When I first looked over the Mathseeds website before starting our Mathseeds review, my daughter heard me playing something and came over to watch. Before I knew it, I finished setting up her profile, and she was doing math lessons. It was hard to get her to stop!
This year, my daughter started 2nd grade. She has always liked math, but in the early years, we mainly focused on basic math concepts and facts, telling time, etc.
Because second grade math seems to get a little more involved, I decided that this year was the time to find a more structured approach for math. My main priorities were finding a math program that was scaffolded, user-friendly, and easy to be consistent with daily– with bonus points if she can work through at least some of it independently!
These are the main reasons I jumped at the chance to do this Mathseeds review for their online subscription + 200 Second Grade Math Skills Workbook. Keep reading to find out how the Mathseeds program works, how it is working for us, and if I’d recommend it to other homeschool families! I did receive compensation for our Mathseeds review. However, all comments are mine and reflect our true opinions and experience with Mathseeds.
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Our Mathseeds Review: What We Received, What the Program Includes, and What it (Usually) Costs
My daughter, like most kids, loves playing games. The main thing I knew about Mathseeds before agreeing to the Mathseeds review was that it involved game-driven lessons that she could play online, so I knew she would enjoy that. I also liked that there is a workbook to reinforce the game element and give her more physical practice working with numbers.
Before receiving the workbook, I did a little online digging into Mathseeds (who else can’t resist a good Google investigation?) The Mathseeds website states that this program is “an award-winning online math program for kids aged 3-9. Your child can enjoy fun, interactive, and rewarding lessons that teach foundational math and problem-solving skills while nurturing an early love of math.”
That sounded pretty great to me! I looked further into what awards this program has won, and I was surprised by their diversity, quality, and quantity! The list includes multiple Parent’s Choice Awards, Academic Awards, as well as a Smart Toy Award and more. You can find that information here if you’re curious to know more about that.
Not long after this, we had everything we needed to get started with Mathseeds and our Mathseeds review. I received:
- The workbook (200 Math Skills for Second Grade)
- Full access to the online Mathseeds program (Website and available as an app)
The workbook has 50 lessons and ten quizzes (each quiz covers five lessons). Each lesson gives students four pages of worksheets to practice the lesson and skills being introduced. I loved how the lessons matched perfectly with the Mathseeds online lessons 101-150. While I didn’t pay for it, I also appreciated that it is very reasonable at $19.95.
What I Liked About the Online Component of Mathseeds
The online portion of Mathseeds has so much to offer for different types of learners! Here are some of the main features that appeal to me it for my learner.
- The option to take an assessment quiz so your child can start at their exact level
- A different option to set the level manually, so that you can match up with math lessons in the Mathseeds workbook
- The ability to quickly check in on your child’s progress, amount of time spent on lessons, time spent on review games, and current level
- The rewards/celebrations given when a new level is completed (an egg hatches with a creature inside. My daughter loved this!)
- The multi-sensory approach of the lessons
- “Mental Minutes” and “Driving Tests” for additional math fact practice and review
“It’s teaching me about things I haven’t learned. I like that it’s fun. Most math books don’t have tablet games that go with them. That helps because, if you don’t understand something in the book, you can do the games first, and then you’ll understand what the workbook is all about.”
Mathseeds Pricing (And We Also Checked Out Their Reading Eggs!)
Before I get into more of what we liked about Mathseeds, let’s look at the pricing and their current specials.
An online subscription for Mathseeds is $6.99/month or $4.17 with the yearly billing. This seems very reasonable for what you get, especially given that each subscription comes with individual accounts for up to 4 children. I only have one child using the program, but I can see the online program being a great addition to homeschool families with several young kids.
(Sidenote: you can also get this bundled with the Reading Eggs/Reading Express, which is what I received. While I’m not reviewing the literacy aspect of the program here, I will just say that it’s pretty fantastic.)
Below, I’ll discuss how these worked together and what we both thought about it!
