Wednesday, June 17, 2015

CTC Math Review

CTCMath Review

I've noticed over my years as both a classroom teacher and a homeschooling mama that math skills can be forgotten over the summer months. I've also found that while it may seem like a small person is doing okay in math, there may still be some gaps in his/her skills that can affect them later. My children love to use the computer so if I can combine their love for screen time with an online math program, that should be a win-win situation. I was given the opportunity to review CTC Math and their 12 Month Family Plan.

CTC Math is an online math program that offers math activities for many levels. You can choose from
  • Kindergarten through 6th grade
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
The Family Plan allows you to add up to 10 students, which I really appreciate. All 4 of my girls have their own account so they can log in and do the math activities at their level. 

Once a student logs in, they see this page:

From there, they choose the course level. This is Ballerina's so she chose 6th grade. After that, it shows the streams available for that grade level. These are the overarching concepts for that level. For 6th grade, they are

  • Number, Patterns, and Algebra
  • Measurement
  • Space and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
The student chooses one of these concepts, and the program then gives them several topics in that concept to choose from. Ballerina chose Number, Patterns, and Algebra so this is the topic list that she had.

Once she chooses a topic, it takes her to a page listing lessons on a further breakdown of skills in that lesson.

At the top of this page, it also has choices for a standard or comprehensive test. For each topic, I had Ballerina take the standard test. At the end of the test, feedback is provided that shows which specific skills were mastered and which were in need of more work. I then had her watch the lessons and complete the questions for those skills that she needed to have more work in.

The lessons are short, usually three to five minutes long, and the lesson can be paused and replayed as often as necessary for my girls to understand the concept. After the lesson, there is a question set of around ten to twelve questions to review what was just taught. As the parent, you can set the percentage for mastery. I set ours at 85%, which is a little lower than the default setting of 90% for mastery. The questions are presented one at a time, which keeps them from being overwhelmed by a screen full of math questions.

Soccer Girl discovered that by completing more of the lessons and question sets and doing well on them, she would be awarded with different awards - Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. She is extremely motivated by this type of reward system, so this was perfect for her. She works on extra lessons so that she can get the reward for that topic. In fact, many times when she has free time, she will take my Kindle Fire and get on the site to do more lessons.

I am extremely pleased with how CTC Math has helped to keep my girls working on their math skills. I've seen growth in their math skills, which gives me hope for them being more successful this coming school year. I'm planning to have them continue to use the program through the summer to maintain their skills, as well as throughout this coming school year to support their regular math curriculum.

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