When my now-sixth-grader was starting first grade in a virtual school, he took a placement test that put him in third grade math. (And this was after absolutely no math instruction whatsoever.) We started him in second grade math, and he did well until he hit fourth grade math, when he started struggling. And that’s where he’s been stuck for a while. I really haven’t pushed him, but when the opportunity came along to review the 12-Month Family Plan
from CTC Math
, I had him try a demo lesson to see what he thought.
The demo lesson (in case you skipped the video) is for adding fractions with different denominators. Through the whole lesson, my son kept saying, “Oh! I get it now.” The way that he was taught in his virtual school never made sense to him. I had even tried to find online tutorials to help, but nothing clicked. But Pat worked his magic, and my kid was thrilled. And I’m for anything that makes learning fun and exciting. We don’t do boring around here. 😉 (Which is one reason we also no longer do the virtual school, and have time for fun things like curriculum reviews.) The boy even liked Pat’s accent! Continue reading
Today’s review is for a fun math practice website, IXL.com. IXL does also have a Language Arts program, but it’s only for second-fourth grades, so we didn’t use it.
IXL is not so much a learning program as it is a practice program. Each level, Pre-K through eighth grade, plus Geometry, Algebra, and Algebra II, is based on state standards, so this could be a fun way to make sure your kids are ready for standardized tests, as many states require these for homeschoolers. If your child is in public school, IXL is a fun change from worksheets and textbooks. Help relieve the “test stress” by letting them play a little. Continue reading
TouchMath is a multi-sensory math program for Pre-K through 2nd grade. It uses TouchPoints to help children connect an actual value to the numerals they see written. We used the Pre-K program. You can easily check out the other programs here:
TouchMath is a full math curriculum. Suggested usage is 4-5 days a week for 2-2 1/2 times your child’s age. (So for a 4-year-old, you would spend 8-10 minutes a day.) The program is a download of Sequence of Skills (particular to that level), lesson plans, worksheets, and Progress Monitoring Records to make it easy to record your child’s, well, progress in each unit. You also have the option of adding various manipulatives to your lessons. I’ll tell you how we used some of them, and list all of them with links at the bottom of the page. Continue reading