Maths and Khan Academy

So, Puggle has finished Right Start C. I love Right Start, and think it’s given him a fabulous maths foundation (he started with Level B), however, the practical aspect of having maths requiring my undivided attention—while also teaching Bilby to read, and giving her that same Maths attention (and maybe working with Cygnet, and playing with Howlet), has driven me to make a change. I’ve decided to shift to Galore Park‘s Junior Maths books (and he’ll skip the level 1 book, and I’m expecting him to finish book 2 by the end of this year) next. But it isn’t actually here yet. (And how grateful am I that it’s available through Book Depository? Quick to arrive, and no shipping!) And Paddington pointed out that Khan Academy (who have a fantastic collection of short teaching videos on a huge range of topics, now have practice questions available in maths. And it turns out, it’s not just individual questions. The have a web of topics (showing connections, so you can see what are pre-requisites for other topics), with structured sub-topics, with questions for each.
Even better than that, if you give your child a child account, they need to have a nominated coach (and it’s now possible to have more than one coach, so both Paddington and myself are able to watch his progress from our accounts). He can log in, and do whatever topics he chooses from this topic web. With the basic stuff, he just works through answering questions and collecting leaves and energy points. They all count towards badges and patches, so he can see how much effort he has applied. But when he chooses to do something more involved, perhaps something he knows nothing about, he can have a go. If he doesn’t understand what to do, all those videos are there (the appropriate one is linked from the question page). If he still doesn’t know the answer, there’s a hint button, which can be used a couple of times. So it’s not just a review site, it provides a number of learning tools as well.
And Paddington and I can watch. We can see how much time he’s spent on the site, which topics he’s attempted, how many he got right, what videos he’s watched. It means he can go ahead and work on what takes his fancy and I can see if he’s having problems.
I’m still a little worried that he’ll jump all over the shop, and not actually cover all the basics, which is why I’m planning to stick with a text, but when the book arrives, he can do a couple of days on each:-)
And so far, he absolutely loves it:-) And I love the fact that I can spend that time focussing on the basics for the other kids—knowing that I can still easily keep an eye on what he’s doing:-)

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3 responses to “Maths and Khan Academy

  1. We will be joining you with GP. I’m expecting our books to arrive this week, and like you anticipate moving through book 2 quickly. Khan is brilliant, i really must sign the kids up individually as they are working together on my account ATM 🙂

    • Khan is indeed brilliant, and I love looking back later and seeing what he’s done:-)
      Our books won’t be quite so timely—I have at least ordered them now, though (I’ve kept getting distracted with boxing and housing:-( ) But in the meantime, he is choosing to spend _any_ possible computer time on Khan, so I’m not at all concerned about a lack of maths:-)

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