How Did We Use the Program?
Once I would complete these buildling blocks successfully, I can shift into the unit concepts. It's a great way to see where your child has gaps. Or yourself. (snicker)
So what do the problems look like? They are a mix of matching, multiple choice, or fill in the blank.
|matching what the numbers look like in picture form|
Your child would need scratch paper for this, in order to do any calculations--especially for some multiple step problems.
If your child gets a problem wrong, the program tells them immediately, and they have a chance to give it another go, or to follow the programs step by step process to solve for a correct answer. If at any time they get stuck, they can view the hints--to the point where it will show the answer. If your child doesn't get it right and chooses to show the answer, they won't get credit for the bop. MOST of the time, the step by step process worked for the boys to figure out what they messed up on. There were only a few times when I had to walk through it with them. And only once when even I couldn't figure out the answer--and needed the "show answer". (it was in first grade level! I felt so dumb! LOL). Your child can go back and watch the videos as many times as they need to in order to understand the lesson. If everything is too challenging, simply change out a roadmap for a lower level!
Once your child has successfully completed enough bops to earn mastery (90% I think), they can have the unit marked completed--or they can continue with more problems to increase the percentage to 100%. Interestingly enough, if they get 5 bops (the problems) correct in a row--this will give them mastery--BUT it won't give them 100%. They have to have SEVEN correct in a row to earn 100%. (I will talk about this more later).
As they complete different things within the program, they can earn badges for things like patience, initiative, persistence, dedication, focus, and more. They also earn badges as they master complete units.
|Baby Britches Badges|
As of right now, Baby Britches has watched 41 videos and done 104 bops--mastering 15 concepts and 2 complete units; Little Britches has watched 26 videos and done 57 bops--mastering 8 concepts and 2 complete units; I have watched 6 videos and done 14 bops--mastering 2 concepts. The boys usually spend 3-4 days a week on the program and complete at least 1 concept if possible, although several concepts are very large. (I love that all this information can be found on my parent dashboard!)
What Were Our Thoughts on the Program?
The question doesn't match the instructions...the questions says click on the digit in the tens place on 83--yet the small font instructions say click on the digit that is in the tens place on 91. A number not even related to the math problem. The smaller font is what the actual answer was based on. These two instructions need to match...I later discovered that you can report errors on problems by clicking "report error" and then typing in what the error was. This sends the parent a notice of an error found which they can review--if it's indeed an error, they can then submit the error report to the company.
Would I Recommend the Program?
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Even though this program doesn't seem to be a good fit for the boys, it is fascinating me. I plan on continuing to use it off and on for fun, in order to strengthen some rusty math skills which will in turn help me later when teaching my boys.