Several years ago, we reviewed a different math product from A+ TutorSoft, and you can read that review here.
“The Artist” appears to have the same
phobia dislike of math that I have pretty much always had. I like to think that it’s because our strengths are more on the creative side of our brains, but whatever. 🙂 Regardless, it’s still pretty important for us to have a better grasp on this subject, in my opinion.
The Adaptive Math Curriculum Online is set up to please any parent who would really like their child/children to be able to work mostly independently. The parent enrolls their child in a target grade level, and then the program gives them a pre-test for each topic , and if he/she passes, then they are not given a lesson and just move on.
At first, I put “The Artist” in the sixth grade because he had worked in a book on pre-algebra. He immediately came to me and told me it was too hard and asked to be put back in the third grade, so I agreed, and changed it. This is a real positive with this program, you are allowed to go into your side of the program and make changes like this. It also gives you reporting so that you can see how well the child is doing. After passing a lesson, the system gives them a page telling them how well they did and giving them a grade. You could print this out, if you need to keep records, or simply want them to keep for your child.
So, back to “The Artist.” Once I allowed him to go back to the grade he thought was more comfortable, he began taking the pre-tests. At first, he was passing every single one, which meant that the program didn’t create a lesson and he just moved on. Eventually though, he stopped passing them, and the program created custom lessons, based on where he was weak in the section.
Here is “The Artist,” working at my computer. You can see that he is also using paper and pencil to figure out some problems.
Once he was on a roll, he started enjoying the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online, and I believe that this was because whenever he passed the pre-test he was able to move on to the next thing. He wasn’t having to “complete five pages of stuff he had already proved he could do.” I like that as well, because whenever we’ve done workbooks, it irritated me to make them continue if they showed they “got” it after a page or two.
This is a VERY good program! You can sign up for one student, or for a family plan which covers two to ten students. You can go one month at a time, three months at a time, or a year at a time. It’s all-inclusive, meaning you have access to all the grades 1 – 6 and Pre-Algebra.
Some crew members reviewed the Family Math Package, which is different from Adaptive Math. Family Math does not pre-test, but does give a recommended lesson plan and instant grading.
As a parent who loves any plan which takes care of placement, creating custom lessons AND does the grading for me, I highly recommend Adaptive Math Curriculum Online !
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