What product do you get when you put together a group of parents, teachers, technologists, animators, designers, and engineers who believes in providing children with a personalized learning that teaches math and creates life-long learning? GPA LEARN has come up with a great online math program, GPALOVEMATH.
As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given a full year access of up to 5 grade levels of GPALOVEMATH in exchange for a review. We were asked to use the product for not less than 3x a week in the duration of the review period.
GPALOVEMATH is an online streaming Math application for Kindergarden up to Grade 5. There are over 150 lessons and over 10,000 math problems each level to help your child become math wizards!
You need a stable Internet connection and a web browser on your gadgets to use this program. It works on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computers. You can aslo use your iPad or Android tablets. The supported browsers are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari 6 & 7.
What makes GPALOVEMATH interesting is that it has different animated learning coaches for each year level. Together with their learning coaches, the students will learn math concepts and practice problems together. The students will then have 15 questions on their quiz at the end of each lesson.
As the student completes their lessons, GPALOVEMATH has a reward system where the student can accumulate points and are able to get motivational prizes upon reaching certain points. Prizes can be as simple as additional minutes before bedtime, parents get to do the child’s chore for the day or gift cards for shopping. There is a pre-made list of rewards but you can also customize the rewards for your children.
GPALOVEMATH is made based from the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) standard requirements. This ensures that topics discussed and integrated are based on the correct grade levels.
How We Used the Product
I was sent a promotional code and asked to register. Registering was done on their website and was straightforward. As soon as I entered my child’s information and the parents information, the login was immediately available. I registered my child to take the 5th grade lessons. My 5th grade daughter was excited to start using the program with me.
My daughter has a separate login account from me. This made her learning experience more personalized and exciting. As she logged in, a dashboard was available for her. She can choose from the following menu options: Learn, Engage and Motivate.
The Learn menu brings her to the lessons. There were 3 paths for her to choose from, the green path, blue path and purple path. Each path represents different lessons in the curriculum. In her case, she choose to work on the green path first. She needed to finish the first lesson in order to gain access to the further lessons. The lessons came in the recommended order but if we wanted, we can select the lessons by topic.
The lessons were presented in the same order everytime. Her animated teachers, Nina and Dino, opened each session with a challenge for the student to solve the problems to help fight Dr. Division who wants to blow up buildings.
The lessons always start with instruction part where lectures are given by either Dino or Nina. It is followed by practice part where the student have 3 lifelines if they ever get stuck and lastly, the quiz part where student gets to solve 15 problems. They get three different badges: rockstar, excellent and nice job depending on how well they did on the quiz.
All throughout the lessons, my daughter remembered the 4 basic steps to solve problems. B O L T.
It simply means:
B – break it down
O – organize a plan
L – let’s solve
T – test your answer
The Engage menu allows her to see postings from other GPA LEARN users. She can invite friends to her social board and have social discussion. We weren’t able to use this feature.
The Motivate menu brings her to the rewads store. Some of the rewards included are: TV time, Marketplace, Chores, Bed time, Bonding time, Play time and Play date. She can see how many points she needs to complete before getting the rewards.
At the end of our review period, she was able to answer most of the problems and has gotten rockstar and excellent badges throughout her lessons. Though if she had her way, she would want to skip the lecture part and go right into the practice and quiz part. She mentioned that she found the animated teachers speech funny and too repetitive.
What I Thought of the Product
I thought this was a good product but it just didn’t fit my daughter’s needs. I like the emails I were receiving each time my daughter uses the program and I can easily track her progress weekly. If I wanted, I can also login to my account and preview the lessons. The lessons were also explained clearly through theory and practice examples in every session. For the motivation rewards, I think it was an innovative idea of getting the student highly interested to finish their lessons more quickly. Though for our family, we rarely use rewards for motivation of finishing lessons.
If you want an action packed online math tutor for your children’s math, this would be a good product for you to try. You can subscribe per month at the price of $12..99 or $149 per year.
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