Monday, April 18, 2016

Math Mini-Courses by A+ Interactive Math ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Math is definitely not my kids favorite subject, so I'm always trying to find curriculum that will teach them, but that they will also enjoy doing. Sometimes we find a good curriculum that works, but the kids may need more practice in just one area. The new Math Mini-Courses by A+ Interactive Math focus on small areas of math so that your child can get the extra practice needed and close learning gaps.

What did we receive for this review?

A+ Interactive Math was very generous and let us try 2 of the Math Mini-Courses of our choosing which includes the one year of access to them. Because of where we are in our curriculum, we chose to do Decimal Numbers and Measurements and Conversions. They have so many subjects to choose from that I even ordered one more on my own, Elementary and Middle School Multiplication, that I knew we could really use.

Here's a list of what they offer:

  • Counting and Identifying Numbers (1st-3rd) ~ 15 lessons
  • Place Value and Number Combinations (1st-3rd) ~ 15 lessons
  • Naming, Comparing, and Arranging Numbers (1st -3rd) ~ 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Fractions (1st-3rd) ~ 10 lessons
  • Early Elementary Addition (1st-3rd) ~ 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Subtraction (1st-3rd) ~ 15 lessons
  • Elementary and Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) ~ 13 lessons
  • Elementary and Middle School Division (2nd-6th) ~ 15 lessons
  • Tables, Charts, and Graphs (1st-6th) ~ 17 lessons
  • Elementary Geometry (1st-4th) ~ 19 lessons
  • Elementary Algebra (1st-4th) ~ 27 lessons
  • Advanced Geometry (4th-7th) ~ 35 lessons
  • Advanced Fractions (4th-8th) ~ 26 lessons
  • Decimal Numbers (3rd-7th) ~ 20 lessons
  • Percentages (5th-8th) ~ 13 lessons
  • Time (1st-4th) ~ 20 lessons
  • Money (1st-5th) ~ 18 lessons
  • Number Types and Conversions (3rd-6th) ~ 35 lessons
  • Ratios, Proportions, Probability, and Statistics (3rd-6th) ~ 14 lessons
  • Measurements and Conversions (2nd-6th) ~ 23 lessons

How did we use the Math Mini-Courses in our school?

I actually had Gavin stop his normal curriculum to concentrate only on the Math Mini-Courses for the time of the review, and it has worked out great.

When we first got our access code it was a bit confusing trying to get it set up. I didn't find it to be very user friendly. You will initially log in as the parent, and then you will set up your student's account. The student will have their own username and password.

Once you have the student's account set up, they can start their Math Mini-Courses. They will launch the course and it will bring them to a screen that is called "My Dashboard." From here the student will be able to access all that they need for the program.

There is a "How to get started" in this section that does explain how to utilize the program best. The way we did it was pretty much the same as suggested. We worked on both lessons so we could get a feel of each one. We did one lesson a day. With the Video Lesson, the Interactive Review, and the Online Worksheet it took Gavin about 30 minutes. That's not bad timing at all for a math lesson.

After launching the Video Lessons, it was again a little confusing to me. You will come to a screen that looks like this:

You will need to click on the folder to bring the lessons down. You will click on the first lesson to get started, and it will bring up the video.

After watching the video, the student will need to click the interactive lessons. These are key because if the student gets one wrong then the course will reteach them so that all learning gaps are closed. I just want to note that some of the interactive lessons will have a little frog at the bottom. It will say "submit" on his stomach, make sure that you click on the frog and not just "next" or it will not count your answer as correct. We had to go back and retake it for this reason.

When Gavin had finished the Interactive Lesson it gives you an overall of how the student did.

 I would generate the online worksheet for him last after he was done with the Interactive Q & A. When he finished, it would go into the generated worksheet reports and I could check to see how he did. At the end of each chapter is a test to take.

The only thing I really would like to see upgraded is that when he was finished with a lesson, I would much rather not have to go in and manually changed it to "completed." Also, I would like it to bring you back to where you left off. We had trouble remembering where we were when we left off. It would just make it much easier if it was set up to show what had been completed and where you are in the program.

What did we think?

Honestly even with all of the things I would like to see changed, I really am impressed with the content of the program. Both programs that we were given to review were set up the same way, and they were both engaging for Gavin. They explain things really well to where he would understand it. There is plenty of practice with the online worksheets, but also the available printable worksheets. Overall the new Math Mini-Courses by A+ Interactive Math definitely get a thumbs up!

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