My daughter is ridiculously excited about starting Kindergarten this fall. For the past few months we’ve been focusing on writing and drawing together to tell stories just like they did in preschool because she was so disappointed when school ended for the summer. Then, about a month ago, she developed a deep love for Science and since then we have spent a lot of time learning about how things work and doing experiments together.
But, the one thing I wasn’t working on was math. I knew that she needed to be able to count to 100 for school, but I guess I thought she was still a bit young for actual math. Under the assumption that this was still years away, I hadn’t even gone over the basics of math with her. It turns out that she was more than ready for formal math lessons.
Remember the days when formal lessons either came in a classroom full of students or you had to pay an arm and a leg for private tutors and lesson plans? Those days are long gone with the emergence of the Tabtor, a personalized in-home iPad learning system for kids in grades K-6 that takes all the benefits of private lessons but in a convenient and affordable package.
To start her off on the program, we downloaded the free trial and I set my daughter up as a student, and then we borrowed my husband’s iPad so we could start her studies. She started out with a worksheet so she could see how the program works and then moved onto a diagnostic test that Tabtor uses to tailor a lesson plan for each student. Immediately upon watching her do the worksheet and test I knew where we should be focusing our energy for teaching her math, but I was excited to see what the experts had to say.
Since she can’t read on her own yet, the test involved me reading her each problem and then letting her figure out the answers. The hardest part was not helping her think through the answer, especially when I knew she had never seen that type of problem before and clearly wanted to learn. But I knew it would skew her test results if I helped her at all, so I had to keep reminding her that Mama can’t help right now.
I imagine the initial diagnostic test is easier with older kids as you can send them somewhere quiet and let them do the test all on their own, but for younger kids you will likely run into the issue I did and is something to keep in mind. Even with me reading the questions to her, she had a couple of questions where she literally just picked a random answer because she wasn’t familiar with what they were asking. Thankfully, she chose the wrong answer so the instructors at Tabtor would know she needed more work on that area.
Once the diagnostic test was finished, I got a call from a Tabtor instructor to talk about how she was doing and what to expect from here. Extra tests were opened for my daughter to take, and I was able to see her scores.
- Get Familiar: The first worksheet will be a sample worksheet so you and your child can explore Tabtor together.
- Diagnostic Tests: During diagnostic test, which will usually be the second worksheet, ensure an uninterrupted time and space for your student. We will work out a study plan for your child based on the diagnostic test results, usually within a day of taking the diagnostic test.
- Consistency: Daily practice is important for learning. Encourage your child to attempt one worksheet a day.
- Personalized Instruction: Your student is assigned an instructor who will personalize the entire learning experience for your child's needs.
- Worksheet Feedback: We review every worksheet submission, and provide feedback as needed.
- Assignments: Worksheets are assigned based on performance.
- Rewards: We reward every activity that adds to learning. Watch your reward points. You will get a gift card at the end of every month, presuming you have sufficient rewards.
- Reports for Parents: We are obsessed with data. Every single keystroke and penstroke a student makes on the iPad is captured by us. This gives us intelligence and insight about what happened at “The Point of Learning”. Our patent pending Point of Learning Analytics (POLA) tools provides awesome data on student performance and we share all of this data with you, every week!
As you can see, the program is geared more towards kids a bit older than my daughter who need daily practice and assignments as well as those who will be more motivated by gift cards, but my daughter took to the program very well. She continues to use the problem solving skills she learned in just the first couple of lessons and is now very excited about learning about math when school starts.
While she is definitely on the younger side of the program being just barely 5, I can already see a change in her as we’ve been talking more about math. I know she specifically liked the one-on-one instruction with the tests and worksheets, and loves the fact that she’s learning things her peers haven’t even seen yet.
If you’ve got a kid that is struggling in school and you were thinking of pricey tutoring, I would definitely suggest you check out Tabtor to see if it might work for your child, too. Tabtor understands that every kid learns differently and masters each lesson at their own pace, and they work hard to tailor a program that suits your child’s learning style.
And, now is a great time to check out Tabtor because they are offering a FREE two-week trial so you can see if the program would be a good fit for your child. Sign up now and experience the program for yourself - there's no risk to signing up and it just might make the years of schooling ahead that much easier. If you do decide to continue your subscription past the free trial, you can use my referral and save $10 per month, which make the system even more afforadble at only $50/month instead of thousands for private tutors!a Rafflecopter giveaway
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