CTCMath Review

Mother and daughter posing with school report

Let me start by saying, I wish I had this program when I was in school, it would have helped me tremendously. When I first considered homeschooling my kids I was worried about how I would do with math and how well I would be able to teach it . Math, honestly, has never been my strong point. I’ve always been a reading, writing, English type of student and when it came to math I did it but I could have done much better. My daughter takes after me and she loves reading. When it came to math she seemed to struggle and I partially blamed myself because my approach and/or delivery wasn’t the best. I searched for months trying to find the right program to help me help her grasp the concepts.

A few days ago I told you about a math program called CTCMath. After signing up for the free trial and exploring the site I was very impressed. The tutor made everything easy to understand. I decided that it would be worth the investment and purchase the program. I have purchased several programs in the past which did not yield the results that CTCMath did in one day. I decided we would do an extended math session today so I could get the feel of the program and see how she liked it.

Before we started CTCMath this morning my daughter had been struggling with rounding. No matter how I tried to explain it, it wasn’t clicking. I looked for games and she kinda got it but when we went back to doing it on paper, it didn’t stick.  It was so frustrating trying to explain something that to me, was super easy to understand. By the end of 2 hours on this program (we covered several topics) she completed rounding with a 95%! I was am AMAZED. I still can’t believe she picked it up in that short of a time and we didn’t have to play online games. Most of all, My child was so happy to finally get it. She was proud to show me her 95% and 100% on her lessons. I was happy that all I had to assist instead of instruct and I didn’t have to grade a thing!

After she completed her math sessions I received an email informing me of what she did for the day and how she scored on all of her topics we covered. I even received 3 awards to print and display! I am so happy I found this program.  If you have a child that needs help in math, please save your sanity and look into this program. I will happily continue to pay for this program until we are done with homeschool. It is well worth the $78.80 per year!

 

**This is my honest opinion of the product reviewed**

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CTC Math program

I’ve been on a hunt for a while now trying to find a good math program for my daughter and I think I may have found a really good program. I am signed up to receive newsletters from a ton of mommy homeschool blogs and I got an email this morning talking about CTCMath and decided to check it out. I’m so glad I found this.

After watching the demo for this program I think this was exactly what we need to help my daughter in math. The demo was very easy to understand and follow and the directions were clear. I am very impressed with what I saw on the demo. I’ll do the free trial and if I’m still pleased with the program, I’ll sign up for the program.

 

Grades and topics covered-

  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Measurement
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Algebra 1
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Membership – varies. You have options of monthly, six month or 1 year membership and payments.

You get reports delivered to your email to tell you exactly what your child is doing and what areas your child needs help in.

No grading paper!

 

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http://ctcmath.com/ctcmath-for-homeschoolers/

 

Grade 5 school schedule

This is my Grade 5 year round school schedule. I originally was going to schedule Friday’s off but after considering the field ministry, I think Monday’s will be a better day during the week to get out with the children. I know it looks like a lot but I wanted to make sure my daughter was getting the same types of classes she would be getting in a public school setting. Our days usually end before 3:30 but it’s nice to have that time set aside just in case an assignment goes longer than expected. Most classes will be scheduled in 30 minute blocks except math which we do for an hour each day. I like to start with math in my schedule because it’s both my daughter and my least favorite subject and I like to get it out of the way so it’s smooth sailing for the rest of the day.

Materials used this year….

Math class- we are using Khan academy but I may start using Xtra math this year.

Bible class- we are using the book “What does the Bible really teach?” as a bible study aid. Since we have Bible class scheduled daily we only read until the next subheading. Be sure to look up every scripture noted and discuss with your student to make sure the principals are understood (If your child is not yet on the level to read the Bible teach book you can use the “Learn from the great teacher” or “My book of Bible stories”) Once we complete the Bible teach book we will be moving on to the God’s love book.  (This is the only class you will need to do with your child)

Art class- We paint, draw, color and do picture studies. I’ve also found some artist biographies to complete while studying particular artists. I purchased a used textbook called Art connections which has some great assignments as well. I also posted previously a link to Mrs. Brown’s art class.

Read aloud- I really found that having my daughter listen to audio books while reading along helped her with reading. The free audiobook app we use is Librivox (free on android play store). hey also have a windows 8 application (free) or you can go to the website librivox.org. There are several languages supported. When I have a spiritual audio book assigned we use JW.org and we also downloaded an excellent app called JW pod-caster (free on android play store). It has a ton of literature (from the website) that you can listen to as well. Reading and listening to literature helps your student improve their reading skills.

