What is Smartick?
Smartick is designed for children ages 4-14 and uses Artificial Intelligence technology that helps your child progress at his or her own pace.
Smartick began over in the EU and is relatively new to the United States. It is slightly different than other math programs you might see. It was designed not to follow an official curriculum or State standards.
Smartick students work on mental calculation and algebra while also developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. It also includes logic exercises that help children improve both logical reasoning and reading comprehension.
How Does It Work?
Research shows that 15 minutes is a time of maximum concentration for those ages 4-14. Smartick uses this 15 minutes approach for each session which helps to reduce burnout, as well as create a study habit and routine. Smartick recommends that their students do their 15-minute sessions at least 5 days a week to experience the benefits of the program.
As students work on their math session, they earn what is called a “tick” which is like coins that they can use to buy things for their avatar.
After their session is completed, they can enter a gaming center which is designed to reinforce what was learned from the student’s lessons as well as reinforce cognitive skills, perception, attention, memory, and logical reasoning.
Parents are able to follow along with the progress of their child in the parent dashboard. Parents also receive an email with a summary of their child’s performance after they complete a lesson and whenever a daily lesson has not been completed. This feature helps parents keep track of their child’s progress.
Smartick also provides a team of educators whenever parents have questions. The educators can conveniently be accessed via phone, email, or chat.
Smartick Is Great For Homeschoolers!
Smartick Method has so many diverse uses and is a great resource for the homeschooling community. The beauty of Smartick is that it can be accessed from anywhere on a PC or tablet!
Smartick is also a great alternative to Kumon because it is a home-based program that doesn’t require commuting or a set schedule.
Here are some great ways homeschoolers can use Smartick Method:
- Extend your current math lessons
- A fun summertime maintenance program
- A stand-alone math curriculum for young learners
I knew that I wanted to try Smartik right away. When we started, my daughter was 4 months shy of her 4th birthday. I had no doubt that her age wouldn’t be a problem because she is very studious and loves to work on her pre-k workbooks.
When I introduced Smartick to my daughter, she was very excited! One, because she got to play on my iPad, and two, because she was learning.
It didn’t take long for me to see that Smartik was a hit almost immediately. She loved working for her “ticks” to go towards buying a guinea pig and accessories for her avatar!
I was also surprised to see how quickly my daughter was picking up the concepts of Smartick Method. She picked them up so quickly in fact that she was completing the lessons faster than the 15-minute sessions. Students can also earn certificates!
She would get a little frustrated that she couldn’t continue with the math portion of the program but that frustration quickly faded when she entered the game center.
Since starting Smartick, my daughter constantly asks if she can “do some math” on my iPad! For me, that has its pros and its cons. I love the fact that she enjoys learning with Smartick, but I do try to limit her screen time so that she is involved in other activities and methods of learning. Because of that, we don’t always complete lessons every day which is why I would love if the program would allow more than one lesson per day. However, I understand their 15-minutes per day theory.
Smartick Method is fantastic! Both my daughter and I give it two thumbs up! My daughter loves it and I enjoy watching her learn math through this program.
I also appreciate the notifications sent to parents via email. It makes it very helpful to keep track of her progress.
We’ve only used Smartick on my iPad and it’s very easy to use and navigate.
With all the benefits of this program, it is one that we will continue to use and recommend!
I was approached by Smartick with an opportunity to try out their math program for free in exchange for a review. The following review is 100% my honest opinion. Thank you Smartick for making this article and giveaway possible!
Hi, I’m Kimberly – a Jesus follower, redeemed by grace and fueled by chai tea lattes! I’m a wife, homeschool mom of 3 and online business owner/coach. I was born and bred in Southern California but I now enjoy true Southern living by way of East Tennessee. Homegrown Motherhood’s mission is to equip homeschool moms with Biblical truths and tips on balancing marriage, faith, homeschooling, homemaking, build an online business + balance it all with grace.