I’m the first to admit, I don’t stress about packing in a ton of school work during the summer. But, my girls love learning and doing all things school. In fact, they are often playing school with each other. So, when I was asked to check out (and have the girls check out) Go Math! Academy, a dedicated digital learning environment for the home, I thought we’d try it out.
Go Math! Academy is an online tool that is extremely easy to use and set up. Parents have a login and a parent dashboard where they can check on the progress of their kids. And, they can set up a dashboard for up to five children, each with their own grade level.
The idea is that it can help kids catch up with, keep up with or challenge them to get ahead of their math work. Of course Go Math! Academy is fun for kids and easy for them to use. Our 5 year old has very little computer experience and she was able to grab the mouse and get right to doing math problems. It also encourages her with rewards and incentives so that she wants to keep asking to play every day. It’s nice because it’s self-directed, too, so I can supervise without having to guide them through their journey.
Our 5 year old really has a knack for numbers, but isn’t very confident with her reading. It’s nice because her sister can read the problems to her, or she can use the little speaker icon to click and have the problems read to her. The voice is quite digitalized…that’s one thing I’d like to see improved, but it helps her understand what the problem is asking. At first, she wasn’t impressed that I set her to Kindergarten for her grade level (she’s just starting Kindergarten this fall), but quickly learned that as she progresses, things get a little harder. Our almost second grader was asking for me to bump her up, too and quickly realized that she was good where she was.
What’s nice is that there are no grade level restrictions and a variety of subscription options, making Go Math! Academy, highly customizable. The program caters to the different needs of each individual learner.
I set the 7-year-old to 2nd grade and the 5-year-old to Kindergarten so they were each able to get the best use out of the program.
They ask everyday to go work on some math problems, so they are having a good time, and keeping their math skills polished, if not advanced while having fun.