An Online Math Program Kids Love

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Finding a math curriculum that all my kids learn well from can be a challenge. Finding one they all love and beg to do every day? Sign me up!
 
One thing that I can count on is that an online program is more likely to catch my kids’ attention. However, sometimes it can be hard to find online curricula that is actually high quality, too. 
 
CTCMath is a fantastic online math program kids love!
 
CTC Math is a curriculum that does both! If you are wanting to change things up in your homeschool or are looking for an online curriculum that will teach well and your kids will enjoy, you should definitely try it out!
 
Pssst… They have a money-back guarantee – Pretty handy if you’re on the fence!
 
What is CTC Math? 
 
CTC math is an online math program that is like having a math tutor in your homeschool. It is perfect for catching up to be “on level,” use for a core curricula, or to supplement as practice. Kids can learn at their own pace with clear and quick lessons that they will enjoy.
 
Each lesson includes a short tutorial and then interactive questions (or you can print them out as a worksheet). There are also summary worksheets with the tutorial explanations on them that you can print and use for reference or review. Progress reports help you identify strengths and weaknesses so you know what to practice more! 
 
 
 
The 12 Month Family Plan gets you unlimited access to all the lessons across all the grade levels (K – 12). 
 
Here are are a few things in particular to love about CTCMath:
  • All access – Membership will get you access to all of the grades and levels to use anytime, which means you can move around in them with your child as needed. 
  • Quick lessons – The lessons are mercifully short (which my kids appreciate) and just get to the point. 
  • Pre-tests – for each topic in each grade your kids can take either a standard or a comprehensive test to help them know what to evaluate.
  • Mobile access – CTCMath runs on iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones, and Android. Very convenient!
CTC Math homeschool math curriculum for kids
 
CTC Math homeschool math curriculum for kids

 

How We Used It

We used CTC Math as a core curriculum for a while when my kids were a bit younger. (We would have continued if our internet connection had cooperated – we’d like to pick it back up soon as a reinforcement for our kids in grades K-9!)

Here’ how it looked each day: My 6 year old logged on to do his math and got to choose one module. I would choose another one for him to do as well. He watches the tutorial video and then does the questions.

Sometimes I’d have him skip certain modules and do a test to see where he is on that skill. So you can really zoom through the stuff they already know and hone in on where they need more instruction.

My son particularly enjoyed the awards he can earn by increasing his scores in the modules. It took him some time to understand that every time he did a high score, the overall average score on the module would increase. (“Mom, I got 100%! Why does it say 90%?) His competitive nature keeps him going back to increase his score so he can get a gold or platinum award. 

Pros and Cons

  • Pro: Tutorials. The module tutorials are very well done. They are to the point, with no extra bells and whistles, and they explain the concepts very well. My 4 year old even enjoyed using them although I had to read the practice questions to her. 
  • Pro: Reports and Awards. For my purposes, the reports were very helpful. I mostly skimmed them to get a feel of how my son was doing with the math skills and to see if any areas needed work. The awards granted for high scores are digital and can be printed out, which provides excellent motivation. 
  • Pro: Speed Drills. The speed drills were also great for my competitive son and he had a great time practicing his skills there. The drills are organized by levels so that he didn’t dive into something over his head that would tank his confidence. We definitely liked this feature!
  • Con: Review. The program doesn’t have great review features in place.  There are questions to answer after each tutorial and you can take tests that go over that material, but there are no review sections or sets of questions that cover several modules. It does help a little to have them take tests from previously mastered modules as review. [Actually, I am told by other moms who are currently using CTC Math as a core curriculum that this is no longer an issue due to recent improvements.]

The Bottom Line

You can use CTC Math as a main curriculum or as a supplement. For kids who don’t need too much review it works great, especially if they do well with online curriculum. 

I definitely recommend checking it out if you have anybody in your homeschool struggling with math or just want to change things up!

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Thank you for your review, you’re the first person to give a con and was given the program for free. Sometimes you want to know if the review is really “real” because it was given to them. I’m looking to purchase a math program for my kids and I don’t want to get this just because of the cost.

    1. You’re welcome! There are pros and cons to every curriculum so I always try to list both. 🙂 Hope you find the right fit for you!

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