Everyone loves DragonBox Algebra 5+. I thought that mean’t that I would love it as well. I just didn’t — at least for myself. But it’s obvious there is one key strength that this game has that makes it worth the hefty $4.99 price tag.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea of this game is revolutionary. Take a concept like algebra, remove the numbers, turn it into a puzzle game, and highlight the balancing act that takes place when solving an equation. It sounds good, but it takes WAY TOO LONG to get out of the first section, which is just matching symbols and eliminating “useless” tiles.
That is unless you get a lot of enjoyment out of matching the tiles to like tiles and balancing both sides. It’s a bit like checking off items on a “to do” list — some people actually get a little endorphin release from doing that. I’m sure the same applies to matching like tiles, and most kids are huge fans of this type of sorting.
What makes DragonBox Algebra worth the money
The big thing this app DOES have is the potential to foster CONFIDENCE — which is perhaps the most important thing to instill in young math learners, especially under the age of 10. If they feel like they can hang with the 7th graders when it comes to math, and they have the confidence to back it up, that’s more than half the battle already won.
Research backs up the connection of self-confidence and performance in mathematics.
So if your child is having confidence issues when it comes to math, show them this game and watch that frown turn upside down!