A+ TutorSoft, Inc. is a company that offers a variety of quality math educational products including online instruction, software cds, full curriculum books, and workbooks. Their goal is to offer expert instruction that is engaging, easy to follow and easily accessible so that students of all abilities can reach their full potential.
Our family had the privilege of reviewing A+ Interactive MATH 1st Grade Full Curriculum CD Premium edition, which retails for$124.99 on the website. They have generously offered a very steep 50% discount for our TOS readers until the end of March by using the code SPOFFER50!
All of the A+ TutorSoft, Inc. instructional programs incorporate all three styles of learning, visual, audio and text, making their programs suitable for everyone. The interactive animated format is highly engaging, and the lessons short enough so the child doesn’t lose focus. While the lessons move pretty fast, the material is so well organized that the student picks up important concepts and then concretes them in place using an interactive quiz at the end of each lesson. A printable worksheet for each lesson puts the cherry on top.
The program is comprehensive, and the interactive quiz re-teaches questions that are missed until the student gets it correct.
The premium edition of the software cd includes parental controls to customize the program for student, progress tracking and reporting (not automatic with the cd software version, the parent must type the grades in for tracking to take place), and weekly certificates of accomplishment so the student can see the progress they’ve made throughout the week.
While there is a recommended lesson plan, the program is self-paced, and the student can go back and listen to any lessons he wishes as many times as he wants to, including completing the interactive quiz as much as he wishes.
The software cds, online subscriptions, printed workbooks and full curriculum workbooks are offered for 1st grade through Algebra 1.For a complete table of contents of the 1st grade curriculum, click here. For others, you can find them on the website under the software tab.
Thoughts from Gunn Ranch Academy
I was excited to give this software a try because we haven’t really started a solid Math program yet with Levi. I really like the more classical approach of “real” math when they are little as opposed to a structured program, but Levi really likes to work on the computer, so I decided to give it a try.
The software was very easy to install on our computer. I took a look around when I first loaded it and found it super-easy to use. It is organized so that every function of the program is really easy to find in tabs along the top. I played around with the parental controls, and found where I could lock access to the student guide. (I can see where this might be necessary at the upper levels, but for my first grader this isn’t necessary :))
I also found where I would be plugging the grades into the progress tracking table for quizzes, tests and worksheets.
Next, I logged into Levi’s account I had set up for him. I chose not to make him use a password so that he can click on the desktop icon and be ready to go without the hassle of typing in a password each time. I can see where the password would be nice if using the program with more than one student.
The first thing that came up was a tutorial that went through the bells and whistles of the program. This comes up every time you log on if you don’t click the box to disable it. I read through the 14 sections and clicking on each found the individual lessons. By clicking on the section the program will describe what will be covered in the section. Then you can go to each lesson to begin. Levi and I watched the first lesson called Counting Number to 100. The video moved rather rapidly for Levi and so we watched through it a second time with me stopping and starting when he was trying to think of answers the video was asking, and then he was able to type in the answers to the interactive quiz questions pretty easily himself. It took a bit of a learning curve to remember to hit “submit” for the typed in answers without just clicking on the next button, but that was easy enough to remedy. If the child forgets to click submit for the typed-in answers, when they get to the end it will count it as not answered, but the child can easily go back through the questions and hit submit and then get to the end and it will count the correct answers.
For us this program at this level will not be one he will do independently most of the time, though different students at different levels should be able to use it independently easy enough.
Levi’s opinion of the program is, “I don’t really like it, but I don’t really not like it.” My interpretation of that statement is that this program is fun but he doesn’t want to admit he likes math or schoolwork, LOL. He willingly sits on me when it’s time to do the program, so I think we have a winner!
I really like the cd software, but I don’t really care to have to type the scores in myself. I would much prefer the program does this for me automatically like the online version. I would have loved to use the online version but my older girls use an online math program currently and we have problems with out bandwidth capacity, and the computer slowing down, and at times not being able to access it at all due to our country-fried internet, so I didn’t want to risk not being able to access it. I really like the software being on the computer for access at any time. The company says that the cd software version is designed so that the parent can be more a part of the child’s learning and progress by entering in scores themselves.
Another thing I really like is the ability to continue to watch a video multiple times until I feel like Levi is ready to move on. Since we’ve not used any formal program so far, we’ve worked slowly through the lessons, not moving on until we had time to practice and master the concepts. I think using this 15 minutes per day has really helped Levi grasp the concepts very well. We will continue to move through the lessons until he has mastered them all!
I usually print the worksheet from each lesson off and we start with that as review the next day before beginning the next lesson.
Levi is doing very well with this program and I can honestly recommend it for all types of learners.
To read more about the Premium edition curriculum CD and see some sample progress tracking and report screens, click here.
As always, be sure to check out my Crew Mates’ math adventures with A+ TutorSoft, Inc. over at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!
Enjoy your Journey!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.