I’ve been using IXL for the past several months with my own two children, Jacob (4) and Riley (8). As a parent, I love how organized the site is to use. I do not have time to teach myself how to navigate a site prior to signing up. That is the reason I decided to go with IXL. I knew from using it in the past, the testimonials from others, and from several of my teaching colleagues that the site would be beneficial, but I needed to know, as a parent, that it would be easy to use. You can click here to see how great it is!
When IXL contacted me about being a sponsor, I couldn’t be more excited. I had used their site in the past as a teacher and loved it. Because I believed in their product, I agreed to partner with them. I receive several emails a day for sponsor requests, but I have to be very selective with who I decide to partner with for Kleinspiration. I must stay true to my readers and only share quality resources that I stand behind. Though I share many resources on my blog, I only honor long-standing partnerships with companies that I feel great about. I believe that is why my long-standing partnerships continue to grow into trusting relationships. Because I hand-pick my sponsors, I fully support them in the fullest. I’ve met with most of them in person, had dinner with them, traveled across the country to visit them, used them with my own children and in my classroom, and I continue chat with them all of the time. My sponsors truly are my friends. I only endorse companies I firmly believe in for education.
Even Pre-Readers can Practice Independently!
Besides having each skill and standard organized, IXL offers meaningful practice for both of my children. It’s hard to find interactive practice that Jacob, my 4 year old, can use independently. Though there are a few wonderful apps and websites that he loves to play on, I wanted a site where I could track how long he practiced and what his areas of strength and weakness were.
My Kids Love to Practice & Earn Virtual Awards
Riley is more interested in tracking her progress, but she does enjoy collecting tokens of pride as she completes her tasks. Jacob, however, is all about the prizes. He’s driven by advancing levels. For him, this math practice is more like active game play.
As my children practice more, they receive more treasures to discover in IXL. You should see Jacob’s face light up when he’s earned a new award. Though I am a firm believer in intrinsic motivation, there is something that my kids enjoy about these virtual awards. They view them as goodies within their ‘game.’ It reminds me of when they go to the Mushroom House on Mario to gain items for their characters. They go crazy over these little treasures.
I Can See Exactly What My Kids Need
Signing into my parent account allows me to see a number of items related specifically to my child. I can see how long they’ve practiced, where they excel, and where they need additional support. The reports are beautiful, easy to read, and offer so much insight into my child’s learning.
Know What you Need & Master the Skills
Because IXL identifies the “Trouble Spots” in your child’s learning, you can target those areas so your child can grow. I love that I can look in my kids’ reports and determine what areas they should continue working on in the program. The best part is that I don’t have to determine this by myself. The reports automatically identify the skills my children need. This way, we can click on those specific target areas and allow for more practice. I’ve found that my kids do not mind the additional practice because the more they work on a specific skill, the easier the questions become. Initially, they were frustrated but that is because the questions were challenging – hence why they needed the additional support. Plus, the more they have success with the program, the more virtual awards they earn. They love this part!
As a Teacher, I Love Knowing my Kids are
Mastering the Standards they’re Taught in School
If Riley or Jacob needs support on a specific standard, I can go directly into IXL to work on that topic with them. For example, if Riley’s teacher says that she needs support with adding three digit numbers, we can find that strand and work specifically on that skill. She likes working at her own pace, from the comfort of home, and getting immediate feedback. Additionally, we can work on skills she’s mastering so that she can advance to higher levels of learning.
I’m able to differentiate my children’s learning. If Riley or Jacob is excelling above grade level, I can challenge them on higher grade levels. On the same note, if they’re struggling in an area, I can work at a lower grade level to support their understanding.