What is CTC Math?
Your subscription to CTCMath will give you access to all grade levels and lessons so you don’t have to worry about where your student is in the math. The diagnostic tests available with the program will help you get started with placement. With standard and comprehensive tests for each topic in grades Kindergarten through 6th, the student can take tests and determine placement within the program. A detailed report will alert students and parents of any lessons that may request some review.
The program is colorful, interactive and includes video demonstration videos. The lessons are easy to move through short enough in length to keep your students’ attention.
Created by Pat Murray, CTCMath was created to provide a different approach to a needed math program. Pat felt that the current methods of teaching math were boring and antiquated. With short, interactive lessons, Pat created a way of teaching math using multiple learning styles to help all students learn math in an interesting and fun way.
Check out this overview video of how CTCMath works.
Each lesson begins with a video tutorial that is under 10 minutes each. The voice-over on the videos is Patrick Marray’s voice, which is consistent throughout the grades making it feel more personal.
The US version is what we learned which uses US currency; however, the program is Australian-based and likely the UK and Australian versions are in European currencies. Lessons are followed by practice programs. The program allows students to pause and relisten to video lessons as well as repeat lessons or jump ahead.
Each lesson begins with a brief tutorial that runs from four to nine minutes. Tutorials use colorful graphics and animations with Patrick Murray’s voice-over explanation. The consistency of hearing just one voice makes this program feel more personal and predictable than some other programs where the style of presentation and the voice-overs frequently change. Murray’s Australian accent is very understandable. The program uses U.S. currency in the U.S. Version, but I expect that the program for those in at least Great Britain and Australia uses those countries’ currencies.
Lessons are taught in small increments with plenty of practice on each topic. The program allows students to go back and repeat lessons or jump ahead to a different topic if that needed. A one-page summary is available for printing on each video tutorial. However, there are NOT alternate explanations on a topic so if the student does not “get” the topic, there is not an alternative for them to go through to have it explained a different way.
Student works through the problems presented. Answers are either chosen in a multiple-choice manner or typed in. Typed in answers are not typically available for younger learners. The program does immediately score the students work and maintains the student records within the program. Teachers can print a page showing the problems with a step-by-step solution for reference.
Just as students each have their own login, parents have their own unique login which allows parents access to many parent/teacher features within CTCMath.
Parents have 24/7 access to the parent portal which gives parents/teachers detailed reports of their student’s work. Parents can choose to receive weekly progress report sent directly to their email every week.
The parent dashboard which is available on parents can get real-time results of their student’s progress. Here they can assign lessons or tests, review past worksheets and lessons, and see their child’s overall grade. When assigning tasks, or when your child is working on a lesson, they are free to move about the program and within various levels.
Additionally, parents can create a unique sheet in the Question Bank Wizard to assist the student with particular skills. In the parent dashboard, parents/teacher can also see rewards earned and last login as well as grades and results from work completed or attempted.
Speed Skills provides math fact drills in a fun, interactive, game manner to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. There are 4 levels to choose from with Level 1 being only Addition and Subtraction. Level 2 drilling Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication, Level 3 including Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. And Level 4 including Addition, Subtraction, Mixed Multiplication and Division, Division with Remainder, and Order of Operations.
Another extra provided with your subscription to CTCMath is the math practice game Times Tables Shoot’em Up. The kids enjoyed practicing their times tables this way as well. My youngest had a little trouble working with the mouse for this but that was the only complaint. She just doesn’t have the mouse dexterity yet. My older 2 had no issues working in the game and enjoyed it as a way to practice math facts.
What We Thought
What we like about CTCMath is:
- Short, manageable lessons
- access to all grade levels
- family membership price
- interactive and complete
- progress reports
What we aren’t crazy about in CTCMath is:
- can skip around without keeping kids in order through the program
- a little dry (but it’s math, how entertaining is it)
- can’t go back and view what the student gets wrong once they have viewed it for a set of problems
However, overall, I think CTCMath is a good product and likely a great fit for many families. The all-in-one-place, online program is something many families love. And the easy Parent Portal makes grading easy. The program is extremely affordable for a math program for your whole family.
CTCMath may be a great fit for you and your family.
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