Choosing the right math curriculum for your kids can be so challenging. There are countless options out there, and if you’re not a math geek (like me) or don’t feel confident teaching math, it can be a daunting task. Obviously, you want what’s best for your kids, and you want (hopefully) a curriculum that will adequately teach them math and prepare them for the future. Today I want to share an online homeschool math option with you and help answer some questions so that you can make an informed decision. Read my full CTC Math Review, it may be just what you’re looking for!
*Please Note: I received a CTC Math membership free in order to give a review, and was compensated for my time. I was not, however, required to give a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Read our full disclosure here.*
A Little About CTC Math:
CTC Math is an online, video based math curriculum. It is self-paced, so students can start with the lessons that are appropriate for them and then work through as they feel comfortable.
After each video lesson, there are interactive questions for your child to answer to check for understanding of the lesson.
There is also a printable pdf version of each lesson if you would prefer to have a handout, or would like to keep the notes for a reference.
Benefits of CTC Math:
If you are considering CTC Math for your homeschool, there are several benefits to consider.
First, with a CTC Math family membership, you have access to the entire curriculum from Kindergarten through high school.
This makes it a very affordable option if you have multiple kids at home.
Second, because of the direct, video based instruction, if your child has a question or doesn’t understand, they can simply re-watch the video. Older students might appreciate pausing the video to take notes or work out the problem themselves before moving on.
In addition, the videos are clear and informative, but not overly busy. They’re simple and straightforward, which may be good for kids who struggle with sensory processing or attention deficits.
Another benefit is that the videos are short and focus on one particular skill at a time. This makes it easy to break things down into manageable pieces.
A benefit for moms is that it takes quite a bit of stress off of you by giving your kids a more independent math curriculum. This may be especially beneficial if you are teaching multiple children.
For me, trying to spend math time with each of my kids individually each day can become draining and exhausting.
Some drawbacks of learning math online:
While there are lots of great benefits to this program, there are some drawbacks to using an online curriculum for math.
First, your child may not spend much time doing math with pencil and paper. Writing things down helps process and retain information. So if you choose CTC Math (or another online program) I would simply encourage you to mix things up occasionally and give your child other math assignments to check for understanding.
I would also encourage you to use journaling along with the lessons. Once or twice a week, have your child write what they’ve learned in their math lessons, give examples, or write about ways they can use it in the real world.
This will help you to see that they do in fact comprehend the math they’re learning and can explain it to you.
One other drawback of a video based curriculum such as CTC Math is that it can become difficult to see how all the pieces fit together.
Because the lessons teach one short concept, they can seem disconnected from one another, which is not true of math at all.
So while it is definitely helpful that the videos are short to ensure kids are not overwhelmed by tons of new information, this can also prevent kids from seeing the big picture.
This doesn’t mean that an online option is a bad choice, it just means you need to be aware, and find ways to develop deep understandings in your kids.
Find ways to supplement what they’re learning by applying it to their life and interests.
Include questions in their journal that force them to think about how certain things they’re learning connect to math they’ve already learned.
Who is CTC Math for?
I think CTC math is a great choice for:
- Large families looking for an affordable math option
- Kids who lack confidence in math and need to take things slowly
- Moms who need to take a more hands-off approach to teaching math (whether because of time constraints or the level of math difficulty, etc.)
If you are interested in checking out this program, be sure to sign up for a free trial! This will allow you and your kids to watch some videos and get a feel for the layout and teaching style before you commit.
Or if you’re ready to sign up, simply click here to receive a 60% discount, only for homeschooling families.
Has your family used CTC Math? Share your experience in the comments in order to help other families make an informed decision!
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