Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: CTC Math

I've mentioned before that I started working part time at the beginning of this year.  Since I'm home less often, I have less time to teach.  Therefore, I was excited to have the opportunity to review CTC Math.  We were given a subscription to the 12 Month Family Plan to review. 

CTC Math is an online math program for grades K-12.  The Family Plan provided access for up to 10 students.  There are 1,367 math lessons, along with 57,000 math questions.
There are 16 different courses you can choose from:
  • Kindergarten-6th grade math
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Measurement
  • Elementary Geometry
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calc
  • Calculus
Inside the different courses are different streams you can choose from.  In the kindergarten through 6th grade courses there are four different streams:  "Numbers, Patterns, and Algebra", "Measurement", "Space and Geometry," and "Statistics and Probability".  The other courses are broken down into either 2, 3, or 4 parts.

Inside the different streams are different topics.  This is where you'll find the lessons and problem sets.  You can either have your student work through all the lessons, or you can have them take the diagnostic tests provided for each topic.  By having your student take the diagnostic test, you can potentially skip lessons that your student doesn't need work on.

If you are looking for lessons on a particular topic, there is a search function that works pretty well.  If you type in a topic, such as division, it will bring up the lessons in the order they come up in the program.  You can play the lessons directly from the search window, or you can open the topic.

You can also pull up printable reports for each student.  There are summary reports and detailed reports.  The summary report lets you know how your students are doing overall, while the detailed report gives you a breakdown for how they're doing with each topic.  From the Parent's login, you have the option to change the percentage correct needed to pass a topic.

In addition to the lessons, there is also a "Speed Skills" option.  From this button, your student can work on the speed at which they can answer math facts.  There are 4 different levels, and the four basic operations are covered (single and multi-digit), along with division with a remainder and order of operations.
CTC Math Review
Using this program is fairly straightforward.  The student watches a lesson online, and then completes the problem set, and I used this program at grade level with my 6th, 4th, and 2nd grade sons.  I had them begin with the first stream and topic for their grade levels and work through sequentially. 

All three of the boys told me at different times that they love the teaching and find it very easy to understand.  The teaching is done my Pat Murray, who is a father of 10.  They also enjoyed the fact that lessons are short.  They could complete a lesson and problem set in 15 minutes. 

I liked that I could easily glance (from any computer with online access) at what they were working on, when they last logged in, and how they were doing.  I also liked that they're able to continue to progress in math, even if I'm not always readily available to teach.  It's a huge bonus that they like the program as well, and it's great that they can take diagnostic tests so they don't have to do stuff they're already solid in.
The 12 Month Family Plan we received is currently available at a discounted price of $118.80 for homeschoolers.  As you can see below, there are several other pricing options available:
If you are looking for a solid, complete math program for any student in your homeschool, make sure you check out the parent and student friendly CTC Math.
CTC Math Review

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1 comment:

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

Thanks for your good review! Isn't it nice when they like math and can do it without much help? My son sure liked that!