Sunday, March 4, 2012

K5 Learning - A Review

$25/month (other options)
For grades Kindergarten - 5th grade


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K5 Reading helps kids become strong readers and develop a love of reading. This award-winning program covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.


 K5 Spelling is an advanced vocabulary program which improves language skills one word at a time. We feature adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, an optimized visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.


 K5 Math is an award-winning program which builds self confidence and a deep understanding of math concepts. K5 Math covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.


K5 Math Facts uses adaptive technology to help kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Progress on each and every math fact is monitored until mastery is obtained.

Our Thoughts:

I volunteered my 10 year-old 4th grader for this program.  She spent the most time on it.  But I also had my 13 year-old 7th grader use the spelling and vocabulary sections for an occasional drill/review. 

The first step in using the program is to have your child take the assessment tests in reading and/or math, depending on what you plan to use the program for.  Remember, the assessment tests are used to determine what your child already knows.  Don't help them. Don't give them the answers.  And don't let them get discouraged.  It is expected that some of the questions will be too hard.  This is just a guide - a starting point for your child to begin using the program.  K5 tries to break up the monotony of the assessments by providing small game breaks after every few questions.

The program consists of a reading program, a math program, math facts, and a spelling/vocabulary section.  The main sections of reading and math are very colorful, interactive, and engaging.  The math facts section is more of a speed drill kind of style.  The spelling/vocabulary section is also a more cut and dry kind of style. 

When your child logs in, the home page will have a joke.  This is a cute way to get started.  This is where they pick what to work on.

My daughter spent most of her time in the spelling/vocabulary area.  Each word provides several helpful aids.  You can hear the word, the definition, see it used in a sentence, and even see an image of the object. If you spell the word incorrectly, it will show the correct spelling and give you another chance. This area was of great help to both my daughters.  It offered several challenging words and some of those "tricky" words that don't follow the rules.  I felt it was time well spent.

My 10yo also spent time on the math facts.  This section takes a few facts at a time and drills your child.  It evaluates not only on accuracy, but also on speed.  It will introduce new facts, while throwing in some review ones from previous lessons.  After each section, a chart will show what your child has mastered with accuracy and what they have mastered with speed.  It is good to be able to get the correct answer; but it is much better to be able to get the correct answer QUICKLY.

As for the reading program, I think it is a great reading comprehension program.  Colorful, interactive, engaging.  Very nice quality.

Same for the math program.  Colorful, interactive, very impressive.

But you don't have to take my word for it.  Check out all the great samples.  They are listed by grade and category.

I asked my 9yo what her favorite part was.  Not surprisingly, she said the games.  Games are dished out in 5 minute increments as a reward for completing lessons.  Her next favorite part was spelling.  I can tell that she made a lot of progress and gained some self-confidence.  It was a great confidence booster when she mastered a word that she felt was difficult. 

I think time spent on K5 is time well spent.  I would rate this program much higher than some of the other online programs we have reviewed in the past. 

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Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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