Wednesday, December 16, 2009


As members of the crew we were given 45 days free membership to Mathletics for the purpose of review.

This really was not something I was looking forward to reviewing. We have reviewed several math programs and with math not being my favorite thing in the world, I was not wanting to tackle yet another math program.

However, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Mathletics. My children really have enjoyed the program.

Mathletics  is America's #1 Math Website. It is the next generation in learning. Helping students enjoy math and improve their results.  It is the essential  curriculum based resource for students at school and at home.

Benefits of Mathletics:
~ Students love it, becoming highly motivated to improve.

~Phenonmenal  improvement rates

~weekly report emailed to parents

~courriculum designed for K-8th grade

~costs less that $2 a week.

The parents section has some neat features that help to enhance the students and parents experience with Mathletics.

  Mathletics has a number of unique features to strongly support homeschooling, these include:

~ a personal mastery dial tracking a student's daily progress.

~ Access to live mental arithmetic challenges with students with students of a similar age and ability from all over the world.

~ Intelligent adaptiveness for most concepts- with questions getting harder as a student answers correctly.

~ Immediate feedback to responses with animated step by step support.

~The ability for a student to work at their own pace through the curriculum content.

~Lots of rewards and certificates for progress and the opportunity to appear on the American Hall of Fame.

~ Access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, wherever there is Internet access.

So how did that look in our house?? It looked like all 5 of my children fighting over computer time, on our one computer!   Seriously, though, I must admit on many days I have children that grunt and grimace through math. However, they have thoroughly enjoyed using Mathletics.

Here is how I had them work through it. They each had about 1/2 hour or so, depending on how much time we had that day, to devote to 'Rainforest' which is a fun area that gives them practice. Or simply in the section marked 'problem solving'.  Then I would give them an additional 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to work in the 'practice' section. I really like this section as a parent. Once in the practice section they have listed 10 topics, and then once you click on one of those topics it will break down further into a smaller subset with 10 topics. When you click on those, your student will begin to answer a series of 10 problems. After they complete a section, they are given  a score, and each problem they answered is given. I have my kids print these pages out. It shows me exactly what problems they were given and what their answers were.
After they complete all 10 topic areas there is a test. My children really enjoyed working through the program! They had lots of fun and were learning all the while!
They do refer to their program as a curriculum, however and with the instant workbooks, it is a very good resource. Though I wouldn't feel comfortable using it as my sole choice for math curriculum, however it definitely would enhance your program, especially if you had a reluctant or struggling learner!!
There regular price is $99  year, however their current price is $59 a year per child. SPECIAL:if you know The Human Calculator's favorite number, which '9' you will get the an additional discount bringing your price to $49.95.  Also, if you have more than one child you can contact them about a family discount. They also offer a 10 day money back guarantee.

Check out the crew blog to see what my crew mates think of this unique program!

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