Children (and adults!) learn better when they have incentives. GPA LEARN understands this and has created GPALOVEMATH with built-in incentives to motivate children to continue on to reach their goals. If your child doesn’t already love math, they may just be pursuaded to try harder!
GPALOVEMATH is an entirely online math program for children from kindergarten to the fifth grade. We received a year’s access to all grade levels and after trying the first grade level from the beginning Tristan wasn’t finding it challenging so we moved him up to grade 2, which is suiting him much better.
How does GPALOVEMATH work?
There are 3 lesson paths:
- Operation and Algebraic Thinking
- Number and Operations and Base 10
- Measurement and Data & Geometry
Children work through the 3 paths at the same time. One lesson must be completed satisfactorily before the next lesson can be unlocked. This means that your child will have a good understanding of the topic before they continue, unlike a classroom situation where lessons continue regardless of every pupil understanding the concepts.
Each lesson consists of 3 components:
During the instruction, an animated “learning coach” takes you through the concepts. The child is control by clicking on the next button after each phrase. Just listening in, this gives the sound of being somewhat disjointed, but I suppose it keeps the student focused and alert and gives them the chance to listen /watch again to anything they are unsure about.
Tristan has already memorized the problem solving strategy, SPOT, and is applying it to science and other problems (such as cleaning the house)!
- Study the problem
- Plan it out
- Test and confirm your answer
If your child has questions, there is a system for them to send messages. You can also set them up to communicate with other users, but we haven’ t done that. To try out the messaging, I left Tristan a message one day saying how proud I was of him. He’d only achieved 2 stars on a few lessons, but he’d gone back on his own and completed the lessons again so that he could receive the “Rockstar” master trophy. He was surprised with this option and replied back with “O I Love you MOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!” It doesn’t get better than that!
The concepts that were troubling Tristan were the same ones that were giving him difficulty elsewhere recently. He just wasn’t quite grasping the concept…BUT after diligently working his way through GPALOVEMATH twice at his own pace, he now understands and is on his way.
You have the ability to specify how many lessons a week you’d like your child to complete. To finish a grade level in 10 months, that would be three lessons. This is where I had set Tristan’s progress tracker, assuming he’d finish one lesson per scheduled day. However, he’s often been completing more than one lesson per sitting, or putting in extra days of his own accord. If he keeps up his current pace he’d finish grade 2 by the autumn.
Whenever Tristan completes a lesson I receive an email that tells me what the lesson was about, the time he spent working on it, and whether he fully watched the instructional video, did the practice or not, and what his score was on the quiz. It’s nice to have this feedback so quickly. I know from these emails that it usually takes Tristan roughly 20 minutes per lesson, and much longer if he’s not concentrating. I also get a weekly summary report emailed to me as well.
GPALOVEMATH does take a little time to set up before you get going. This is due to the unique rewards system they have. You can have the program auto-fill for you, but instead I chose the rewards that I wanted Tristan to receive. As we aren’t located in the USA, trips to Six Flags isn’t possible for us, but getting 2 stickers of his choice, an extra book at bedtime, or watching 30 minutes of tv (he usually only watches it one evening with Phil while I’m out at a meeting), are things that he would really enjoy. You can also create your own rewards, which is great. You set the timing of them, too (like one reward about every 8 lessons), but it will vary to keep your child on their toes and not know what will come or when!
Tristan has been earning 150 points for each lesson he gets at least 90% on. Children can save up their points to earn extra rewards as mentioned above, or even for gift certificates (a limited number per year) to Target or ToysRUs. Tristan is going to spend his on a gift for his brand new baby girl cousin, which is very kind of him!
What do we think of GPALOVEMATH?
I like the incentives option and the fact that it’s not set out to give rewards at a set rate. They are always a surprise to Tristan, and I love the look of excitement on his face! I’ve chosen rewards that don’t cost money, but that are still special to him.
I think that the lesson times are just about right. Not too short, but just long enough to hold an attention. Sometimes it seems like it taking Tristan ages to finish a lesson…until I learn he’s on his second or third in a row. A program where the child wants to continue onto the next lesson is great!
To be honest, us parents aren’t fond of the grade 2 character’s voice. She sounds a bit too digitalised and out of breath. But it doesn’t bother Tristan, and he’s the important one!
It can also be a bit awkward starting from the beginning of the year instead of being able to jump in part way through if the beginning lessons are too easy, but the next grade is still too difficult. As homeschoolers, an easier way to do this would be great as our students and school years don’t always align.
Overall, however, the important thing is that Tristan is learning and enjoying learning. Little sister has also been eyeing up this program, and I think she should be ready for it soon. With Tristan’s success, I’m keen to get her started.
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