Is Math just not your strong subject? Are you sick of having to grade all those math problems? I was in the same spot a little over a year ago. I really wanted to find a math curriculum that was video based and auto graded my kids work. When a friend mentioned CTCMath I was pretty hesitant because it was something I had never heard of before. Having homeschooled for almost 10 years now I really thought I had heard of all the options. Boy was I happily surprised to hear that this company covers everything I was looking for. Maybe you are in the same boat and haven’t heard of CTCMath before, or maybe you just have never really looked into what they offer. So let’s dig into this amazing Math program’s Family Membership and see if it is the right fit for your family. Oh, and make sure that you stick around for some coupon codes!
What does CTCMath offer?
Full Math Curriculum for grades K-12
I don’t know about you but when I find something that works I want to stick with it. I was so happy to hear that CTCMath is available for all grades K-12. However, as of right now they recommend that from grades 9-12 that their program be used as a supplement to another curriculum. We haven’t gotten to that level so I honestly can’t tell you how in-depth they cover those grades. However, if it is anything like what they do in the younger grades I have a feeling this program will be enough to cover the teaching part and the kids just might need some more questions to practice what they have been learning…which CTCMath already offers at the end of every set of lesson questions. This is another place where you as the homeschool parent get to make the decision.
Work from any level, at any time
Say you have your kid start out the year in 3rd grade level math but find out that they are really doing amazing at math and you want to challenge them. You have the ability to have they start working on 4th grade math or even higher whenever you want. Maybe your kid is amazing at telling time but not so great at addition. You can have your kid skip the 3rd grade time section all together and work maybe on the 6th grade time section but stay with 3rd grade for everything else. You have the power to decide, not CTCMath!
Math the Normal Way
Some people are really picky about how math is taught to their kids. Some are all for Common Core but most of the people I know are not. CTCMath is not common core aligned! For me that means that when one of my kids is struggling with a problem I can sit down with them and actually help them solve the problem. I do not need lots of research on how to help them, since they are being taught math the way I was taught in school.
Ability to create task lists for each kid
Does your child not do so well without strict guidance? Maybe adding tasks for your child to complete in order is the way to go. CTCMath has a system set up for you. If tasks is not your thing then don’t worry, tasks are only there if you want them. The system works great without using tasks.
Move at your own pace.
Because this curriculum is entirely online your child gets to move at a pace that is comfortable to them and you. You set the pace, not CTCMath!
As soon as an answer is entered, the program automatically grades it. Kids get to see right away if they are on the right track or are missing something. When they complete the lesson they are immediately presented with their entire set of problems laid out like a worksheet, all graded. From there they can save their work, print it, continue working more questions so they can pass the level (if they did not pass) or just move on if they did pass.
Having a kiddo with Dyslexia means that anything with reading involved takes his focus all the more. He ends up spending energy just to read and then struggles to understand what he read. By having video instruction he is allowed to just sit back and learn without the struggle of reading mixed in. Maybe your kiddo doesn’t have Dyslexia but really learns well with lots of visuals. Video instruction will give them that, and CTCMath has video instruction for EVERY SINGLE LESSON! Below is a sample video lesson to give you a feel for how amazing this program is.
Printable Lesson Notes
Do your kids like to take notes while they are learning? Especially in the older grades this can be very helpful. CTCMath has already taken notes for your kids and are available to be printed out to help your child study what they are learning. Even in the younger grades these are helpful so your child has helps and tips while they are completing the problems. If they get stuck they can review the notes in front of them, or if that doesn’t work they can always re-watch the lesson video. However, most times reviewing the notes was enough to get my kids moving again. These are always available right underneath the lesson videos.
Motivation with certificates and visual progress tracker
Math isn’t my middle son’s best subject however having him be able to see what he needs to accomplish by the end of the year and to see how far along he is to finishing has made a world of difference. In each section there is a certificate shown and as they get better grades their certificate changes. As each lesson is completed there is a check mark automatically placed beside that lesson number. Kids are able to always see how they are doing. For my kids this has been very motivating.
Virtual Manipulatives when needed
Solving problems on a computer can be a challenge, especially when it comes to measuring, or carrying in addition. CTCMath has solved this problem by having virtual manipulatives available whenever these type of problems come up. There is a ruler that your child can move around to actually measure. There are numbers available for your child to grab and place above the problem to show borrowing. They even have cross out lines the student can place when they need to cross out a number. Honestly, they work so well that you really don’t even need scrap paper to solves these problems.
Practice Math facts with built in games
Besides working through their lessons the kids can play games to work on their math facts, gain speed in them and even play a problem solving game.
Many Reports for record keeping
Especially with not grading students work ourselves it is really nice to know that I can login and check on how they are doing anytime. CTCMath has multiple reports available whenever I need them. I can even have updates sent to my email so I know to check in on my kids work. Family Membership covers all kids in your family!
I have 3 kids and although I only need to have an account for two of them right now, I was able to easily add another account for my 3rd child with no problem. I can’t vouch for families with more than 3 kids but their customer service is great and I’m sure a quick call in would get you the info you need to know if you have more than 3 kids. CTCMath’s phone number is listed at the bottom of their home page or feel free to email them.
What do my kids think of CTCMath?
Both of my kiddos who have been using this program are loving it. Okay maybe that is a bit strong since one of them does not like math. However, they both have felt like they have consistency with this program. They thrive with the visual progress trackers and the instant grades. Both of these help motivate them to keep moving forward. Because of the video based instruction my dyslexic kiddo can still move forward without adding more reading to his already packed day of school. Besides allowing him to just be able to focus on math during math, he has more energy when it is reading time, to read. Overall my kids went from dreading math to being able to focus through the problems and accomplish math each day. Even my kiddo who does not like math chooses to tackle math first because he knows he can do it and then he will have the rest of the day to focus on other subjects he likes better. I call that a HUGE win!
Ready to sign up? Want a discount?
CTCMath offers homeschoolers a HUGE discount. How does 60% off with an extra 6 months on a 12 month membership sound?! Yup, that is 60% off their normal rate plus 18 months for the price of 12! Not sure you are ready to commit just yet? How about a FREE trial? This FREE TRIAL gives you access to create student accounts, access to all levels and the ability to see the reports. However you are limited in the number of lessons you can use. You will only be able to use the first lesson from each topic. However, this will give you a great idea of how amazing this program is.