Hit the Button is an interactive Mathematical software geared toward helping visual and tactile or kinesthetic students to practice and develop their Mathematics skills. It focuses on number bonds, tables, doubles, halves, division facts, and halves.
This program was designed for children ages six to eleven. It is a timed game that is meant to help a child to be able to do Math quickly without the use of any tools.
Why I Use Hit the Button
I’ve used Hit the Button with both of my children. Abdiel who is now 12 used it to help to develop his skills with tables while Ari, who is six is presently using it to develop his skills with number bonds(addition and subtraction).
Before using Hit the Button Abdiel was struggling with multiplication. When asked a question that required his knowledge of tables, for example, 2 x 7 =, I found that he would need to say his tables from the beginning until he got to that number in order to answer.
I knew that in an examination this could cost him valuable time. As such, I set out to find a software that would help him to develop his skill with the random fact. This is how I stumbled on HIt the Button software.
I later recently started it with my younger child because he was experiencing frustration with learning and doing mathematics.
He was slow at it and to my mind was not developing mental math skills fast enough.
Any effort to do addition and subtraction would require him to use his fingers. He has just gone into grade two and I wanted him to move away from this habit.
The Application Layout and Useability
The colors are attractive, the game navigation is clear and easy to use. Hit the button is great at developing a child’s ability to use random facts in Mathematics to cut down on the time it takes to complete an equation mentally.
Our Experiences with Hit the Button
At first, Abdiel was frustrated with the software because he would run out of time after one or two equations. I kept encouraging him. I’d say it’s not about how many you can complete in the time frame, rather it’s about completing it correctly.
Even if it was only two, I’d cheer him on and congratulate him.
Before long the amount he could complete correctly within the sixty seconds the software allocated rose higher and higher. His smile grew wider too.
Today he completes about thirty to forty within the stipulated time. This means he often takes less than two seconds per multiplication problem and he is quite proud of himself. I’m proud of him too.
With Ari, who is only in grade two we have been using this software to practice number bonds (addition and subtraction). He also found it frustrating to use at first.
He started using the software just about two months ago and at the
time he was only able to complete one in the sixty seconds. Today he is able to complete about nine in sixty seconds and we don’t even use it
daily. I do need to improve on that.
I find that consistency helps greatly.
As with my first child I sat in on his use of it and encouraged him to try to get it correct instead of trying to beat the time. By the end of the first month, I found that he needed less supervision to use it.
I keep him accountable by checking his results after each play during study time, however. This way I ensure he is striving to get each one correct instead of just beating the clock.
Today both of my boys love Hit the Button. They consider it a favorite game and don’t have to be told to use it. They love the idea of trying to beat the clock.
Now wouldn’t all educators and parents love to be able to say that my child loves Mathematics? My children do. Learning new things in Mathematics is still frustrating but I try to use this app as often as possible instead of the old book and pencil. They love it. Try Hit the Button, it’s great.
Thank you Topmarks.
Hit the Button is a fun educational game.
When I first started I didn’t understand how to play the game,
The first time I played it I got frustrated because I was only getting one and two correct.
Every day I got up and played hit the button. I played and played until I couldn’t play anymore.
After a while, I got good at Hit the Button. I was getting forty’s and thirty’s when I played it.
As I got better at Hit the Button I also got better at Mathematics in school.
If I were to rate it I would give it a five star. Also, for all you kids now starting, it may seem troubling at first but you will eventually get better at it. As they say, practice makes perfect.
This software is free for use on the Topmarks Website. However, if you wish to actually download it, there is a cost
attached. It is available for Mac, Windows, Android, and iPad devices for $4.49 AUD or £2.99 GBP or $2.99 USD or €3.49 EUR.
I believe the benefits are more than worth the price.
As an educator who understands the importance of teaching children using their learning styles I definitely recommend this software to both teachers and students. It is a great tool for tactile and kinesthetic learners or just to add some fun to the environment.
I think that for new users it’s not enough to just give them the software and leave them alone. Children will naturally try to beat the program time by guessing and will become frustrated when it isn’t working out for them.
You, the parent, or educator need to assist the child with the use of it and add some encouragement along the way. Let them know that it is okay to just be able to work at their own level. It will get better in time.
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