Over the last few months we have had the privilege of reviewing GPALOVEMATH from GPA LEARN with both of the kids. In this house Math can be a very frustrating part of our schooling day. In fact, R said the other day that “Math is the literal apocalypse.” C often gets frustrated because he wants to do more Math and we spend so much time with R I am drained by the time I get to him. Because of both of these things I decided that we needed to try this out and see if it would be a good fit for our homeschool.
What did I receive?
GPALOVEMATH is a completely digital curriculum hosted on their site. I received a year of access to three grade levels to try with my kids. We received the Kindergarten, Second, and Third grade levels.
How were the lessons set up?
There are multiple lessons that build upon each other. Your child can not move forward until completely the current lesson. Each lesson offers a teaching time, practice time, and a quiz led by a character specific to that grade level.
What did I think of it?
- Layout – The site is fairly simple to navigate. The lessons are filled with color, interactive components, and sound. Each child even has their own log in to work on their lessons. The layout was simple enough that my five year old knew where to click to get to his next lesson or next section.
- Teaching Time – The teaching time was mostly effective. I do think integrating a video component may be great for the child who wants to hear it explained in more detail. The lessons flow smoothly. They also wait for your child to click forward to avoid things moving too quickly.
In each lesson you will find vocabulary, problem examples, teaching time, and a problem solving strategy to use with each problem.
Both kids seemed to ignore the vocabulary as a whole. They did seem to enjoy the teaching time. C loved the silliness of the gumshoe in charge of the kindergarten lessons.
The third grade lessons were a bit difficult for R. We stepped back into the second grade section to give her a chance to build on some core skills before moving forward.
- Practice Time – This is your child’s chance to practice what they learned in teaching time. There will be a few problems for them to solve.
Some of these seemed over-simplified to me. For example, when learning the number 12 the practice problem would have an image with three apples, five apples, or twelve apples and ask him to identify the group with twelve. He quickly figured out that he could simply look at which one had more and get the problem right.
If you have a child that needs things on that level to give them the confidence to work on other problems this may be a great feature. For my son, this gave him an easy way out and kept him from really using the information he learned.
For R the practice time seemed to be a great option for her to see where she missed an answer and get a redo on the problem. She tends to rush through Math problems without following all the steps. This practice time offered her an immediate consequence while still giving her an option to repair it.
- Quiz – This is the area where your child has the opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the lessons. I really like that each problem is built around the lesson at hand. They also remove the instant answer as to whether things are right or wrong. Your child will work through each problem and at the completion of the quiz a score will be assigned.
The thing I really liked about the quiz is the option to look through the problems missed and rework them. It didn’t change the score but it did give the child the chance to learn from their mistakes.
- Rewards – There are rewards built into this program. You can either pre-select the rewards you are willing to offer or let the system automate them. These can be things like staying up late or getting a certain amount of money.
To be honest, I did not use this component with my children. I don’t personally believe in rewarding a child with gifts for doing something they should be doing anyway.
- The Overall Program – As a whole this program is good. One of the big areas that didn’t go over well with me was the option to skip the lesson and go straight to the practice problems. R assumed she knew what she was doing and avoided the lesson. When she started getting questions wrong she was very frustrated with herself and we had to discuss the importance of doing things in the order they needed to be done.
C really enjoyed this lesson. He often asks to do two or three lessons a day. I liked that I had an option for him where I could still work with him but he wasn’t getting the leftovers of my energy when working with him.
Your child would need to be pretty disciplined in order for this to be a stand alone Math curriculum. It depends a lot on reading an online lesson without any real hands on use of manipulatives. This can be problematic if you have a hands on learner.
How easy is it to use?
This site was very easy to use once everything was set up. I was able to get each child set with their lessons and work with the other child.
How much does it cost?
One full year of access is $129 per grade or $12.99 a month with the introductory offer with code GPAINTRO15.