As homeschoolers there are so many different methods that we can use to help encourage a love of learning in our children. We have (with a new baby in the house) become quite “relaxed” in our homeschool and because of that there are some gaps that have appeared in our learning path. This is how math is for us. We try to encourage our “math disliking” son by as much as possible going where he feels led, and interested. We want to encourage him; he wants to learn those things that he sees himself as needing to know (money, time, measurement, etc). So, when we were given the opportunity to review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan from A+ Interactive Math, I jumped on this opportunity to really get a better look at where we are and what gaps we need to work on closing.
We received a three-month subscription to the Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan for my oldest son, who works at around a 2nd/3rd grade level in math. This is an interactive online math program.
This is a very simple, easy to use program. When you first begin, you will need to set your child up with the best grade level for them; or perhaps even (as we chose to) go back a bit to the previous level. I chose the second level myself, to see if we could successfully complete this, even though a majority of our work is done within the third grade level. We quickly set up my son’s account and he was able to sign in with his own login and go straight to work. He had the option of completing a placement test, viewing reports or viewing and working through the lesson plans themselves. The first thing we did was to take the adaptive placement test which tested him in a number of different areas within the grade level we chose. Some of these topics included: addition, subtraction, money, geometry, and telling time.
Once the test was completed the program set up a lesson plan for him based upon the topics he struggled with. This is a great way to focus time and energy on those things which need to be exercised a bit more. And I love that we don’t have to complete a whole lesson, but rather, only the portions of study that he needs to work on. For my son this is a really big deal since he already struggles with his ability to focus when it comes to math.
There is also a page for you to see the concepts listed that they should know for their grade level. You can see how many times a test has been taken and it will also show you if they passed. As I said before, we chose a variety of topics to test on; we did focus more on telling time, counting money, and geometry too (since these are areas of interest to him right now).