A+ Interactive Math: An Engaging Online Program for All Ages (Review Crew)

A+ Interactive Math

We’ve tried several different online math programs in our homeschool.

Some have been supplemental, some have been to fill in between grades and/or brush up skills, and some have served as our primary math program for a time. A couple of years ago, we tried out A+ Interactive Math for Kendall’s (9) first grade year. We really liked it, and used it as her primary math program for the school year.

Now, we’ve had the chance to try out their Family Math Package for 6 months. Our subscription for the program I’d been using for both Kyle (14), and Kendall (9) just expired, so it seemed like this would be the perfect thing to fill in for the rest of the school year and into the summer. We already knew we liked the format, and instead of a single grade level, this package lets me add multiple students and grade levels. So they can both do their respective levels, and I was even able to set up a student log-in for Kade (6) so he could try it out.

The Family Math Package has all the features we enjoyed when we did an individual grade level, with the added benefit of allowing students to access all grade levels instead of being locked into just one. So, if I feel like one of my kids has advanced in skills enough to start the next level, I can easily move them up. I’m not locked in to one level.

A first grade worksheet

A first grade worksheet

Each grade level includes recommended lesson plans, multimedia lessons including interactive quizzes, printable worksheets and exams, curriculum and solutions guide, and online grading and tracking. The levels are divided into units, each with a multimedia lesson followed by a short interactive quiz covering the concepts taught in that lesson. The quiz gives the student immediate feedback and helps determine if they grasped the lesson well. If not, they’re encouraged to go back and watch the lesson again. Each lesson has a corresponding worksheet that can be printed out to complete, or can be completed online. At the end of each unit is an exam that works the same way: it can be either printed or completed online.

The layout is fairly simple to navigate. There are tabs across the top of the student’s (and teacher’s) “dashboard” for:

  • Multimedia content
  • Recommended lesson plans
  • Printable versions of the worksheets and exams (this section also contains a printable reference sheet…for example, for first grade it contains a hundreds chart and other information that will be handy during the lessons)
  • Ebooks (including a curriculum guide, which is essentially all the lessons in written/textbook form, and solutions guides)
  • Online versions of the worksheets, exams, and placement tests
  • Progress tracking
  • A help section
Here you can see the "dashboard" area and part of a multimedia lesson.

Here you can see the “dashboard” area and part of a multimedia lesson.

Just as when we used it a couple of years ago, I still wish that the dashboard view showed which multimedia lessons have already been completed, or that there was a way to automatically be taken back to where you left off when you sign in.  You must remember which lesson you were on and click on the appropriate one in the menu. There’s nothing to distinguish which lessons have been completed and which haven’t. You also must manually click to update the lesson status to “completed” and record the score. It took us awhile to get into the habit of doing that once a lesson was completed, so we have several that weren’t recorded. On the other hand, under the worksheets tab, only the worksheets not yet completed show in the main list, which is very helpful!

Even with those minor annoyances, we really like the program! I appreciate all that’s provided, and the option to do everything on the computer or print things out according to your preferences and needs. I like the way the concepts are presented and I think the visual, multimedia presentation really helps solidify them. Not to mention, the interactive quiz gives an immediate gauge of how well the material was grasped. The layout isn’t flashy with a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s clear and easy to navigate (although younger students will more than likely need some assistance).

If you’re in the market for a good, solid, interactive, computer-based math program, A+ Interactive Math is worth a look! The company has gone out of its way to cater to homeschool families, offering a whole slew of freebies to help them make sure their programs are a good fit before purchasing. Here are some of them:

Also, check out their Top 12 Reasons to use the “Family Math package” program.

A+ Interactive is having a 2-week 40% to 50% off sale on both their Family Math Packages and Adaptive Placement Testing w/ Lessons program, from 5/4/2015 to 5/18/2015! So, if you’re at all interested, now would be a great time to check them out and purchase for the fall! 

A+ Interactive Math Review

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