Do you have fun with your math lessons? Do you like to have some online math practice for your child(ren)? 3P Learning has just the thing for you! They have this fun online math program called Mathletics.
3P Learning is known for their online Reading Eggs program and now they have added to that collection with Mathletics for the math fun!
What It Is
Mathletics is an online math program for grades K-12. There are 10 levels of learning available starting with simple 1-10 adding and going all the way up to logarithms and algebra. There are lessons and games that work on building your math skills and improving them. As the teacher (with the teacher account), you are able to pick and choose the level you want your child to be at. This program is CCSS aligned, which we didn’t care for, but worked around it. As a part of the program, you are able to access the printable workbooks. These range from basic shapes to Trigonometry! Mathletics is used by students worldwide in homeschools and classrooms.
How We Used Mathletics
We have math programs that we are using, but the boys had fun doing “games” instead! As we went about our days, we would pull Mathletics up when the kids needed a break from “regular” school work. The boys would be busy playing the games and slowly advancing to the next level. I would work with Ray Ray on the topics he didn’t understand by using the printable workbooks. He enjoyed this way of learning math and I loved knowing that he was understanding what he was learning.
Both of the boys would compete against each other and themselves to see who could get the most points from day to day. I will get emails from Mathletics once a week letting me know how each child is doing. How much they are doing and how well they are succeeding in their studies, or what they need to work on more.
Once getting everything set up, it was very easy use. Simply remembering your username and password is the hardest part (that is where a nice notebook with all those comes in handy). We had an issue of slow internet when we first started using this. It made it difficult to load some pages, but once we fixed our problem, we have been speeding through the pages.
Our Opinion on Mathletics
Moe Man is not a math boy. He never has been, but I was able to get some interest out of him with this program. I feel that because it was not a textbook or anything resembling school, he gave it a better chance. Moe Man may be in the 8th grade, but I had him working on 6th grade math with this and he was still challenged. Ray Ray loves anything that allows him to get on the computer. He went into this and was happy instantly. He was a tad upset when he couldn’t go as fast as he wanted. Like I said earlier, once we fixed our problem, he was a happy camper again.
For $59 per child per year, I find the total adding up a little too much for me. But we did not use this as a full curriculum like you are able to. If we would have done that, I could see justifying the cost since a full curriculum usually costs that or more. If using this as a supplement like we did, the cost doesn’t make sense.
Would I recommend this to others? Only if you are first, ok with Common Core, and second if you are going to be using this as a full curriculum or have extra money in your budget for this.
I am not the only reviewer who tried out this program. Head on over and see how everyone else felt about Mathletics.
How do you help your kids practice math or reading skills? Do you use boring old flashcards? Or do you let them play with Learningpalette.com? We have had fun thanks to Learning Wrap ups and their fun online product that includes fun math and reading skills practice!
Learningpalette.com has 35 math titles and 20 reading titles for grades K-5. All you need is your internet and a computer…oh and your kids too I suppose! Learningpalette.com is Correlated to the Common Core for those of you who need it. For those who don’t…don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the learning. I personally just ignore it. A one year subscription for 5 users is $59.99. So, if you have your computer, internet and kids, you are ready to let your kids practice their math and reading the fun way!
We loved using Learningpalette.com as a supplement to our regular math and reading lessons. Both Ray Ray and Moe Man used this to help them as they needed. I found that they actually “needed” it more than I thought…either that or they tricked me into thinking that so they could play longer…
After a simple video explaining how to use the program, we were off and rolling. Ray Ray loved having something fun to do and actually picked up on some new skills instead of just reviewing! The nice thing about this, when the kids are having fun…all they have to do is click “Next Card” and they keep moving forward with the skills. At first Ray Ray was just using this for math…until the “mean teacher” told him to try reading. He fell in love with it immediately! Just finding out what he knew and building on it was perfect.
