Math has been a hard subject for us to find a curriculum that works for Monkey. The kid absolutely loathes worksheets and would rather sit for hours staring at the page than complete the problems. This year, it seems that we have finally found a combination that works!
I Know It is an interactive math practice website for grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. IKnowIt.com was created by the same folks behind Super Teacher Worksheets and is intended to be used as a supplemental program (not a full curriculum). For this review, we were given a family membership that includes a teacher account and up to 4 student accounts.
How We Used I Know It for Math Practice
Setting up your account and creating assignments is super easy – it only took a few minutes to get us up and running. With the membership, you have access to all of the 400+ lessons (more are being added!), so you can get just the right mix of activities for your student.
I started by assigning Booger (preschool) a few of the “easier” Kindergarten level activities from the counting and shapes categories. As a new-ish computer user, he had some issues with navigating, especially when the problem required him to drag the correct answer into a box. What worked best for us was to sit together and I would read the problem to him and then help him answer the question. There is an option to have the problem read aloud, but it requires the extra step of clicking on the speaker icon on each page. For us it was just better all around to have this be a special “Mama & Booger” school activities.
For Monkey, I assigned him a few of the First Grade activities for review and a few of the Second Grade activities that covered concepts that we had recently learned with his full math curriculum. He was so excited by the animations when he got the answers correct that he ended up spending more time practicing than I had asked him to do!
When creating an assignment, you have the option of having your student either answer a certain number of questions or work for a set amount of time. I always used the set number of questions option, since Monkey has a tendency to get distracted. You also have the choice of setting a date deadline for the assignment or leaving it up until it is completed.
If Monkey didn’t score at least 80% on an assignment, it would not be marked as complete and would instead remain on his assignments page until he reached an 80%. The scoring on the assignments is cumulative. So if he scored less than 80% the first time through, on his second attempt, he would only need to answer questions until an 80% was reached rather than completing an entire set of questions.
When a question is answered incorrectly, an explanation of the correct answer is also provided to reinforce the concept.
I mentioned earlier that there are animations after the student answers correctly. This was by far the best part of the program according to my boys. Much to Monkey’s disappointment, during one assignment early on, rather than animations, there was a static emoji displayed after each correct answer.
We were both pleased to find that within the student settings we were able to change the animation settings ! We were both happy that this feature was available.
The only thing I would change about this program would be adding an easy way to see what assignments were already completed in the parent account. From the grade level activities page, I can see what activities I have assigned and the common core standards that they address, but once the assignment is completed, that green checkmark goes away. I wish that there was another checkmark for “completed” or that the checkmark changed color when the assignment was completed.
I LOVED the super silly robot and astronaut animations! It made it so much fun when I got the answers right! I would recommend this math practice to any kid that’s big or small.
AWESOME! I liked doing math on the computer myself, but the dragging ones were too hard. Clicking is easy though, I liked those ones.
We have really enjoyed using I Know It and will be continuing to include it in our math learning. This program has helped bring fun back into a subject that had previously been torture for us. I highly recommend I Know It for students that need extra math practice but resist regular worksheets.
I Know It offers a free 60-day trial to interested homeschoolers and teachers. Find more information and sign up on the free trial page.
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