When you tend towards winsome and more delight-directed path in your homeschooling, you sometimes develop gaps in your education. It’s not that you want gaps, but you just may not have encountered aspects of a subject to determine where your child is at with it. Math is just such a subject for us. So, when we received the opportunity to review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan from A+ Interactive Math, I knew that it was a good opportunity for us to look at some of our math gaps and see if we could work on closing them.
We received a three-month subscription to the Adaptive Placement Test with Lesson Plan for both Firecracker (my fourth grader) and Rose (my second grader). This is a fully streaming, interactive online math program, so you’ll need a computer with a good connection to the internet to use this subscription.
Components of This Program
This is a program that is really simple to use once you get on it. In fact, for those who might find it difficult to navigate, A+ Interactive Math has nice pdf getting started directions clearly labeled in a big red button entitled “How to Get Started?” as soon as you log-in to the program. They also have a how to get started video once you’ve launched your child’s lesson plan that you can access from the student dashboard at any time.
Once logged in, your student needs to start by taking tests in each of the subject areas for your child’s grade level. For my children, this included such subjects as number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time, money, measurement, simple algebraic thinking, etc. For my second grader, this ended up being 13 subject areas. You can take these tests all at once or spread them out over the course of the days (or weeks) that you’re using this program.
Once your child takes the subject area tests, they will have either demonstrated proficiency in that subject on their grade level, or they will be given a list of recommended lessons to complete in that subject areas. These lessons include lesson videos with example programs, interactive question and answer sections, and an additional graded online worksheet for each lesson.
Eventually, you will complete the lessons that are recommended by the program, and be able to retest your child’s proficiency. At that time, they should be able to demonstrate proficiency in that math subtopic and be ready to focus on the next subtopic.
How We Used This Program
We went through this program one section at a time with each child completing a mini-test, and then doing any associated lessons recommended before retesting in the area to make sure that our skills were up to grade level.
For example, Firecracker tested in the number sense, and needed 7-8 lessons in number sense, which he took over the following two weeks. Then, he retested and tested at grade level. He quickly tested on grade level for both addition and subtraction, and he has been working on multiplication concepts since that time. If your child tests at grade level, like he did with both addition and subtraction, there will be no necessary recommended lessons for you to complete on those topics. This is a huge victory for your children (and their parents) when they realize that they don’t have any lessons to complete in a particular subtopic.
As you use, this program, the goal is to close all the learning gaps in your child’s lesson plan and for them to be on grade-level in all of the aspects that that grade’s concepts in math.
Our Thoughts About This Program
I loved the way this program worked for Firecracker. He was able to find a few focus areas where there were some gaps he needed to shore up and work those issues out. It went perfectly. Great!
Rose, on the other hand, had a lot of difficulty with this program. The mini-tests that you take adapt themselves based on your child’s answers , and she really struggled with even the number sense test, and then she has spent the whole review period completing lessons on number sense. It was really discouraging for her and for me too, especially since so many of the lessons that she covered were things that I felt like maybe her skill level was greater than where her ability to test was. On the whole though, she just wasn’t close enough to grade level to be able to make the best use of this program.
So, my recommendation is that this is a program for a child who you think is close to grade level on math or only has a few gap areas. This is also a program where it would be easy to test your child on the subtopics as well if you just want to know where they are. However, if your child has a large math gap, or if you suspect that they’re more than a little behind grade level, I’m not sure that this is one that’s going to be feasible for use.
They sell the subscription as a three-month subscription, so think short-term usage on this program. It would be a great at the end of the year as you’re trying to assess where to go the next fall with math. It would also make a great program to shore up a child who was having difficulty with math at school before the next school year started.
This was a great fit for Firecracker. Not a great fit for Rose. We’ll be continuing to use it for the rest of our subscription with Firecracker to pinpoint and shore up some of his weak areas so that I can know where he’s at grade-level wise.