IXL.Com offers online review in both the areas of Language Arts and Math. Currently you can find math topics from Pre-K through Algebra 2. The language arts topics range from second through fourth grade. More levels in both areas are being added. You can work through the topics either in grade level order or by topic. For those that are interested information on state standards are available. Once you have purchased a membership students can work through the topics. Along the way students earn awards as incentives. As the parent there is plenty of information available to help you know exactly what your child has accomplished. While this is not a standard curriculum there is immediate feedback for the student and when a problem is missed the student is shown the solution to the problem and how the answer was arrived at.
When you sign into the IXL.com you will set up the student and parent accounts. Then when you log in each time you can choose which user is currently using the program. You can even customize the pictures that will show up on the log in screen. After the child has signed in they can choose between math or language arts. In both areas you can choose which area to work on either under one of the available grade levels or by topic.
When you choose the math by grade level you get a very easy to read list of all topics under the grade level. If the child is long in they can clearly see which topics they have mastered with the use of a little medal symbol. Topics that have not yet been completed will show the current score for that level.
To master the topic the student must score 100 points. When they have earned the 100 points they are taken to the next topic automatically or they can go back to the topic list and choose something different to work on. As they work through the different topics there are rewards earned for reaching different milestones along they way. They earn rewards for number of problems completed and the amount of time spent working on the website. There are different rewards for each grade level worked on. The awards screen will provide the student or teacher with information on how many medals earned, questions answered, time practiced, skills mastered, prizes revealed, and what needs to be completed before they win another award.
IXL. com is a big help to the parent as well. On the reports page there is plenty of information available to help you know and understand what your children have accomplished as they work on the website. You can get an overview of what your child has completed, you can check usage, performance, trouble spots, progress, and progress based on your states standards. In addition the information available to the parent through the website the parent also receives emails. The email topics include feedback on student usage and awards to print out for the student based on areas of accomplishment.
During the last several months it has become clear to me that my children have gaps in the area of math. I have really been trying to figure out the best course of action to help me first to identify what areas they need more help in and how to get them back on track without having to go through a more traditional program. I didn’t want them to be discouraged and I wanted something that would let them move quickly through topics they had already mastered.
With IXL.com I found what I was looking for. I decided to have them work through by grade level and to start several grade levels back. So far Joshua is moving through fairly quickly. For Hannah I have now discovered that it may be that the biggest problem she has with multiplication steams from not fully understanding skip counting. After watching the solutions on the problems she missed something has clicked and she is now moving more quickly through the topics.
I think Hannah is more impressed with the awards than Joshua. Both of them like how easy it is to log in and get started. The both found that they could work for at least 30 to 60 minutes without feeling overwhelmed. What I found was that the days that they were missing few to no problems they stayed online longer but those days that they found an area there were struggling with they tended to log off sooner.
As stated earlier in the review IXL offers math topics from PreK – Algebra 2. Currently the language arts topics are available for 2nd through 4th grade. A family membership for the first child in one subject can purchased either on month to month basis for $9.95 per month or a yearly membership can be purchased for $79. Additional children can be added for $2 a month or $20 for the year. To add an additional subject the cost is $6 a month or $50 for the year. With the membership you have access to all grade levels. There is plenty of color and the language arts areas are interactive. For the math levels first grade and under audio is available. The program will adjust the difficulty levels as your student works through the topics. There is also an iPad app available for some of the math levels as well.
Well that’s how IXL.com worked for our family. Check out how other families made use of the features available on IXL.com.