Up To 100 helps children learn to recognize and form numbers between 1 and 99. It also helps children understand ones and tens place value and the relationship of digits to the number. It’s very hands-on and offers a lot of different concrete experiences with numbers.
- Uses Montessori techniques
- Choose exact number range for child
- Supports early grades Common Core Math Standards
- Available in 9 languages
- Builds beginning place value skills
This is a high-quality app that is mostly intuitive and easy to use. Developers have taken great pains to ensure that it is educationally sound and supportive of early number skill development. There is a small parents’ area that explains the basics of the app and informs parents about the existence of a companion toy consisting of wooden cut-out numbers that interact with the iPad.
Up To 100 is an outstanding app for building beginning number sense in younger children. There are two modes with three levels of difficulty each. Users (or adults) can set the minimum and maximum numbers that will be displayed, so it’s easy to customize the app for younger or older students.
The recognition mode offers two blank spaces for the lowest level, with digits 0 to 9 along the bottom of the screen. The user is to drag a digit to each blank space to form a two-digit number, and the app will print the word name, show the number on a number line and also read the name of the number. This can be repeated as often as desired. The medium level in this mode slides a number line across the top of the screen and blocks out a number in the chosen active range. Students are challenged to fill in the spaces with the digits of the missing number from the number line. The third and most difficult level in this mode provides the number word and students must read, then drag the correct digits to the empty spaces. Nonreaders can touch the musical note in the lower left of the screen to hear the number name read aloud.
The counting mode stresses ones and tens place value and its connection to the digits in the number. The easiest mode has students drag two digits to their places and the computer fills in rows of tens on the left of the screen to match the digit in the tens place and single dots on the right to match the ones place. The tens and ones dots are the same colors as the digits below, giving a visual cue that the number has been represented correctly on the 100 dot grid. The middle level in this mode assigns a number from the active range and challenges users to put the correct number of tens and ones on the grid to create the number. The dots change color as more are added, until they match the color of the digits when correct. The most challenging level colors in the dots on the 100 dot grid and users must drag digits to the blank areas to match it.
The color coding is a very nice touch for young learners, because it gives clear visual cues when problems have been solved correctly. However, app developers wisely included an option to turn the colors of the dots off when desired. This way, the app is more useful for older or more experienced students, or can serve as a skills assessment.
Up To 100 is colorful and includes number word narration and small animations. This app isn’t really intended to be entertaining, but I do think developers should have included a bit more excitement to liven things up for young learners. As it stands, small animations that attend each exercise are the only “reward,” and some children will have trouble maintaining their interest after a few rounds. I think kids would be more likely to play longer if they felt that they were earning something or collecting something for their efforts.
This app is a great value because it does an awesome, thorough and developmentally appropriate job of teaching the relationships between numbers, objects to count, and place value. The capability to set the range of numbers in play is a huge plus because it means you can set the app to use numbers 1-20 for the very young child and 1-99 for children past grade 2. The inclusion of nine languages is also a plus if your child is studying or wishes to study a foreign language. Parents should be aware that the companion toy numbers that interact with the iPad cost 34.99 British pounds, but that they do include access to two free apps.
This app includes a protected parents area shielded by an effective parent gate. The parents’ area contains social media, email, rating, and more apps links, as well as a purchase link for the companion wooden numbers set as well as links to other apps from this developer. The settings for the app, including language, number range, turning colors and number lines on or off, and so forth, are accessible to all users.
- Protected parent area (may contain external links & social media)
- NO external links
- NO social media
- NO in-app purchase
- NO 3rd party ads
Up To 100 is an outstanding app that will help young children and those with special needs to master basic concepts about numbers, including ones and tens place value, number sequence, and more.