Playing in the Maths Garden
The children’s garden
When a child logs in, he/she goes directly to the My garden page, where he/she has access to his/her own base garden, bonus garden, trophy case and explanation page. Children can use the garden map, in the right upper corner, to easily navigate between these pages.
The Base Garden
In the garden you can find plants that represent several domains of maths. The signs tell you the scores that the children have achieved in the several domains. Dependent on their grade, the children get a starting score for each domain. The children can improve their score by clicking a plant and playing the corresponding game. If they improve themselves, their plant will start growing and the score on the sign will increase. The scores are rated on a 0 to 10 scale.
If the child is playing for the first time, he/she can only access the counting domain, the series domain and the addition domain. Dependent on the score in the addition domain, the plant for subtraction will be added. If the score again is high enough for both addition and subtraction, the multiplication games will become available. This way, the other domains will become available as well.
If a child hasn’t played a particular domain for longer than a week, a watering can will appear and the plant will slowly wither. By playing an entire game (=15 sums) again, the child can make the plant start growing again and the plant will look the same as before.
The children will have to maintain the plants/domains, or else the plants they have earned will disappear again.
It is possible to postpone the withering of the plants and the action of the watering cans if the children, for example, have a holiday (menu option Watering Cans under Administration).
The Bonus Garden
Besides their base garden, all children also have a bonus garden. Children can only play in this Bonus garden if they have sufficiently practiced the games in the Base garden. So if a plant in the Base garden is withered, the child cannot enter the Bonus garden. The plants in the bonus garden cannot wither.
For each game, the children can earn coins by solving the sums quickly and correctly.
Each second coins will disappear from the screen (1). For most domains it’s 1 coin per second. However, for the domain ‘Speed mix’, for example, it’s 5 coins per second.
If the child gives the right answer, the coins that are still left will be added to the score in the bag (2). If a child gives an incorrect answer, the coins that are still left will be subtracted from the score in the bag.
If a child really doesn’t know the answer to a sum, he/she can click the question mark (3). This way, the child doesn’t win or lose any coins.
After 15 sums the child is told that he/she can stop playing the game. If a child wants or has to quit playing earlier, he can use the stop button (4) to do so.
For the domains of multiplication and division the answers can be given by clicking the answer on the little key board. By clicking OK you submit the answer.
Because Math Garden is adaptive, children automatically receive exercises on their own level. In the updated version, children still play on their own level, but within this level they have the ability to determine whether the exercises are easy, average or difficult.
Depending on this choice, children receive a different amount of coins for correct answers. With difficult exercises, they earn more coins from good answers. With average exercises, children play at the same level of the Math Garden as it was before the update, and so they earn the same amount of coins from good answers as before. With easy exercises, children earn the least amount of coins for good answers.
The trophy case
With the coins the children have earned, they can buy all kinds of trophies on the trophy case page. If they, for example, want to buy a cup, they’ll need to save enough coins first. By clicking the trophy in the trophy case, the children can trade the trophy back for coins.
On the Explanation tab, the children can read a short explanation about the garden and the games.
Logging out children
If the children are done playing in the garden, they must log out by clicking Logout in the right top corner of the screen.