Wednesday, December 16, 2009

3P Learning: Mathletics

My 12 year old was thrilled when she was finally offered the chance to review an online math program.  Once she spent a day on Mathletics, she was even more excited ... and my other children were definitely jealous! 

Mathletics allows children (grades K - 8) to compete with other children world-wide in the Live Math Challenge.  It also allows parents to assign practice problems in specific math areas:  adding fractions, simplifying fractions, multiplying fractions, etc.  When a parent assigns math problems, the children can't proceed to Live Mathletics until the assigned sections are completed.   As children progress, parents can move them up or down a grade level (up to 6 changes per year).

Children earn points as they complete the assignments, take tests, and play the live math challenge.  Their weekly goal is 1000 points, and parents receive weekly updates on their student's progress.  As the student earns points, they are able to purchase backgrounds and outfits to personalize their avatar.

Mathletics has a brochure for homeschoolers that is available on their website (when it will open).  If you click on "About Mathletics", then click on "How To Get The Most Out Of Mathletics", there are also some brief recommendations on how to use Mathletics with your children.

3P Learning is also the creator of two free web-events:  World Math Day and American Math Challenge. These events are open to anyone, whether they are Mathletics members, or not.  We began our trial review of Mathletics right before the American Math Challenge started.  My 7th grader participated in the American Math Challenge and enjoyed it very much.

My daughter enjoyed her Mathletics subscription immensely, asking to practice on it daily, eager to meet her goal for the week.  She was driven to improve her speed and meet her goals.  Her opinion is that "Mathletics Rocks!"

I do not consider Mathletics a substitute for a full math curriculum.  It does provide a fun way to practice, and improve math skills, but I think students will still need a structured math curriculum as a foundation.  Mathletics is the icing on the cake, making math drill fun.   I consider this a supplemental math product.

As a subscription, this is not a re-usable product at all.  Each subscription is for one child, for one year.  Subscriptions are currently $59 (down from $99), with a ten day money-back guarantee.  If you enter the Human Calculator's favorite number into the appropriate spot (hint:  it's 9) you can save $9.05 and buy a single child annual subscription for $49.95.

This is a great website, and my daughter loved it.  But it's not something we can afford to add to our homeschool at this time.  Unfortunately, supplemental consumable math products, at $59 per child for a year, are just not in our budget ... especially with 4 children in the age range for the product.

This item was provided free for our review as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew.  We received no other compensation, and this review is our honest opinion.  Click the TOS Homeschool Crew banner at the top to read more reviews on this product by other Homeschool Crew members.

Trusting In Him,

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