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Llama Drama app review: turns learning facts into understanding how they are formed

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Introduction

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication is an iPhone and iPad is an educational math app that helps kids learn how to multiply and divide based on placing animals on a grid. Llamas, ostriches, and others are placed into groups to fulfill the equations and help your child learn.

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Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication

Free

Practice Math on Grids

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication helps your child learn and practice their multiplication and division on grids with fun and cute animals. Many kids are overwhelmed initially with the idea of multiplication, but it can be easily simplified when kids can see it on a grid. 4x8 turns into 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 or 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4. On a grid, you just have to go down four and over eight to color in the spots and count up your answer. I have taught this method many times to kids struggling with memorizing the times table. Honestly, this method helps kids learn to skip count, which leads to internalizing the times table rather than memorizing abstract facts.

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I like this app because it teaches kids how to solve for the answer rather than repeatedly drilling in facts. At the end of the day it’s the facts that matter, but if they understand how to get the answer and are stuck on 7 x 8 for example, then they can do 5 x 8 and add 2 x 8 so 40 + 16 = 56 which is the same as 7 x 8. The correct answer in the end result is what matters, not that they have memorized the times table.

Cute Animals Help Learn

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication uses cute animals to help with learning. The math starts with a grid that is shaded white over the green grass. When your child is ready for the answer, they just lift their finger and the cute llamas or other animals appear on the field. After a few practice levels, your child has to start putting the answer in the top as well. There are purple bubble numbers on top and questions such as 5 x 6 tell your child where to shade the grass. Then your child drags the answer from the selection to the top.

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As the levels progress, your child has to start solving for the parts of the question, which leads to division as well. It’s a fun way for kids to learn, and I appreciate how much thought went into the design of this fun math game.

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication

Free

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free trial
  • Three games to play to help your learning
  • Progressive instructions to help your child understand the progress rather than just memorize facts
  • Teaches how to solve for the answer rather than just memorize the facts

Cons

  • None found

Final Thoughts

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication is an iPhone and iPad app that allows your child to learn multiplication and division in a natural way. They explore their understanding in grids, learn to break multiplication down from a scary giant step to a slow growing pattern. 4 x 2 turns into 4 + 4 and grids turn tricky problems into easier steps. I love teaching this way to help my students understand, so overall, this is a great app.

 

Llama Drama: Lumio Multiplication

Free
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