IXL (I excel….get it?) is an online math program for students of all ages and levels.
From the website:
Math for the left and right brain
Math is about so much more than just numbers—so, IXL is too!
We approach each math concept from all angles, offering visual representations, word problems, interactive activities, and more.
With an abundance of math problems for every learning style, students can’t help but build lasting skills and confidence.
My youngest is 3, so I have a pre-k membership for her, and my son is doing the first grade math level.
Each child has their own login information. Once they’ve done some of the lessons, the parent receives an email report detailing their progress:
My youngest doesn’t really have a lot of computer experience, so while my son is working on Daddy’s computer independently, I sit with my preschooler at my computer.
I read the questions to her and have her point to the correct multiple-choice answer. Just to keep things on the up-and-up, I don’t correct her answers when I know she’s picking the wrong one. That way she gets to see that there was an error, she’ll have the opportunity to practice that one a little more, and I will receive an accurate report of her progress.
Another thing I really like is that there is a button that my son can click to have the questions/explanations read to him if he needs it.
If you hover over a link in the lessons menu, you will see a little screen shot of the lesson being taught – so, again, my son has some clues on what he’ll be learning about if he’s unable to read that line item.
In IXL, each grade level has its own themed game board, filled with awards and prizes, so practicing math is like one big treasure hunt.
But you only win when you excel!
Every time you achieve one of your math goals, whether it’s mastering a skill or practicing for a certain amount of time,
you just might have a surprise waiting for you.
In first grade’s jungle game board, you might unlock a wild animal, or in the kindergarten toyland game board, you could stumble upon… wait, we’re not telling.
Keep practicing, and see how many prizes you can find!
My son does pretty well when he has an incentive to work toward – I love how this isn’t just about boring math drills. The kids have fun learning, and my oldest REALLY likes earning “prizes” on his game board.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary full six month subscription to IXL.com in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.