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Learning Maths with Smartick

 

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If you are looking for a Maths online program for extra practice here is one that you can consider. Smartick is an online maths helper which you can consider if you are looking for a Maths program for you kids to try out. Targeted at kids between 4-14 yr old this program aims at regular/ daily 15 min sessions for kids to keep the kids occupied and practicing Maths.

The Parental Dashboard

The Parental Dashboard

We were given a 3 month trial of the online program for Monkey boy, Doggie boy and Tiger girl to try out. I made 3 student accounts for them and set them to go test out the programs.  Tiger girl was the most enthusiastic student out of the 3 as her brothers soon dropped off doing the Maths sessions as they were too caught up by their own school homework.

The Starting Video

The Starting Video

Each session starts with an introductory  video which gives the learner an idea of the topic that they would be covering for the 15 min session that day. Most of the time the kids just click off the video and go straight to the exercise as they comment that it is rather boring and long winded. They rather go “hand- on” than listen to a “How-to-solve” video.

A maths question

A maths question

The learner has to go through a series of questions to get ticks which fill up as they go along. When they bar is full they have completed all their maths question for the day and they can now go on to virtual world to play some simple games.

The back end results

The back end results

As you can see above in the parental dashboard Tiger girl’s result for a session is shown. The number of exercises that she has done in the different areas are also stated together with the time taken to solve each question.

Areas of maths that were covered

Areas of maths that were covered by Tiger girl

The percentage of each  topics that  was covered was stated in the graph above. With one glance I can see clearly her progress through the various topics.

My thoughts

Having reviewed a few different Maths online programme I was interested to know how different Smartick was as compared to those out there. Here is my take on it.

Pros

  • Daily emails reminders if the child did not complete his session of the day.
  • Email to notify that the child had completed his/her session and the results of that particular session
  • Very responsive customer service who check in with you to see if they can give you a better trial experience.
  • Awards / Diplomas are given to the child when they completed certain topics.
  • Bite size 15 min session are good for kids who have short attention spans

CONS

  • Not being able to adjust the topics being practice on a daily basis  and  following the local school curriculum for the level.  Some of the topics that the kids were given were not taught in the schools nor do they find them interesting.
  • The games inside the program were considered ” lame” by the boys and too childish as they seem to be catering for kids under 8. The characters/avatars  too were not interactive like most games that they have played before.
  • There is no allowance to do more of a particular type of question on a certain topic when the child repeatedly gets the similar questions on that topic wrong.
  • There is no differentiated difficulty level in questions which will cater for children of various activities.
  • It not suitable as a teaching tool to reinforce concepts that were prior taught in school or introducing new Maths concepts to the child.

In all Smartick does make a good supplementary Maths program if you just want your child to practice Maths daily with minimal supervision.

 

Disclaimer:  I was given a 3 month subscription to Smartick for my kids to test it out. All opinion are 100% ours.

Night Ride on the Luge

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Tiger girl and me on the Skyline

Tiger girl and me on the Skyride

January was a month of new experience for the kids and me. It was the start of 2018 and we were lucky to be able to try out the Luge and Skyride at night. Ever since Skyline Luge Sentosa added on it’s night ride and new tracks the kids have been bugging me to let the visit the Luge so they can enjoy racing each other down the slope.

the night view on the skyride

the night view on the Skyride

We visited the place on a Wednesday night as I wasn’t too keen to jostle with the crowd on the weekend.  It was extremely cooling at night especially after the rain in the afternoon.  It was the first time that we were taking the Skyride at night and were blown away by the night scenery. Besides the lights from the ships and buildings from afar we were also intrigued by the neon lights that lit up the Jungle Trail and Dragon Trail which were below us.  The view was so much better at night then in the day.

The kids and me

The kids and me

When we reached the top of the skyride the kids couldn’t wait to get their helmets on before they started on the Luge ride back down to the bottom of the slope.  I didn’t take any photos with the kids as we were racing down the slope as it wasn’t safe to steer the LUGE with one hand while negotiating the various turns on the way down.  We had two rides down the slopes and during the first ride Tiger girl doubled up with me while her brothers went  on a vehicle each.

The Skyride Luge Sentosa has changed quite a bit since we were there 2 years ago.  They recently added in two new tracks- the  658 metre long Expedition and 638 metre Kupu Kupu, which means “Butterfly” in Malay. We were keen to try out the new tracks and went down each trail once.  The boys went off on their own while the girl and I leisurely cruised while making our way down.  After a doubled up ride with me Tiger girl’s confidence was boosted and she was keen to do her first solo Luge ride now at 7 yrs old.  It was a milestone achievement for her handling the Luge on her own and she could maneuver the corners  without much difficulty. I would had loved to be able to document her first solo ride but unfortunately wasn’t equipped with a GoPro attached to the helmet for easy videoing during our visit.  Maybe next time!!

Doggie boy coming to a stop at the end of the ride

Doggie boy coming to a stop at the end of the ride

The fun ended all too soon for the kids as they came to the bottom of the slope a 2nd time.  They wanted to go for more rides but it was nearly closing time and with the next day a school day we had to head back home to make it in time for bedtime for all. It was a great midweek chill out activity for all and are looking forward to the next time where we be back for another few rounds on the LUGE.

Skyline Luge Sentosa 

Opening hours – 10am  till 9.30pm
For more information do check out their facebook page.

Disclaimer: The kids and  I were invited for a fun time at Skyline Luge Sentosa. All opinions are 100% mine.