Math is something that came easily to me and for some of my boys it does as well. With the back and forth from Alaska to Colorado these past 2 years, I will admit that we didn’t really did into a specific program and stay the course. Rather, we’ve done more fun math to learn basic addition and subtraction. And, I have trusted that he’d pick up the rest quickly.
When we were reviewing SuperTeacherWorksheets.com last year, I noticed a small icon for I Know It math. So, we had already dabbled a bit before the site exited beta mode and we joined this review.
About I Know It for Math Practice
I Know It is an interactive math practice site covering the major topics for kindergarten through 5th grade. It is NOT intended to be a full curriculum, but rather as a supplement for what you are already using.
This user-friendly program allows the parent or teacher to customize the program for the student. This is done through the assignment of concepts where the student needs to spend some time. The math skills are grouped by grade level, but any can be assigned when needed.
We were given a family account which allows up to 4 users. After logging into the family account, you select who is going to be doing math practice.
Going to their dashboard, they can see the sections assigned to them for completion.
Everything is graded instantly. At any point, they can review their progress with the program. This includes the ability to see what questions they missed.
On the parent’s account, you can make adjustments to the settings for all your students. This includes the ability to see the incorrect answers, how many hints they can get when working on an assignment, and having the lessons read aloud when requested by the student.
Our Thoughts on I Know It for Math Practice
As I mentioned above, I have been rather lax with a formal math curriculum. My 3rd grader is the youngest and I have embraced a more relaxed method of homeschooling with him. I have seen with the older boys that when they are ready things just ‘click’ and go more smoothly.
J is not oblivious to aspects of math. He might not know all the proper terminology, but he is able to do a lot in his head. However, I know that he needed time this fall to go through some of the work in a less haphazard manner.
We’ve been using I Know It for math practice as it is intended. However, I am looking at it as a way to assess what he’s already figured out so I can eventually get him into a more formal math program. I opted to select key areas from 2nd grade to see which he could manage and which needed some attention.
Most of the time, J has used the iPad to access I Know It. He enjoys the touch screen functionality more than using a mouse for now. The fluidity of the program works well for him and most of the sections take him 10 minutes or so to complete.
Final Takeaway on I Know It for Math Practice
This is a great way to reinforce the learning of math concepts and skills with your K-5 student. Just remember that it is not intended to be a full curriculum that teachers those concepts and skills. It can show you areas where they need to improve or go through a full lesson to grasp the material.
Is math an area where your elementary student could use extra practice?
Would I Know It be a good fit for them?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the I Know It post on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this resource.