Math is not a favorite subject in our household. We have tried many programs without much success. It is just not my daughter’s strong subject. We have tried pretty workbooks, manipulatives, and DVD based programs. So far, nothing has sparked her interest.
But my daughter is a technology person – she loves to work on the computer. So when given the chance to look at A+ Interactive MATH, I decided we should try it.
A+ Tutorsoft, Inc. has developed a multisensory math program that uses audio and animation to make math interactive and fun for the kids. With an interactive, online curriculum (Homeschool Online Education) or CD-based curriculum (Homeschool Premium Software Edition) available from 1st grade through 6th grade as well as Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1. I was given the opportunity to review the Homeschool Online Education 2nd grade Curriculum.
The 2nd Grade Curriculum
Though my daughter has been working through 2nd grade math this year, we have struggled. Therefore, when we received the curriculum, we started at the beginning. Some was review but it was an excellent way to review and get used to the program before moving on.
I like that it is set up to have Multimedia (MM) Lessons first that “teach” the child the lesson. It is animated, repetitive, and interactive. The child is asked to answer aloud along with the “teacher” and count along where appropriate. My daughter had no issue speaking to the computer.
After completing the lesson, there are Interactive Questions that the child can go through to review the lesson. These are not graded, but the answers are available immediately. The child answers the questions, clicks SUBMIT and then the answer is provided if the child got it wrong, with an explanation. If they got it right, it congratulates the child.
This MM Lesson and the interactive quiz can be done as many times as necessary. If the child needs to repeat it, they can. Once the child, and the parent, feels they are ready to move on, the child moves onto the Worksheet and Quiz Section. This section has an online interactive worksheets and quizzes for the child to take. THESE ARE GRADED. So, there is a worksheet for each lesson and a quiz after every so many lessons. Once the child submits the worksheets, it cannot be redone and the grade is recorded.
The good thing about the Interactive Worksheets is that the child can mark a question to come back to, they can take as long as they need, and they are not submitted for grades until the child (and parent) has determined they are ready to submit for the grade.
There is an Interactive Quiz at the end of every lesson. These are great as it gives some cumulative review for a grade as well. Each chapter has an online exam to correspond with it to be completed by the student upon completion of each chapter.
From a Parent Perspective
From a parent (teacher) perspective, the A+ Tutorsoft program is very user-friendly. You can access the printable e-book of the curriculum book as well as resources and worksheet and exam solution guides. You can easily manage your students including their passwords and grades. You can even enter manual grades. For instance, if you do the assignments off-line you can later enter grades to keep the grade tracking up to date.
There is a section of printable worksheets for each chapter. This is a great way to keep up with math even if you are going to be offline for a period of time. There are even printable resources for each grade, which can be helpful to keep resources hung in your schoolroom for reference. We printed out of the resource pages for 2nd grade and hung them. They included a timeline, counting tables, cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, and reference tables.
Overall, we liked the A+ Tutorsoft program. It provided a great, interactive, complete math program. The student management was easy and the grading is a great feature. We liked the flexibility to use online or use printables. My daughter enjoyed the interactive nature and the ability to see grades right away.
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