Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Elephant Learning Math (A Homeschool Crew Review)

Members of the Homeschool Review Crew have been reviewing 12 Month Subscription to Elephant Learning Math Academy with their families for several weeks. . 

Elephant Learning Math Academy from is a online browser based math program from Elephant Learning Math Academy that boosts that your child can learn a year of math with just three months of usage. Designed for students 2-16, the company says that results are achievable by using the program for 10 minutes daily.    The program is $35/month for up to three children with zero registration fee and the company offers merit scholarships to help with tuition costs. 

Upon registering, the student will take a placement test in which the program establishes their starting "math age" based on their math knowledge. The program then uses this to present the student with activities that are designed to improve the student's "math age".  

Students are given an option of several graphic packages that appeal to their liking.  The activities do not change based on this selection but simply use graphics that correlate with the student's preference. 

Activities focus on those math skills that the student did not display knowledge of during their assessment.    

I'm going to be completely honest, this program just was not a fit for our family.  We really tried to like it but my kids absolutely hated it.  The heavy Indian accents were hard for them to understand and when the activities weren't absolutely clear, it made it hard for them to know what was expected.  The program glitched many times when they used it, which was also frustrating for them.

Probably the main thing the kids disliked about the program was that it was just too repetitive.  The activities were the same, day after day.  They quickly got bored with it and after a few while, they absolutely refused to do the program.  The graphics just weren't exciting, the activities were the same over and over and it just didn't appeal to them.

That's not to say they weren't learning.  It did show improvement from their assessment. But if they won't use it, it does us absolutely little good.  However, I couldn't really do anything to figure out where they needed improvement or what they were working on. The program claims to provide great feedback for the parent with detailed reports - these reported never worked for me.  For example, when I look at the reports for "Estimated Decimals Between 0 and 2", it said Garrett had already completed almost 77% of the curriculum.  However, the report says 0 minutes in playtime and didn't give me nay information whatsoever.   The only report that I could get to work for me was the average overall time they used the program each week.

This program just wasn't a fit for us.  It was frustrating for the kids, frustrating for me.  I can see where it could be helpful to other families but it's not something my family will every use again, to be honest.

For more information about Elephant Learning, visit their website.  You can also find them on the following social media sites:

While Elephant Learning was not a fit for our family, that doesn't mean it won't work for your family. Click the banner below and see how other families on the Crew used the program and what they thought.
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