This summer I had the opportunity from 3P Learning to review their math website, Mathletics. When I discovered that 3P Learning is the same mastermind company behind Reading Eggs (one of my son’s favorite sites), I knew we had to give it a try.
Mathletics offers online math help and also workbooks that you can print out for your student. This worked great for me as I have one student that likes working online and in workbooks and one that prefers a workbook only. For this review, I used both options. During the review period, we had to take an unexpected trip for my dad’s surgery so it was great to be able to print out workbooks and take with us (especially since I wasn’t sure how much internet access we would have available to us.)
Mathletics covers grades K-12 and you can determine your child’s placement with a diagnostic test. Even though a child can get placed in a certain level, you can also adjust it to be easier or harder or completely change the level from within the parent’s account. In addition to the online activities and printable workbooks, Mathletics also offers apps for iOS and Android devices; however, we did not try those.
Online student view
Once the student logs in, he can choose what he wants to work on. Naturally, the first thing my son wanted to do was customize his avatar and the theme. The site is very easy to navigate. On the right sidebar of the site are the following options:
- Live Mathletics – the student chooses whether he wants to compete in a world challenge or a computer challenge. The world challenge allows him to compete in real time with other students on the site from all over the world. The computer challenge generates three other players. Mathletics allows the student to practice mental math and the winner of the race is determined by which player answers the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time.
- Activities – The activities are broken down into the following categories: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Addition and Subtraction, Place Value and Counting, Measurement and Data and Geometry. Once you click on a category, the student is then taken to a page to choose which activity to complete within that category. For example, under Operations and Algebraic Thinking, he can choose from: Are You Ready?, Odd and Even Numbers 1, Add Two 2-Digit Numbers, Add Two 2-Digit Numbers: Regroup, Complements to 10, 20, 50; Complements to 50 and 100, Model Subtraction and Simple Subtraction. During this part, the student can readily see how well they are performing and can choose “Something Easier” or “Something Harder”.
- Problem Solving – This contains puzzles that enforce what your student has learned. As they solve the puzzles, more “games” are unlocked and they gradually increase in difficulty. Once again, the categories are broken down: Division, Number Facts, Balance, Number, Position, Money, Addition, Subtraction, Perimeter, Addition, Patterns, 2D Shapes, Number Facts, Measuring, Axes of Symmetry, Data, and Venn Diagrams. (Yes, there are two Additions and they each have different activities) Note: the measurement used metric on the puzzle we did. The money was American. I wanted to note this because some of the workbooks that we printed did not use American money; I think this was my fault though because there are flags that show you whether you are printing the American version or the Australian version.
- Concept Search – There were two choices here- Animated Maths Dictionary and Concept Search. The Animated Maths Dictionary listed the math terms and then had the definition along with an animated graphic. Under the definition were related terms. The Concept Search is in Beta mode and was not yet available.
- Rainforest Maths – These activities are broken down by grade level – K- 6th. With each level, there are more interactive activities available. The measurements were also in metric but the money was American; however, it showed $1 and $2 coins which confused my son a little. The different categories here are: Numbers, Algebra Patterns, Measurement and Space. Again, there are activities within each of those categories. I peeked ahead and even these same categories were given for Grade 6 but of course, many more activities (Gr 6 has over 200 activities where 1st grade has over 70).
- Times Tables, Toons – This option opens another webpage where your student learns their times tables while listening and watching cartoons play in a band. The tunes were rather catchy and even though I haven’t taught my seven year old any multiplication tables, he now has an interest and I did a little multiplication introduction. I caught him singing some of the tunes on his own and trying to show off to his older brothers that he knew multiplication.
As the student works through the levels, he can win awards. On the left sidebar it keeps tracks of daily and weekly amount of points earned and the awards earned. This was a great motivator because my son would keep going if he was close to winning another award.
I printed out mostly workbooks for my oldest but also some for my youngest as well. As a parent, you are given your own login information where you can adjust the levels that your students are learning at, see their progress and print out workbooks. For all of this review, my youngest worked primarily at 1st grade level (I had to tweak it a little, some concepts were too easy since we just finished 1st grade but some concepts we hadn’t even covered yet) and my older son did 8th grade level. He struggled with math so this was a great supplement for him. I found that the workbooks were enjoyable for my kids. The younger level had games built in (we played a matching game with the numerals and number words) and he was allowed to draw (which he LOVES) when going over the concept of time (yesterday, today, tomorrow and what will you be doing a year from now and 10 years from now).
The 8th grade level included Simplifying Algebra, Pythagoras’ Theorem, Inequalities, Equations, Constructions, Expanding and Factorizing, Straight Lines, Linear Relationships, Surface Area and Volume, Circles and Cylinders, Percentages and Probability. These workbooks are black and white which was fine because I only have a black and white printer and the amount of problems was not overwhelming. This entire program is designed to be a supplement and not your complete curriculum anyway. The teacher’s book didn’t just give the answers but gave all of the steps too (which is great for algebra!).
Overall, we enjoyed Mathletics. My youngest son especially liked the awards. I loved that I could manipulate the levels from the parent’s account but even the student could adjust easier or harder from their end. If you are concerned with Common Core, this does line up. From the parent’s account you can choose which course your student follows and there are several choices. I just chose Florida since we live in Florida and did not check to see how much difference there was between the choices given.
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