04 March 2012

K5 Learning: A Review

Are you looking for an educational website to help your kiddos build their reading, math and study skills?  Then K5 Learning just might be for you.  K5 Learning is designed for grades K5 through 5th and has four main learning sections: Reading, Spelling, Math and Math Facts.  

K5 Reading has 1,500 tutorials and activities which cover phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.  These lessons are tailored to your student's skill level, not their grade level, so that they aren't stuck in a lesson that is below--or above--their skill.  

K5 Math's goal is to help kids develop confidence in math.  Their online math curriculum covers 5 key skill areas: numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, algebra and data analysis.  They offer a free online math assessment test to create a customized learning program for your child.  

K5 Math Facts goes beyond flashcards, drills and worksheets by analyzing what your child has mastered and generating questions based on your child's needs.  It measures response times and shows what your child needs practice on.  

K5 Spelling is "far beyond your typical online spelling program".  Some of its features include: generating custom spelling words for your student, gives multiple clues to a word, mistakes are met with hints and teaching rather than low scores, can optional display a translation of a word into another language...and more.    

While K5 Learning was originally designed for after-school use and summertime study, it also works great for homeschoolers, preschoolers, special needs children and gifted children.  

One of the special features designed for parents is being able to assign any K5 lesson at any time if you feel that your child needs extra practice in a particular area.  While the program will automatically choose your child's next lesson in each area, if you feel that they need extra focus you are able to choose from hundreds of lessons for them to work from.  Parents can also track their child's progress by accessing reports 24/7 through the parents' dashboard.  And just in case you have safety concerns, another plus about K5 Learning is that there is no chat option, no external links, etc., it is very safe.  

My 3rd grade daughter has enjoyed trying out this program.  The lessons were fun and not a drudgery for her.  Her favorite lessons were in the area of reading--not surprising since she loves to read.  She liked the graphics on the site, too.  I wish we our trial period on this site had been longer.  I think she would have enjoyed doing these lessons as a supplement to her regular studies to strengthen her skills.  

If you are undecided as to whether or not you are interested in K5 Learning, you can check out their sample lessons here.  There are some for every grade level offered so that you can get a good idea of what their lesson are like.

K5 Learning offers a 14-day FREE trial period for you so that you can sample the site to see how it works.  If you should decide to continue, they offer a monthly subscription for $25 for the first child/$15 for each additional child or a yearly subscription for $199 for the first child/$129 for each additional child.  

Disclaimer: I was given a free trial membership to this site through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew and K5 Learning in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

To see what other homeschool parents have to say about K5 Learning head over here.  


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