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A few years ago we started using Khan Academy for Ben’s math curriculum. He loves it because he can see exactly how much of his math curriculum he has completed. It motivates him to keep working.
When people find out that Ben uses Khan Academy, the first thing they ask is can Khan Academy be used as a full math curriculum. The answer is yes! Khan Academy can absolutely be used as a full math curriculum, which is amazing for a free resource!
I will admit it.
Khan Academy can look confusing if you are used to a math workbook or teacher’s manual. There is a LOT of information on Khan Academy so it is easy to feel lost.
I will walk you through how to use Khan Academy as a complete math curriculum.
How to Use Khan Academy as a Full Math Curriculum
The first thing you need to do is sign up for a parent account. Choose the ‘Parents, start here’ tab.
Enter your first and last name as well as your email address. Khan Academy will send you updates, so be sure to use an email address that you actually check. Check your email and confirm the address.
The confirmation email will include a link to create your parent account.
Next, you need to set up a child account. You will set up one for each child that you want to use Khan Academy.
You will need to enter your child’s birthday because Khan Academy requires parents to manage the accounts of children under 13 due to COPPA laws. Once the birthday is entered, you will be prompted to enter in a username, password, grade level, and gender.
Now, log out and let your child log in.
When they log in for the first time they will get to choose their avatar. They will only be able to choose from a few options at first, but can change it as they complete lessons. New options will be unlocked at certain progress markers.
Scroll down and select ‘Math by Grade’. Choose the grade level you think is best for your child.
Select ‘Start Mission’.
The first mission is a short quiz, called a mastery challenge, to see how much of the selected grade level math is already mastered. Khan Academy wants to be sure your child is working at the correct level. The correct level won’t be too hard or too easy.
For every question they have the option to:
Type in the answer
Select “I haven’t learned this yet.”
Select “I’d like a hint.”
Watch a video if they are stuck.
Your student is now ready to use Khan Academy as their complete math curriculum!
After the first mastery challenge your child will see a screen that shows their progress and what skills still need to be mastered to complete the grade. Of course, as homeschool parents, YOU get to decide when a child has completed a grade, but this is a fantastic progress indicator.
As skills are mastered, which is confirmed through the mastery challenges, the progress and skills lists are updated.
If a child gets a wrong answer for a skill they have previously mastered, Khan Academy will just add those skills back into the lesson rotation.
Each day when your child logs in all they need to do is spend whatever time you require working through the tasks list.
I ask Ben to work for a minimum of thirty minutes each day.
Occasionally I do teach skills that are difficult for Ben. If he doesn’t understand something after watching the videos, we bust out a few math manipulatives and work through the problem together.
Khan Academy is a free math curriculum, so that leaves room in the homeschool budget for manipulatives.
Ben loves Khan Academy because it feels like a challenge. The mission progress motivates him to keep working and master the grade level as quickly as possible. His personality type loves a challenge.
Hannah started out using Khan Academy, but found the mission progress percentile stressful. She was afraid to answer questions incorrectly because it would deduct from her progress percentile. She is my little perfectionist. It was not a good fit for her personality type. Math Mammoth works much better for her.
Luckily, Khan Academy is free so there is no risk to giving it a try.
Have you ever used Khan Academy? Do you have any questions about how to use Khan Academy as a math curriculum?
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