What It Is:
A+ Tutorsoft, Inc. has created an online full-curriculum math program called A+ Interactive Math. They offer programs for grades 1-6, plus Pre Algebra and Algebra 1. I received the 2nd grade online program which was easy to download and begin. The sections that second grade covers are these:
- Numbers Sense: Counting and Identifying Numbers
- Numbers Sense: Place Value, Writing Numbers and Number Combinations
- Number Sense: Naming, Comparing, and Arranging Numbers
- Rounding and Estimating
- Tables, Charts, and Graphs
Pretty impressive, huh? Within each section are the lessons. Each lesson is interactive, with graphics and animation that help to teach the concept. The program uses three senses: audio - listening to a teacher explaining the lesson; visual - using animation and objects to show the concept; and verbal - at many places in the lesson your child is asked to repeat information or answer a question.
What You Get:
I received the online version. You have the option to purchase a monthly subscription for $19.95, a quarterly subscription for $49.99, or a entire year of A+ Interactive Math for $124.99. The other purchase option is to buy the CD which comes in two different levels; standard for $99.99 or the premium level for $124.99. You can see the 2nd grade Table of Contents here.
With the online version, along with the lessons you receive a Lesson Plan, with 32 weeks of suggested study. Each lesson also has a printable worksheet and an online one. And then each section has its own exam, both online and printable. Another helpful resource on the site is the curriculum e-book. This is literally the 'text' of the material and gives the parent flexibility in teaching the concepts. Answer Keys to the printable worksheets and exams are also provided. And to make it very easy to track your child's progress, there is a Progress Tracker tab where, at the touch of a button, you can see what worksheets and exams your child has completed and what grade they received.
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How I Used This:
The daughter that I had do this program does struggle with math and I thought that she might enjoy the change of pace. Even though she is halfway through a math textbook I started her at the beginning of this curriculum. Which was a good thing, since she needed a bit of place value review.
Each day she would watch a lesson. The lessons were not too long and always ended with an interactive quiz. If she got an answer wrong the right way to solve it was explained. Then I had her do both the online worksheet and printed one. She enjoyed having her time at the computer and liked filling in the answers on both worksheets.
In the beginning she felt like the counting section was a bit repetitive but I kind of feel that you can never do too much math. The graphics were appropriate and not too showy; sometimes schoolwork done on the computer can get inundated with crazy animation, but A+ Interactive Math did a good job of holding her attention, but not in an overwhelming or silly way.
What We Thought:
There were things I liked and didn't like about this program. There were many times in the online lessons when the 'teacher' would ask her a question. She would then say the answer rather quickly, and that tended to frustrate my daughter, who was still struggling to come up with the answer. And then when she got into the addition section I felt she could have used more questions in the worksheets; most worksheets have only 10 questions and she just needed more drilling with the math facts. I also wish that the worksheets were more cumulative; for her math is a struggle and she needs lots of review questions to master it.
But I loved the lesson plans and the way they progressed. The questions asked within the lessons were all very appropriate and useful in teaching the concepts. I also liked that A+ Tutorsoft offered printable worksheets. Many times online math programs offer only online problems which can become a problem in higher math levels. I feel it is very important to learn how to write out problems in math and this program did a good job of balancing between paper-and-pencil math and online learning. And the Progress Tracker was very helpful in keeping track of her grades and how far she had progressed. Overall I liked this math curriculum and will continue to use it with her.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest and humble review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.