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CTCMath 12-Month Family Membership – A Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL 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.

 

My son loves the math lessons in CTCMath’s full math curriculum and I love that he has access to all grade levels with the 12-month Family membership.  Several years ago, we decided to explore the option of using CTCMath for our math curriculum for our youngest two.   I love how we have access to all grade levels, limited work or effort is required on my part.  The videos and exercises are relatively self-explanatory at the high school level.  Plus, all grades are essentially collected for me.  For this review, our son was completing his Geometry course and beginning Algebra II.

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The Algebra II course begins with:

  • Linear Sentences with One Variable
  • Segments, Lines, and Regions
  • Linear Sentences with Two Variables
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions
  • Relations and Functions
  • Polynomial Functions
  • Radicals
  • Quadratic Equations and Systems
  • Conic Sections
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Sequence and Series
  • Matrices
  • Extensions

Some of the key benefits of this online curriculum is that it is for children in grades kindergarten to twelfth grade.  It goes all the way through Calculus, so for students who require higher level math it is the perfect fit.  It is perfect for students who need to catch up, or need to just keep up, and even for those who want to move ahead.  As a former math teacher, I love how students are allowed to learn at the their own pace rather than someone else’s pace.

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Each lesson contains a video that includes sample problems, online problems to complete as well as a worksheet.  The material is broken up into units, which is then broken down into lessons.  Our son appreciates having the ability to go through lessons multiple times since I require mastery rather than speed to move through the lessons.  As a former math teacher, I know math builds upon itself, so it is important to ensure understanding.  As students work through the online problems, once they press the enter button they know immediately if they got the question right or wrong.

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Another feature I love about this program is that it shows the students step-by-step how to work out the problems.  I require our children to work out their problems on paper so they can easily find where they made any mistakes at if they get the problem wrong.

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Parents have their own login information and can monitor what their children are doing.  Each week, I receive a detailed report that shows what my children have done during that week.  Depending on the child’s scores, they can earn award certificates that they can print off to keep.  Also, notification of these awards are able to be emailed to the parent when the award is earned.

Here are the Social Media Links for CTCMath:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctcmathofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctcmath/?hl=en
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.au/ctcmath/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWn5e6974bpIEAe46VnovZw

So if you are looking for an inclusive Homeschool Math curriculum for your family, I suggest checking out CTCMath’s full math curriculum and their 12-month Family membership.  It is definitely worth looking at for an online Homeschool Math program.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts and experiences with this program this week.  So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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Review of NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt 4 Class Bundle

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Finding science courses that keep the interest of our fifteen-year-old daughter proves challenging on a good day.  What worked for our three sons does not even remotely come close to working for our daughter.  She is a very artistic child and loves learning about nature, but not in the traditional textbook sort of way.  But my nature-loving artistic daughter loved the idea of reviewing the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience!  This eScience online learning experience proved to be a great fit for our daughter.

Founded and directed by Gloria Brooks states on their website in the “About NatureGlo” section, “NeS is a nature lover’s eLearning center providing neutral worldview math enrichment (MathArt) and science live and self-paced online courses and curriculum for home and school educators and students.”  She teaches science from a neutral viewpoint, so this means she does not address origins in any of her teachings – including creation or evolution.  For our family, I have to say we would personally prefer a Christian worldview, but a neutral worldview seemed okay in this case for our daughter.  She has been teaching homeschool students since 2010.

The MathArt Online 4-class Bundle includes the following courses:

  • Math Connections with the Real World
  • MathArt in Ancient Cultures
  • Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences
  • MathArt: Patterns in Nature

All of the courses are or will be available as recordings of an actual live class.  All of the classes are meant to be completed during a six-week period. So by completing all four courses, a student would be able to earn a full credit for science.  MathArt: Patterns in Nature is still to come.  We decided to focus on MathConnections with the Real World.  After our daughter watched the first video, I asked her what she thought of the video.  She thought it was fairly interesting.  Since she loves art, she enjoyed all the references to art, and since she has begun taking violin lessons, she enjoyed the musical references as well.

Each lesson contains videos, downloadable files (including the slides used in the class – very handy for taking notes on), a study workbook, online quizzes and activities and a list of suggested activities for the student to complete.  The course includes lessons the History of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers; The Golden number & Fibonacci Number in Art, Architecture, and Nature; The Fibonacci Numbers in Nature; The History of the Golden Ratio and the Great Pyramid; Phi & Quasicrystals; and the Mathematics of Music.

Here are some screenshots of some of the first and second lessons.


I love that NatureGlo’s eScience offers a library of incredible resources at the student’s fingertips to refer to and to utilize.  This library is broken down by course and lesson and includes resources such as:

  • Web Resources
  • Projects, Activities, & Video Tutorials
  • Video Tutorials
  • Main Lesson Videos
  • Informative Videos

Students and parents can decide what resources to utilize and what projects to complete.  There are additional PDF files that can be downloaded as well.  Here are some screenshots.

 

You can find NatureGlo’s eScience on social media at the following links:

All in all, we have enjoyed the material in this bundle.  I love how it is not simply a textbook to read with simple questions to answer, but rather something to be savored and sampled based on what the students and parents desire to complete.  We look forward to completing more of the courses in this bundle.  We will update as we do complete more work in this bundle.

If you want to read more reviews of the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience,  including MathArt in Ancient Cultures, Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences, click here or on the graphic below.

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