Tuesday, November 3, 2020

MathandAlgebra.com (A Homechool Crew Review)

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. 

For the last few weeks, the kids have been using a supplemental program off the internet called MathandAlgebra.com to help them solidify their math knowledge and continue practicing skills they have already learned.

MathandAlgebra.com is a website that provides video lessons as well as printable worksheets to practice what they have learned. The one-year family subscription includes four complete math courses, Basic Math, Advance Math, PreAlgebra, and Algebra 1

This web based program works in four steps:

Video lessons:   The video tutorials are simple and straight forward. No distractions, just Rick Fisher writing on a white board to show examples and demonstrate solutions.


Printable Worksheets - Students write problems out and solve them with pencil and paper. This enforces concepts and methods as the students work through each essential step.

 Quizzes - Once the student is confident with what they have learned, it's time to put that to the test. There is a quiz at the end of each chapter and a final quiz at the end of each course.

Earn Badges - Keep students motivated by feeding that instinct to achieve and collect! Students can earn badge awards as they complete lessons and do well on quizzes. 


MathandAlgebra.com offers four courses for different levels of study: Basic Math , Advanced Math, Pre Algebra  and Algebra. 

 Each level is broken down by topics of study such as fractions, geometry, ratios and more.  This makes it easy to target one particular skill that the student needs to work on.


Students first watch a short video lesson (roughly less than 5 minutes) taught by math instructor Rick Fisher who teaches concepts via white board lessons.  First he explains the math concept and then he works out examples while the student follows along.  

Following the lesson, a printable worksheet (along with answer key) is available for printing out for the student to work through in order to practice the math skill learned.  The worksheet also contains review questions from previous lessons so that the student continues to use that knowledge and hopefully cements the skill into their knowledge bank.  Each worksheet also contains a word problem at the end to help students use critical thinking skills in figuring out what process needs to be used to sold the problem. 


How We Used It

 The kids have been working their way thru the Basic Math section of the website in order to remediate any gaps they might have in their math knowledge.  As we have recently completed our lessons on Fractions in our current math curriculum, we have been primarily focusing on the fractions section of the website, allowing the kids to continue using their knowledge.

We found that fitting MathandAlgebra.com into our school day was pretty simply.  I would print out the worksheets for the week ahead of time and use used them at the start of our math class as a review.  I would play the quick video, just to refresh them on the skill, and then have them work on the worksheet for about 10 minutes.  

The kids watching the video lesson before starting the day's worksheet

The kids have enjoyed (as much as they can enjoy math) using the website videos and the worksheets each day.  Ashleigh especially has had fun with the word problems each day, as she's used them as a way to vent her frustration with being stuck in the house under California Covid guidelines.  Each morning we have a bit of a laugh at her word problem answers.  Can you notice the theme??

While a minor issue, I did find that the answer key to go along with the worksheets do tend to have mistakes on them.  For example, for  2 3/4 + 2 2/4 , the answer would be 5 1/4.  However, the answer key had 6  1/4.  Another example had the kids reducing the fraction 2/8 to it's simplest which would be 1/4 but the answer key stated 1/2. 


Overall, I'm finding that MathandAlgebra.com has been a great complement with our math curriculum and has helped to solidify the skills the kids are currently working on. 

Be sure to click the banner below to see how other families on the Crew used MathandAlgebra.com with their families.

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