Name: Native Numbers

What is it? Designed by Harvard Education School graduate Dr. Michael W. Connell, and developed by a team of MIT engineers, Native Numbers is a research-based, complete curriculum to help early learners develop Number Sense (the conceptual foundations for arithmetic and beyond).

Best for: Typically, it is used with children between 4-7 years old, although it is being used in a number of classrooms with older children who can benefit from it for various reasons.

Price: $2.99 for the full 25 activities, or FREE for the Lite version, which include the first 5 activities.

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Rated: 4+

Features: Native Numbers has 25 sequenced activities that develop an understanding of several core concepts and skills, including:

  • Number Representations: Identify the numbers 1-9 as continuous quantities (rods), discrete quantities (sets of animals), and symbols (numerals)
  • Number Relations: Answer questions about number relationships using a variety of visual representations and vocabulary (greater/less, bigger/smaller, heavier/lighter, etc.)
  • Ordering: Arrange numbers in order from small to big and big to small.
  • Counting: Use numbers to put a set of objects in order (ordinal numbers) and to determine how many objects are in a set (cardinal numbers)
  • Demonstrate Mastery: Apply concepts from previous activities to novel, untrained examples

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About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.