Thursday, January 25, 2007

ALEKS on-line math program

Someone posted a question on my blog asking what on-line math program my daughter is using. I've actually been meaning to write more about it, but haven't gotten around to it.

We signed up for a free month of ALEKS ( last week. It is a math program that starts at 3rd grade and goes all the way to a college level.

They start by testing the student to see what they know and what they don't know. Then, they create a pie chart showing what they know/don't know for each section. For example, in the 3rd grade class there are sections on: place value, fractions & decimals, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, and geometry & graphs.

For each section, the pie can "tell you" what your child is ready to learn next. So, one wonderful aspect of the program, is that the child (or the parent) can pick from the items available and decide what to learn next.

We are finding this a great break to RightStart. I'm also making up games to reinforce her new skills. You can also print out worksheets whenever you want and they are customed made to cover the things your child knows. And, you can have the program give your child a test at any time, which can add to or subtract from the pie.

Hope this helps and please let me know if anyone has any more questions.
- Dana

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