Created by teacher Pat Murray, CTCMath features online math lessons for grades K-12. This is a full curriculum for up to grade 8, and they recommend using this as a supplmental program for the high school years.
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I like to start with the diagnostic test, usually, but we didn't need to do that this time. Princess J is only 4.5 and I knew she needed to start from the beginning. She knows her numbers, and she can count well past 20, but I wanted her to start with material she already knew so that she could get used to the format without the added frustration of perhaps not understanding the material presented fully. Mr. B has used CTC for quite some time now, so we just pick up where we left off. The diagnostic test is a great help in choosing the proper starting level for each of your students.
I really like the user interface. It's easy to navigate and choose exactly what you need. I appreciate the straight forward, uncluttered, and clean cut style of the page.
The lessons are presented in a short video clip format. No video is over 10 or so minutes. This proved to be fantastic for little bit as she is quite the mover sometimes! Each lesson is taught in a way where they build on each other. Everything is broken down into very small parts, which make each lesson short, and to the point. This gives kids time to process the information.
As you can see, the videos aren't over the top and flashy, but they aren't just boring power point slides, either.
Following each lesson is an only quiz that allows the child to apply what they have learned. Princess J really liked clicking on the icons to "color them in."
I also really like how the information is presented in different ways. This is the first lesson, but instead of just having the child color 4 things, or whatever the give number is, this also had the child not only count the objects, but find the corresponding number. So this allowed her to match the number with the quantity, too.
At the end of the lesson, you can choose to print the quiz work. This is great if you have to keep a portfolio or work samples for end of the year reviews.
Mr. B is a little more difficult. His math skills are all over the place, but that makes CTCMath even better for us. A membership gives you access to any lesson on any level. For kiddos like Brayden, this allows us to fill in any gaps he may have, and move at the pace that suits him best. I can also have him do more questions at the end of a lesson if I don't feel like he's grasping it enough. I like being able to tailor it to fit US and OUR needs.
The screen isn't cluttered, and everything is easy to understand and differentiate.
The questions are straight forward, without a lot of flashy background stuff so it's easier to focus without distractions.
There's a progress bar at the top as well as a count of the questions completed vs. total question count. This is great for kids on the spectrum who need that visual to know where the end of the quiz is.
Does CTC Math Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
Yes, you can customize your own schedule, the order in which you do things, etc. It is super easy and convenient. It's great to have access to any lesson in any level. Mr. B may need 3rd grade geometry and 9th grade algebra. Princess J may need Kindergarten measurements, but first grade numbers.
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?
There are single plans and family plans available. K-advanced maths are covered, and you are not locked into one specific grade level. There are no hidden fees. And with the current special of 60% off + 6 Bonus Months, it's a very good deal!
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
It's not boring because the lessons are really short. It's varied enough for us, and because the concepts are broken down into smaller segments he's able to retain everything much better.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
This is a very well executed online math curriculum. It only includes math.