Recently my family was able to review Mathletics, an online math practice site for kids in grade K-8. Unfortunately, with out holiday schedule and trying to tie up loose ends before taking our Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, we haven’t been able to use Mathletics as much as I’d have liked. Still, I’d like to tell you what we did discover about the program.
Mathletics offers online practice, problem-solving, and competition to help kids improve their math skills. The first thing your student will do when he or she logs on is create their own avatar. The completely customizable features remind me of the Mii characters on the Wii. Your child can customize everything from hair color and skin tone to the shape of their eyes and mouth.
From the main page of the student’s site, she can choose to practice a variety of math skills, such as addition/subtraction, fractions/geometry or measurement/money, based on her grade level or compete live against another student of similar age/ability level, or play games (many of which have to be unlocked by doing the practice activities), or even enjoy “Rainforest Math,” interactive math activities for K-6.
In Rainforest Math, you’ll find interactive practice for skills such as(based on 3rd grade level):
- Numbers – counting, operations, fractions, etc.
- Algebra – patterns, functions, equivalence
- Measurement – length, area, volume, time
- Space – 2D and 3D shapes, graphs, money (though the Australian coins may be a little confusing to kids)
The practice area focuses on skills common for each grade level. Kids earn credits by working through the practice activities, earning certificates, or competing against other students. They can spend these credits in the Mathletics store, buying goodies to update and outfit their avatar. Students can also earn gold bars which allow them to unlock games under the “games” tab. We found some of the games, such as the basketball game, to be a little tricky because its comparing metrics equivalencies, not something my American 3rd grader has had much experience with.
One thing that I really liked is, for each problem in the practice activities, there is a a help question mark. If a student has trouble with a specific problem, he can click on the question mark and be taken to a support area where he can see a similar problem broken down and worked out with explanations. The only problem with this and the practice areas is that all the dialogue is written out. This means that non-fluent readers may need a parent’s help reading the directions and explanations.
From the Mathletics home page, you can click to see their entire course of study by grade level. There is also a parent’s center from which you can track your child’s progress, print certificates, and even print nice, high-quality math workbooks with which your student can practice off-line.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.