JumpStart's Madagascar Math Ops Makes Math Magical

I have a special place in my heart for JumpStart learning programs. My kids grew up on the Toddler series and popped those CDs in our old PC like they were pop tarts in a toaster. But this is a post-PC era, and touch screens and apps are all the rage.

Fortunately, JumpStart has changed with the times and they offer a plethora of iOS apps that leverage the touch screen as well as relationships with Dreamworks and their Madagascar characters. Jumpstart offers apps that teach ABC's, math and more.

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One of their apps, Math Ops ($2.99), is part math class and part Angry Birds. I never understood why you had to use a slingshot to shoot birds that can fly on their own, but with the flightless penguins of Madagascar, it now makes sense!

You can think of the Angry Birds style of gaming as a mini game to be earned between educational math lessons, or think of it as an arcade game with mini education lessons between rounds of gaming! Whatever it takes to make kids enjoy learning!

There are parental aspects to the app, so you can track your child's progress. It is a bit intrusive, as younger kids will probably want to get in to the game immediately, but you can ignore and bypass the parental options if you wish.

I'm glad to see JumpStart has adapted to new technology and their series of apps can help your children adapt to learning in a way that feels like gaming!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.