Set up the availability of the games yourself
Parents have the ability to determine which games are available in the Base garden and in the Bonus garden. This way, they can decide for each child which math games they should practice and which games they may practice.
When teachers or parents decide not to do this, the program will automatically determine which games will be placed in the Base garden and Bonus garden, just as Math Garden did before the update.
Overview of the garden settings:
Math Garden offers three different garden settings. There are two pre-programmed gardens: The Standard Math Garden and The Alternative Math Garden. There is also the option to manually configure the garden: The Adjusted Math Garden.
Standard Math Garden:
When parents decide not to configure the garden, a child will automatically be given the Standard Math Garden. The Standard Garden is mainly focused on automating children’s mental arithmetic skills. The overview below presents which games are placed in the Base Garden or the Bonus Garden for this setting.
Alternative Math Garden:
The Alternative Math Garden is mainly focused on increasing children’s understanding of the relations between numbers. Children are offered the following games:
Adjusted Math Garden:
In the Adjusted Math Garden, teachers and parents have the ability to determine which games are placed in the Base garden and in the Bonus garden. This way, they can decide for each child which games are shown in the garden.
Similarly, the administrator of the school can make an Adjusted Math Garden for the whole school. Thereafter, a teacher may configure a personal garden for a child or for the whole class. In this way, Math Garden matches the ability and talents of each child.
Difference between pre-programmed gardens and adjusted garden:
Dependency: Unlike in the Adjusted Math Garden, the games in the pre-programmed gardens are dependent on each other. This means that some math games only become available after a child meets the requirements. As before the Math Garden update, higher level math games will only become available in the Base garden and in the Bonus garden, after a child scores high enough on lower level math games.
In the Adjusted Math Garden, teachers or parents have complete control over which games are available.
Slowmix: For both pre-programmed gardens, the Slowmix task isn’t included in the Base garden and the Bonus garden. When a child needs more response time, the Slowmix can be added to his or her garden by making an Adjusted garden for this child in which the Slowmix is included.
How does it work? In the Garden Center under the pull-down menu Administration and Garden Setting, one can configure a garden per child.
Change garden settings for a child:
If a teacher or parent wants to change the garden setting of a child, click behind the name of the child on Edit.
On the page Edit Garden Setting User you can choose between four garden settings. The first option is the School or Family setting. The second and third options are the pre-programmed Standard and Alternative Gardens. When you click on Standard or Alternative, you can see in the overview below which games are assigned to which garden. If you want to configure a garden yourself, click on Custom.
There will appear a table with three boxes with which you can assign games to the Base garden and Bonus garden. If you want to remove a game from both gardens, you have to place the game in the Disabled box. Click OK if you have chosen the right garden setting for the class. In the Garden Setting Overview you now see the new garden setting for the child in the Garden Setting column.