After much time spent researching, I decided to use Sonlight for both Hailey and Hunter next year. So, I placed our order and soon after our boxes arrived. We love box day- it’s so fun to get our new curriculum!
Hunter was very excited to get his box.
He started checking out all of his new books right away.
Hailey was very excited about her box too.
She couldn’t believe how many books they were able to fit into the box.
I ordered some summer reading for her too, so she got started reading her summer books right away.
I am definitely not wishing away the summer, but we are excited to use Sonlight in the fall!!
Finding the right math curriculum can be quite a challenge. There are so many different learning styles and teaching styles for math. For kindergarten and first grade, Hailey went to public school. I started homeschooling her in second grade and I used the math curriculum that was recommended with the boxed curriculum we bought. It wasn’t a bad math program, it just didn’t work for us. For third grade I found a math curriculum that is working well for us. The problem is that over the lasts few years Hailey has used several different math programs. I have been worrying that with all of the switching around there must be gaps in what she has learned.
I was given the chance to review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan from A+ Interactive Math. The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan is a program that is meant to identify and close the gaps in learning math. This is exactly what I believe Hailey needs to make sure she isn’t missing anything after all the switching around we have done.
So, how does the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan work? It is an online program, so you will need to have internet access in order to use it. You will be able to use the program on a PC or a MAC. Your child can use the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan for up to 3 months to work towards closing the learning gaps in their math knowledge.
When you first sign up you pick a grade level for your child. Then there will be several different math topics to pick from. Your child will take a quiz on which ever topic you want to start with. You do not have to go in any particular order but I noticed that the first topics were the easiest and it got harder as we went along. After the quiz your child will get immediate results- either to say that he or she needs to work on that topic or that he or she is at grade level and doesn’t need anymore work.
If your child needs more work to be at grade level there will be individualized lesson plans for your child to use. There is a lesson and after the lesson there are interactive questions to make sure your child understands what was covered. Once all of the lessons in a topic are completed your child can go back and retake the quiz. If you don’t think your child needs to go over all of the lessons you are able to skip them or just have your child do the interactive questions at the end.
If your child doesn’t have any gaps in their math learning, A+ Interactive Math also has an option for a Family Math Package that might be a better fit for you.
So, how did we use the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan? I signed Hailey up for the third grade level and had her start taking the quizzes.
After the quiz is over the student sees a screen like this to show how he or she did. This particular quiz showed that Hailey got 15 questions correct, she missed 5 questions, and she skipped 3 questions. This was one where she did not score at a third grade level, so an individualized lesson plan was created for her to cover the concept that the quiz covered.
The online lesson plans are pretty short and the concept is covered very well in the short time. After Hailey watched her lesson plan she would complete the interactive questions. There were a few times that Hailey insisted she knew the material being covered in the lesson plan, so I let her skip the lesson and go right to the interactive questions. If she missed any of the interactive questions then I had her go back and watch the lesson.
As a parent, this is the dashboard that I see when I log in. I have the choices to review the placement tests, view Hailey’s reports, look at the lesson plans, or watch a tutorial. When I click on the student reports I can look at a progress report or a summary report.
This is Hailey’s progress report. It shows where the goal is for a third grader to score and then it shows where she scored on her quizzes. Right now she has surpassed the goal in all but measurements. She did not originally pass the goals though- this is what her progress looks like after she watched the lesson plans and the gaps she had were covered.
This is Hailey’s summary report. I can see how many times each quiz was taken and whether or not she is at grade level for each concept. We have not covered some concepts yet, so those still say NA.
The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan from A+ Interactive Math is a great program, which I would recommend. Hailey enjoyed using it- her review of the program is, “I liked taking the quizzes and doing the lessons with the questions.” If Hailey says she likes something related to math, then it must be doing a good job of making it interesting. Not only did she enjoy it, but she improved her math skills- and definitely closed some of the gaps she had.
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We have been busy working our way through the letters in Hunter’s name. Our latest letter was the letter T.
Hunter loved playing in the tunnel.
Hailey made him a letter T.
He used a toothbrush to paint a letter T.
Once the paint was dry, he cut out tigers to glue onto the T.
He used a tractor, a truck, and a train to paint tracks.
He played in his Thomas the Train tent.
Hunter put decorative tape onto the letter T.
He used water colors to paint the letter T.
We made a T is for turtle craft.
Hunter is such a good big brother and (usually) plays so nicely with Harper.
Playing Connect 4.
As always, it’s been fun and busy doing preschool here at Our Crafts N Things.
Preschool has been a bit of a challenge for us this year. Last year when we did Tot School, Hunter begged to do school every day like Hailey did. This year has been completely different. He’s decided that he doesn’t like school and he doesn’t want to do it. Since he’s only three, I haven’t pushed anything and I just let him play. But, I’ve been looking for some ways to sneak school in, where he thinks he’s just playing but he’s really learning. So, when I was offered a chance to review La La Logic, a Preschool Curriculum that uses puzzles and activities to teach, I was super excited to give it a try!
Each week you have an agenda to work on with your child. This is an example of what week 2 of Hunter’s agenda looked like. Every week there is a brain challenge- this is the part where the child does games, puzzles, and other activities online. The games are based on concepts you might see in IQ testing for children. These games can be done on your computer (PC or Mac) or on your iPad or tablet. There is a suggested weekly schedule, but of course you can do what works well for you. The enrichment set listed on the schedule is something you download. Some weeks there will be games to play. There might be a story to read with activities to go with it. There could be a worksheet to practice writing, cutting, sorting, etc. You get can do all of the activities, some of the activities, or just one. At the end of the week you check off that the week is complete and add some notes if you want to. Everything is very clearly laid out and very easy to navigate.
These are some of the games that your child will see during the brain challenge.
These are some examples of the worksheets you might see when you download your activities for the week.
So, how did we use La La Logic?
We tried the brain challenge on my laptop at first, but that was hard for Hunter to do. Since he’s only 3 he doesn’t quite have the coordination yet. So, I had him try it on my tablet and that was perfect! He was able to click on the screen or swipe the screen to play the games and that was much easier for him. He really enjoyed all of the games. In this picture he is playing one of his favorites- he loves this one because when he gets the answer correct there is a little monkey on the screen that dances.
This is a screen shot of the monkey that Hunter loves. Hunter laughs every time the monkey dances.
This is an example of one of the enrichment activities that Hunter did. We cut out the different insects and then he matched them up with their shadows.
This was definitely Hunter’s favorite enrichment activity. I put out 5 different toys and had him look at the toys. Then I told him to go into his room.
I hid one of the toys and called him back out of his room. He came running out, so excited to see if he could figure out which character was missing. We played this game over and over!
Some activities I thought would be too hard for him to do, like this one. But, he surprised me and did it. He had to draw a line from each child to a balloon to see if there were enough balloons for all of the kids to have one.
Another example of an enrichment activity- each shape had to be colored a certain color. I colored in the key for him, but then he did the worksheet by himself.
Another fun activity we did was to practice showing different emotions- Hunter had a great time with that too
La La Logic is an amazing early learning program! I asked Hunter what he thought of it before I wrote my review and he said, “Let’s play it now!” So, for him to say that is huge- because if he thinks he is “doing school” he doesn’t want any part of it. He didn’t realize he was practicing his problem solving or critical thinking skills- he thought he was just playing games with mommy. Even the worksheets seemed like games to him.
I absolutely love La La Logic and I very highly recommend it!!
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