Sponsored: Make Practicing Math Fun (Really!) with Go Math! Academy

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So, there we were—midway through summer and I hadn’t done a thing to keep my children up with the math skills they had acquired the year before. For summer, my eldest reads, writes in a diary, but math . . . forget about it. Probably because math is definitely not MY strong suit, but I digress. . .

So again, there we were, not practicing our math, when Breezy Mama gets an offer to try out Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Go Math! Academy™ which is an online, at-home learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s textbook curriculum. Known for being THE standard in schools (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is used by over 7 million kids worldwide), I figured they knew what they were doing, and decided to give it a go.

To be honest, I was dreading telling my children, (my son in particular), because I pictured the battles that would take place when I told him it was time to practice math. Turned out I didn’t have to worry. As soon as he logged on and saw how much fun Go Math! Academy™ was, he was in. And my daughter—she is just starting kindergarten, so homework is still fun for her. Turns out Go Math! Academy™ ‘s tagline, “The Fun Way to Learn Math” holds true.

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The way it works is like this: you sign your kids up and declare what math level they are. Then, your child can pick from two themes—ocean and space. From here, they can choose different math concepts from a number (no pun intended) of categories. Since my son was entering third grade, I had him work on his second grade skills—he completed such topics as number concepts, money and time, or data and graphs. My kindergartner was working on count and write 0-5, addition and 2-D shapes. Once they finish a skill, they unlock a game, which motivates them to keep working.

My daughter opened a game called “Bubble Pop” in which she had to use her number skills to pop bubbles. It quickly became very addicting. My son played “Battleship” in which he had to estimate numbers to drop bombs and sink a battleship. Since he’s a military buff, this game was very much up his alley.

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The program was also great for my daughter, who doesn’t have much experience using a computer mouse. A “swipe” generationer, it was great that the game had her use her motor skills to control and click the mouse. It was also good in establishing camaraderie between the two kids—they cheered each other on and wanted to compare the games they unlocked. It was also very sweet to see my son helping my daughter figure out the math problems (another cool feature, by the way—your child doesn’t have to know how to read to play—they just click on the speaker icon and the question/answer is read for them). Also, Go Math! Academy™ features entertaining help videos feature expert instructors (and loveable puppets to engage younger kids) who make math concepts clear and fun!

Try it out for your family! Go Math! Academy™ is available in your choice of three payment plans (access for up to 5 children):
• Monthly: $9.99/month
• 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
• 1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings

Click here for more info.

You won’t regret it—now when my son asks to use the computer he says, “Can I do a couple levels of Go Math! and then play on the computer?”, I feel so good saying “YES!”

Note: I received a free trial of Go Math! Academy™ and compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post.

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