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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

IXL ~ a TOS review

Hi there! Can I tell you about a online supplemental  program that we love to use in our homeschool? It's called IXL and they have online learning programs for IXL Math and IXL Language Arts
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IXL offers a comprehensive Online Math Memberships geared towards Preschool skills through 12th Graders. Just recently they added an Online Language Arts Membership section geared towards 2nd through 8th graders. The skills that IXL offers are based off of state standards if your state has them and our current state of VA does.
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With IXL you get the following benefits from its program:

~practice that feels like play: gain a whole new appreciation for how fun learning can be!

~ content for your right and left side of your brain: an abundance of questions for every learning style, students can't help but build lasting skills and confidence.

~ practice that keeps you within the zone: Free from gimmicks or distractions, IXL is a place where every minute is spent truly learning.

~ learning that sticks with you: practice environment that rewards hard work and encourages students to learn from their mistakes.

~ numbers that tell a story : progress reports emailed weekly
 
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We received a one year membership in exchange for our review and I have been using the math sections with my five daughters Marie (17), Madison (13), Mikayla (11), Montana (8) & McKenzie (5).  Mikayla and Montana have also been using the LA Arts component at the 6th and 2nd grade levels. Memberships starts at $9.95 per month or $79. per year for one child for Math only, Math AND Language Arts, costs $129. Each additional child is just $2.00 per month or $20.00 per year.

Membership benefits include:

- Comprehensive coverage of K–12 math curriculum. Your kids won't miss a thing!
- Interactive language arts exercises for grades 2–4.
- Unlimited questions in over 2,000 skills.
- Fun and colorful practice formats.
- Questions that adapt to your child's ability, increasing in difficulty as they improve.
- Immediate feedback and question-specific explanations to solidify understanding of each concept.
- Audio for all pre-K to first-grade math skills.
- Weekly e-mail updates on your child's progress.
- Informative, detailed reports pointing out successes and trouble spots.
- Awards and certificates for you and your children to print out as they reach important milestones.
- iPad app for mobile math practice.
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Setting up the account was quick and easy. Just log on to the website and fill out the parent information to create a master account. Once that is done you have the opportunity to enroll each of your children. I created a profile for each of the girls and they picked their favorite picture to recognize their profile. I really liked this for McKenzie. She knows how to read and write her first name, which begins with an "F", but I think the picture helps to reinforce that this is her special account.
This review came at an opportune time for us since Marie was brushing up on math skills for the ACT test. She was able to go through the sections she needed refreshing on and I am pleased as punch as it helped her raise her composite math score to meet the benchmark for college level math, YES! She should have no problem testing into Math classes when she starts at Liberty in the Fall of 2015.
Madison, who is my 8th grader this year has been using the iXL for Algebra 1. I love that she gets a double dose of math throughout the week. We had a bit of a hiccup at the start of the year and had to switch programs, but now with the addition of iXL she is back on track and math is not such a chore for her.
Mikayla and Montana are both currently working a year ahead in math, so I wanted them to do grade level math review. Our current math program is quite comprehensive in my view, so I just wanted to reinforce the skills that they already learned last year to make sure they were solid. For Mikayla that means really drilling her fractions and greatest/least common multiples and for Montana working with fact families and line graphs.
McKenzie is solidly working within the Kindergarten section and excelling. She amazes me with her ability to log on and just pick up where she left off. It's all fun and games to her and she loves the challenge of some of the sections. I love it because she is learning and excelling.
IXL uses the "smart score" system for its program to help with mastery of skills. Basically, the child starts by answering easy problems for the skill being learned. The more answers they get correct and their "smart score" will rise. If you miss a problem your score will decrease a little but you have the opportunity to raise it back up. 100 points on the "smart score" meter means that the skill has been mastered and your child would then earn an award.Because we have access to every level of math offered, it has been great to have the girls practice a skill on something they are currently struggling with now.
 
image An awards board is available for every level of Math including preschool.  It is an incentive system! similar to a sticker chart that is meant to motivate your child to keep practicing.  Prizes are given out for mastering certain skills which is fun and you can also get an award for the amount of time you have been practicing a certain skill or the number of questions that have been answered. The award section is all about trying to keep the children engaged and learning and quite possibly McKenzie's favorite part. And who doesn't like stickers!
imageMikayla and Montana used the LA section for review on the days when we missed using our own LA program because we ran out of time or just needed to be out of the house. I loved that I could have Mikayla log in on the iPad and she could get in 20-30 minutes of LA review on the way to the gym before practice, especially on Thursdays. Montana uses the 2nd grade program  and this year it is the perfect amount of work for her. While she prefers our current program we use, I like that this option is available for those busy days.
Overall, we are all thrilled with the content of IXL and what the whole program has to offer for our family. I am so glad to have been chosen for this review and I definitely think you should check it out for yourself and see if it is a fit for your family! I have not found anything with the program that I dislike and I know we will be continuing to use this subscription until it ends and at that point I will be purchasing yearly subscriptions for my girls.
When you find something that works for your homeschool and children it is not hard to spend the money on it! Be sure to read the reviews of my fellow CrewMates by clicking on the banner below to see what they think.
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Company ~ IXL
Product ~
IXL Math and IXL Language Arts
Price ~ Memberships starts at $9.95 per month or $79.per year for one child. Each additional child is just $2.00 per month or $20.00 per year.
Ages ~ preschool – 12th for Math, 2nd –8th for LA
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