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Should I subscribe?

Having previously worked as a primary school teacher, I have come across and used many online programs designed to support learning at home. What I have found in general to be true, is that you get what you pay for.


We have just started a free trial of Mathletics for home use. Unfortunately, unlike many other schools in the area who have purchased a school subscription for their students, our school does not. This is a decision they have made as a school which I respect, but in these strange times, having a subscription like Mathletics would be gold!


What do I like about Mathletics? (And what I generally look for in a good subscription site.)


  • Easy to navigate for kids and parents

  • Inviting and challenging tasks

  • Teaching videos

  • Ability to assign my kids certain tasks before they play the games

  • Ability to review my kids' progress


On this site, I have posted links to free and subscription sites. If you have navigated between the free and not-so-free, you may have come across some obvious differences. In general, the sites which require subscriptions are better designed, have more options and better supporting material. They generally allow parents and carers to assess their children's progress through an additional portal. On the other hand, the free sites may have lots of activities, but they are also flanked with advertisements, which can be distracting and tempting. I also find them more difficult to navigate and in turn, it's harder to set a series of activities for my kids to use.


However, I am generalising , as there are some outstanding free resources out there for students. These are usually affiliated with a big organisation such as a uni, not-for-profit or corporation. But even these tend cover a single concept or learning area very well, and do not provide the scope we want to support a term's learning.


The bottom line is that if you want quality content and materials, a well designed site and want to save time for you and the kids, a subscription may be worth the asking price. But as with all the webpages I have linked from this site, you need to do your own review, as the difference between the cheaper and more expensive sites can also be very different. You many even prefer the free sites!


Many companies will offer a trial period, some more generous than others. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are also offering free subscriptions whilst schools are closed.


Good luck!


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BTW...I am not affiliated with Mathletics, and in the end, will have to pay for a subscription. But I figure the time saved and their enthusiasm to use it for learning will be worth the bucks.



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