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Year-long math fun at home | Go Math! Academy

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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27 Comments

  1. This looks great! A fun way to keep those brains working over the summer!

  2. You can review topics that the kids are not good at

  3. This looks like so much fun! I love that N likes numbers, I just hope she doesn’t start adding them in crazy ways making her a little OCD at times like her aunt.

  4. Leigh Anne Borders (@laborders2000) says:

    As a teacher, I think that this is a great program. I like that it is aligned to the common core which is being taught in Georgia schools.

  5. mrs. hils says:

    I learned that the site has videos to explain concepts they don’t quite get. Cool!

  6. We do learning things in the summer, but nothing excessive. I think this would be fun. Learning and fun always makes a winning combo.

  7. What a great idea! I am on the fence about the use of electrical devices for learning. There are some good and some bad and I think its up to the parent to watch the child and limit the time on the gadgets. Too often we see parents who start with learning tools and before you know it, the device becomes the babysitter and the kids spend more and more time inside. We had a learning laptop for kiddo when she was younger. It had built in games. Shes had it for years and will still play with it at the age of 9. She struggles with math too so its been good for her to continue with the math games.

  8. I’ll probably be in the market for something like this next year when my little turns 5. It’s so important that we teach our kids at home too, then they will for sure be ready for kindergarten / 1st grade.

  9. I always make my boys do math & reading over the summer so that they don’t forget! This sounds like an awesome program!

  10. Full disclosure: I’m terrible at math! But this game looks like something even *I* could get into…haha! 😉 If my little guys were a bit older, I’d be all about this!

  11. I love educational apps for children. When my son is older, we will totally use them!

  12. I did not know that Math Academy was for grades to 6th and they are designing for up to 8th grade. It is also nice that it is a recommended program that is used to manys schools.

  13. My son is so into numbers and is now learning to count backwards and subtract. He’s almost 3, and it would be really great to encourage this kind of learning all year (and when they’re ready for it – and willing to learn!)

  14. Ooh this sounds wonderful! I love programs like this, I mean… what a dream to have kids actually wanting to continue to learn in the summer. Sounds like a dream!

  15. That looks like a great way to learn math! Our home PC is such a piece of junk- It doesn’t even work. I am still not ready to let the kids on my work laptop!

  16. This looks like a lot of fun and a great way to keep their brains sharp during the summer months!

  17. This is great. I just found a website with math for my 7 year old. It would be great to have some problems my 4 year old could do.

  18. It’s great to see kids have fun as they learn. Your children will be very well prepared for the upcoming fall.

  19. Seems like a fun way to keep learning throughout the Summer. I can remember enjoying learning games that were so different back in my school days.

  20. teresa mccluskey says:

    Math academy seems like a great program I will have to talk to my husband about getting it for my daughter if I don’t win 🙂

  21. Mary Happymommy says:

    I learned they are part of HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT.

  22. This is a bit too old for my oldest still. It looks like a great way to keep the learning going though.

  23. The GO Math! school program is used by more than seven million students worldwide.

  24. This program is, quite frankly, crap. I have a kid that needs special help in reading but is quite good with arithmetic and problems. If his test in MATH were on actual calculations, he would do quite well, but instead he fails because he has reading issues which are separate from his mathematical abilities. 100% of the tests are word problems so he’s pretty much out of luck.

    Plus, many of these problems on the test are worded in a crazy fashion so even with a 4th grade reading level I do not know how we would do it. His twin brother has no issues with reading but does not do a whole lot better. I have a PhD in engineering and 14 years of schooling after 12th grade and I still have to think about the wording of some of these problems. This is crazy.

    Kids do not need cryptic embedding of math inside of essays. I have not read the literature but I would like a few minutes alone with whomever thought this was a good idea.

    1. Hi Josh-

      Thank you for your honest feedback. I agree the long questions are crazy, but I’ve noticed that is what is coming home with my kids from their schools, so I think this is mimicking what they are seeing at school (common core). Gone are the days of just having simple math problems, at least here in Georgia.

      Regardless, I will definitely be sending your feedback to the brand as they need to see it as well!

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