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Friday, January 28, 2011

TOS Review Ten Marks

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We all have our strengths and our weaknesses in schooling our children. The key to dealing with them is to find products that cover the topics in a way that excites your children so that they will want to learn. The trouble is wading through everything out there to find the right ones.

Well, you are in luck today. The TOS Crew were given the chance to try out and review an online Math product called TenMarks. I am always excited to try out Math curricula because that is a weakness of mine and I don't want it to be for my kids.

So, to that end we dove in and got started.

TenMarks is an online Math program that is available as a supplement to your current curriculum and for extra practice on concepts they struggle with.

Their website says this:

TenMarks is the only online math program that helps students refresh, learn, and master math concepts - in their own time, at their own pace. Each child receives a personalized curriculum to help them master the concepts quickly. 

TenMarks offers lessons and specialized programs to cover the breadth of the core math skills your child will cover in school.
Grades 3-High School
Over 300 core math skills
Hints and video lessons for every topic
Mapped to state standards

There are several videos to watch on their website for more information.  This page has eight different videos to watch! 

While TenMarks is intended to be used as a supplement, we used it as a main math curricula for two of our girls.  The 6th grader and the 3rd grader were signed up easily and not too long after that I received an email informing me that they had worksheets already assigned.  The assignments came right to my inbox and I knew what they were going to cover and when they were due.  It was cool!

The girls immediately went to work and were hooked.  The home screen pops up and they are shown what worksheet is first.  They are given the option of watching a video that will show them the concept or starting the worksheet right away.  Once they have chosen the worksheet the problems show up one by one.  On the right of the screen there are to options available-Get Hint or Watch Video.  Getting a hint will help solve the problem and the video is a general video to help with the concept.

Once they have completed the worksheet, they are shown their score.  They are also given the chance to correct any they missed.  Step by step instructions are given to help solve the problems.  They are given a score that shows proficiency with the concept.  They must get over a certain percentage to move on, if they don't then a Do-Over worksheet is provided.

On each of the girls accounts, I was able to set up a reward after they completed a certain number of worksheets.  I got to choose the rewards that I wanted for each of them and how many worksheets they had to complete to get them.  There are also games that get unlocked after a certain number of worksheets as well.

We have really enjoyed using this website.  It has been a blessing to this household.  The girls have enjoyed using it and actually ask to do it.  There haven't been any struggles in getting them to do their math.  The only struggle has come from the order of concepts taught.  Each curricula teaches concepts in varying orders so that took some figuring out; but once we did we were good to go.

TenMarks has different levels of subscriptions.

They are:
Options (per student)
$10 a month
$49 for 6 months
$89 for 12 months
Visit their About Us page to get more information and to find answers to your questions. 
If you want to see what other Crew members thought about it, head over to The Crew Blog and check 'em out.    

**I was given a subscription to TenMarks through The TOS Crew in exchange for my honest review.

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