Health- We are using Harcourt Health and fitness grade 5 textbook.    I make up questions based on the reading and there are also some questions provided as well.

Computer- We are focusing on keyboarding skills this year. I am using Learn to type (free online program). We also add in some typing games that I search for online to break up the monotony of typing.

Reading- I loved reading growing up and so does my daughter. We use reading comprehension books and I also use chapter books. With the chapter books I typically skim over and look up comprehension questions and  vocabulary words. You can sometimes find questions and answers online based on the chapters of whatever book your reading.  We also do lapbooks which my daughter really enjoys doing.

TIP:  Try to schedule reading before lunch that way you have time to start cooking lunch (or dinner) before class is over.  I’ve found it helps me with managing my time…

Grammar- We are using Exercises in English level E language arts book. Any grade level language arts book will do. I assign two pages per day.

Writing– For writing we do copy work, cursive practice and creative writing. I like to use scriptures from the bible and Ambleside online has some copy work assigned per grade level. I did use majority of the Ambleside copy work assignments BUT some of the passages are taken from classic literature that have a racial attitudes and language. I personally decided to leave those out.

Spelling– I use Spelling city (free online) to create lists and spelling tests. See my older post on spelling city of you are not familiar.

Geography, Science and Music- I decided to use http://allinonehomeschool.com/ for my Geography, music and Science. I have my own Harcourt Science textbook that I may switch back to but this was already done and because I was exhausted with planning curriculum,  I used  someone else’s.

PE- I use YouTube for PE. I find kids Zumba or other children’s fitness routines and have my daughter a video 1-3 times depending on the length of the video. It’s very important that we keep our kids active and doing a dance routine is a fun way to do it. Sometimes we all join in the fun!

So now that you know what I am using and below is my schedule for the day. While my daughter is doing math, I have time to work with my son who is in pre-k. I’ll do a separate post for my pre-k learner.

 

Year Round. Tuesday- Friday Schedule.  One month off for Summer break and three additional weeks off during the school year to be added when we want a break or vacation. Having Monday’s off we can go out in service and do housework. We can also use Monday’s as a makeup day if you need to make up a missed school day.

8:30 Daily Text Daily Text Daily Text Daily Text No class/ make up
8:45 Math Math Math Math No class/ Make up
9:45 Bible Bible Bible Bible No class/ make up
10:15 Art Read Aloud Art Read Aloud No class/ make up
10:45 15 min break 15 min break 15 min break 15 min break No class/ make up
11:00 Health Computer Health Computer No class/ make up
11:30 Reading Reading Reading Reading No class/ make up
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch No class/ make up
12:30 Grammar Grammar Grammar Grammar No class/ make up
1:00 Writing Writing Writing Writing No class/ make up
1:30 Spelling Spelling Spelling Spelling No class/ make up
2:00 Geography Geography Geography Geography No class/ make up
2:30 Science Science Science Science No class/ make up
3:00 Music PE Music PE No class/ make up

 

 

Khan academy

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 I am not a math wiz, in all honesty, I hated math growing up. I always found it difficult and that was one thing that scared me about homeschooling my kids. I started my daughter off with Saxon math because I thought using a textbook would be the best thing to use and after graduating from public school, it was all I had been used to using. She was having a hard time getting my approach and it was frustrating when she didn’t understand the way I was trying to explain things to her. After many long and frustrating days, I was in search of a new way to do math that would be easier for the both of us.

One day I came across Khan Academy. It has been such a turn around in math since switching to Khan Academy (KA). Here are some things  that I found AMAZING about this site

– It’s FREE

– You take a pre-test to see where your skills are and where you need practice. Parents can go in and assign lessons and KA will assign lessons as well.

– KA keeps track of what skills your child has practiced, needs to practice and has mastered in an easy to read chart.

– There are videos in each area of math to show your child (and parent) how to do that particular type of problem if you need help or refresh your memory. These are wonderful for the mathematically challenged parent like myself.

– Everything is assigned according to grade level. This saves time and sanity!

I have been using this for 10 days now and it has been great so far. Here is the link for you to check it out for yourself.

https://www.khanacademy.org/