We’ve been fans of A+ Interactive Math for several years. All of my kids have used their curriculum at one point or another. When I was given the opportunity to review their Family Math Package, I was interested to see how my kids would do using their curriculum in an exclusively online format.
About the Product
The Family Math Package is a complete curriculum. You can access all of the lessons online. There are options to print out additional worksheets and/or tests. You can get a family package for only one child or up to ten children. And with the family plan option, you can easily move between grade levels for each student. This is especially helpful if you need to review skills from a previous level or if you have an ambitious student that is willing to work ahead to advance levels. All that is required is a high speed internet connection. If you choose to print any of the worksheets/tests, then a printer would be needed. Please note that we were unable to access this fully on my Kindle and for a short time period there was some difficulty with Google and accessing it on my Chromebook. The latter problem was short-lived and the customer service department was right on top of the problem. Grade levels covered are Kindergarten through Algebra. Please check the website for current price and special pricing.
For this review, we received a six month subscription to the Family Math Package.
In the Trenches
When you first receive access to this curriculum, you need to enroll your students. You can do this through the parent access log-in. A free placement test is provided for your students. Just assign a grade level to be tested and then they are ready. Once you determine the correct placement, you are ready to begin.
At any time, you can launch the curriculum through the parent portal. You will see the lessons as your student sees them. There is also a View/Manage My Students section where you can change the student’s grade level or deactivate. When you launch the program, there are several tabs you can choose from:
- MM Lessons (multimedia lessons)
- Lesson Plan
- Online Worksheets and Exams
- Admin Panel
Most of these are self-explanatory so let’s go over the Admin Panel. This is where you want to visit first. Under the “Progress Tracking Mode” you have two options – Automatic or Manual. Be sure you choose Automatic. This way, all of your student’s progress will be tracked. The Manual selection is for printables.
One of the options that I used was the Printables tab. It was great to have a quick reference sheet of some of the important math components (reminder of less than and greater than symbols, number charts, calendar/time references, geometry, etc.) that my son could refer to if he needed. (I do wish I had a color printer for it because they are quite colorful and we lost the effect with our black and white only printer.) During this review, we were gone out of town and had unreliable internet. Before we left, I printed out several lessons for my son to work on. This was a great option for us – it was exactly what would have been covered in the multi-media lessons. All I had to do was go back to the Manual tracking mode and enter his score and his work would be combined with all of the work that was done online.
When the student logs in, the lessons are displayed in a Table of Contents to the left margin. All the need to do is click on the + beside the lesson and begin. Don’t worry, a brief tutorial is shown when you first begin showing you how to get around the website. After the multimedia lesson, you click on the bottom left of the screen to get to the Interactive Q&A. Only one question is given at a time and I had it set so it was immediately scored and my son could see how he did.
I think this is a complete, well-rounded math curriculum. I would highly suggest the Family Math Package for students that have gaps (as we did some) or if you have a high motivated student or one in between grade levels. The biggest drawback for me with online programs is I don’t like my kids spending too much too online or when our internet is unreliable (we live in a somewhat rural area with bad internet service); however, with the option to print out the work and enter the grades manually, you can have the best of both options.