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CTCMath Online Math Curriculum Review
Towards the end of the school year we made the decision to place our oldest daughter in a full time school next year. She’s been homeschooling for a couple years now but due to my work schedule and her heading off to middle school soon, we decided that full time on campus classes would work best for our family. While homeschooling she has been working ahead of grade level for math and I needed something for her to keep up during the summer, and for me to measure her grade-level before fall. I volunteered to review the online math curriculum, CTC Math in exchange for the use of their product. All opinions are my own.
Online Math for Kids
I’m not really a math person. Honestly, I don’t even help my daughter with her math homework because I’ve almost forgotten the math I learned in school. I worked my way through trigonometry by high school, took an accounting class and had finished enough math credits by my sophmore year for graduation. Fast forward all these years and I’ve forgotten most of it and am not a very helpful math teacher to my kids. Fortunately, my husband is great at math and my kids have thrived under his guidance.
I have always been hesitant about online math curriculums because math seems very paper and pencil to me. Meaning that just about everything is online these days but math is a process best written down and worked out on paper. Wrong. The CTC Math curriculum does a good job of combining work on paper and online learning.
What is CTC Math?
“CTCMath is a full online math curriculum created by math teacher and homeschool parent Pat Murray. The free trial gives everyone a FREE 4 week trial to the program, no credit card required.”
CTCMath is an online math curriculum for grades K-12. Because kids can work at their own pace you can work below or above grade level as needed. As my daughter started the program I watched over her should to see what it was all about. She started by logging into her personal account. Each child can have their own account, and parents have an account to measure their children’s progress.
After choosing a grade-level kids are given their curriculum. The curriculum is broken down into sub-topics. For fifth grade my daughter’s sub-topics are:
- Number, Patterns and Algebra
- Space and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
These sub-topics are broken down further. For Number, Patterns and Algebra my daughter was given nine lessons.
- Number 1
- Addition and Subtraction
- Number 2
- Patterns and Algebra
- Problem Solving
Each of these lessons are then broken down to smaller lessons. Number, Patterns and Algebra has seven lessons. It really isn’t as confusing as it sounds. What it does mean is that you can really see the skills your kids are learning with the program.
Each sub-topic has a diagnostic test. There are three lengths of tests; short, standard, and comprehensive. My daughter took the short test for addition and subtraction which turned out to be pretty easy for her. In my parent account I was able to see her score and keep track of where she is with her math lessons.
To keep kids motivated they earn certificates as they moved through their curriculum. What I like about the certificates is that they encourage kids to reach their goals without spending time in a virtual store spending coins or gemstones to decorate a room or take care of a virtual pet. I’m sure my daughter doesn’t agree with me on this point, but she hasn’t complained.