Thursday, October 24, 2019

Smartick Math Program REVIEW

There are a lot of online math programs available to choose from today.  Smartick offers a fun math program that is online and geared for children ages 4-14.  It boasts great progress for your student(s) in only 15 minutes a day (at least 5 days per week).  I received a 6 month trial period to give this helpful math program a try.  You need internet access and it can be used on a computer or tablet (Android and iOS apps available).

One key to this helpful math program is that it asks that you, the parent, NOT help your child.  Let your child loose on this program for 15 minutes a day at least 5 days per week and the adaptive program will work with your child.  The program helps with not only math but also mental agility, concentration, study habits, and reading comprehension.  Once an exercise is completed the program allows the student to review and correct their mistakes.  The program will explain to them how to get the correct answer.  Smartick is an adaptive program that adjusts to your child's ability.  As they work through their sessions and answer questions correctly they will earn "ticks" that they can use later in the Virtual World to "purchase" items.

Awesome results when used as suggested (at least 5 days per week for 15 minutes per day).
Login screen (from computer)

Topics covered include:
  • Counting
  • Numbers and Operations in Ten
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Logic
Progress chart from parent page (shows subjects and how much covered)

Some of the lessons covered include:
  • addition and subtraction
  • classifying objects
  • numbers and numerical sequences
  • counting objects to determine quantity
  • comparing numbers
  • positional value
  • multiplication fundamentals
  • extension of the counting sequence
  • geometric solids
  • describing positions
  • describing and comparing measurable attributes
  • flat figures
  • measuring and estimating lengths
  • patterns 

Login screen on tablet using iOS app (her favorite way to access the program)

I like that it asks her every time how she is feeling before starting her lessons.

Sample lesson on iOS app

Once your child completes their 15-minute session they will have access to the Virtual World where they can play to their heart's content.  Little Bug just LOVES this section.  She is always going to the house to update her avatar.  There are many options for play in the Virtual World and I have noticed that Little Bug needs to learn more about how to work around in it.  She doesn't seem to be taking advantage of all that is available in this area.  There are more games and challenges available to help her improve her skills even more.

Virtual World

Brain challenges available in the Virtual World

In addition to your student login, there is a parent login where you can adjust settings, review your student's progress, and see details of your student's daily sessions (complete detail on what they got wrong and right and what topics were covered, etc).  This is great since you are not supposed to help them through their lessons.  This allows you to see what they covered in their session for the day and what they got wrong or right.  It just keeps you in the loop for what they need to work on (the program will adjust for this in their next session).  You will also get an email each time they complete a session that shows you how they did with a link to the parent page for further detail.

Parent page screen

Student results

Detailed student results (you can see exactly what questions they got wrong or right)

Motivational rewards available to be set from Parent page.

Email showing how your child's session went

There is so much to this online math program I found myself just a little overwhelmed with all that was available and trying to decipher just how it worked and what was expected of Little Bug.  I noticed a small "need help?" option at the top of the homepage to the program.  It has a wealth of information.  I highly suggest you check it out as I think it will answer a lot of questions you might have about the program and how it works.

Wonderful information from the "Need help?" link on homepage.

Basically, you just let the program do its thing and it will adjust as it needs to for your child's ability.  I have to say that it took me some time to come around to where I think I really do like this program.  Little Bug has some patience and perfection issues so she can become quite belligerent and upset with the program when she can't figure something out or gets it wrong.  It has been a good learning experience for her and the Virtual World acts as a good motivator for her to complete her sessions.  I can see where she is progressing and I am looking forward to letting her continue this for the 6 months that we have it.  We recommend this fun math program for what it can do in improving skills in areas more than just math.

You can connect with Smartick on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE.  Please also be sure to see what my fellow Crew members have to say about this program by clicking on the graphic link below.  There is a free trial offer available so it would be worth checking it out.

Math Enrichment Program {Smartick Reviews} 
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