What is IXL?
There is so much there–you’ll really have to head over to the website to see for yourself. It is an online PRACTICE website for grades PreK-12th (up to precalculus) in math and grades 2-8 in language arts. We used it mostly on our computers (both Mac and PC). They also have some apps which work with various tablets. We were able to use it with our iPad 2. (But even if your tablet doesn’t support the app, you might be able to still use IXL with the tablet’s browser–I know a lot of people use it that way.)
IXL is not meant to be used as a class or textbook which teaches the material. The material (math or grammar) should be taught with another curriculum or teacher. Then, you can use IXL to practice those skills!
How we used it.
My 7th grade son usually uses a grammar workbook to practice grammar skills, but used IXL instead. He mostly focused on vocabulary such as analogies and suffixes.
My 6th grade daughter used IXL almost every school day. She used just the language arts section as well and worked on apostrophes and commas. She found it quite challenging. Here how it works: Each topic starts out pretty easy. Then the level of difficulty increases. The score goes up with each right answer and goes down with a wrong answer. The goal is to get to 100–that will mean that they “mastered” the skill. In math the younger kids get a “prize” for mastering the skill. See below where I explain more about that. If they miss a question, there is an explanation about the correct answer and how to do the problem. Some people might use this teaching section as a way to let IXL “teach.” Kids are not only rewarded for how high their score gets or how many topics they master, but also how many minutes they spend practicing a skill. This is encouraging for those who are really struggling with a topic–at least they can get a prize for spending more time trying, even if they are having trouble mastering it!
My 2nd grade son used the 2nd grade math section, and my 1st grade daughter used the 1st grade math section. For both of them, they had to skip around a bit (which is no big deal at all) because they kept getting to a level where it was too difficult because they hadn’t learned it yet. We actually suspended their regular math curriculum for the past 6 weeks so that they could just use IXL. In the future, I will have them use their math curriculum, and then come to IXL to do the extra practice to master each skill.
These same two kids also did some of the lessons using the app on our iPad. They both felt it was easy enough to do it.
Another nice feature on the website is the option to have the questions read aloud for the younger kids. The kids I had use IXL were good readers, but they occasionally clicked on it just for fun. The only negative I have is that sometimes it was difficult to understand what they were saying.
Now I’ll show you some screenshots so you can get a better idea of how it works.
Here is a grammar question for 6th grade:
These next 3 are parent report pages so you can see how your kids are doing:
The kids each have their own individual account because it keeps track of what they have accomplished and reports it to the parent. You’ll also receive emails telling you when your child has accomplished something special like mastering a skill, practicing for an hour, or answering a certain number of questions.
A first grade math page:
And what happens when they get it correct!
This is a list of the Math page and some of the skills available for practice at each grade level:
This was my daughter’s reward page. On the side it says that she had earned 29 medals, answered 1,112 questions, practiced for 5 hours 53 minutes, and mastered 28 skills!
I didn’t have to beg any of my 4 kids to do their IXL work each day. The happily did it! I think it will be hard for my 1st and 2nd graders to go back to their regularly scheduled math next week! I think I’ll keep my 2 older kids grammar here at IXL, though!
Pricing for family memberships starts at just $9.95/month or $79/year for one subject. Each additional child costs $2/month or $20/year. For more information or to purchase a family membership, go to www.ixl.com/membership/family/pricing, and select your preferred membership option to view pricing details.
So, an annual subscription for one child for math is $79; for math AND Language Arts, it would be $129. For two children for math, it is $99 for the year; for math and language arts, it would be $149.
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