Monday, August 1, 2016

CTCMath a TOS Crew Review

My family absolutely loves CTCMath. Even during summer break they don’t mind doing math with CTCMath. I like to have the kids do some math in the summer to keep those math skills fresh. We received their CTCMath Homeschool Membership for a year. I have been blessed to have had another opportunity to review for this amazing homeschool math program.

CTCMath Homeschool Membership can be used with up to ten children. This is a comprehensive math program. CTCMath also covers the more advanced topics like algebra, calculus, geometry, or trigonometry. That makes me happy because, math is not my best subject.  I look forward to any help I can get with those advanced math topics.

CTCMath does not follow the Common Core concepts  as they believe math should be taught the traditional way. This is a full curriculum for grades 1-8 and after that CTCMath recommends it as a supplement. Pat Murray created CTCMath. He is also the one who teaches this homeschool math curriculum.

The best part is that you have unlimited access to all grades and topics. I love that you can go back and forth to the different grade levels. For my family this is extremely important to me. I have a child with special needs and she is all over the board with her abilities mathematically. Being able to go from a 5th grade math topic down to a 2nd grade level at any time is very important to me and its easy to switch grades and topics.
Not sure where to start? CTCMath has made that easy to determine with a diagnostic test. It’s available in every grade and subject to help you determine where your child needs to start. 

CTCMath is an online math program. You will need high speed internet.This can be used with your computer and from an iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

Once you sign into CTCMath the first thing you will see is the main menu. What I really appreciate the most is that the ease of being able to navigate around the site in both the student and the parent area. My kids have mastered navigating CTCMath.

As you can see all the grade level are off to the left side of the screen.
Once you click on a grade level it opens up other options of topics to choose from. You can go in order or skip around.  

You will listen to instructions from a streaming video that are no longer than 5 minutes. You can hit pause with the video to go back and listen to certain sections again.

After you listen to the tutorial you are directed to the question. Something I noticed different for this review is that you now have the option to choose from three questions options a short 10 questions, standard which is 20 questions, and a comprehensive 40 questions for each topic.

If you answer a question wrong you get instant feedback with a short segment of the problem shown for you on a video.

You also get awards after every area that is completed in medals in bronze, silver, gold, and platinum which you can print out a certificate for that topic. My kids don’t care for the printed certificate but, they like the medal earning throughout and like to try to get a platinum.

They have a few games also like Speed Drills which are those math facts and seeing how quickly you can answer the questions. You can choose which level to begin in.

Then those dreaded muliplication facts. CTCMath has a fun Times Table game for all the multiplication facts from 1-12.

Something new that we noticed is the Swap Pieces where you have to solve a puzzle. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Parents also receive an email after every lesson completed. You can also print out a report card that shows all the grades and topics with their percentage score. You can easily see your students progress and see if they are comprehending a topic.

How did I use CTCMath in my homeschool?

We are on summer break so I have my kids do school three days a week. I was glad to be able to continue with CTCMath. It is a favorite in our homeschool and it doesn’t cause any tears.

My kids are completely different from each other in their skills level of math. Little Man likes math overall and my daughter tolerates math if she understands the concepts.

Little Man is 10 and going into 5th grade next year. I had him do some review in 4th grade. Even though he has done 4th grade before. I had him focus on areas that he had not mastered. He started on 5th grade also.  

He loves the Speed Drills and doing the Times Table games a lot. That is one area that he constantly needs refreshing on. He did a lot of the Speed Drills and Times Tables during the last few weeks.

Bug is 13 and going into 8th grade. However, she is far from that grade level due to her learning disabilities. She skipped around from 2nd to 5th grade depending on the topic. She really thrives on the reward portion of CTCMath. I don’t dare do Speed Drills with her as it would be difficult for her to work quickly.

The nice thing about CTCMath is that the lessons are short.
For my daughter the program is not overly busy to distract her as that seems to trouble her when an online program is busy or too gamey.

Just because the lessons are short it doesn’t take away from the content or quality of the program. My kids have learned a lot and have mastered many skills with CTCMath.

Would I recommend CTCMath you bet I would without thinking twice about it. For the last two years I have been using CTCMath with my kids. They still love it. I am excited to continue using it for another year!

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