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Monday, June 2, 2014

K5 Learning Review

I am excited to bring this review to you today for K5 Learning! I received an invitation from K5 Learning to use their online learning program for free during a 6-week period in exchange for an honest review. We used the K5 Learning website as part of our homeschool day and enjoyed our experience which I'd like to share with you now!

Introducing K5 Learning

Developed in 2011, K5 Learning is an online reading and math program with over 3,000 online tutorials and activities for children in grades K-5.

K5 Learning is an online learning option for:
  • After-school study
  • Summer study
  • Homeschoolers
  • Special Needs
  • Gifted

These are the four areas your student will work on in the K5 Learning online program: 

  1. K5 Math: Covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement, time, money, algebraic thinking and data analysis.
  2. K5 Math Facts: Basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are learned for mastery. A progress chart is maintained displaying your child's progress of math facts that have been mastered and those that need review for mastery.
  3. K5 Reading: Phonemic awareness, phonics, site words, vocabulary and reading comprehension are all the skills your child will use to become strong readers in this online learning program.
  4. K5 Spelling: This advanced vocabulary program features adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, and a database of 150,000+ words.

You will need a computer and internet connection to use K5 Learning in your home.

There is a log-in area for the parent where you will find the parent dashboard that has links to view reports on your child's work, assign reading and math lessons, add spelling words to the lists provided by K5 Learning, and change the spelling settings. There is a separate log-in area for your child to use to complete their lessons.

K5 Learning provides a Free Worksheet Center on their website containing the following free printable worksheets for download:
  • Math Worksheets for Grades 1-6
  • Preschool and Kindergarten worksheets
  • Reading Comprehension worksheets for Grades 1-5
  • Grammar Worksheets for Grades 1-3
  • Cursive Writing Worksheets
  • Math Flashcards 
  • Reading flashcards

K5 Learning also has a bookstore where you can buy downloadable workbooks that they recommend for home study.

You can connect with K5 Learning on the following social media outlets:

Pricing Options and Free Trial

A monthly subscription to K5 Learning is $25 for the first child, and $15 for additional children. An annual subscription to K5 Learning is $199 for the first child, and $129 for additional children.

K5 Learning has a 14-day free trial offer to try out their online program. You will get 14 days of free lessons and free math and reading assessments. Simply click on the image below to sign up for your 14-day free trial.
Click on this image for your 14-day free trial offer.

How We Used K5 Learning

We were able to use K5 Learning alongside our current curriculum in our homeschool. It was a nice switch for my son on the days where we chose to hop on the K5 Learning website to work in these subject areas offered through their online learning program.

There are reading and math assessments available which I requested from the parent dashboard. There is also the option to change levels within the subject areas. You will find this request as well on the parent dashboard. You have to contact the website in order to request either of these options. Once the assessments have been scored, your child will be placed on the appropriate levels in each area.

In the reading and math section, there were lessons to complete each time my son logged in. Or, I could manually assign lessons from the parent dashboard.

My son practiced his math facts for addition during our review period. Speed and accuracy count in this part of the program, which had a negative impact on my son who would accidentally hit the wrong numeric key on the keyboard since he was trying to go so fast. I finally decided to let him call out the answer and I hit the number on the keypad for him. It was just asking too much for him to process it all so fast. I know already how well he knows his addition math facts, so when I saw that the speed and accuracy requirement was causing a problem for him, I made this simple adjustment.

I had to adjust the level for the spelling section to get him at the level he needed. There is so much to love about K5 Spelling!

Watch this video to learn more about the wonderful Spelling section on K5 Learning:

Our Opinion of K5 Learning

My son and I really enjoyed our time with K5 Learning! The website for K5 Learning is very colorful and user-friendly.

I loved the math facts area most of all because my son needs the practice. Mastery of the math facts is my top goal right now in our homeschool so this area was a welcome addition to our math studies. I love the chart that keeps up with his progress. It's a great visual encouragement for him too!

My son loved the game time that was offered between each lesson. I appreciated this part of the K5 Learning website that allowed my son to relax and have fun while learning. It was a great motivating factor for him to complete his lessons as well!

I would suggest to K5 Learning the idea of giving the parents control of changing the levels within the program and having access to the assessments for their children. I've used other online programs before with these features at my fingertips when I need it.

I highly recommend K5 Learning for any homeschooling parent who wants to add some variety and excitement to their homeschooling schedule! Your kids will thank you for it!

Walking in His Grace, 

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