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Online homeschool math can chase away the blues…
I’ve never really been a math fan. I had a bad teacher and it really clouded and tainted my feelings for the subject. I don’t think I was necessarily that terrible. But I got left behind as the class raced to get all the work done before the end of the year. And it was really hard to catch up. Luckily, my kids are homeschooled. So we can hopefully give them a more effective and more enjoyable learning experience. In this post I want to talk about how to get the most out of online homeschool math.
This is a collaborative post with Splash Math. Please read my blog disclosure here.
Splash Math approached me to do a review. It came at the perfect time because we were looking for a new programme. And the kids are finally ready to learn in a more structured way. When I say structured, I don’t mean every minute is planned. What I mean instead is that the kids are ready to engage with learning in a more open way. They’re ready to apply what they’ve taught themselves. Our year and a half of deschooling has paid off!
The low-down on Splash Math
The programme is geared towards elementary kids, starting from grade K and going up to grade 5. It’s a combination of an online programme and fun math apps. It’s bright and engaging and fun. And is aligned to the Common Core Curriculum. Lastly it’s very well-priced at $99 per year for full access to all grades.
Our take on Splash Math
Firstly, Splash Math is engaging and fun. There are bright colours and fun images. That being said, it’s not too busy and noisy. This is important because my boys can very easily get distracted. Some other programmes we’ve tried have been too fun. Splash Math is a good combination of work and play.
Secondly, there is a gamification element, which the kids always enjoy. They earn coins for correct answers and can then go and buy fish and animals for their aquarium and jungle. My kids really want to work hard to get coins. And it works to motivate them. But once again, it’s not too much. They don’t get sucked into hours of play.
Thirdly, they test concepts in many different ways. This means that the boys really need to understand in order to answer questions correctly. And if they make a mistake, there is an explanation that we can go over before they move on.
Lastly I like the fact that using an online programme means you don’t have to print out loads. Or you don’t have to buy expensive workbooks. It’s better for the environment and for the pocket. That’a a win/win in my opinion!
Making the most of online homeschool math
Splash Math can best be used as part of a Test, Teach, Test (TTT) methodology. This basically means that students are ‘tested’ to gauge their knowledge. Then the teacher plans lessons to cover problem areas that came up. Lastly the kids are tested again to see if they understood. Teachers often use TTT to teach languages. But I think it works really well with online homeschool math. What I do is to work through each section. If the kids have no issues, then we can move on. I feel confident to do this because Splash Math tests very thoroughly. But if they are struggling, then we spend time going over the concepts. Once I think they are more confident, then we use Splash Math again to test this.
Do you use programmes that teach online homeschool math?