Sometimes (a lot of times) kids need to practice their math facts more than just when they do their daily math lessons. My daughter has been using iknowit.com to help fill that need for us. With over 400 math lessons on the site and adding more each week, there is more than enough math practice to give my daughter that extra nudge.
If you know and love SuperTeacherWorksheets.com like a lot of homeschool mom and teachers do, then you will love this site too, because it was developed by the same lovely people!
How to use iknowit.com
I Know It is very well organized and well labeled. That may seem like a silly thing to start off telling you, but sometimes these websites that give supplemental practice are not that way. I have used sites in the past that honestly just overwhelm me with all of the links and buttons and I end up just not using it.
As a parent, you first will set up an account for your child under your account. You set their grade level and their math grade level if it is different. Then they can immediately start doing math lessons.
You can also pick certain lessons for your child to do and it will get listed under their “assignments” tab when they are in their portion of the website. (I will explain that later on in this article.)
This program is for elementary age children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Again, it is a supplemental program. So, there are multiple ways you could use it. You could have your child use it every day after their regular math curriculum and have them work on the same concepts they just learned. This would help reinforce what was just learned. If they are struggling on a certain concept, you could have them do lessons on that particular topic. This would give your child the opportunity to hear the same information in a different way. As we know, hearing it a different way can be the answer to understanding! Lastly, you could also use it to bring your child up to the appropriate level a bit faster if he or she is behind in math or behind in just a certain aspect of math.
At first, I thought I would just be plopping my daughter in front of the computer and have her do lessons that went along with her current math. That was fairly overwhelming for her though. She didn’t know which ones she should do.
So, I started the process of adding assignments for her to do. The process is actually quite easy.
When you are in your parent account, click the grade level at the top of the page from which you would like to pull assignments.
This box will pop up where you have a few things you can manipulate to suit your needs. The first option is asking you who you want to assign this lesson to. You can assign it to just one student or all of your students. I only have one child using this program, so I didn’t need to change anything in that area.
Then it gives you the opportunity to decide how long you want that assignment to show up on your child’s page. You can choose to keep it there until they have completed the lesson or for a certain amount of days.
Then… Do you want them to work on it for a particular amount of time or do you just want them to do a certain amount of problems?
If it is a certain number of problems, then how many? The default is set to 15, but you can choose any number from 1 to 100.
Once you have done all of that when your child logs in to their homepage, they will see their assignments like this:
It really does organize it well.
I took a ton of screenshots of the lessons, as well as just the general layout of the website. But instead of filling this post with a bunch of flat pictures, I think it would be best of you check it out yourself.
I Know It offers a 60-day free trial!! This is a no-brainer, in my opinion. If you don’t like it, then you just don’t have to continue on after the free trial. :)
Let me know what you think!