This is the third and final installment of a series of posts I have been writing about Mathletics.com. This post centers around the curriculum portion of the website and many features it offers. I have also included a discount just for my readers that Mathletics has allowed me to share with you for reviewing their site.
Other than the “Live Mathletics” I have already discussed with its timed online live races for computation practice, Mathletics offers a whole lot more for your math instruction and practice of math concepts.
The first time your child signs into his account, he can create an avatar with different facial features and some accessories. After that, the “Student Centre” appears from which he can choose to play within the “Live Mathletics” or he “search for a concept” to practice or click on a choice from a list of items including “activities”, problem solving”, or “ebooks”.
If he chooses activities, he can select from a list of concepts that appear that are geared to the math level you select when you register your child (you can change this up to 6 times during your subscription to the site). Within the list of concepts are skills that relate to the chosen concept. (There are “easier” and “harder” buttons your child can click on when looking at the skills listed within each concept.) Your student clicks on the skill he wishes to practice. A screen appears with a practice problem for you child to solve and submit his answer. If he has a question as to how to solve the problem, he can click on the question mark and a series of instruction screens appear to show step by step directions in solving that type of problem. Your child can click on options for “easier”, “medium”, or “harder” types of problems for this instruction. Once the instruction is over, he can go back to the practice problems and complete them. Feedback on his answers is immediate and he can always access the question mark if he feels the need to watch how to do the problems again. Once your child feels he has mastered that skill, he can take a test on that particular skill.
I think this is a great feature! You can use these problems for practice or if your child needs instruction about that skill. Your child also receives points depending on his score to add to the total number of points he earns for his avatar with which he can purchase items to accessorize. Everytime your child has mastered an activity with a specific score, he earns a gold bar toward completing the entire course. These points also accumulate to earn certain titles and certificates. The graphics to show points earned and gold bar status are on the main student centre screen and are very appealing to children. Up to certain grade levels, a game is unlocked to play for every gold bar earned.
Other features of the student center include the “problem solving” concepts that your child can select. These type of problems include practice with word problems, tables and charts, and practice with numbers, data, and tables. They all containing entertaining graphics to capture your child’s interest.
The other feature available is the “ebooks” option. Here, you can download practice worksheet workbooks for each concept for additional practice.
Other activity options available to Kindergarten through 6/7th grade levels include “Times Table Toons” with songs about the times tables and “Rainforest Maths” that include activities for practice with general mathematical concepts. These both include interesting and entertaining graphics to keep your child involved.
A separate section, available with a separate parent login, is the Parent Centre where there is a Parent Toolkit, Instant Workbook, or Child Account Information option that the parent can view.
The Parent Toolkit is akin to a table of contents, which allows the parent to navigate multiple areas of the site. For instance, the toolkit connects to activity guides for all of the activities on the site, a dictionary connecting the parent to the terms found in the concept search, and includes access to the EBooks, and educational videos (toons times tables).
The Instant Workbook contains workbooks that are the same as the E-books which the student sees in their Student Center, except that instead of only having a few books, this section includes all of the workbooks for K-12 with answers.
The Student Account Information includes the following: a weekly report with points earned from the “live mathletics” and from the curriculum activities your child completes, any certificates earned, Student Centre access, and a “check up” section where the parent can look at analysis of student strength and weaknesses on the skill sets in the curriculum activities and accuracy and answer information from the “live mathletics” activity.
The site supplies you with a document on how to navigate and use the site effectively. We are using this program for the timed computation practive with the “live mathletics” portion and using the curriculum portion as a supplement to our regular math curriculum for extra instruction and practice.
At the discount price for a year’s subscription, I really feel it is a bargain with all that this site offers!
Here’s the discount code just for my readers – Home2012 – to be entered into the shopping cart at the time of purchase. This discount for the purchase price of $49 is only available until the end of October! So grab it while you can! Tell them Katie from Katie’s Homeschool Cottage sent you!
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