I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post.
While I'd love to claim that I am continually teaching and providing my children with learning opportunities in everything that we do, sometimes it's just all about play (which is fine, too).
However, when it comes time to focus on educational aspects, I'm always on the lookout for sites that my kids are going to find enjoyable while also being beneficial for them (not that they have to know that).
Which is exactly why I was happy to be introduced to Go Math! Academy, an at-home math learning website featuring practice problems, help videos, games and rewards. It's time to make math fun!
An online learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's enormously successful GO Math! textbook curriculum, Go Math! Academy is used by over 7 million kids worldwide. The lively, engaging online experience lets children select a theme to launch their own personal math journey and the independent learning allows kids to practice the specific skills that they want to work on.
Add to that the entertaining help videos that feature expert, engaging instructors who make math concepts clear, the fun math games and the motivating awards and rewards and it's no wonder that this site is a favorite of kids and adults everywhere!
Although my children are young enough that they don't need specific homework help, I knew that they would enjoy the colorful graphics and kid-friendly design of Go Math! Academy. Plus, why wouldn't I want to encourage them to try some of the hundreds of practice exercises available to boost their math knowledge?
Setting up my account was easy, as I simply entered a bit of information into my dashboard and set up a profile for each of my girls.
I appreciate that Go Math! Academy allows parents or teachers to set up an account with profiles and access for up to five children, as that lets each child to focus on their own individual skills and grade-level curriculum.
No frustration over problems that are too difficult or not being able to pick up where you left off when you simply tap your name to get started!
As well as being easy to select between each child's profile to continue their work, I like that I have a parent dashboard that clearly lays out the progress and rewards that each of my children have received. There is even a Quick Progress Report email option to keep me even more up-to-date on how the girls are doing and what they have completed.
In terms of actually completing the work, the girls love it! I was initially concerned as to how Little Sister B would be able to proceed on her own without being able to read the questions, but we immediately found that there is a speaker icon next to each one that, when pressed, leads to it being read aloud. Although the robotic voice is a little difficult to understand, it gives Little Sister B so much pride to be able to do the work on her own!
While this is definitely math practice, the way that Go Math! Academy makes everything simple to navigate and fun for kids (they are able to choose a Space or Under Sea theme depending on their interests) has kept them very motivated to return time and time again.
As each of my daughters complete journeys at their own pace, they not only earns awards ("Oooh! I got a gold coin!") but more and more entertaining (and secretly educational) games are unlocked. The fun and learning never ends!
While Little Sister B has yet to encounter a topic that has been too difficult or confusing for her, Big Sister E has been challenged a few times — making the Math Help Video Library (a great resource for visual learners) and the Math Help Tips perfect for helping her to succeed without being frustrated.
In all, we've been really happy with all that Go Math! Academy has to offer and that the independent learning and skill-boosting approach are just right for letting kids work at their own pace. Whether they choose to work on grade-level curriculum and practice the skills that mirror those in their classroom or they choose to challenge themselves and work ahead, the result will always be beneficial.
Whether used in the classroom, as part of a homeschool curriculum or simply for math enrichment and support, Go Math! Academy is one website that can keep entertainment mixed in well with learning. Currently, the program offers grades K - 6 and is available in three payment plan options:
- Monthly: $9.99/month
- 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
- 1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings