Homeschooling parents have a lot to do. There are so many things our kids need to know, and it seems like they’re expected to know these things even earlier than we had to. With all of the new technology available, there are so many ways to get our kids learning. Between computers, smartphones, tablets, and a million different applications… we really have the world at our fingertips. Smartick Math is one such application that our children can benefit from.
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Smartick Math isn’t new, it’s just new to us. Smartick is already supported by the European Union, and has more than 10,000 students in 52 different countries worldwide. They’ve recently expanded their service into the United States.
Since the boys got their Amazon Fire tablets, I’ve been pretty excited about all the ways we can use apps and technology to help them learn. While Smartick does have an app, it’s not yet compatible with the Amazon Fire, which I was disappointed about. However, Smartick is able to be accessed from the computer, so we use the browser on the adult profile of the boys tablets.
Smartick is designed for children age 4 through 14, and provides a personalized experience to each user based on their own abilities. Oliver is turning 4 soon, but we decided to have him try Smartick out, and he has done wonderfully. It was really interesting to see the differences between where it started Oliver and Evan (6) at.
At first, I was worried that my children wouldn’t be able to follow the directions, especially without being able to read. I was really happy to see that it has a button to press that will read the directions to you, and we just have a parent sit with them while they do their math. Each day of math lasts about 15 minutes, which is doable for us.
They recommend kids use Smartick at least 5 days a week. We aim for 6 (to give the boys a one day break from tablet time), but sometimes miss another one. Every time that they miss their math, I get an e-mail to let me know the morning after. I also get an e-mail when they complete their sessions to tell me how they did, and if you log into the parent dashboard on Smartick’s website, you can see more information.
Smartick uses an incentive based video game style to encourage the kids to keep going. On the left side of the screen during their session, children can see how many points (called ticks) they collect. You can earn bonus points after filling the meter. These points can be used after your daily session to buy things in a virtual reality. At one point Evan was saving his points to buy a robot for his character; he’s since bought 2 more robots.
In the virtual reality portion of Smartick, there are a variety of games offered. These games progress in difficulty as your child goes through them. These games work on a variety of cognitive skills, such as perception, attention, memory, and logical reasoning.
Smartick has a team of educators that users can contact with any questions they may have. You can call them, e-mail, or use an online chat, which is super convenient. This is such an amazing feature for a homeschooling parent that doesn’t have a teacher to turn to if they get confused.
Lastly, Smartick has a referral bonus. If you join and then refer somebody, you get a $27 credit toward your next payment. And the person that joins through your link? They get 25% off their first subscription! If you’d like 25% off of your subscription, sign up through my link here: