I have to be honest...math is probably my least favorite subject to teach. Though I wasn't horrible at math, you probably wouldn't want to hire me to build a bridge or anything. That's where A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) comes into play! We've had the opportunity to review their Family Math Package and the features that come with it.
What is it?
A+ Interactive Math is an online interactive math curriculum. The Family Math Package is their most flexible package as it gives you the most control over student placement and direction. They also have an Adaptive Math Curriculum Online package that pre-tests and places your student at the necessary level. It's more of an automated package that adjusts (or adapts) according to the student's responses.
The Family Math Package will allow you to add up to 10 students and gives you access to all grade levels (Grades 1-6, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1.) I originally chose the Family Math Package because I wanted to be able to choose what material my daughter would be able to cover as opposed to going the automated route.
When you initially sign in, you'll land on the parent dashboard where you can access any packages you've purchased and all of your student's information. This is where you'll launch your student's dashboard from. This is also where any purchases can be made, you can access a list of the full curriculum, printable workbooks, ebooks, scope n' sequence, and other resources.
Once you launch your student dashboard, it'll pop-up in a separate window. This dashboard is taylored for the use of the student, complete with a digital calculator! This is also where you can access lesson plans, instructions in ebook form, online exams, worksheets to accompany individual lessons, and the students scores and progress. I do find it odd that I'm not able to access scores and progress from the parent dashboard but it's not that big of a deal to have to check it from the student dashboard.
In retrospect, I would've been better off going the automated route. I think it would've worked out better for our situation. Even though I like having access to all the material at once, it does become a bit cumbersome trying to sift through the individual lessons and trying to decipher where she best fit in.
I can't say for sure it has anything to do with the actual program but this has been our experience and has definitely impacted our usage. Despite this minor inconvenience, I think the program does what it claims. It's essentially a tutoring program that offers step-by-step instruction, interactive review, and real-time feedback. These lessons are offered in various formats to accommodate visual, audible, and textual learners.
Does it work?
If you're struggling to explain a math concept or are just looking to try a new format, A+ Math Interactive can definitely be beneficial. Like I said, math is far from my favorite subject and can quickly become a source of frustration for both my daughter and I. The interactive lessons will get the point across in a clear, concise, and direct manner. This has been most beneficial to me as I sometimes struggle to explain math concepts in a way my 2nd grader can understand.
I do suggest engaging with your student and verifying that they've grasped the content they've learned. This can be a great opportunity to facilitate a hands-on approach. The other day, I noticed that my daughter's multiplication has improved dramatically since using A+ Interactive Math. She's answering problems quicker and with fewer errors. She's even answering multiples that we haven't covered yet.
I think that A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) is developing a conceptually groundbreaking program. Is it without flaw? Not from my experience. I think there are some adjustments that can be made that'll make it more user-friendly. The overall aesthestic and maneuverability of the program leaves something to be desired but, once you get past that, I think the program has something valuable to offer.
I will say, from my experience, that the Family Math Package may be better suited for someone who is using A+ Math Interactive as a supplementary curriculum. If you're planning on using it as your primary math curriculum, I'd strongly suggest considering the Adaptive Math Curriculum Online.
If you're considering trying it out, they do offer a FREE 1-month trial. You can check it out without any obligation to buy and see if it's a good fit for you and your family. You have nothing to lose!
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