“Mama, can I do some more. I’m begging you!”
While we use a traditional style math program, I’ve learned that my boys with special needs excel with computer-based programs. As for this specific child, he is very difficult to understand. His receptive language skills are strong, but his expressive speech makes communication hard. Being able to work independently and getting the immediate positive feedback of rewards boosted his confidence and he looked forward to completing the next task and level.
A few of the topics covered include:
- Counting, up to 100
- Skip counting by twos, fives, and tens
- Time and Seasons
- Sorting, Ordering, and Classifying
- Addition and Subtraction
- Geometry and more
While he was excited to begin, there was a learning curve. It didn’t take long for him to understand the instructions and was able to work through exercises independently. As he grew adept at following the instructions, I noticed his keyboarding skills were also getting stronger, which is fantastic since his fine motor skills need some strengthening, too. And at the end of the week, a progress report is sent directly to my inbox.
Another feature we liked was being able to click on the speaker icon to hear the instructions–a great perk for non-readers and emerging readers through the first grade level.
Within the parent portal, I can pull up reports and graphs to track progress, see weak areas, practice sessions, etc:
Since IXL is a supplement and not a full curriculum, the exercises and games are perfect to keep skills sharp or to strengthen weak areas. Subscriptions begin at $9.95 a month or $79 for a year to access one subject for one student. Additional students will cost $2 a month or $20 a year to access the same subject. Visit their site to learn more about family plan options. Each student will have his or her own separate account so that individual needs are met and unique weaknesses are strengthened.
Offering supplemental material for Language Arts and Mathematics, including higher-level Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-calculus, I imagine IXL will become a regular staple in our home school, and I’ll continue to see my student’s skills improve and his confidence soar.
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