From talking with other homeschool moms, I know that math can often be one of the most challenging subjects to tackle. More and more online options are becoming available for math instruction. We recently had the opportunity to review Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan one of the options offered by A+ Interactive Math.
Although we were happy with the math program we were currently using, I was a bit concerned that a couple of my children had a few gaps in their learning. Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan seemed to be a great resource for us. It is specifically designed for this purpose: to help you not only identify gaps in math learning but to fill those gaps.
Three of my children worked with Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan: Lydia (6th grade), Hannah (3rd grade), and Sarah (1st grade).
After setting up your parent account and activating your children’s accounts, the next step is for the student to complete “mini tests”. Within each grade level there are concepts of learning. You child takes a simple test to determine if that concept is mastered or if more instruction is needed.
Now we move into the individualized lesson plans for the student. For example, Hannah (3rd grade) struggles with multiplication. After her attempt at the test for multiplication, it was clear that she needed more practice on this. In her account under “View My Lesson Plan”, Hannah would now find a folder labeled “Multiplication”. Inside that folder were a series of online videos explaining various aspects of multiplication such as: Multiplying Using Objects, Multiplying by a 2 Digit Number, Multiplication Tricks.
The videos are straight forward in presentation and not long in length. After viewing the video, there is then an Interactive Q & A that covers the material presented in the instructional video. The child is presented with ten questions with multiple choice answers. If an incorrect answer is given, the child is shown the correct answer along with an explanation. Once the Interactive Q &A is completed, there are Online Practice Worksheets to give further practice on the concepts.
The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan provide both the student and parent with a dashboard. Via the dashboards student and parent can track progress, lessons, and goals. The parent can see how the child is doing and what has been completed so far. It is helpful for the child to have the visual as well to see her progress.
This is not a full curriculum and is intended to be used as a resource to recognize gaps in math and to fill those gaps. Often only a short period of time is needed to reinforce those weak areas. Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan can be purchased just 3 Months at a time for a student.
From May 4, 2015 to May 18, 2015, Adaptive Placement Tests and Individualized Lesson Plan will be available for 40% – 50% off.
Our Experience with Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan
I had three students utilizing this program and knew that at least two of them had a few weak areas. Lydia (6th grade) and Hannah (3rd grade) both used this independently each week. It was very simple for them to navigate and understand. Since this is not a full curriculum it was used as a supplement alongside their regular math curriculum. They set aside at least twenty minutes about four days a week to work with Adaptive Placement.
Both Lydia and Hannah found the presentation a bit dry. The video lessons show the material being presented while a voice reads what is on the screen. The voice is a bit monotone at times. During the Interactive Q & A, as the questions are shown on the screen, the instructor reads the question. Then slowly each of the multiple choice answers are presented as they are being read. My girls did not find this method engaging at all but rather tedious.
Sarah (1st grade) did not use this program as frequently as my other two students. Sarah could not use this program independently due to her reading ability. While the Interactive Q & A, read the question and answers, the worksheets have no audio. Whenever Sarah had to complete a worksheet, someone had to be there to read to her. I have no problem working alongside my children but I expected this to be an independent study resource. It is surprising at the grade level of 1st grade that the worksheet questions do not have an audio option; especially since all the other aspects of the program have audio.
Overall, I think this is a very helpful resource but it just wasn’t a good fit for our family. I was hoping that we could fill in a few gaps but the presentation was a hindrance for my students. Even my older students struggle with having math presented through video so I think it is a learning style/method issue for us. However, it could be exactly what your child needs to work through some weak areas.
Your child can take a Free Math Placement Test and you can view a Demo of the Adaptive Placement Test and Interactive Lesson Plan. This is a great way to see if this program will work for you and your student.
A+ Interactive Math has excellent customer service. When I had an issue (totally on my end) they were so quick and helpful! If you have any questions, I’m sure they would be happy to help you decide if this program is a good fit for your student.
Other Crew Members have been using Adaptive Placement Test and Interactive Lesson Plan. Some Crew Members have been using the Family Math Package. If you are looking for a math resource, take a moment to see what others are saying.