Several weeks ago, the girlies were given an opportunity to try the K5 Learning website. K5 Learning is an interactive educational website for children in grades kindergarten through five and provides personalized instruction in reading and math. Children view interactive tutorials and complete fun activities all while working at their own level. My girlies loved K5 Learning!
Before children are able to use the site, they must complete subject assessments in Math and Language Arts. The assessments are needed to ensure that the problems and questions presented to the child are accurate. The results of the assessment are quickly emailed to a parent and include information showing the child’s grade and level of performance (such as Reading Comprehension-Early Grade 5 or Geometry-Intermediate Grade 4). If a child’s level ever needs to be moved up or down, the K5 Learning team can adjust it accordingly. This is a great feature!
Once assessments are complete, children can log in and get to work. Upon logging in, students are greeted by a crisp, clean interface with three choices: Reading & Math, Math Facts, and Spelling. Clicking one of the choices takes the child into a three part program featuring an interactive tutorial, a lesson, and a quiz. Children are free to move at their own pace, stopping one module to move into another. K5 Learning tracks a child’s progress, so she can easily go back to where she left off.
The Math Facts module to be especially helpful. It was a great way to help the girlies with the recall of math facts, as speed and accuracy both count. If a child has slow keyboarding skills, I recommend going into the Parent Dashboard to adjust the time. A child may know that 8+7=15, but if 15 isn’t typed fast enough child, a slow time is noted. If time is not adjusted, this could be frustrating to a child.
The Spelling Module was useful too. Children are given a word to spell and are provided a definition, picture, and sample sentence. Children immediately know if they’ve spelled the word correctly. If a word is misspelled, children are given hints and must spell it correctly before being permitted to move on.
The Reading Module was valuable too. Reading selections were interesting and covered a variety of comprehension skills including identifying and summarizing the main idea, comparing and contrasting, identifying supporting facts and details, making inferences and drawing conclusions, and identifying cause and effect. My girlies enjoyed the great visuals and interactive components.
Customer service at K5 Learning was excellent. After registering, I had a log in issue, but when I called a friendly and attentive K5 representative assisted me. She was knowledgable, eager to address my issue, and was able to resolve my problem quickly.
Overall, my girlies had a good experience with K5 Learning. When used alongside what I was already teaching, K5 Learning served as a terrific supplement and would be great for homeschooling families looking for supplemental online material for reading, spelling, and math.
The program is subscription based and can be paid monthly or annually. A monthly subscription is $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child. An annual subscription costs $199 for the first child and $129 for each additional child. If you’re interested in the program, take advantage of the 14 day trial so you’ll see exactly how K5 Learning would work for you.
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