What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that XtraMath is a collection of free math activities. Kids will practice straightforward arithmetic problems that adapt as they learn. Parents receive emails updating them on their child's progress.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
While memorization of math facts is necessary, XtraMath doesn’t make it very fun.
Timed, individualized math fact practice helps kids build essential skills they'll need to move on to more advanced math concepts. Kids struggling with the underlying concepts will have to seek outside help.
Parent Flyers are available in Spanish, but the site itself is English only. Data on performance helps kids, parents, and teachers address learning needs.
What's it about?
XTRAMATH is a free math fluency program that helps kids practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Mr. C, who talks kids through the tasks, is a National Board Certified teacher from Seattle. Emphasis is placed on accuracy first and then speed.
Is it any good?
XtraMath tasks are just straightforward arithmetic problems. Kids get immediate feedback, and the problems are tailored to their specific needs. Parents and teachers can track student’s progress using fluency reports. Similar websites such as IXL and Reflex:Math Fact Fluency have bright images and fun games -- things XtraMath lacks -- but these sites also come with a steep price tag, and XtraMath is free. Bottom line: XtraMath is free and gets the job done, but it isn't much fun.
Families can talk about...
Families can discuss why math matters. How do you use math in your everyday life?
Talk about the benefits of regular practice in math, sports, or music.
Even when you are working on something educational, like math facts, it is important to limit screen time. Check out our article on Screen Time Rules.