
Congratulations and welcome! We expect great things from you.
Very Sincerely Yours,
P.S. Below are some details about the apprenticeship program that may interest your parents.
Bognor's Curse is an interactive mini-adventure designed to help children learn their times tables from 1x1 through 10x10 with conceptual understanding and fluency while having fun at the same time!
Product video: https://youtu.be/7tgJFHXxCvM
+ Interactive mini-lessons teach and check understanding of core concepts
+ Practice activities focus on learning one number at a time
+ Challenge mode tests mastery of all facts through 10x10
+ Intelligent recommendations suggest what to study next based on performance
+ Clean, intuitive design
+ Easy to use with any number of students - perfect for home or classroom
After working through the interactive mini-lessons, users should be able to:
+ Explain what it means to ‘multiply’ two numbers
+ Demonstrate *how* to multiply two numbers, with examples
+ Define the commutative property of multiplication and explain why it holds
After successfully completing the challenge mode, users should be able to:
+ Quickly recall from memory the product of any two numbers from 1x1 to 10x10
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS
+ CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.OA.C.4: Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns
+ CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.A.1: Represent and solve problems involving multiplication
+ CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.B.5: Understand properties of multiplication
+ CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7: Multiply within 100
The primary audience is 7-10 year olds (2nd-4th grade in the U.S.), although many others can benefit. During testing, even adults reported learning something new!
+ Story Concept, Instructional Design, & Software Design: Michael W. Connell
(Twitter: @MichaelWConnell, Blog: http://theeducationscientist.blogspot.com)
+ Graphic Design: DCBurke Design / 50 Hillside Design
Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
The developer’s description of this app is one of “mini-adventure” – and that it is. The characters are spell casting apprentices who use the magic of math to defend their world. In the Library players access the mini-story, this explains properties of multiplication. Students who enjoy reading fantasy will be drawn into the narrative. Parents or teachers can also read this out loud, adding just the right amount of drama. The Courtyard provides the first attempt to build conceptual understanding, with short instructional explanations as scaffolds. The Village is a great place to practice fluency. Feedback is given on the number combinations students need to practice. If you are looking for a good app that helps build conceptual understanding and fluency, with the right amount of imaginative play, this is it.
Fun way to practice multiplication
I downloaded this for my nine year old to practice multiplication. When the game first starts, she was told about a magical curse that can only be broken by finding the right product. If you get the product correct a fire bomb with the right number will shoot the minions.
The game becomes multiplication drills. At the beginning you can pick which times table you want to work with and it builds up to giving random problems. She had to shoot the minions with the right number fire bomb to break the minions' shield spell. At the end it shows her progress and which multiplication facts she needs to work on.
This is a great game to make practicing multiplication fun and painless. And perfect for keeping kids occupied in a wholesome way on the go.
A blast for young wizards
This is a fun little app. It has great appeal for the Harry Potter set. It's basically to practice times tables and also to see them as arrays. You are sent on missions and "blast" the correct answer with your wand. There doesn't seem to be any penalty when you choose a wrong answer, but allows you to choose again (and again). At least one of the missions is timed; you have to get the answer before the bat gets across the screen.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.