Monday, March 5, 2012

K5 Learning Review

Many children, homeschooling or not, struggle with math, reading, and spelling.  I know there are families out there who have switched from program to program, trying to find the right one for their child.  And when each child is different, it can be challenging when one curriculum works for one and not the other. 

K5 Learning is an online reading and math enrichment program for kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade.  They offer students free online assessments in eight key reading and math skills and the results are used to personalize the child’s learning program according to their individual skill set.


During the assessment, an animated character guides the child while they are asked a series of questions in different skill areas and then placed at the appropriate level based on the answers.  K5 customizes its lessons for each reading and math skill evaluated during the assessment, which means your child receives a personalized online learning program.


K5 Reading covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.  Students are placed according to their skills, not their grade levels, so your child is not stuck learning something that is too hard or too easy for them. 


Funny Bunny mastered phonemic awareness and phonics on her assessment so she was exempt from instruction in those areas.  She scored at a 4th grade level for everything else, so that is where she started.  I personally thought the level she was placed at was a bit low for her ability, but I did not watch her complete the assessment, so I don't know what she missed, and why she missed it. 

Each time she completes an assignment her Performance Report is updated and I can see the type of lesson she worked on, her score, and the date she took it. 

K5 Spelling features adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, a visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.  Words are generated based on the child’s grade level, past quizzes, and specific goals.  Children first hear a word and can view or listen to a sample sentence.  They can also see a picture of the word or read a definition of it.  K5 remembers every word a child spells or misspells. If a child spells a word correctly the first time, they never see that word again.  If they misspell a word, the same word will be reintroduced on subsequent days until they repeatedly spell it correctly.

I think the K5 Spelling is excellent for visual spellers.

K5 Math covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking, and data analysis.  Funny Bunny scored in low 4th grade for all three, which I think is right where she should be.



You can click here to see many more samples of both the Reading and Math lessons.

My Thoughts:  I think K5 Learning is a great online Reading and Math program, especially if your child is a visual learner and enjoys online programs.  The Assessment test is a wonderful tool to use to see your child's strengths and weaknesses and the results are easy to understand.  And if you think your child should be moved up or down a grade, you can request the change.  The one thing I do not particularly like is the cost.  $25 a month is a bit high for us, and we only have one child.  I imagine that families with several children may find the cost of enrolling more than one a bit much.

Thoughts of an 8-Year Old:  I like K5 Learning's characters and fun games.  In the vocabulary lessons, I like the Cool Character Club and the new vocab charts.  The Cool Character Club's characters include Aiko, Winston, and more!  Too bad we can't keep K5 learning, because I really, really like it!

Find Out More:  You can find out more online at K5 Learning.  A monthly subscription for one child is $25 and additional children are $15.  An annual subscription is $199 for one child and $129 for additional children.  You can try it out for free first though, so if you would like to learn more, you can sign up for their no obligation, 14-day free trial, which includes the math and reading assessment.

My Crewmates are also reviewing K5 Learning, so you can check out what they think HERE.

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Disclosure:  This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor.  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own. 

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