For the most part, my son does quite well in Math. However, he’s getting to that stage where it’s getting harder for him to understand, and definately harder for me to explain. We’ve considered getting him a tutor next year, just to keep him sharp and moving forward. As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait to get him a tutor, nor did we have to undergo the expense of one. We are so excited to have been able to use Homeschool Membership from CTCMath in our homeschool over the last month or so.
What is CTCMath?
CTCMath is a comprehensive, online Math Tutorial for students in grades K through 12. Actually, for students in grades K-8 it is a complete curriculum. For students in high school, it is recommended to be used as a supplement. There are over 1,400 4-9 minute videos spanning all grade levels. Within each grade level there are various streams a parent/student can choose from. Each concept is explained step-by-step in a clear and easy to understand manner. This is a mastery-based program, so it’s easy to know where your student needs more help.
The Homeschool Membership costs $11.97/month for one student, and $15.97/month for 2 or more students (up to 10 students). They also have a 6 month as well as a yearly option.
How We Used This Program
After logging in and creating both a parent and student account, I spent some time browsing the various grade levels from 6th through Basic Math and Pre-Algebra. Although my son just completed the 7th grade, he basically completed a 5/6 grade level math. Although I didn’t feel he was quite ready for Pre-Algebra, I decided to start there to see what he did know.
For each level there are a few different diagnostic tests you can choose from that will help you determine where to start.
I opted not to give the assessments. I set my son’s mastery level at 80 percent (which means in order to move to the next level he would have to score a passing grade of 80 or above). I allowed him to choose whatever lesson he wanted to do within the stream we were working on, beginning with Basic Math & Pre-Algebra.
In the beginning he did okay in this level, but we soon realized that it was going to be an area of frustration so we moved him down to the 6th grade level.
Every day I could log into my parent account and check my son’s progress. I also had the program email me a weekly report, which was helpful because as a full-time working, homeschooling mom, I often forgot to check in. This report shows some of the dates/times my son logged in, what he viewed/completed and the score he received.
Below is a summary of what my son completed in the Basic Math & Pre-Algebra section.
Overall, he didn’t do too badly. But there are areas where he scored 70, or even as low as 40. There are other areas where we didn’t get to in this section because we back up into 6th grade. As it turns out we have some work to do there as well.
The beautiful thing about working on school during the summer is that it’s not as intense, and we have the time to figure out where we are going to go from here.
Our Final Thoughts
My son really enjoyed working with CTCMatch. He loved that the videos were short, easy to understand and didn’t take up a lot of his time. I, at first, was nervous that a Math lesson could be finished in under 15 minutes. We are so used to spending 30 to 45 minutes, at the very least, on math concepts. But I am quickly learning that once a child has mastered a concept there is no need for them to spend the extra time on it. We both really enjoyed the teacher’s voice!
Although we haven’t quite decided if CTCMath will be our sole math curriculum this coming school year, we will for sure be using it every week for tutoring. Who knows, it may very well end up as our core math curriculum.
If you are looking for a resource to assist your student in Math, look at what CTCMath has to offer. Your student will enjoy the experience. I know that we have so far.
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