I have never stuck to a single math program in the past. I enjoy finding fun ways to teach and normally use a variety of sources. It has worked well up to this point, but now that AJ is taking Algebra I need to find one good program and stick with it for the year. We had the opportunity to review CTCMath last year and AJ enjoyed it, so I was excited to have another chance to review the CTCMath Homeschool Membership.
What is CTCMath
CTCMath is an online program that uses video lessons, online questions, and printable worksheets to teach a variety of math concepts. For each grade level or topic there are multiple lessons for the student to complete. At the beginning of each new section there is an optional placement test. The placement test helps you see which lessons your child needs to work on, and which ones they could skip. One issue I have with this is that in order for your student to earn an award for each section, they need to complete all of the lessons.
How We Use CTCMath
AJ has been working her way through the first two sections of Algebra. Like most programs the first few lessons are review. She watches a video for each lesson. The concept is explained and a few problems are worked out. Once she understands the concept she completes a worksheet and enters the answers into the computer. Each worksheet is a little different, but usually there are 10 to 20 questions that she needs to answer. Then she matches her answer to a list of answers, usually listed A to Z. The worksheets are multiple choice, but there are incorrect options that the student could chose if they didn’t follow the correct steps.
There are also questions for the student to complete online. I had AJ skip those after the first few lessons because a lot of the questions were on both the online questions and the worksheets.
One problem that we normally have with online math programs is that there are times when we can’t be on the computer. CTC Math makes schooling on the go possible. I had two options when we were going to be away from the computer. I could have AJ watch the lesson before we left and complete the printed out worksheet while we were out and about. Then she could enter her answers on the computer when we got home. Or I could print off the lesson summary (which is the same information that is explained in the video) and have her go over it on her own time.
The program has let us have a large amount of flexibility. There are times when we don’t print off the worksheets and she simply looks at them while she is online and works them out on paper.
What We Thought of CTCMath
The video lessons are well made, but AJ feels they are a little dull. We both like that they explain math topics in an easy to understand matter. I like that there are plenty of problems to make sure she understands the topics, and that she can watch and re-watch the videos if she has any doubts about how to use the program.
This time around we found a few additional gems in CTC math. There is now a task section where I can assign certain lessons that I want AJ to complete. AJ is working her way through the entire Algebra course, so I didn’t see the need to use the section. I know I would have used the task section it when AJ was younger.
I also found games to help your child work on math facts. AJ has enjoyed playing the games.
Overall we both like CTC Math and we plan to stick with it until she finishes the Algebra course.
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