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Apr 19, 2016

A+ Interactive Math TOS Review

We have some math learning gaps.  It isn't because we don't cover everything they need for math.  Some things just don't stick.  We often go over things regularly, but we can miss a few days and then everyone forgets to carry, can't estimate, and doesn't know how to divide.  It's frustrating for me, but it's especially tough for the boys.  They're sometimes pretty hard on themselves.  A+ Interactive Math now offers Math Mini-Courses along with their regular math lessons.

I chose two courses, one for each of the bigger littles;
  • Time (1st-4th) - 20 lessons for Malachi, and
  • Money (1st-5th) - 18 lessons for Xavier.
This is a basic review of the concepts needed to learn the mini-course topics through a certain grade level.  This varies with the courses selected.  The Parent Dashboard enables you to assign the courses to your student and set up their A+ account login and password.  Here, I can also see grades received on each of the video lessons.  A completion date is also listed, but that must be entered manually.  I also can print the questions for the lessons as a math worksheet for table work.  Since we hook the laptop up to the television, which is easier on the eyes, the worksheets work well for us.  Also, it's handy paper for working any arithmetic.  The questions have been pretty much the same online as the worksheets, so a few times I've just entered the answers from their papers online so it's all recorded in my reports.  I don't know if that's the case with every lesson through to the end or in all mini-courses.

After I log off, one of the boys can log into the account I set up for them.  Then they launch their class.  The program doesn't remember where they left off, so I try to keep track so they can go straight to the appropriate lesson in the menu.  A couple of times, we've clicked ahead of where we were and had to close the box that wanted us to mark the lesson complete so we could go back where we belonged.  Once it was quite insistent that I should mark it complete.  I just closed the whole window and relaunched the course.

The lesson is a video and a pleasant sounding woman's voice which reads the video screen to the punks.  Generally, she will read a few screens worth of information before the questions start getting asked.  I'm not sure if you are *supposed* to be answering the questions during the video, but there is barely a pause between asking a question and "If you said ____, you're correct."  It drives the boys bonkers, so I need to be standing there to pause the video the second a question is asked so they have time for a breath, a thought, and to answer.

After the bulk of the video lesson, an online Question and Answer session begins.  As I said, this is also where I could enter in the answers the boys wrote on their math worksheets, if I wanted.  Most of the questions are multiple choice.  Some questions require an answer to be entered manually.  After typing the answer into the spot indicated on the screen, there is a frog on the screen which needs to be clicked on to submit the answer.  If you miss the frog, the system will not receive the answer and the section will not be scored properly.

Once the lesson and questions are completed, you then manually mark each lesson completed with the date.

If your child is experiencing any learning gaps in math and enjoys a no-frills audio and video lesson, you may find just what you need at A+ Interactive Math.

Other Math Mini-Courses include:
  • Counting and Identifying Numbers (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Place Value and Number Combinations (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Naming, Comparing and Arranging Numbers (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Fractions (1st-3rd) - 10 lessons
  • Early Elementary Addition (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
  • Early Elementary Subtraction (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
  • Elementary Geometry (1st-4th) - 19 lessons
  • Elementary Algebra (1st-4th) - 27 lessons
  • Tables, Charts and Graphs (1st-6th) - 17 lessons
  • Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) - 13 lessons
  • Elementary & Middle School Division (2nd-6th) - 15 lessons
  • Measurements and Conversions (2nd-6th) - 23 lessons
  • Number Types and Conversions (3rd-6th) - 35 lessons
  • Ratio, Proportions, Probability & Statistics (3rd-6th) - 14 lessons 
  • Decimal Numbers (3rd-7th) - 20 lessons
  • Advanced Geometry (4th-7th) - 35 lessons
  • Advanced Fractions (4th-8th) - 26 lessons
  • Percentages (5th-8th) - 13 lessons
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