Friday, June 22, 2012

lXL Math - a review

As I have mentioned before we like to keep going with Math and Reading throughout the summer. It keeps me from spending weeks on review when we start the "official" school year back in late summer or early fall.

This year we were given a review that I really thought could help with this process.

IXL is a computer based learning program that is completed online and is for pre-k through high school students. Paul already has as a computer program he uses for Math so I wanted to try this one with Zach and Molly (upcoming 2nd grader and Kindergartener).

There is a list of topics for each grade level to work on and the parent or the student can choose which topic they want to work on. This is totally a review of concepts, it is not designed to teach the topic, so it's the perfect thing for summer review.

Molly worked on her counting skills as well as sorting, measuring, and graphs. I liked that, since she is pretty varied in her skill levels, I was able to pick some skills from the pre-k level and some skills from the Kindergarten level. This worked well for her and helped her to work on concepts she needed to work on instead of having to go through a set order of concepts. As you complete a concept worksheet you are given a virtual sticker as a reward. At Molly's age I did have to sit with her much of the time to make sure she was on task and understood what she was supposed to be doing.

Molly loved these stickers!

I had Zach work on some review of his addition facts, which he is really struggling with. He was quickly bored by the way the information was presented and was not interested in earning virtual stickers. I tended to agree with Zach and found the many questions quite tedious and boring. It was pretty much a worksheet on the computer, not a fun and engaging math activity. My kids aren't allowed alot of computer time so they aren't necessarily looking for dazzling and exciting, but something more than just question after question would have kept his attention a bit longer.

I tried to entice Zach into during it by showing him the printable reward sheets he could earn, but he was still not interested. I know Paul would have loved this type thing when he was younger, but it just wasn't Zach's thing. If your child enjoys worksheets (like Paul always did) then this is the perfect program to add a little spice to the worksheet. It does do a great job of reviewing concepts and keeping their minds sharp over the summer.

IXL offers two ways to pay for the program, monthly and yearly. This gives you access to all levels. You can add as many additional children as you need for $2/month or $20/year. Check out all the options on their website.

Be sure and check out the other reviews from The SchoolHouse Review Crew

Disclaimer: I received the above product for free for a limited time in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. There was no other compensation given for this review.

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