*UPDATE- If you're just looking for the sale link CLICK HERE for the IXL discount page, seems to be a fairly permanent sale; however, the discount recently changed to 25%
|Tristian Adding Using Pictures of Groups on IXL|
**Second- this is not a paid for review or promotion. I'm sharing because I found this site helpful, I bought the account with my own money, IXL isn't even aware of this review.
January has been a drag for us. We've had a serious case of the Post Holiday Humdrums =p Tristian has really not been feeling the whole school thing... but especially not math. What does he want to do? Play on the computer of course. So I set out to look for something that is to math as Starfall is to phonic but math (if you have never heard of Starfall you should check it out, Starfall.com. It's a great phonics teaching tool and a lot of the phonics part of the site is free. It does have some math k-2, but I was looking for something more comprehensive).
What I found was IXL.
It has the standards for math in each grade in each state (wonderful to have so easily at hand). Great reviews, we did some of the practices and it looks like it could be a wonderful help for us.... but it's $9.99 a month or $79.99 a year! Ouch. Not in my budget. So I looked on HSLDA for a discount... nada =( Then I started searching the internet for a discount. BINGO! There is a free group called Homeschool Buyers Co-op (click on the name for for the link). Through their free group you can sign up for a year for $49.99 + $1.95 order fee, so $51.94. That's more then 35% off the normal yearly fee of $79.99. Freaking awesome! CLICK HERE to see the IXL Math Discount Page at the Co-op. That gives us the rest of this school year and takes us more then halfway into next school year, at which time I can evaluate and see what's up.
The program gives you a parent account and a child account so you can see how they are doing. I really like that it has each grade sectioned off but available. I was a little worried I would have to choose the grade for the child account, which would not have been a good fit for Tristian, since we are working on math across three grades at the moment. Overall I am very optimistic about this program (enough to spend $50 on it lol). I hope it helps pull us out of this math slump we're in atm =)