Math is not one of our favorite things in this house. My husband is an engineer, and my younger son, who is six are really good at math. But my oldest son and I really struggle in this area. Needless to say, I know the importance of enjoying the things being studied so I am often very much looking for something that will make math a bit more enjoyable for my oldest son. We have had the chance to review a number of math programs this year but I was still eager to review A+ Interactive Math‘s new Math Mini-Courses and we have had the opportunity to review a couple of them through the TOS Crew. There are 20 various Math Mini-Courses to choose from; we were provided with the Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th – 13 lessons) and Elementary Geometry (1st-4th – 19 lessons) for our review.
Just to give you an idea as to the courses available:
Counting and Identifying Numbers (1st-3rd) – 15 lessons
Place Value and Number Combinations (1st-3rd) – 15 lessons
Naming, Comparing and Arranging Numbers (1st-3rd) – 17 lessons
Early Elementary Fractions (1st-3rd) – 10 lessons
Early Elementary Addition (1st-3rd) – 17 lessons
Early Elementary Subtraction (1st-3rd) – 15 lessons
Elementary & Middle School Multiplication (2nd-6th) – 13 lessons
Elementary & Middle School Division (2nd-6th) – 15 lessons
Tables, Charts and Graphs (1st-6th) – 17 lessons
Elementary Geometry (1st-4th) – 19 lessons
Elementary Algebra (1st-4th) – 27 lessons
Advanced Geometry (4th-7th) – 35 lessons
Advanced Fractions (4th-8th) – 26 lessons
Decimal Numbers (3rd-7th) – 20 lessons
Percentages (5th-8th) – 13 lessons
Time (1st-4th) – 20 lessons
Money (1st-5th) – 18 lessons
Number Types and Conversions (3rd-6th) – 35 lessons
Ratio, Proportions, Probability & Statistics (3rd-6th) – 14 lessons
Measurements and Conversions (2nd-6th) – 23 lessons
As I am sure you can imagine this isn’t a complete math curriculum, but it could be a very helpful addition if there are some areas that are more troublesome than others. There are numerous worksheets, reference sheets, and the videos are all animated (kind of fun says my son). Its also got a great tracker so you always know the progress that is being made in the course.
My son is very artistic and loves playing with lines and shapes so when we had the chance to complete the Elementary Geometry mini course, I wasn’t going to think twice about it. This is a great basic course too! The course begins with a very easy to understand introduction to geometry and then covers topics like: Naming Plan and Solid Shapes, Vertices, Edges and Faces, 2-D and 3-D Shapes, Lines of Symmetry and plenty more. What we really liked about this was the Interactive Q & A where we can review what was taught with guided assistance (like having a tutor right there with you!). And at the end of every lesson there is a certificate that can be printed out. My son really liked that part too! I think this was probably his favorite course out of the two. There are 19 lessons in all in this mini course and it really is a great way to introduce your kids to the subject of geometry in a way that is fun!
We also had the opportunity to review the Elementary and Middle School Multiplication – Mini Course Online. My oldest son has been really struggling for some time now with multiplication so when this came our way, was I ever glad for something new to try. And again, my son really likes these classes – he finds the videos short enough that he can focus on the lesson – and the Interactive Q & A is a great help to him when he is struggling in one lesson or another. This mini course begins with an introduction to multiplication and slowly moves into more advanced topics such as: multiplication tricks, multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number, multiplying a 4-digit number and a 2-digit number, all the way to multiplication with three numbers. I have to say, there was quite a bit of this that was definitely over his head (mine too in some cases!). There are 13 lessons in all in this one. It definitely is quite a bit more advanced than I expected but it was a good challenge for my son and we worked through the videos and the problems together. I made sure to remind him too, as we advanced in this course, that the math we were learning was quite complicated and we were working to do our best. Plain and simple. He was a really good sport in all of it too!
We really enjoyed our experience with A+ Interactive Math; this is a very easy program! It wasn’t overwhelming and while its lessons were clear and concise, it was also short enough to keep my son’s attention. A+ Interactive Math does a great job with teaching these hard things to our kids, in a simple way. If you have some gaps, as we do, this is a wonderful alternative to use to fill those areas in. Simple, not too boring but not too childish either, this is something that really is a great addition to our homeschool. And did I mention, its quite affordable too!