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Beestar vs IXL, what is your opinion?

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My opinion is that IXL is kind of lame and can crush mathematical interest but it does what it says it does, whereas Beestar seems to need people coming on here shilling for it every couple of months, which doesn't bode well.

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Azucena, do your kids not end up spending inordinate amounts of time on the play area of Dreambox? That drives me nuts and I finally said they can only do it at school.

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We had a complete fail with dreambox. DS hated the abacus thing and found it hard to see (so did I).

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My dd used both the free IXL and Beestar versions. She tolerated both. IXL is better at systematic drill. Beestar follows I believe a Texas school district scope and sequence so it would be systematic lesson reinforcement for those kids. They have a pay option which might be different. We tried Dreambox for a bit too. She liked it better for a while, then it started jumping in difficulty and it became too cumbersome to customize. For my dd, what works best is Math with mom giving immediate feedback. Right now we are using CLE 500 and she does it without complaint.

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My opinion is that IXL is kind of lame and can crush mathematical interest but it does what it says it does, whereas Beestar seems to need people coming on here shilling for it every couple of months, which doesn't bode well.

And everywhere else apparently.

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Beestar is basically a weekly enrichment worksheet. That's all. Paying for it provides a weekly worksheet in more subjects. It's not really something you can use as a daily supplement, and definitely not a full curriculum. When we tried it, there were so many extremely high functioning kids doing it that the competition aspect was pretty much pointless.

 

DS did enjoy the worksheets, though.

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Wow, I think this is the first time I've seen a negative comment about DreamBox. We did the trial and I liked a lot of it in theory, except there was still too much timed stuff, let me flash this thing at you for two seconds and have my five (then four?) year old try to figure it out in this tiny amount of time. I felt like that worked against developing conceptual comfort, which was supposed to be the reason to choose DreamBox. The other problem, as mentioned above, was my son just went to the fun stuff or whatever - he did NOT want to do the lessons. Admittedly the different presentation might have been out of his comfort zone.

 

That said, he also didn't love Xtra math. Dull and timed. IXL is dull but not timed, or not obviously time-is-running-out timed, so I am still considering it. Even though it was timed, for math facts, the one my son liked best was Reflex Math. While we had it he often whined about the timed aspect, but he still sometimes asks for that.  I know nothing about beestar, but I notice no one has sounded excited about it.

 

I am still looking for an online math supplement that is fun without timed pressure, so if anyone has any other recommendations...

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Hi.. My DD is in 1st grade  my DS is in kindergarten... both take well to math and I do Critical thinking company curriculum with them at home on top of Public school. (once I finish with my current books though I think I am going to switch to MM... total side note).

 

ok so I have both Math seeds (it is by Blake learning who also does Reading eggs) and Dreambox. I had Math seeds because they gave it to me dirt cheap for a year long subscription when I renewed reading eggs.

I got Dreambox because I thought mathseeds was too "slow paced" childish and boring.... I will be honest I didn't realize how much my kids picked up from mathseeds. They are doing analog time, fractions etc. Dreambox is not doing any of that. My daughter is generally more academic and does well with both Dream box and mathseeds. My son can't take all the manipulatives associated with Dreambox (10frames, abacus, etc.etc.) so he plays it for 15 minutes then ends up going to math seeds.

 

Dreambox seems to be great to get the kids working with numbers... my kids are both quicker on visualizing math facts and problems... Mathseeds has a broader curriculum (although not very aggressive... yet still faster than the public school common core curriculum!!!). I am going to do a trial of  IXL (myself I don't want to confuse the kids) and see if maybe it would be a good replacement for both programs when my current subscriptions expire.

 
 
 

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My little one's school provided her an IXL account free and we did try it out a few times. She got bored with it fairly quickly each time so I decided to just supplement with Right Start, which is "hands-on" and much more engaging for her.

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Last semester I found the Beestar free math program. My son really likes it. The best part, I get a progress report every week and can work with my kid on any skills that need more attention. I know for sure he understands the new math concept through the weekly reports to my email. He works really hard to get on the weekly honor roll. My son is really motivated and confident at school and I am more confident that I am helping them stay ahead of the curve. His teacher even pulled me aside to ask what I was doing differently. We will be starting Science and Social Studies for the Spring 2018 Semester in a few weeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you tried MobyMax? My tutoring kids seem to prefer it to IXL for practice, and it’s free. And, of course, Prodigy is a favorite (but has a lot of play for the amount of math they actually get).

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