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I love my daughter's smile. And while she is generally very sweet-natured, over the years, math studies had become a problem in our homeschool, and I wasn't seeing that smile as much when she was working on that subject.
It's not that she couldn't do it...but the programs we've used over time often failed to either challenge her or keep her attention for long. As a result, getting her to "do" math started to become, shall we say, quite challenging...
Not only that, but I had two older sons who were taking Algebra and studying to take SAT/ACT tests in preparation for college classes in the fall, and I really
wanted needed something that would provide a bit more accountability for them while increasing my ability to track their progress.
But I'm getting ahead of myself here... This was all to start telling you why I was so happy to discover CTC Math!
What I appreciate about an online math curriculum
As I mentioned before, we've worked through quite a few math curricula during our homeschool years. Even though much of our learning has been hands-on and "real world centered", math has been the one subject that I felt was foundational and required systematic study and thorough mastery.
(That, and I am SO not math oriented and have no business even trying to teach anything besides the basic 4 skills without help...)
I've found that as our life and lifestyle have become more mobile over the years, online resources are not only more appropriate to how we live and easily adapted to various learning styles, but they are also a format that our kids will need to master in the 21st century.
A special benefit I appreciate of CTC Math is the built-in accountability. As a busy mom, I so appreciate the weekly summaries I get, via email, of my kids' progress (or lack thereof) in the previous week. Admittedly in the past a tad too much time may have passed before I'd have realized that a kiddo or two might have fallen behind in our plans... No more! I print out my report on Monday, sit down with each student after breakfast, review the results together and adjust the program for the coming week.
Teaches self-pacing/time management skills
Related to accountability is how this online math program helps develop my children's abilities to learn how to pace their studies and develop time management skills. Inside the parent portal is the ability to add assignments (tasks) which show up on your student's homepage. I used this extensively at first, assigning specific lessons to be completed daily, then tapered off to chunks of lessons that they would have to manage weekly, and by the end of the year, they had begun rolling smoothly through their work. Of course, if/when they would hit a lesson/topic that required a bit more review, their schedules might have gotten off course, but even so, considering they were spending more time working on math made it no big deal!
Allows for flexible learning schedules
Online math courses also allow for flexible learning schedules. One of my sons started his first job during this past school year, and his being able to put off a tougher lesson or two for the weekend was sometimes a huge blessing. Additionally, because math has always been a tough subject for him, he (and I) appreciated that he could go back and review the lesson until he mastered the concepts. Being able to track his progress helped him to see how far he was getting in his studies; the printable certificates were the cherry on top!
(This is something that may sound a bit silly but bears mentioning from our family's experience. We all love Pat Murray's (the teacher behind the voice) accent. All lessons are recorded with his lovely Australian accent, which is alternately entertaining and somewhat soothing, especially when the kids are struggling with some more difficult concepts.)
The hidden "gems" of CTC Math
Quite possibly the best part of CTC (ok, at least the part the kids and I enjoy the most) are the games hidden waaaaay down on the bottom of the screen!! When you're on any of the main pages, you'll find 3 little phrases on the bottom footer: Speed Skills | Times Tables | Swap Pieces
These short, fun games add a little productive break to the math lessons, 'cause we all know that all work and no play make for a dull program, right?
Want to see what CTC is all about? Watch my "walk through"!
There are lots of ways to try CTC out
- If you're interested - but still on the fence - about looking into CTC Math as you prepare for the coming school year, take their FREE trial out for a spin!
Or how 'bout a "math membership" for the family?
CTC Math memberships are great for families with 2 or more children. Check out their price structure; you'll see they are very economical and can really help ease a tightly-stretched education budget.
Now while I can't guarantee you'll have the same results our family has had, whether you're in "school prep mode" for the coming year or you find yourself needing to switch gears mid-year, ya' gotta admit that CTC makes it super easy to give their program a try!
- While you may be in "shopping mode" for the coming school year, keep in mind that homeschooling families can purchase the program right now at a 60% discount, too! Purchase any 12-month membership and get 6 months FREE 🙂
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