View a selection of implementation strategies from homeschoolers who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes.
Scenario: Homeschool Core Curriculum
Purpose: Enrichment/Gifted and Talented, Accommodate Learning Disabilities
Time Spent in ALEKS: 45 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - MS/LV 6, Middle School Math Course 1, Middle School Math Course 2
I began homeschooling my son for the first time this year. We began with sixth grade math and have progressed almost to the eighth grade level within the first 9 weeks using ALEKS. Most of the topics are easy to understand. I don't have to worry about whether he is on grade level because ALEKS monitors this for us and even makes sure he has passed all standards for my state.
What challenges did the student face in math prior to using ALEKS?
My son has always excelled at math and often became bored and frustrated in school by having to do too many of the same type of problem.
What were you looking for in an online math tool?
An online program was key because my son has a learning disability that affects his writing skills. Since ALEKS is online it allows him to use his math skills and bypass the writing skills; this has lead to great success. I also wanted to be sure the program was comprehensive and covered all necessary topics.
What math progress has the student experienced since using ALEKS?
My son wasn't on grade level when we began and within nine weeks he has progressed to above grade level.
How does the student feel about his/her progress in ALEKS?
He feels wonderful and motivated! He is now very confident that he can learn.
Are there any best practices you would like to share with other ALEKS users?
Be consistent and do a little each day. Let your child choose what he wants to learn from his pie each day and let him work until you see that he is tired or frustrated with the process. Don't push through the frustration, as I've found it is better to wait and start fresh.