With today's technology, many homeschool families find that their students do better with subjects such as language arts and math with online programs then with classic texts. Combining graphics, sounds and a more interactive factor to their learning helps to engage many students more than black and white font on a paper page.
For the last few weeks, Garrett and Ashleigh have been using an online program from K5 Learning to help reinforce many of the skills they have already learned as well as learning new skills that they haven't yet covered.
K5 Learning is a browser based reading and math program aimed for students grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Included in the subscription is unlimited access to both Language Art and
Before starting the program, students are advised to take an online assessment to place the student in the proper reading and math levels. The assessment takes roughly 20-30 minutes to complete.
Here's an example of the results of Garrett and Ashleigh's Reading Assessment.
And here is the results of their Math Assessment
How We Used It
This is a harder review for me to write. Because, like most reviews, I really do like the program itself.
However, with that said, this particular program just didn't work for us.
|Sample of the Reading Portion for Garrett|
Garrett using K5 Learning
Another issue we had with the program was that the kids have to finish an entire series of lessons before their progress shows up on the reports. Ashleigh would typically do three to four sections a day, three days a week and it wouldn't show any progress for her. There was confusion as to what actually constitutes the end of the lesson - whether it would be when the happy face shows up or when the traffic signal came up. It took me a bit to figure it out, especially when I would watch the kids work on the computer for 15-30 minutes and nothing to show for it on the report.
Ashleigh using K5 Learning - She told me afterwards she purposely missed November lol
|Sample Worksheet from K5 Learning|
Just because K5 Learning didn't work for us, doesn't mean that it won't work for you, especially if you have students who enjoy online learning. Be sure to read the reviews from the other Crew Members and see how K5 worked for them, especially before allowing my review to sway you away from what might be a valuable tool for your student's learning.
To learn more about K5 Learning and their Online Program, visit their website or one of their following Social Media sites:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/k5learning Tag: @k5learning
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/K5Learning Tag: @K5Learning
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/k5learning/ Tag: @k5learning
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/+K5learning
K5 wasn't a perfect fit for us either. My son felt like the instructions were too slow and took too long. It was great for test prep though. He used K5 for a few weeks leading up to our annual standardized tests and it really helped him prepare and review things that we hadn't covered in a while.ReplyDelete