Mathseeds Review: What We Loved
“I can see why this program is ‘award-winning!’ Overall, I give the Mathseeds online program a 10/10.”
The Mathseeds 200 Essential Math Skills Workbook for 2nd Grade
This is a well-organized, comprehensive math workbook for a very inexpensive price, and it is absolutely worth getting as a complement to the online Mathseeds program.
For me, doing the workbook after completing the lessons is what takes Mathseeds from a fun supplemental math program to a full math curriculum. There’s just something about being able to translate head knowledge to pencil and paper. Maybe it’s me being old school, but it makes the learning feel consolidated and complete. Plus, at age 7 or 8 or 9, I think most kids still need practice physically writing and working with numbers.
Another thing I liked about the Mathseeds workbook was that it gave quick, achievable lessons that reinforced learning and encouraged success. By that, I mean that none of the lessons were ever overwhelming. Each lesson does a good job of teaching the skills and giving kids time to practice them in a few different ways. One lesson typically takes my daughter between 15-20 minutes to complete, which seems to be just the right amount for our homeschool day.
My One Mathseeds Review Caveat
My caveat is a good caveat!
While you can do the Mathseeds online program without the workbook, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing the workbook without the online program. The book is a great supplement to the online lessons, but – since there aren’t a lot of examples or explanations in the workbook- it wouldn’t work as well as a stand-alone math curriculum.
Final Thoughts On My Mathseeds Review
Ultimately, I really appreciate this learning duo from Mathseeds, and my daughter has enjoyed learning with it! We are so glad the opportunity to do this Mathseeds review or we wouldn’t have found this new math resource for our family.
Math has become the first thing she wants to do, and the combination of Math Skills Workbook + Online Program has kept her motivated. This, in turn, has helped with consistency and a noticeable increase in math skills over the past few months. I have been so happy to see her progress and how much fun she has had doing math!
I think the Mathseeds online program is excellent on its own, but I would definitely recommend getting the Math Skills Workbook, too, to bring that learning home (literally, on a handwritten page, where you can admire it!) These two facets of the program really are better together.
As my daughter said: “It’s teaching me about things I haven’t learned. I like that it’s fun. Most math books don’t have tablet games that go with them. That helps because, if you don’t understand something in the book, you can do the games first, and then you’ll understand what the workbook is all about.”
I love the multi-sensory approach and the user-friendly way that these two resources can work together. As a busy homeschooling/work from home mom, I also appreciate how kids can independently use this program to sharpen their math skills.
My main critique, ultimately, is this: I’m going to need you to add more grade levels and workbooks, Mathseeds (and soon please!)
Free Trials, Discounts, and Where to Purchase Mathseeds
And there is a HUGE discount of 40% when you subscribe to Mathseeds and Reading Eggs together, so you can enjoy both and not break the bank. It’s already a deal because one price includes up to 4 children, but layer on the current promotion, and it’s an exceptional deal!
Visit their site here and sign up for that free trial or go ahead and purchase and lock in that discount too!
Enter the Mathseeds and Reading Eggs Giveaway
To celebrate our Mathseeds review, we have partnered with Mathseeds to go a BIG giveaway! They are giving away both Mathseeds and Reading Eggs to THREE winners. Please use the giveaway widget below. If you cannot enter your email address, please email customer service at theheschoolscientist dot com. We will help troubleshoot. Thanks! Read more about Mathseeds and Reading Eggs HERE.
About the Author of Our Mathseeds Review
Katie is a Christian, wife, writer, and homeschooling mother of two. She and her husband are both homeschool graduates who now homeschool their children. Katie is passionate about literature, the arts, STEM, and education. Katie has a MA in English and literature, and she works with her local STEM organization and Classical Conversations community to help create hands-on learning opportunities for children. She teaches NASA Astro Camp every summer, and she loves to read and paint whenever she can. She believes that the arts and sciences have much more in common than many people realize!