Monday, August 1, 2016

CTC Math Review

CTCMath Review
Math seems to be a scary subject for so many. Often time, homeschool parents are truly fearful of teaching math to their children for fear of failing them for one reason or another. CTCMath takes the worry and uncertainty of teaching math away with their CTCMath Homeschool Membership. With CTCMath, you don't have to teach math, CTCMath does the teaching for you! 
For this review, we received a 1 year membership
What is CTCMath?

CTCMath is an online, subscription based math program that works to teach your children math, and covers Kindergarten through high school. Your children watch a video, then they work practice problems online. The program grades and scores your child's work and progress. Parents can then print off reports to use for record keeping. CTCMath allows your child to work at his or her own pace, rewinding and reviewing as necessary. The membership allows access to every lesson, and every grade level, making it easy to go back and fill in learning gaps as needed, or jump ahead for more challenging work. To better pin point your child's learning needs, CTCMath also features diagnostic testing.
How we used this:

Our summer schedule is much lighter than our regular school year. During the regular school year, we will use CTCMath for a daily lesson, covering 1 lesson and practice questions each day. For the summer, we focused mainly on topics that caused issues during our previous school year, and we worked 3 days a week (more if it was raining or super hot outside.) Mr. B is going into 6th grade, but he still has a few minor issues with some 4th and 5th grade topics. CTCMath makes it easy to go back and review these topics since we have access to all of the grade levels, and we can pick and choose what to cover, and when. I first had Mr. B take a placement exam, and I was troubled by the results. He had some gaps with a few concepts that I thought were OK now. With that said, we worked on multi-digit multiplication and multi-digit subtraction with borrowing during this review period. 
Our Thoughts:

CTCMath has a very user friendly set up. It is easy to choose your level, and within that level it is easy to choose your topic and subtopic. 
This shows a screen snip of some of the levels offered. Trig and Calc are also offered beyond Pre-Calc, but I couldn't capture everything with just one screen snip. 



Once you choose your level, you can choose your main topic. 




Following your main topic, you can choose your subtopic. As you can see, this also shows you what you have completed and what is remaining. This is great for spectrum kids who need a visual count of where they stand. Also, I took these screen grabs before he had a chance to get started on grade 6 HAHA! 

Another feature I find particularly handy is under the parent view. You can get a summary of each lesson. We use these PDF print outs as review sheets.



This layout is very easy to use, with out unnecessary clicking. It's nice for special needs since it maps out what all needs to be finished, and how many lessons it takes to finish. That's great for ASD so that they can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and not feel stress or anxiety over an unknown or indefinite time frame.

We also appreciate the reporting available for the student. Mr. B is able to see a graphical representation of his progress, which really helps motivate him. 





Overall:

CTCMath is a great online math program. I do wish they had more print options, and worksheets for the lower level maths. But that's not a deal breaker at all. Mr. B did very well with the videos. For some special needs learners, you may have difficulty inputting the answers in an online math program, but that is not specific to this program at all. Your child does have to do things in a specific order, etc. So some special learners may have difficulty at first. This is definitely a program you may want to try use the trial on to see if it fits your family, if you are special needs homeschooling. Last year Mr. B had some difficulty, but this year he's had none of the same issues. Last year he was upset over the lack of commas used in the videos. The videos still lack the comma (a United States thing, I'm told,)but he can insert the comma into his own answers, and the program still grades it correctly. As a result, he does much better with the program.

 He also like that I can schedule tasks now. I like how easy it is to add a task! It's so straightforard and easy. You just click add task, then click and choose. That's a great new feature! I can schedule how work out, and he can log on and see exactly what I expect for him to do, rather than the unknown that was before. You can add specific lessons and tests. I LOVE this feature! 




 He has really done well with this, and we look forward to the rest of our school year using CTCMath as our main math component. 



Does CTCMath Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

You can set your own schedule and take breaks as needed. You can also pick and choose what topics and subtopics to work on. With that said, math often builds on itself, so keep that in mind.  

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees? 


CTCMath Homeschool Membership offers a few different subscription plans. You have access to all grade levels and there are no hidden fees. We added additional paper work to ours, but that's not 100% necessary. It's just our preference to have pencil and paper, too. It is important with ASD to present material across a range of media/situations, so that they learn concepts are the same across the board.

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Lessons aren't long, and you can repeat as needed. I find this especially useful for ADHD since it may take a time or 30 for it to truly sink it. It's not game like, but it's not boring either.

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This is just math. 

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