## Friday, June 15, 2012

### IXL (Schoolhouse Review)

Are you looking for a way for your child to practice math concepts? IXL may be just what you need. This site covers hundreds of math concepts from pre-K through algebra. It is not quite a complete curriculum because its emphasis is on practice, not teaching concepts. However, when a child needs help on a concept or misses a problem, he or she can view an explanation of the concept. The scope of this program is huge! The child is able to choose which topics to practice at any time, making IXL a perfect supplement for a child who needs additional practice in a specific area.

The topic categories for seventh grade (the level  Emily was using) included:

• number theory
• decimal numbers
• operations with decimals
• integers
• operations with integers
• fractions and mixed numbers
• operations with fractions
• rational numbers
• ratios and proportions
• percents
• consumer math
• problem solving and estimating
• measurement
• charts and graphs
• geometry
• Pythagorean theorem
• coordinate graphs
• number sequences
• variable expressions
• single-variable equations
• inequalities
• linear functions
• properties
• probability
• statistics

Each of these categories has 5 to 30 activities within it. The activities are bright and colorful. Kids can win “prizes” by completing activities.

Each activity is mastered when the child’s score reaches 100. As the child correctly answers questions, the score rises. If the child misses a question, the scores drops, requiring that the child do extra practice to reach a mastery level. I loved this for Emily. She tends to be careless with her work, missing problems simply from sloppiness. With IXL, she received immediate feedback of her score dropping, which motivated her to work more carefully. I’ve been struggling with finding a way to motivate her toward excellence for years and am finding IXL a great tool for this!

As a parent, I received email notification of the time spent on the program and of activities mastered. At the site, I am able to view a parent report that details every skill that Emily has practiced and her level of mastery of that skill as well as the amount of time that she practiced each week.

Parent Report

Each of these categories has 5 to 30 activities within it. The activities are bright and colorful. Kids can win “prizes” by completing activities.

Each activity is mastered when the child’s score reaches 100. As the child correctly answers questions, the score rises. If the child misses a question, the scores drops, requiring that the child do extra practice to reach a mastery level. I loved this for Emily. She tends to be careless with her work, missing problems simply from sloppiness. With IXL, she received immediate feedback of her score dropping, which motivated her to work more carefully. I’ve been struggling with finding a way to motivate her toward excellence for years and am finding IXL a great tool for this!

Emily has enjoyed using IXL and I think it provides valuable math practice. We will definitely continue using this program.

5/5 stars

A subscription to IXL is \$9.95 a month or \$79 a year.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a free membership to IXL in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.