I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge fan of online learning programs for my children’s homeschool enhancement. The latest we’ve been reviewing is offered by IXL Learning. We received three annual membership to IXL, which helps with Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. My 6th, 3rd, and 2nd graders will be helping me review this product.
About the Product:
IXL is a comprehensive K-12 Curriculum that can be used from Pre-K through Twelfth grade. As children work on subjects, the program is designed to narrow down their ability levels and focus on areas that need improvement.
Parents or teachers can check out the analytics behind the scenes to see how their children are doing. I can view usage, diagnostic stats, trouble spots, scores, questions, and their progress.
Diagnostic Stats help to find a level in each learning area for students. The more that they work on the program, the more narrow the diagnostic stat will become. Then, recommendations are made based on the results of the diagnostics. Above, you can see some of the results my younger child.
On the question section, I can see exactly what questions my children have answered on the program and see their answer. I like being able to see this in case there are simple errors that we can discuss to help get it right the next time.
IXL can be downloaded as an app to take learning on the go. I really liked this feature because we only have 1 desktop for the kids to share, but they do have tablets that they can use for schoolwork. We greatly preferred using the program on the apps instead of on the computer. It seemed easier to use that way.
IXL subscription packages begin as low as $9.95 per month for single subjects per student or as high as $19.95 per month for all the core subjects.
I watched the kids working on the program for a bit and liked what I saw as a parent and teacher. One area that I think is most important for homeschoolers is that it would peg their levels based on ability. Many kids are not on the same level in each subject and this helped me pinpoint which of the subjects needed to be worked on more with which kids. Definitely helpful for a large family homeschool program.
My 2nd and 3rd graders liked IXL for the most part. The main thing they didn’t like is that there isn’t really a fun aspect to it, other than collecting little virtual prizes. They did like to see which prize they would receive for working diligently on the program. My 3rd grader especially liked it because it kept things simple for her.
When I asked my 6th grader his thoughts, he told me it felt like a never-ending test. Although he states that IXL wasn’t his favorite, he didn’t complain when it became time to work on the program throughout the week.
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