Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

IXL: Math -- Pre-K skills

Age-appropriate concepts, but drill format may challenge younger kids
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 5
  • Forty-two drill sets address math skills in ten categories.
  • Some drills focus on prepositions of place, like inside, outside, next to, on top of, and so on.
  • In this very basic counting drill, the bar on the right tracks kids' progress.
  • When kids answer incorrectly, they see a bare-bones explanation of how to arrive at the correct answer.
Mieke VanderBorght
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

IXL's Pre-Kindergarten math module offers drills in 42 categories including shapes, counting, size, and money. While not as extensive as IXL's other age groups, this section covers a fair number of beginning math concepts. It's best to use these drills for assessment and practice rather than as an instructional tool. You can also use the site as as you introduce kids to new material, but be sure to supplement any drill-and-practice time with lots of hands-on activities and in-class explorations.

If you're looking for a tool to differentiate, help your kids take advantage of the site's adaptive features -- they'll be able to practice at a more individualized pace. Teachers can use the progress reports to get a sense of students' existing math knowledge. While you'll be able to identify areas for improvement, you'll need to provide help and guidance offline.

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