Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A+ TutorSoft, Inc.'s Complete, Interactive MATH Curriculum

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"Your Own Virtual Teacher Anywhere, Anytime"

A+ TutorSoft, Inc. has developed an interactive, multimedia math curriculum "that use(s) all three learning modalities - Audio, Visuals and Text" for first through sixth grades, plus Pre-Algebra (seventh grade) and Algebra I. This curriculum, A+ Interactive MATH, is designed to meet national standards and surpass state standards.


Now, when you visit the website for the first time, you may be a little overwhelmed (like I was!) with the amount of information presented on the homepage. Once you spend a little time there, you'll find an abundance of helpful information. A short sampling includes:
 A+ Interactive MATH Format Choices: 
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The above premium edition CD is the format we chose to review.


Homeschoolers have three options for A+ Interactive MATH,
The option we chose to review is the premium edition curriculum CD download of third grade, our grade of choice. I have two younger children that will benefit down the road from having the physical CD. The online version is a pay by the month, quarter or yearly subscription. (There will be a coupon code at the end for 50% off until the end of March 2013!)

(You may view a side by side feature comparison of the online option, standard CD option and premium CD option by clicking here.)

What is included with the 3rd grade full curriculum (premium) CD product?

Below is important information from a couple of different places on the website (but I've condensed the information into one place) detailing what's included in a Premium Edition CD:

  Multimedia Lessons that use all three learning modalities: audio, visual, and text.
  Interactive Q & A that allows students to practice problem solving with immediate feedback and step-by-step explanation using audio, visual, and text.
  Full Curriculum Book which contains chapters with concise and "to-the-point" explanations covering all the appropriate grade level content.
  Worksheets PACK with printable worksheets.
  Worksheets Solution Guide with step-by-step solutions for each problem in the Worksheets PACK
  Exams PACK with printable exams
  Exams Solution Guide with step-by-step solutions for each problem in the Exam PACK.
  Recommended Lesson Plan in regards to the pace, timeline, and ordering of the material
  Reference Sheets filled with facts, formulas, and diagrams.


AND

1) Progress Tracking and Reporting for up to 5 children with easy to read progress report. Easily maintain records of all completed assignments for each student in one secure place.
2) Parental Controls - Allows parents to hide/unhide the "answer keys" and solution guides from a student
3) Weekly Certificate of Accomplishment - The system tracks all assignments completed by students once parents have entered their assignments scores and generates a "Weekly Progress Report" in a very child-friendly format for student's review. This provides encouragement to your students as they see their weekly accomplishments in a very well formatted "certificate-like" format.


Ok. So now that you know what's included, let's take a look at what a day of lessons looks like:

If you haven't already watched, the  product demo is a fabulous resource for visualizing exactly what the actual product looks like.

We begin our math lesson by remembering where we left off the day before. The program doesn't automatically begin in the place we last logged out. So, we use the drop down menu on the left to find (remember) our place. Then, we begin our lesson. With the "virtual teacher" the lessons are explained clearly. There have only been two instances of Caraline needing an extra explanation and help from me. This is over the course of more than 23 lessons.

There is a lesson planning guide that maps out a weekly schedule. I found it slightly fast paced in some instances, and we slowed down just a little bit from the suggested schedule. Sometimes we complete one lesson per day. Occasionally, we do two or three. We proceed at Caraline's pace. When I honor her pace, she enjoys math immensely.

A screen shot of one lesson example in Basic Number Sense
After her on screen lesson (lesson times average around ten minutes) utilizing text, visuals and audio, Caraline begins the Interactive Q & A. This is one of the my favorite parts of A+ Interactive and a big reason why I LOVE this program. During the Interactive Q & A, there are questions asked and multiple choice answers given. If the question is answered correctly, the "virtual teacher" says "Good Job!" and you move on to the next question. If the question is answered incorrectly, the virtual teacher states in a very sweet voice, "I'm sorry, that is incorrect." Immediately, a review or "reteaching" of that skill is presented along with the correct way to answer the question. The student is then given another chance to correctly answer the missed question. At the end, there is a printable certificate with the correct and incorrect number of questions answered with attempt 1 and attempt 2. Caraline always prints this certificate for my physical record book. (I don't utilize the online scoring system.) With the CD version the parent must manually type in the scores. From what I understand, the online version does this automatically.



If Caraline makes 100% on the first attempt of the Interactive Q & A, she is done with that lesson. If she misses a question or two, she prints off the corresponding worksheet by clicking on the red Print Worksheet tab on the left side of the screen. After she is finished with the worksheets (generally two pages), we go over her answers, utilizing the worksheet answer sheet if needed. I then file the worksheets in our math folder.
This is what the Interactive Q & A certificate looks like.


There are also end of unit exams with roughly 20 - 40 problems each and a detailed solutions guide or answer key, too.

Final Thoughts:

I love the interactive features of A+ Interactive MATH, the detailed answer keys and the clear, precise presentation of lessons using the "virtual teacher".   This program is easy enough for Caraline to be completely independent, from beginning the lesson to printing her own worksheets. A+ Interactive MATH has been a positive addition to our homeschool, and we look forward to continuing to use this program. I also look forward to being able to pass down this program to my younger children.

Pricing and 50% Off Coupon!

Use this code SPOFFER50 at checkout for 50% off your order until the end of March 2013!

The Premium Edition Cds are normally $124.99. If you utilize the 50% off coupon, the Premium Edition CDs are only $62 dollars and change! The standard CD versions are priced at $99. Also, available on the above hyperlink is a Table of Contents for each level.

The pricing guide for the online homeschool version can be found here.

Be sure to check out other reviews of the online and Premium CD versions by clicking the banner below.


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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

34 comments:

  1. What a great review! Lots of good information!

    Happy Day!
    Marla (fellow crew-mate)

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    1. Thank you! I enjoyed your review, too =)

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  2. Thanks for the great review. Kathy B (A+ TutorSoft Social Media Manager and fellow TOS team member).

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