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*Originally posted on our homeschool blog, Benoit Academy*
Math. Oh, math. Why must we have a love/hate relationship with you? Having three children who are all fighting me when it comes to homeschool math ends up having me taking the easy way out of teaching it. I’m tired of arguing and trying to teach a lesson while they sit there half listening because they don’t want to do it in the first place…which then gets my blood boiling and I have to take a step back. Because of this, we have learning gaps and we need to have those gaps filled in ASAP. Thanks to A+ Interactive Math and their Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan, we are on our way to just that!
Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan
Each child has their own sign in information and their own dashboard. Here, you can View/Launch the Adaptive Placement Tests with Lesson Plans. We started off by taking mini placement tests on each major concept in math for their grade level. This helps the program to understand what the child’s skill level is at for each concept. It then puts together an individualized lesson plan for each concept that your child needs help with. The parent are then able to see reports that keep track of the child’s progress.
I have to be honest and say that when each of my three kids sat down to take their mini placement tests, there was a long list of concepts to choose from and they all moaned and groaned. I told them we would start at the top and work down. Each mini test is “timed-bound” and so you must complete it within that time frame which is about 40 minutes each from what we have done so far. Of course, they usually will not need that entire time. If they aren’t familiar with a concept yet, they can just click the Skip button. We started off by doing one test each and then it put together a lesson plan for that concept. I then had them each go through that lesson plan to do one lesson to test it out to begin with and to see what the whole program was about. I couldn’t stress to them enough how important it was to try their best to answer the questions in the mini tests as best as they could. Being lazy could cost them time if they didn’t want to answer a question that they should know because it would show that they needed work on that skill.
The Individual Lesson Plans were nice but it also included some things that were way below their level. You can choose to do the Multimedia Lessons with Interactive Q & A or Practice with Online Worksheets. We chose the Multimedia Lessons to start with. If we need extra practice, I have them move on to the Online Worksheets after. I also use the Online Worksheets to start the next day’s lesson if I feel like they need a bit more practice before going onto the next lesson. The lessons themselves aren’t the “gamey” type of lessons but they still captured the attention of my kids enough that they didn’t complain about them! As you can see, the skills that need work are listed on the left side column. Just click which lesson you would like them to work on and the multimedia lesson begins.
Over all, I like how we are able to take the mini placement tests to see exactly what needs worked on and what gaps need to be filled. I only wish that there was an all in one test and that the individual lessons from that test were in order as to when they should be taught. At the same time, it’s nice to have individual mini tests to really see where the problems are for each concept. I guess I’m on the fence about the test part but the lessons are great and something that we will continue to use. I highly recommend this for those who feel like there are gaps in learning math! Anyone can take a FREE Placement Test to see what skills need to be worked on!
A+ Interactive Math Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plans start out at $49.99 for 1 student. Plans go all the way up to 10 students! Right now, you can get 40% to 50% off on the “Family Math Packages” and “Adaptive Placement Testing w/ Lessons” program until 5/18/2015! That means that the Adaptive Placement Tests with Lesson Plans start out at $29.99!
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