This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 9th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

TOS Review~ ALEKS

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When we first started looking at homeschooling the girls, I was blown away at how many choices there were for math curriculum.  We have been lucky that it didn't take us a long time to find a program that works for us. I love to supplement here and there just to give a new approach to teaching/learning different concepts.  As a ember of the Old Schoolhouse crew I received a month subscription to ALEKS to try out.
 

What is ALEKS???  That is the same thing I asked myself when I first heard of the company. ALEKS is an acronym for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces. 

ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Program:

  • Complete Curriculum Solution for Math with Access to Full Course Library
  • No Textbook Required
  • Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Student Knowledge
  • Assessment and Individualized Learning for Grades 3-12
  • Master Account Includes Quizzing and Automated Reports to Monitor Learning Progress
  • Unlimited Online Access - PC and Mac Compatible
  • QuickTables - Complimentary Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction

Master-Account_Progress-Report

From the beginning each student is initially assessed and then placed in the appropriate math level. As the student moves through the level they are continually assessed and challenged, moving forward toward completion of each math level.  Periodic assessments keep track of topics learned, and when the student is ready to move to the next level, ALEKS notifies the parent or teacher. If your child already has a firm grasp on a topic, they don't have to work on it; they can move on. No need to “master” a topic over again.

Student-Account_MyPie

Each of your registered students has their own account and when they log in, any concepts that need to be reviewed will be the first thing they work on.  The student can then look at their "pie" ~ which is the major tool the ALEKS math program uses to motivate students to continue on in their work. The "pie" is a simple pie chart that clearly displays the student's progress. At any time the student or  mom/dad can quickly see what has been learned, what has yet to be learned, and which math topic needs the most focus.

Master-Account_Attendance-Report

ALEKS offers math courses for students in grades 3-12, as well as higher education classes such as college algebra, business math, accounting, statistics, chemistry, and more. Math facts drills – Quick Tables are included with the elementary-level courses. ALEKS is a subscription based program that ranges in price from $19.99 a month, to $99.95 for 6 months and $179.95 for 12 full months service. Have you got more than one student? Well, click here to view multi-student pricing.

We found ALEKS to be a great supplement to our current math program. I loved the way that the girls could get that extra reinforcement when needed and see material presented in a different way. I would recommend this program hands down if you are looking for a stand alone math program or as a supplement.  Check out what my crewmates had to say about the ALEKS program here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew and as such received a subscription to ALEKS in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided .

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