With two grown children and a three-year-old still growing, we have had our fair share of encouraging education and particularly math in our children. In teaching our youngest preschooler, we have found the following products to ease her into a solid learning path.
ABCMOUSE.COM- This is a fantastic online program that has encouraged her the most. She is able to work on many skills such as math to increase her knowledge. While geared for preK-kindergarten, it has been an ace in our book. She works on lessons in her virtual classroom. If she completes the lesson, she earns tickets to decorate her classroom which also has a fish tank. She is encouraged to earn more tickets to buy fish and other animals. At approx. Eight dollars per month for up to three users, I consider it a real bargain. We got even more of a discount for paying for a whole year up front; it was billed into three easy payments of about $20 each.
As our daughter advances, we are looking into programs for next year. We have found IXL extremely interesting and at the top of our list. IXL offers over two thousand math skills from kindergarten through twelfth grade. While it does cost about ten dollars per month, once again it offers an annual membership rate of about eighty dollars. While this program offers an extensive match section, it also provides standard learning according to state as well as extensive reading skill building. For families who are interesting in iPad applications, this program has it all. Our current membership for ABCMOUSE.Com ends this year. Our daughter will still be in the age and education bracket to continue with the current program, her skill level will be out of it league. We will most likely begin our new membership with this program.
Another program that we had seriously considered was K5 online learning. This program offers lessons in math from kindergarten through fifth grade. As a serious contender, it offers worksheet to print out as well as a free online book to help the students as well as the parents. The drawback for us was its limits only through fifth grade as well as its steep price of twenty five dollars per month or one hundred and ninety nine dollars per year. It does offer a free fourteen day trial for anyone who may be interested in comparing the products.
With a mother with a business and an accounting degree, and a father who spent the better part of his career as an auditor, we take a serious approach to our children’s education and learning skills. We have always begun their education practically from birth.