Growing up, I struggled in school and caught on to things very slowly. Everyone always thought I was smart, because I never got into trouble, was quiet, and the icing on the cake – I wore glasses. School was incredibly difficult for me and guys I am talking about Kindergarten on up! Everything seemed like another language. With time, I caught on to a very important truth. You can never fail at something as long as you try your best, and put in a little time, practice, and patience.
When my son entered our home at the age of seven and a half, he had very little schooling under his belt. My heart completely went out to him, knowing how it feels to be behind. As his mom, I want to protect and support my son. I never want him to feel dumb or incapable. In our home, we always say you can do anything. It just might take a little practice, time, and patience.
This year, the vigor at school has gone up and my son is feeling left behind. I am doing everything I can to help bridge the gap between what he knows and what is being taught in the classroom. We got him an IEP (Individual Education Plan), read more about this process in Tips in Getting an IEP or 504 Plan and A Guide to Having A Successful Intitial IEP Meeting.
At home, I work with my children each day with reading, writing, and math, but still it is not enough. In addition, I think at times I frustrate my son more without meaning to. I had toyed around with the idea of getting him a tutor, but did not want to overwhelm my child more. I also received the advice from Elijah’s team to wait on getting a tutor.
I have tried many websites and apps, but my son is easily distracted. Especially if the websites are busy, meaning a variety of different features and games. He would stick to the games and it was hard to measure his improvement both for him and I.
A couple of weeks ago we were approached to review the website Smartick Method. This mathematics program, might be an answer to one of my prayers. Not only did we sign up my son, but my daughter as well who has benefited from the program.
I love the Smartick Method mathematics program! This program challenges my children without them getting frustrated or feeling behind and let me tell you this program is challenging! We also love it, because each session is 15 minutes long. I believe these sessions are perfectly timed. It is not an overwhelming amount of time. It also allows my kids to work at their own pace, and progress on their own timing.
At the end of each section, it shows how many questions the child was able to complete – including how many were correct and how many were incorrect. This motivates my children to get more questions correct in their next session and less wrong. I have notice that consistency is important. With the start of their holiday break, we missed a couple of days. Today they jumped back on, and both of them seem to struggle a little more. Luckily, not enough to get them discouraged. It is important to note that the program is designed to be daily, especially to see results.
The Smartick Method uses latest artificial intelligence to adapt to learning styles. How cool is this right? I was actually a little skeptical about this but the more my children use the program, the more I see it in action. Impressed? I sure am. Most programs, are set up by kids grade levels. This program is not based on grade levels, but by what the child already knows and how they learn. What also impressed me was that there are also different reading levels within the program dependent on age.
Now having kids who are behind in multiple content areas, I would suggest that the program have a way to match the kids reading ability to the content they are working with. It seems that the program has the capability to have the problems read aloud, but this feature is not working for our kids yet. We have made our concerns known to the company and they seem very willing to help us out. I have to note that the costumer service or parent support center is very helpful.
More Fun Facts About Smartick Method
- The program is designed for children ages 4-14.
- Families use this as an alternative to Kumon or other after school or enrichment programs.
- By working on mental calculation and algebra, students also develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. At the same time, math and reading comprehension is improved.
- Smartick does not follow the official curriculum nor state standards.
- Parents get sent an email after each session your child completes, to inform you of child’s progress.
- 94% of children improve in mental calculation, logic, and problem solving skills.
We love the Smartick Method, because it follows right along with our family motto in accomplishing anything. Through their sessions they are able to put in a little time, practice and patience to do hard things!
Try Smartick by signing up for a free 14 day trial for your child. They do not ask for your credit card information in signing up, which for me equates to a risk free trial. You do not have to remember to cancel a subscription if it does not work out.