Thursday, June 21, 2012

IXL ~ Schoolhouse Crew Review


"Mommy ... can I play the computer?"

That is a question I hear VERY often from my 8 and 6 year old. There are a few websites that they know they are free to use, as long as they ask first. Some of them are just for fun. But, I always like to have a handful of educational websites available for them on the Bookmarks Bar.

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IXL is now there, and I am THRILLED! So are my kids! In fact, in one two-day span, Brynne logged 2 hours! (How do I know this? The system keeps track of it!)

IXL approaches "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" (from the website)

When the kids are ready to play, they just click on the link and choose their grade level. They have both been working on Second Grade.

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There are so many different types of lessons to choose from, including counting and number patterns, comparing and ordering, names of numbers, patterns, addition and subtraction (one, two, and three digit), properties, mixed operations, place values, estimation and rounding, logical reasoning, money, time, data and graphs, measurements, geometry, fractions, probability and statistics, multiplication and division.

IXL Screen Samples

I like that I can choose reinforcement activities to supplement our current math lessons. The kids just like to choose a set of lessons and get started. But what they like most of all is the chance to win Awards and Certificates of Achievement. The program also keeps them informed of what they need to accomplish to earn the next award.

IXL Awards and Games
IXL Certificate of Achievement

What I like best is that the kids can work completely independent on the concepts. The program keeps working with them until they master the concepts. If they get the concept early, they only do a few problems. But, if they are having trouble with a concept, the program has them continue to do problems until they get it. And then I can view progress reports. Their work is at my fingertips.

IXL Family Reports

The cost of the program is completely reasonable, as well, at just $79 a year for home educators. Click HERE to read all about the Membership Benefits and for ordering information.

IXL Fees

Bottom Line: IXL has more math than you can imagine, but it is so fun that the students don't even know they are doing so much learning. It's a win/win. Lots of math. Lots of fun.

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Our family feels that this is an excellent math program and a perfect fit for us. And we're not alone ...

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Seriously, you will be pleased if you purchase this program. We are.

 {Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was provided this product free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

To see what others though of IXL, you can click HERE.


2 comments:

  1. Wow, I am sorry I joined the Crew too late to sign on for this one! That looks amazing, and other reviews I'm seeing this week seem to be in agreement with you.

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  2. I wished I hadn't missed this one! During the time that IXL came out for sign-ups...and a couple others...I didn't get e-mail notifications. I guess if they're posted close together, only the first shows up? (At least that's what someone told me...) So, now I try to visit every day to see if I missed anything.

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