Let me ask you a question.
If you could eliminate one subject that you have to teach, what would it be?
For me, there’s no question about it…it would be math. As much as I love numbers and computing numerical equations, it just doesn’t come as easily for my kids as it does for me.
You have no idea how hard that is.
You might be tempted to think that since I honestly enjoy doing math that it would make it easier for me to explain it to my kids, but just the opposite is true. My natural inclination for this subject has given me little empathy for my children when they’re having difficulty understanding a concept.
This isn’t something I’m proud of, but it’s the truth. Believe me, I am working on it.
For a few years, I was able to overcome this obstacle by using a literature-based math curriculum with my kids, but eventually, it just stopped working for us.
I’ll admit, I was pretty stressed out for awhile. I mean, how was I ever going to get my kids to understand this subject??
(I received this product for free and was compensated for my time spent writing this review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
That’s when I found – and fell in love with – CTCMath.
What is CTCMath?
CTCMath is an online math program for children from kindergarten up through high school.
Being a self-paced math curriculum, this program allows students to learn at their own pace, repeat what needs to be reviewed, and move on to a new concept when the time is right.
Each math lesson begins with a short, yet effective, video tutorial which explains what the day’s session will be covering. After the tutorial, the student is presented with (usually around 10) problems to be worked out, some requiring scratch paper, while others being strictly “mental math.”
Some other features included in this online curriculum are:
- comprehensive lessons for each grade level
- an ongoing record of the child’s scores
- achievement awards at the end of each section
- detailed reports for each child’s results
- a weekly email to the parent summarizing each student’s accomplishments
Why I love CTCMath:
Let me begin by saying that I am not the type of homeschool mom who gravitates toward online curriculum. Being somewhat old-fashioned, I am usually the type of person who needs a physical book in my hands.
I am so pleased to say that that is not necessary with CTCMath.
One of the very first things about this program that makes me happy is that there is a 12-month family membership available. When you’re homeschooling as many kids as I am, that’s always a plus.
The second thing I love is that it releases me from doing the majority of the teaching of this subject. While there are times one of my kids may have a question or ask for help, the concept they are tackling has already been firmly planted and I’m usually only needed for emotional support.
I started out watching the tutorials with my kids so that I’d have a handle on what they’re learning. Now I watch the videos with them because I genuinely enjoy them, and so do my children. They’re colorful, engaging, thorough, and brief – all traits that are guaranteed to hold my kids’ attention.
As for the problems, believe it or not, they’re actually a hit, as well. While most math curriculums use the drill and kill method, CTCMath typically includes about 10 equations to solve.
As someone who firmly believes in short lessons, I really appreciate this.
For those who do prefer longer lessons, after all of the problems are solved, there is an option to get more practice, something my kids have voluntarily chosen to do more than a few times.
My kids also really enjoy the fact that CTCMath keeps score for them. Since we are a family that doesn’t do grades or tests, this aspect is really a novelty to them.
As for me, the detailed reports that are available to me are the perfect way to show our homeschool evaluator what my kids have done for math throughout the year.
It’s a win/win situation.
I cannot recommend this program enough to anyone who is looking for a fresh approach to math…a stress-free approach to math.
I foresee our family using this for a long time to come.
I’ve got great news for you! CTCMath is offering a MASSIVE 60% discount off the regular price for homeschooling families.
Additionally, if you purchase a 12-month membership, you’ll receive 6 additional months ABSOLUTELY FREE – that’s 18 months of math for the price of 12!
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Now what are you waiting for??