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Monday, February 27, 2012

Product Review: K5 Learning

K5 Learning is an online after-school study program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5.  The curriculum includes four reading and math programs.

K5 READING helps kids become better readers by offering practice with phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.

K5 SPELLING is an advanced vocabulary program which features adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, an optimized visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.

K5 MATH covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.

K5 MATH FACTS helps kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.

The program begins by an assessment to figure out where your child should start in the program.  Upon completion your children enter an online world that uses games to teach important concepts and skills. Children work independently at their own pace and parents receive progress reports to chart successes and improvements. Unlike a lot of learning programs out there, this is not an "educational" entertainment program. This program stresses the development of math, reading, and spelling skills.

I was excited and (overly) ambitious when we received the program and signed up the three boys. That was my first mistake. Not every online program is good for every child. In my computer and video-game free house, I need to be a bit more careful about who does what.

An example is with the assessment. Or should I state "assessments." There are more than one and they each take about 30 minutes to complete. This was not a problem for James (grade 5), but Henry didn't even make it through one assessment before throwing in the towel. Isaac got bored watching James and wouldn't even give it a go. Taking one for the team was completely lost with my crew on this review.

However, Isaac was completely hooked watching as James cruised the K5 Learning World. James continued to use the program, and Henry also asked to continue it, even though he still hasn't finished the assessment.

An additional bonus of the K5 Learning program is the K5 Learning Blog. This blog is a great tool for parents to become proactive in their child's learning. I am a self-proclaimed "blog addict" and enjoyed checking out the various articles on hot topics such as helping kids develop self-regulation habits, and what computer apps are collecting personal information on children.  

Overall I think this is definitely a program worth considering if you are a family that is open to computer-style learning. My family struggles with making time for computers and it was difficult to fit this into our already full schedule. Unlike some program that only focus on one subject area, there are so many different components to K5 Learning that you really feel like you child is gaining skills and knowledge.

Although we didn't spend a lot of time using the program, I could definitely see the advantage for a family who allows computer time and is trying to teach multiple grade levels at the same time. I would definitely recommend this program to any parent who is searching for that perfect online learning program for their kids!


I liked answering the questions.

I liked watching James do the program. I don't want to do the program because I don't want to answer those questions that Henry answered.

I liked using the program because it had a guy that I could get zapped.

K5 Learning offers a yearly subscription for $199 for the first child, and $129 for each additional child. You can also order a monthly subscription (great for summer learning!!!) for only $25 for the first child, and $15 for each additional child. Be sure to check out their FREE TRIAL OFFER. This allows you access to the assessment and 14 days of lessons with no obligations.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Group, I received access to the above named program free of charge in exchange for an honest review on this blog. I received no other compensation.

1 comment:

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