Have you heard of IXL Learning? We used it many years ago for extra practice in math and language arts. Now, they have much more than that, so it was interesting to try it out again.
My daughter got a full annual membership, in all IXL subjects (math, language arts, grades 2-8 science, grades 2-8 social studies, and intro Spanish) so that we could try out the site and tell you lovely people about it.
IXL has lessons for Kindergarten through 12th grade in math and language arts. For grades 2 through 8, your child can choose some topics in science and social studies. If you are interested in your child learning Spanish, she can do that as well. There is an “intro” to Spanish area that is not labeled by grade level.
This program is meant to be used as supplemental practice for these subjects.
As your child goes through the program, the questions will adjust to the skill level they are displaying in their answers. This is great. I like that the questions will either get harder or easier, depending on what she needs at that time.
As a parent, I am able to see exactly when she was on IXL, what subjects she did, what questions she answered, where she encountered difficulties and more. The reports for the parents are a wonderful addition to the program.
When your child gets a question wrong while using IXL, she is immediately shown an explanation as to why it is wrong. It is basically a short one page lesson on that topic. It shows your child’s answer, the correct answer, and then a brief teaching of that topic. I like this because I don’t have to worry about her going through multiple questions on the same topic and getting them all wrong. If she is immediately shown why it is wrong, then hopefully she is able to correct her thinking so that she can get it correct on future questions on that topic.
There is also a fun awards area. When your child has worked for a certain length of time or gotten through a certain amount of questions, they earn virtual rewards. That’s always fun for kids, so that’s a neat thing that is offered on the program.
Where to Start
Let me back up a little and tell you what you will do when you first get the program. There are a couple of ways you can set this up for your child. You can have her take diagnostic tests and the program will suggest different topics for her to do based on the results of the tests. Or you can check off different topics in your parent login that you want your child to work on in IXL.
After you have decided how your child will pick the topics each time, it’s just a matter of logging in each day.
In the picture below, Olivia is answering questions about different objects and how they are similar. It was a topic in the 5th grade science section. It was a great lesson in deduction!
Since my husband and I own a business, this site comes in handy on days that I might have to run into the office in the morning. If that’s the case, I can tell Olivia to work on IXL. She knows where to go and what to do. Then I can look in the reports area to see if there is anything we need to talk about or anything she needs extra help with.
I recommend you check out IXL to see if it will be a good fit for your family. You could always try it out for one month and if you don’t like it, you can cancel since there is no commitment you have to make. I hope this is the program for you and helps your family!
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