Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.
We finished our math books for the year early, in October, and we won’t be starting our new books until February, so I was happy to try I Know It to fill in the gap so that Mr. Sweetie, Mr. Imagination, and Little Miss won’t forget everything they’ve learned! I Know It has math lessons for grades K-5, so it worked perfectly for us right now. It is intended as a supplement to any math curriculum; I just picked lessons that reviewed or reinforced concepts that I felt each child needed a bit more practice with before we drop studies altogether for the summer.
I Know It is very easy to use. We were given a Family license. With this license, there is only one login/password for everyone in the family, and when we login, we simply click on the picture with our name. I like that, because it can be tricky to have a different password for each child! It’s very easy to switch users with this system. There are two ways to approach lessons. You can let each child choose their own lessons, or you can assign lessons. I chose to assign lessons, which is also very easy. I simply got onto my page, browsed through the topics and looked at the sample problems, which appear when I hover over a lesson. Then, if I want someone to do that lesson, I click the check to the right of the lesson title. A box pops up which allows me to assign the lesson to any or all of the children. I can also choose how long the lesson stays on their home page, how many problems I want them to work (1-40), and whether they need to redo the lesson if they get less than a certain percentage correct. Then, click Assign Now, and the lesson is on that child’s page for them to work through when they next login! After I showed each of my three students how to use the program, I didn’t have to help them much at all except for assigning more lessons when they had completed the ones I had already given them. I did find out that Mr. Sweetie can’t remember what add, subtract, and multiply mean. He gets them mixed up! Oops. (I think he’s slightly dyslexic.)
The parent dashboard gives all sorts of reports about the children’s progress. One tab shows fun graphs of what they have accomplished. Another shows the lessons they have worked on and the scores they got. Obviously, one of them is struggling with decimals!
Children are given immediate feedback for each problem. If they got it right, a banner shows up across the problem, saying “Good Job!” or something like that, and the robot in the lower right corner of the screen does a dance. If the child doesn’t like the robot, it’s easy to switch to an emoticon or nothing by clicking the arrow beside the robot. Mr. Sweetie, doing 5th grade work, was automatically given the emoticons, because the program figures that older children like them better. He was delighted, however, to figure out how to get the robots that the others had! If the answer is incorrect, the correct answer is shown and explained—and the robot acts very disappointed.
Little Miss enjoyed this program. She did very well with it; school is easy for her. She just finished 1st grade, so that is the level of lessons I assigned to her. She found all that I gave her quite easy, especially since directions can be read aloud so she didn’t have any trouble understanding them. Mr. Imagination didn’t have any trouble, either; he just finished 4th grade, so that’s the level I assigned to him. The first day or two, he had to learn the terminology that was used. He was working with place value, and the wording was different from what he was used to. He soon picked up on it, though, and had no more trouble. Mr. Sweetie, however, had a lot of trouble. I assigned him to work with decimals, and it turned out to be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with decimals, which he struggles with. He has just finished 6th grade, and I gave him 5th grade work, but it was still quite a challenge for him.
I Know It is a great way to supplement a math curriculum. It does well at giving more practice in areas in which a child is weak, and for keeping in practice through holidays. Each lesson, except the decimal ones Mr. Sweetie struggled with, took about 10-15 minutes to complete, so it’s a quick, easy way to keep up skills. Click the image below to see what other families have to say about it!