14 November 2014
13 November 2014
12 November 2014
My 3rd grade son, 6th grade daughter and 8th grade daughter are all working on both math and language arts skills. Language Arts is available from 2nd through 8th grade levels. My children don't really know what level they are working on though. There is an option to have the levels labelled by letter instead of grade number. My 6th grade daughter is actually working on many of the same math skills at the same level as her younger brother. This would really affect her confidence if she knew. I am so thankful for this option. It lets my children focus on their learning and practice and not whether they are doing the work others say they should be. We also have the option to compare the skills and levels in IXL with our state's standards. It automatically has our state shown because of our address information. We do not do any portfolios or testing in Indiana, but if we did, it would be nice to know what would be expected to be learned for each grade.
It is important to note that IXL is a membership website for practicing skills. There is not instruction but practice for specific skills. If a problem is answered incorrectly, then an explanation is shown. This is shown below the initial problem and correct answer. If the incorrect answer was just an error in inputting the answer, it is easy to go on to the next problem. If there is confusion, it is easy to scroll down and review the process. If there are continued difficulties, a lower level for this skill can be selected. This has been so easy for my children to navigate on their own. For most of their basic math learning they are able to progress simply by working through IXL. My one daughter that struggles with math concepts is still progressing, just with some needed instructional help from mama. My dyslexic daughter is really enjoying the new feature having the question presented with audio. Previously, this was only an option for the youngest grade levels.
You may be wondering how I can keep up with all that my children are doing. I get frequent emails of my children's progress. I can also easily access reports from my own sign-in on the website. I can choose which student, which levels (great when they are working across a few levels) and which subject. My only question is their motivation. They earn little rewards (a sticker in a square on a grid) for completing skills, or practice for a certain amount of time or number of questions. I like that there are several opportunities to earn these rewards, I just don't know that this simple reward would have been enough to motivate me at their ages. There are no flashy graphics or extra games. It is not boring practice, but there really are no bells and whistles. And it works! My children are all making good progress and ask to do their math. On our busiest days when little formal schoolwork is accomplished, I know doing math will be no problem.
IXL is a subscription site. A membership can be configured in numerous ways for most any need. The initial student for one subject is $9.95/month or $79/year. Add $2 per month for additional students ($20/year) in one subject - math or language arts. Want to do both subjects? $15.95/month or $129/year for one student. For two students, both subjects it is $17.95/month or $149/year. It is easy to figure exactly what your costs will be by choosing monthly vs yearly, number of students (1-10) and math and or language arts.
Be sure to check out the other reviews from my fellow Crew members. You can also visit the IXL website and sample problems from all levels and both subject areas.