Our family has been enjoying a wonderful winter break with snow days cancelling school and bringing one last blast of Christmas spirit into our home! We have not made as much of an effort to stay on top of learning as I would have liked, but it can be a welcome relief to have time off from the pressure and due dates of homework. Now that school is back in session, I’m planning on using IXL more regularly to help gear up for standardized testing, to prepare for placement tests, and to explore topics that interest my children! Featured today on Enjoying Family Life, I’m sharing two helpful features of IXL that make it simple and effective for parents to use with their Weekly Boost skill plans and 30-minute webinars.
Weekly Boost skill plans are a great way for parents to reinforce their children’s learning at home and can very helpful for recovering missed learning from recent years.
Built by IXL’s curriculum team, IXL Weekly Boost skill plans provide structure and pacing to ensure your child is on track week to week. Choose the skill plan that best fits your learner’s needs, and you’ll be able to assign skills and track their progress throughout the year. They’re not only great for supporting in-class learning, but they’re also a useful tool for supplemental at-home learning or homeschool instruction!
IXL’s Weekly Boost skill plans guide students through a school year’s worth of curriculum. Available for math and ELA, each skill plan is 32 weeks long and includes three to eight skills per week. Like IXL’s seasonal skill plans, these were carefully designed to follow a natural progression through concepts.
The best part about IXL’s Weekly Boost skill plans is that they’re easily adaptable for both at-home and classroom learning! Parents can follow along with skill plans and reinforce their children’s learning with confidence, while teachers can leverage Weekly Boost skill plans to provide additional structure to lesson plans.
IXL Weekly Boost skill plans are available for math (Pre-K-Algebra 2) and ELA (K-8). After clicking on a subject’s skill plan, you can toggle freely between grades and weeks.
To suggest a skill to one or more learners, simply hover over the star next to a skill. You can select the students or children you’d like to assign the skill to from the drop-down menu. As students are working through skills, you’ll be able to track progress and check for understanding through the variety of reports available on the Analytics tab. Check out the Score Chart report to monitor skill completion, or dive into the Trouble Spots report to review the exact questions learners are struggling with!
With IXL’s custom-built skill plans, the exact skills you need are always at your fingertips! They allow you to easily and confidently reinforce grade-level skills to accelerate your learners’ progress.
In addition, the Professional Learning team will be hosting some great 30-minute webinars specifically for families, starting on Jan 11 and ending Jan 20, that will help parents get the most out of IXL. I’m especially interested to hear what Dr. Lara Hochstein, child language development expert and head of IXL’s language arts curriculum, has to say about supporting early literacy at home.
Celebrating the holidays means that summer is only half a year away. It’s a good time to start gearing up with structured learning plans to make sure to get the most out of this school year!