The Schoolhouse Review Crew got the chance to review CTC Math‘s 12 Month Family Plan. I was curious, and hopeful, that this would be something that would work well for Boobear. So when I received the chance to review it, I took it!
CTC Math is a math program that works for kids in kindergarten through high school. It’s one of Cathy Duffy’s top picks, and is an easy to use online program that allows kids to work at their own pace. There’s instant feedback, parental reports, and lessons are interactive enough to suit any learning style and any child.
12 Month Family Plan
This is the plan we were given to review. It’s designed for homeschooling families and offers a 60% discount off the regular price of the program. Up to ten children can be registered and each child has their own reports and their own log in. You receive access to everything from the kindergarten level to trigonometry, so if you have a kiddo who needs to move up at some point, they can, or they can go back and review something from a previous grade.
How We Used It
I set Boobear up with his account, which turned out to be very easy to do. I started him off on the kindergarten level, because I wanted to review those skills and I was concerned there might be something that he hadn’t covered yet.
It was very easy to decide what we wanted to work on. We simply selected the grade level, the stream, and then the topic. For kindergarten, there are four streams and eight topics. At the time the screenshots were done, we’d only been working on two of the topics. Guess what? I was right – there were some things that we had not yet covered, but Boobear is moving fast through it.
There is a short video tutorial, followed by exercises. Pat Murray is the teacher. He’s from Australia, and I was a little concerned the accent might through Boobear off. I didn’t need to worry. Instead, what happened was Boobear greatly enjoyed hearing him speak and he loved the videos. Each lesson is taught step by step and there are no huge leaps or weird logic. It’s all done in a logical progression, building on other skills, and at no point has Boobear become confused.
The exercises are done as interactive questions. There is also an option to print out worksheets if needed, but we haven’t needed to do this yet. As answers are entered, they are scored and added to the progress report. Kids can’t cheat the system and get immediate feedback on how they are doing.
Reports are provided in both summary and detailed versions. These show how well a student is doing. They tell you what the child scored, how long it took them, and where they are mastering the material or needing more help. Summary reports tell you how many lessons are in a topic, how many have been attempted and passed, and the progress made. They also tell you the efficiency rating. A detailed report tells you a total of lessons completed, the efficiency rating, and gives you a glimpse of every single lesson and how the child did.
When the child has mastered a topic, they get a certificate!
There’s also a speed test to allow a child to practice their basic math facts and gain fluency in them.
What We Thought
In my opinion, this is an excellent program. I think it would be a supplement for some families and a full curriculum for others, depending on what each child needed. There’s no fluff, a lot of variety in the exercises, and a lot of support. Boobear really enjoys it. Some of the exercises actually make him laugh (like a little man lifting weights and you need to count the lifts to practice counting) and he loves the tutorial videos. The videos are short enough he doesn’t get bored, but provide enough that he has something solid to work with. The amount of exercises seem to be perfect for him, and he really, really loves being able to see how he’s doing right away. Plus, earning a certificate after every single topic really motivates him! That’s another thing I like – the way things are separated out into small bites, so there’s no worry about a child becoming overwhelmed.
Connect with CTC
You can connect with CTC Math on Facebook if you want to find out more!