Moe Man jumped in on the fun too. Although the grade range is for up to 5th grade, he used this to help him with his dreaded math facts. He doesn’t care for the math, but adding fun to it and he started catching on to the things I never thought he would. Moe Man has a thing with numbers, he doesn’t like them. I couldn’t keep him from stopping when he started on the Learningpalette.com. He even understood the fractions when it was presented in this manner! I was beyond happy with this since I was beginning to get a little frustrated with trying to find just the right thing to help him.
Learningpalette.com uses the visual aspect to help with the learning process. You see the answers and you match them with the correct questions by placing the right disk next to the right answer. You are able to check your answers as many times as you need to, and the program will tell you which are right and wrong. Then you go back and fix the ones you got wrong.
We loved this program. The ease it brought to reviewing our facts and skills has made it worth it for me. They joy that comes from the kids learning something new, or catching on to something I have been trying to teach them is so fun to see. We have had fun while using Learning Palette and will continue to have fun with it in the future!
Learning Wrap ups offers much more than just this one program. You need to stop on by these other blogs and see what they have to say about all their fun things!
When you say the word Math to Moe Man you get met with a disappointed, defeated look. He has not had the "aha" moment when it comes to math for him. When I was given the chance to check out The Algebra 1: Volume 1 Tutor on DVD from ScienceandMath.com I was excited to see what we could have here.
As part of this review, we were given The Algebra 1 Tutor Volume 1 DVD. The physical DVD (which we received) sells for $26.99, or you can get the DVD download for $23.99.
We also received the Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet PDF download, which sells for $21.99 or the physical CD version sells for $24.99.
As the title of this DVD states, it is a Tutor and not a full math curriculum. You will still need a curriculum, but this is a perfect way to help your child along when you don't know how to explain what they are learning. It is not required to have the companion worksheets, but they do help to reinforce what you are learning while you watch the DVD, and I highly recommend them 🙂 The Algebra 1 Tutor: Volume 1 is for grades 7 and up, unless you have someone younger who is taking an Algebra course.
ScienceandMath.com has been a life saver for us! We took this algebra tutor and used it the best that we could. It is a wonderful way to have someone else "teach" Moe Man when he doesn't want to listen to me. There are 3 disks which have 3-4 "lessons" on each one. From these "lessons" you are able to pick and choose what you need help with. We started at the beginning for a review of the most basic parts of real numbers and the number line.
Even though we started with items that Moe Man already knew, he loved being able to have that review. And to have it on the T.V. and letting him be in control of the remote let him "take control" of his math learning. We took lesson 1 on disk 1 and broke it up into three days. During those three days, Moe Man would watch the video, take notes as they were written on the board and than did the companion worksheet. Doing this quick review gave him a confidence boost that continues to show every day when it comes to math now!
After our quick review, we took the tutor as a tutor. When we learned something new or had a struggling moment, we would jump over to The Algebra Tutor and see another view point on how to learn it. This is perfect for Moe Man. He learns best from the repetition, and being able to watch the same thing as many times as he needs to is wonderful.
There is no schedule for this program. There is no do this on this day and than move onto this on this day. This is a tutor. This is a use it as you need it program, and for us we are using it a lot!
So, do I like the program? YES! Why did I like it? Well, Moe Man actually asked me if he could do math first on the second day. He always puts it off, but to hear that he WANTED to do math, made me smile. The instructor goes slow enough on the DVD that you are able to keep up. He makes it fun for the kids, and I even caught Ray Ray watching the video with Moe Man. It is not a boring lecture of math that kids don't like. It is simple, yet effective! Moe Man enjoyed (and still enjoys) being able to go to this when he needs help. He likes being able to pause the DVD when he needs to, and the fact that he can rewind it makes it even better. I like that I don't have to keep repeating myself, yet he still gets the repetition.
Who do I recommend this program for? I would recommend this to any family who has a child in Algebra! I don't care if you are a homeschool family or not. This program is great to help all children who need that extra boost. It helps those who struggle with math and may not have had their "aha" moment.
I loved this program. Moe Man loved this program. This is something we will continue to use and benefit from. I can't think of anything that needs to be changed with this.
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