Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CTCMath - CTCMath Homeschool Membership Review

Product:  CTCMath - CTCMath Homeschool Membership
Age Range:  K - Grade 12
Cost:  $118.80 for 2 or more students 

I am very nervous about teaching math.  It's not the add 1 and 2 and get 3 problems.  It's the more advanced stuff.  Some days it's really hard though working with the simple addition.  It's usually days where the kids want me to be mom and not their teacher.  They do not want me to be "teaching" them anything.  So I have been looking for a little extra help in math.  I was excited to get the opportunity to try the CTCMath Homeschool Membership from CTCMath.

CTCMath is a online math program that provides extra help for students who may be struggling in various areas of math.  It offers video instruction which can be repeated as many times as the student needs.  Each lesson includes quizzes to reinforce and provide practice in the skills that your student needs extra help in.

CTCMath can be used as a supplement to your current curriculum or as your whole math curriculum.  It allows students to work at a pace that encourages them to master a skill, not just learn it.  The videos are short and yet are full of information which helps those with short attention spans.

CTCMath provides:
  • Almost 1,400 math videos and interactive lessons
  • 57,000 interactive questions
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Instant feedback for both parents and students
  • Help with higher level math such as algebra, trigonometry and calculus
  • Math lessons are available for students in levels from kindergarten through high school
We have been using CTCMath Homeschool Membership for a while now.  For some of the kids it is a supplement, while the others we use it as their whole curriculum.  The boys do not use book math very well at all.  So for them, we use it as their whole curriculum.

The boys like the short length of the lessons.  They can tell me how they did right away.  I can then determine if they need to repeat any of the material they were just learning or if they can move forward.  But with my parent account, I can adjust their passing level to what I feel is acceptable and feel that they are understanding that topic.  

The girls have been using CTCMath Homeschool Membership as a supplement to go along with their current math curriculum.  As we study topics, they can practice their math skills more online.  The video instruction is very well done and most times does a better job explaining it than me. They are grasping those harder topics and getting a lot of practice for those that they are already getting a grasp on.  

The printable worksheets encourage children to work out with pen and paper.  Something that online programs do not encourage.  We are in the world of technology, but there are many times where I need to quickly figure a math problem without my calculator.  Pen and paper math is still very important!!

One of my favorite things about CTCMath.  The simple videos.  My kids like playing math games online.  But sometimes the flashier the program, the less they learn.  The videos on CTCMath are simple and to the point.  They give a great explanation.  I found one or two videos that confused Joey just a bit, but after watching them a couple times he was able to grasp the basic concept.  So it was more the concept that he was trying to grasp.

Parents get their own login, where you can assign your students work and track their progress.  You can also print the certificates that they are earning for their portfolios and even print grades if that is what you need to meet your state's requirements.  I can also print out a summary of the lessons so that we can refer back to them if we need too.

We did use the CTCMath Homeschool version, but this program could be used by any student who is struggling with math topics.  This is a cheaper option than visiting some of the tutoring facilities that are opened now.  Even if you are in public school, CTCMath is a great option for students to use.

The ease of use for myself in helping the kids with their math education is priceless.  We are definitely at a busy spot in our lives where CTCMath came in at the right time and is able to help our family.  Here  short video so that you can see how the program works:

Several members of the Schoolhouse Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to try out the CTCMath Homeschool version.  Take some time to see how this program worked out in their homes by visiting the blog below.

CTCMath Review
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