Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) - Review

We all know that math is one of those subjects that you either love or hate.  There's very rarely an in between when it comes to math.  I happen to be on the love side it has always been my favorite school subject.  The problem is I am not always good at teaching it because I can't always explain how to get the answer to a problem.  I just know the answer.  Yes, I know I am a total math geek.  So, between pulling my kids from public school and changing math curriculums a few (maybe a lot) times trying to find the right fit I knew my kids may have had some learning gaps when it came to math.  I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Adaptive Math Curriculum Online.   With Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.), we were able to identify and address those learning gaps.

Adaptive Math

What is Adaptive Math Curriculum Online?

Adaptive Math is an adaptive program that allows children to enjoy interactive math lesson and check for understanding through online worksheets.  It requires your child to take an online placement test to see what areas the child is strong in and what areas can be improved.  Then offering an individualized lesson plan.  It provides everything that mom needs teaching, grading, worksheets, and testing.

How we used it

The setup process was a breeze.  I created an account for me and each of my four children. I selected a target grade level for each kid. When the kids logged in they had to take the timed placement test, which was created based on the target grade level I selected.  The placement test is broken up into sections so my kids were able to take one test and then work on any areas that needed improvement.  You can, however, have your kid take all the placement test at one time.  We worked on the program Monday - Thursday.  On the day of the placement test that is all I required them to do rather they met their goal or not.  The next day if they met their goal they would move on to the next placement test.  If they did not meet their goal we would open the individualize lesson plan that was created based on the placement test and start from the top. I always had them start with the video lessons and interactive review.  If they made no mistakes in the interactive review they could move on to the corresponding online worksheet.  Once they completed the worksheet they were done for the day.  After we completed all the lessons I had them retake the placement test for that level to see if there was any improvement.  If they met their goal we moved on to the next placement test.  It was literally that simple every single day.  Everything is graded immediately and a report is created, which can be found in the parent dashboard.

I did not have to use the parent dashboard too often, but it was very helpful when needed.  It allows me to...

  • Review the placement test if needed for any reason.
  • View my child's lesson plan.  This gave me the opportunity to see their final grades for the Interactive lesson and the online worksheets.  It was organized based on the concept.
  • View the child's report, which was broken down into a summary report and a progress report.
    1. The Summary Report is a summary of all the lessons, if the child is performing at grade level, their skill level, and the number attempts it took the child to get there.  You can also open up each lesson for a more detailed report.

             2.The Progress Report just basically shows the results of their placement test.  It's a bar that                    has the goal marked and where they are currently performing marked.

  • Watch tutorials on how to get started with the program.
  • Parental Control allows you to change the time placement test time, hide the online calculator, hide worksheet answer key, and hide worksheet solution guides.

My Kids Thoughts

I asked my kids how they like the math program and this is what they had to say.

My daughter said, "I like it a lot.  it has taught me a lot of math stuff in just a short amount of time.  I like how they use the emoji guy to encourage me when I get an answer right.  If I got it wrong it showed me the correct way to do it.  I also like how it tested me on how well I was doing and having my own username and password.  The Q &A was my favorite part.  I would definitely recommend it to other kids that have trouble with math. 

My son said, "I really like this math program.  I do not like the placement test because it is hard for me to work when I am being timed.  It makes me nervous and makes me feel like I am doing my work wrong.  I like the videos and how they teach the lessons.  My favorite part is the videos.  This program is really helping to improve my math skills and I would recommend it to other kids."

Mom Thoughts 

I had a child that didn't test too well on the first placement test and was a little discouraged.
Listen, if I can be honest that placement test had my kid and myself feeling like a failure!  The test indicated the kids was a few grades below grade level so I saw my kid face drop.  Although this is my kid that I know struggles in math it still hurt my mama heart to see the sad face.  It also made me feel like I had failed. I had to pick myself up to encourage my child.  I said, "this just means there are a few gaps that we need to fill and the levels listed here does not dictate how smart you are.  You are an awesome and intelligent kid."  The encouragement not only helped my kid, but it also helped me.  After that, we hit the lessons and the online worksheets.   The interactive worksheets helped tremendously and the online worksheets were an even bigger bonus.  It took about a week and a half to get through that lesson but once we finished I had my child retake the placement test and it was aced!!

This is the placement test we took first.

This placement test is after working through the lessons.

I am very grateful for Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) because I can honestly say that Adaptive Math Online has been a blessing for our family.  It started as just a supplement for my kids but I now have one kid using it as a complete math curriculum and will ask, "Can I do math today?"
The math language is different or worded differently than we use to, but my kids were able to catch on pretty quickly.  I loved that it is web-based, so we are able to log on from anywhere.  It does work on Windows or Mac.  The lessons in the program use Adobe Flash so you need a browser that supports that.
For me learning how to navigate the site was a bit challenging, but it does not take away from the ability to use the program.  I really loved how the worksheets were short and not timed.  They were very effective in reinforcing the interactive lessons.  Rather you have a child that is struggling in math or one that just needs a little reinforcement I would definitely recommend you give Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) a try.  This is coming from that mom that has tried everything under the sun. LOL  Oh yeah, one more major benefit of this program is that you can use it for up to 10 students even if they are in different grade levels!!

Moms on the Homeschool Review Crew were able to review the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online and the Family Math Package (this one does not pretest the kid) so be sure to see what they had to say by clicking on the banner below.

Family & Adaptive Math Online {A+ Interactive Math Reviews}

As I always say please let me know if you have any questions and I will be sure to get you an answer.  Have a blessed week!

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