Make Math Fun with the Singing Machine Wise Ol' Owl Calculator
I received a sample of the Wise Ol' Owl Calculator from Singing Machine to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own as always.
Everyone knows that reading is fundamental, but math is also important. Having previously taught kindergarten and first grade, I know from experience that we can't expect to send our kids to school knowing nothing and come home knowing everything they need to succeed. This is why it is a great idea to work with them at home from a young age not only on their letters, but numbers as well. Here are just a few ways you can work on math at home with a preschooler:
- Count the cars passing by as you drive to the store, count the number of socks as you fold them, count their pennies, just count out loud using different amounts to get that repetition.
- Give them a group of objects and have them sort them into piles based on the characteristic they choose (color, size, shape, etc.). Ask them what each set has in common and have them point to each object as they count to see how many are in the group.
- Let them trace numbers with their fingers in sand, shaving cream, paint, etc. This will not only help them with number recognition as they say them out loud, but it will also help with their fine motor skills.
Match Numbers to Sets
- This can be as simple as using notecards and writing a number on one, then drawing that many dots on another. Then mix up the cards and have your child match them. They will learn number recognition and be able to identify a number as a group of objects.
Let Them Use a Calculator
- Kids love typing and playing with things they see adults use. Let them type on a calculator and tell you which numbers they are pressing. Better yet, get them their own calculator (like the Wise Ol' Owl Blackboard Calculator that can help teach them those numbers!
About the Wise Ol' Owl Blackboard Calculator
The Singing Machine Wise Ol' Owl Blackboard Calculator teaches kids basic math functions in three different languages. The interactive calculator includes a large LCD display for easy viewing and has playful sounds that engages kids to learn.
- Basic Multi-function: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
- Blackboard calculator sounds when buttons are pressed
- Language function to learn math in three languages: English, French, and Spanish
- Large LCD display for easy viewing
- Colorful soft rubber keys make homework time fun
- Auto shut off after about 4 minutes of inactivity
- Battery operated
- For kids age 4 and up.
- Available for a suggested retail price of $24.99
- Sold through major mass merchandisers and online retailers, including Toys ‘R’ Us, Walmart, and Amazon.
Our ThoughtsRight out of the box, this calculator is fun and inviting. Both kids couldn't wait to get their hands on it, and even argued over who would use it first. For once, I wasn't bothered by the arguing because they were anxious to get learning. My 4 year old was able to use the calculator to work on number recognition in all 3 languages. Each time you press a number, the owl says it out loud. Once she presses a number, she can hit "erase" and try a different one. I know that this will grow with her as she begins simple addition and subtraction problems over the next few years. She loves the big buttons that are easy to push, and the cute little owl teacher. While my son is older (almost 8) and doing more advanced math than my daughter, he is quick to rush through his work. Having this fun and colorful calculator gave him a reason to slow down and check his work after he finished his math problems. His only complaint is that the calculator only allows you to add 1 and 2 digit numbers, while he would like to use it with 3 digit numbers as well. As a parent, I love the Wise Ol' Owl calculator for so many reasons. Not only is it a cute and colorful addition to the kids' desks, but it is a great tool to help them with math. At $24.99, I found the price to be reasonable for the quality we have come to expect from Singing Machine. Like my son, I do wish that it had the capability to add 3 digit numbers. However, it is geared more for preschoolers and simple math equations. The automatic shut off means we won't run through batteries and have to replace them as often. Overall, I am happy that Singing Machine has entered the world of learning toys and is combining fun with learning.
About Singing Machine
For the last 50 years, Singing Machine has been a leader in the karaoke for-the-home industry and the company is now introducing the Wise Ol’ Owl Blackboard calculator, representing their first foray into preschool education.