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UberSmart Software ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Do you use flashcards in your math studies? Do your kids like them? I love the concept of flash cards, but with multiple children, sometimes it is just too hard to sit down with each one and study them like they need. Enter in UberSmart Software and their UberSmart Math Facts.

What It Is

UberSmart Math Facts is a downloadable program for Windows 7, 8, XP or Vista. Once you have purchased this program, you will have unlimited access. This is not a full math program, but rather an aid to help your students with their math facts. Starting with something simple like Dot Cards (these look like dominos) and working on Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, this program will help your child actually master their math facts. The addition and subtraction goes up to the 9’s and the multiplication and division goes all the way up through the 20’s. This program is geared for grades K-6, but is really for anyone who needs help with their math facts. Both Ray Ray and Moe Man are using this program here at our house.

Unlike paper flashcards, UberSmart Math Facts gives you different options when it comes to studying your math facts. You start off with the simple Learn function. This is where you simply go through the cards and learn the facts you or your child chooses. There is no typing in the answer, no right or wrong, just learn. When you are ready, you move on to Practice mode. Practice is just that…practice what you learned during the learn stage. Here you will type in your answers and check them as you go along. If you get one wrong, the program shows you the correct answer before moving along. After some practice, you can even choose focused practice, which allows the child to work on the problems they have the most problems with.

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After practice, you move on to Test mode…here you can work on an Assessment Test, or a Mastery Test. These are just as they sound. The assessment test is not timed, while the mastery test is. The assessment test covers a little of everything to see what your child already knows and what they still need to learn. The mastery test helps you see the payoff for your student’s hard work.

Another section to the UberSmart Math Facts is the reports section. This is my section. I can hop on here and see if the boys are actually doing as they say (I usually know anyway), or if they are just goofing around. I can see the facts that they have mastered, or take a look at their test results.

A Day in the Life of UberSmart Math Facts

We did not use this program everyday…but we used it multiple times during the week. I would have the boys work on their math for the day and then finish up with a drill in UberSmart Math Facts. Moe Man has a hard time with his multiplication facts. He always has, but using the computer instead of me to help him, he likes it. There are no frills and confusing parts to the program, so he wasn’t distracted. He was able to focus on the facts at hand. We took one number group at a time, starting with the 3’s. I would have him study in the Learn mode until he felt he was ready to actually practice. From there he would go onto the Practice mode. He stayed here for the longest time working on mastering the facts. I let him decide when he was ready to go to the Mastery Test, but after the 3’s I changed my mind. He kept putting it off and so the new decision has been made that every Friday he does the Mastery Test until he actually masters it. This has motivated him more, and I am glad that I made this change.

Ray Ray is still in the early stages of math. However, he knows quite a bit for the early stages. He loves math, but despises writing, so with UberSmart Math Facts, I am able to let him master his facts before he masters his writing. I am fine with not forcing him to write, and love that he is still learning these facts thanks to this program. He is happy to be able to do a lot of this independently since it was a simple to use program.

Final Opinions

Moe Man is not happy with anything math, but I did not hear any complaints from him on using this. To me, this is a good thing! I did not do the assessment test with him, as we just wanted to work on multiplication first, however, I am now interested to see where he is at and regretting that I don’t have that starting point.

Ray Ray is happy anytime he gets to sit on my computer and this is no different for him. He also does not complain, and is the child who loves to figure out math. This is simple for him to use and like I said, he loves being able to figure it out without the extra reading, so he can do it on his own. He started on the assessment test and refused to finish because of the length of it. Since we weren’t really doing anything too crazy with him yet, I did not make him finish, and will have him sitting down to work on that again.

My opinion is that I enjoy having this on my computer. I know that the boys can practice without having someone else quizzing them and I don’t have to print a ton of weekly timed tests for them to work on. I love the reports section, where I can find all their scores, but I don’t like that I have to look each topic up individually. I have yet to find a simpler way to pull everything out that I want. But, I am also not too tech savy and don’t spend a lot of extra time on things to make them easier for me.

For a price of $24.95 for the download and having up to 8 students saved on the program, this is a great deal. This is not a monthly or yearly fee, but a one-time payment. I see us using this for every child from dot cards up to division mastery!

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3P Learning Mathletics Review ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Learning Palette Online ~ Schoolhouse Crew Review

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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…

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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.

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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 Palette does offer a free online demo of their program for you to try out if you are interested in learning more. You can also stop by and say hi to them on Facebook and Twitter.

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!

 


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ScienceandMath.com Alegebra 1 Review (Schoolhouse Review)

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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. 


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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. 


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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.


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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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