We received a subscription to Smartick to aid us in our review of the on-line math program.
We have been home schooling for about three years now. Our children moved through the school work we were doing so quickly they moved up a grade. Or at least I assumed they were ready to move up. We were using K12 iacademy and my daughter never really enjoyed math, but I assumed she was doing well until she reached middle school material. She wasn’t getting enough instruction, or found that she had to click on every single picture and graph to have it explained so we decided to find something different. Just so I would know where she stood, I had her take a proficiency test and found that she was below grade level in many different concepts in math. I was baffled at what to do to help her and started looking for different programs that might be able to make math fun. It was this same time, that Smartick Math contacted me for a possible review. So here we are.
Smartick has them do only about 20 minutes of math a day. If they want to do more they can enter a gaming area where they have a few options to explore more math concepts in a fun way. It takes about three or four days to access your child. That’s what they do for those 20 minutes in the beginning. Once Smartick has learned the level of your child, they log on each day and complete different skill set problems and you as the parent will receive a report on how they are doing. They keep the sessions short so the child will not get bored or frustrated with the math program itself. As long as they keep them interested and into the program the child wants to log in every day and complete their assignments.
My daughter realized that she is behind and gets frustrated sometimes with how easy the program is, but to me I’m content because I know they are skills that she actually needs to be improving on. I know she needs to be working on her speed at answering the problems and practice so she stops making little mistakes. I’m going to be working with them over the next few months so we can see how she progresses over time. My son is also using the program and what I’ve seen in him of course is much more positive. He wasn’t as far behind in his skills as she was, and he likes math. He actually gets up in the morning and the first thing he does is his Smartick assignment for the day. His skills are getting quite fast and I’m learning what areas he does need more work in. For example, I know he needs more work in word problems. I’ll do a follow up post next week telling you even more about the parent portal. And I’m going to try and get my kids to write a review of the children’s portals. So far, I think it’s a great way to fill in gaps that your children might have in certain sections of the math skills.
I will quickly mention that you can also download an app that the kids can use. It sends them push notifications to remind them to do their daily work. Math is a skill that needs daily practice just like a muscle in the body.