If your kids need extra practice in math or language arts, IXL is a great program to check out! As part of the TOS Crew, we were given a full year subscription to IXL Math and IXL Language Arts for all of our kids!
My 7th grader is over run with work from all of her other schooling and she is doing great in math and language arts, so she didn’t use it with us.
The main user in our house with this program, was our son. He uses it daily.
This, for whatever reason, is his preferred location for all of his schooling.
He is doing language arts in the picture, but as you can see from his notebook next to him, he just finished practicing math.
Notice I said “practicing math”? IXL is not a full curriculum. It is designed to be a supplement to whatever curriculum you choose to use with your children. It can be used as extra practice to solidify skills learned. It can also be used to practice skills that your kids are not completely getting.
Benjamin was having problems with adverbs and adjectives in his grammar curriculum we normally use. He had reached a point in the curriculum where it was time for a test on that material. I new he wasn’t ready for that, so I had him work on exercises specific to those topics.
That is a major benefit of IXL. You can choose exercise based on grade level OR topic.
Rarely are we choosing something based on level. In fact, I’m not sure we ever do. I go to the topics area of whichever subject we are on, and I choose what topic I feel he needs extra practice.
What do we like about it?
There are a lot of things I like about it, really.
- I LOVE that I can choose a topic like a was discussing above!! It is so beneficial!!!
- I like that it is adaptable. While the student is answering questions for a particular subject or topic, the questions will get harder as he or she gets the questions correct. This means they won’t be wasting their time on a bunch of information they have already mastered.
- I also like that I can set it up so that my kids don’t see what “grade” they are doing. There is a place in the parental area where the settings can be changed so that the information is not organized by grades in numbers. Instead, it is shown in letters. (you can see what I mean in the pictures above)
I like this because sometimes there is a certain topic that my kid need reinforcement on and if they know they are doing work that is a grade below what they are “supposed” to be, it bothers them. I’m not sure where they got that, because it has never been instilled by ME, but they are getting it somewhere!
- As you can see in the picture above, you can also choose to receive report emails, hide the timer while they are doing their work and also enable audio for upper grade levels. I was getting emailed reports, but I was on IXL so often with my kids that I decided I didn’t really need to emails. I wanted to mention it, though, because it is a nice feature.
- It is great that when he gets a question wrong, it immediately gives him an explanation as to WHY he got it wrong.
- For my youngest, whom is a not-reader, I love that she can click on the speaker button and it will read her the question and the answers. That is HUGE. Sometimes she can’t do programs like this, because she can’t read the questions. She knows the information they are asking her about, but because she isn’t reading yet, she doesn’t have the opportunity to show her knowledge. IXL takes care of that with the audio capabilities and I am appreciative of that!
Benjamin really likes the awards and medals.
Here is an example of what the award page will show. This is an awards page for just a single level. You can also look at a page with all levels showing to show what has been earned across all levels. It is not in pretty boxes like this though, it just has it written out.
When you hover over the question marks it will tell you what you need to complete in order to uncover that prize box. Benjamin enjoys doing this and figuring out what he needs to do next.
When I asked him if there was anything he didn’t like about the program, he said, “I don’t like when I get it wrong… it takes away points. Because it takes a long time if I keep getting them wrong.”
In other words, he just gets frustrated when he is not doing well. That’s okay, though. When he gets them wrong, the program explains it to him and he learns why he got it wrong.
I almost forgot!
They also have ipad and android apps! We have not used them, but I have heard great things about them, so I wanted to make sure you knew about it!
All in all, I would definitely recommend IXL. It is a wonderful and fun way to practice math and language arts facts.
I highly recommend you check out IXL’s website. There is SO MUCH information for this program and I’m sure I’ve missed something!
Information at a glance:
What is it? An online supplement for math and language arts
For whom? The Math is for grades Pre-K through 12 and the Language Arts is for grades 2-8
How much is it? Pricing for one subject is $9.95/month or $79/year. Each additional child is $2/month or $20/year. I recommend you check out their pricing page for more information, especially if you have multiple children. You can click on the monthly plan or yearly plan buttons and it will give you pricing based on how many children and subjects you tell it you want.