A+ Interactive Math Mini-Courses Review: Closing the Learning Gaps
During the review period we received access to 2 Math Mini-Courses, Counting and Identifying Numbers and Place Value and Number Combinations. Each mini-course that I reviewed included 15 online video lessons with interactive review questions, online and printable worksheets, tests, lesson pdfs, solution guides and summary reports providing a variety of learning platforms. The content in each course follows a logical progression of a specific mathematical concept increasing from beginner to advanced levels of skill. I requested these two courses because my son is just getting started in school and while he had some knowledge already in these areas, I expected that he could use some reinforcement. As I had hoped, Counting and Identifying Numbers was a good place to start. It was familiar enough content that he wasn't lost, but going through each lesson helped him slow down and fully grasp details. It took your basic knowledge of counting to 20 and expanded it to 1000 while incorporating counting by 2s, 5s, 10s and even backwards. There was also multiple examples in multiple formats, not assuming that one explanation in one way would work for every student. I really appreciated that built in to the lessons. At the end of every instruction portion there were review questions to answer. At first we had a little trouble because in order to submit your answer (on most questions) you were supposed to click on a frog on the screen. We kept forgetting and then it wouldn't record the answer, requiring us to go back and repeat questions.
The second Math Mini-Course, Place Value and Number Combinations continued the same format but began to highlight new territory for my son. When the new concepts would grow too challenging he could immediately go back and listen to a portion again. I appreciated the multiple visual demonstrations of place value in this course because of how tricky it can be for a beginner. The course does a good job of ensuring comprehension via multiple avenues. If there was a mastery deadline or some kind of other test we were preparing for, there are worksheets and tests available with different content. In this way, these targeted lessons are an important asset to public and homeschool alike. For our household and learning needs, Math Mini-Courses would not be good for a primary curriculum or main source of math instruction simply because it is all online and doesn't involve manipulatives or games in the instruction. However, for specific skill work or supplemental reinforcement it is a great tool to have in the bag.
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