CTCMath is an online math curriculum that offers both single and family yearly or monthly memberships. With your membership, you get access to all levels and lessons, so you can have your child work at exactly the level and pace they need. CTCMath offers lessons for Kindergarten through 12th grade and is meant to be used as a complete curriculum for K – 8th grade and as a supplemental program for high school.
For this review, I am focusing on the Kindergarten and First Grade levels.
How We Used CTCMath Online Math Curriculum
Since I was so excited to check out this program, I logged in as soon as I received my account information. The teacher account is extremely easy to navigate, and I was able to figure out how to set up tasks, just by clicking around. I thought I would create one “task” for each week, that Monkey could work his way through at his own pace.
From the student account, you can access the assigned tasks, or just navigate through the lessons on your own, which if I had realized prior to creating tasks, I might have had Monkey work through the lessons without having a task “deadline.” This feature would definitely be useful for older kids who are able to work more independently.
The lessons are short – we didn’t come across any in the Kindergarten and First Grade level that were more than 5 minutes. After watching the lesson, the student clicks over to the questions tab and answers a series of questions covering the video they just watched. It is possible to click over to the questions tab without watching the video first. This wasn’t an issue for us, but it is important to be aware of. I didn’t see anything in either the student account or the parent account that indicated whether the video had been watched or not, only the final score from the questions.
Monkey enjoyed the graphics and that even though it was an online program, he was still able to manipulate some of the items on the screen to help answer the questions. This was especially helpful for the non-standard measurement lesson where he was able to place the objects on the line to help him measure. This added an element of fun without being too distracting.
One downside for us (although others may view this as a benefit) is the real time scoring. Even when I had it set to the option of “attempt all questions” rather than “attempt all questions and reach their pass grade,” the percentage correct is displayed at the top of the questions. This became a huge frustration point for Monkey. If he would miss a question, whether because he didn’t know the answer or by accident (he’s still learning how to navigate a computer and would occasionally hit the wrong key or click submit too soon), he would shut down and would be in tears that he got the answer wrong, especially if it was one that he really did know the answer to.
CTCMath is an amazing option for an online math curriculum that is easy for both parents and students to use. We will be continuing to use the program in addition to our main math curriculum that is worksheet based.
CTCMath (US and Canda)
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