Monday, April 18, 2016

A+ Interactive Math a TOS Crew Review



http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/
My kids have been going over Math Mini-Courses with A+ Interactive Math for the last several weeks.
 http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/ViewMiniCourses.jsp
My 10 year old son has been doing the Early Elementary & Middle School Division.
 http://www.aplustutorsoft.com/ViewMiniCourses.jsp
My 13 year old daughter has been using the Early Elementary & Middle School Multiplication.
  
A+ Interactive Math has a lot of different choices to choose from. Maybe, your child just needs to reinforce an area that they are having a problem grasping the concepts clearly. The lessons range from 10 to 35 lessons from 1st to 8th grade.

Here are the choices that are available:

Counting and Identifying Numbers (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
Place Value and Number Combinations (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
Naming, Comparing and Arranging Numbers (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
Early Elementary Fractions (1st-3rd) - 10 lessons
Early Elementary Addition (1st-3rd) - 17 lessons
Early Elementary Subtraction (1st-3rd) - 15 lessons
Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) - 13 lessons
Elementary & Middle School Division (2nd-6th) - 15 lessons
Tables, Charts and Graphs (1st-6th) - 17 lessons
Elementary Geometry (1st-4th) - 19 lessons
Elementary Algebra (1st-4th) - 27 lessons
Advanced Geometry (4th-7th) - 35 lessons
Advanced Fractions (4th-8th) - 26 lessons
Decimal Numbers (3rd-7th) - 20 lessons
Percentages (5th-8th) - 13 lessons
Time (1st-4th) - 20 lessons
Money (1st-5th) - 18 lessons
Number Types and Conversions (3rd-6th) - 35 lessons
Ratio, Proportions, Probability & Statistics (3rd-6th) - 14 lessons
Measurements and Conversions (2nd-6th) - 23 lessons

Obviously, this isn’t a whole math curriculum. It sure is a nice supplement to your current math curriculum. This could also be a nice edition in the summer time so they can keep those skills up and don’t give you that dazed look at the beginning of the school year.

The lessons start out with an animated video explaining each topic. You have the ability to go back and forth to review while watching the instructions. This enables you to hit play, pause, or stop anytime during the lesson. The animated instructions do the teaching for you and are around 5 minutes for each topic. They have many examples that illustrate each area step by step.
You also get immediate feedback on each answer. If you answered the question incorrectly you get a short animated video explaining the problem. If you answer the question correctly you get immediate praise on answering the problem correctly. Each question is automatically graded.  After you complete your lesson you can print out a certificate.
You can print out worksheets, reference sheets, and the instructions on each lesson also.  The parent can also track the student’s progress.

My Thoughts:
Wow, these had hard questions for my kids. My son really struggled with the
Early Elementary & Middle School Division. He is my math kid and actually likes math and it comes pretty easy for him. Little Man is currently in 4th grade and has been working on division this year. This was over his head as it was doing division that was in the thousands. I would say this is more suited for more advanced elementary division or kids in middle school. We still worked through the problems. I even taught him how to use the calculator for these problems. This helped with the tears during the lessons as he thought that he was way behind in his math skills because of the course. Which in truth he isn’t behind its just not what he has learned yet in division. He had 15 lessons for this Math Mini-Courses. 

My 13 year old daughter has learning disabilities and she has come a long way with math. She had a very hard time using Elementary & Middle School Multiplication and all the 13 lessons. With her Autism she shut down with it. I managed to get her to listen to the lessons and I broke each problem down for her in more manageable bits for her. Once her mind gets set she has a hard time accepting it. She did manage to work with me with the concepts and did very well. She also struggled with the size of the screen due to her vision issues. I would of loved it to go full screen.

Pros:

*Each lesson is animated and are broken down step by step.
*Immediate praise & immediate feedback.
*Simple to navigate online.
*Does the teaching for you.
*There is a solution and answer guide for every problem that you can utilize.
*Multiply choice questions.
*You can turn on or off the volume to read if your student prefers to do so.

Cons:

*Multiply choice questions.
*You need to listen to the entire question before you can mark the correct answer.
*The video and text are small. I have a daughter with vision issues and there was no way to make it go to a full screen.

I would also recommend paper and pencil unless, your child is extremely good at mental math.

A+ Interactive Math is very user friendly and easy to navigate around in. I like that it’s not gamey while teaching math. It gets to the point with the topics. A+ Interactive Math does a great job explaining the topic in a clear manner.

This is a nice math program to fill in the gaps in your home. It just didn’t work for my kids. I would love to say that it was a good fit for my family. I really liked it myself and loved how it presentation of the math concepts. Everyone is different. My kids did learn something and in the end that is what matters.
Don’t forget to stop by and see what the others from the TOS Crew have to say.
http://schoolhousereviewcrew.com/math-mini-courses-a-interactive-math-review/
 

1 comment:

  1. Hi there Renee. I just wanted to suggest something. My daughter was having vision issues during this review. We JUST got her glasses yesterday. Prior to that, she had problems seeing the computer screen until she learned that you can enlarge the screen by holding down ctrl and scrolling with the mouse. Hopefully this can help your daughter.

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