Thursday, May 1, 2014

K5 Learning {a review}

Are you interested in a program that will help raise your child's grades in math and reading? An online program that your child can use independently after school? Or maybe you are a  homeschool parent with a young student that begs for computer time, but you want it to be educational and supplement what your child is  currently learning? K5 Learning may be the perfect program for you and your child.

    K5 Learning is an online program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It was founded by parents who wanted a quality educational enhancement program for their children to use at home. It is designed to improve reading and math skills. K5 Learning is meant to be used independently by the child. Each lesson is animated with fun graphics. It is perfect for after school and summer supplementation and as enrichment for a homeschool curriculum.

Initially, children are assessed through testing. Once the assessment is complete, the child receives a personalized program that allows the child to progress forward without feeling bored by easy lessons or discouraged by difficult ones. The child can independently work through the lessons because the instruction is geared for the child's skill level.

Each child has a personal login and password. The parent has her own login where she can access progress reports for each of her children in one convenient place.

What We Liked

The Boys

Ralph, my kindergartner, enjoyed everything about K5 Learning. He was eager to spend time working on his lessons and never felt frustrated by the program.

Tom, my fifth grader, was not as eager to do his K5 Learning lessons, as he felt they interfered with his free time after he finished his regular school work. However, he did enjoy the lessons while he worked on them.

Me (mom)

I liked the assessment tests. I thought is was fun to watch the boys work through the different levels of the tests. Once I received the results through email, I enjoyed discussing their test results with them. I also liked that the lessons were educational. Not silly games that tried to be educational. The math portion was what I expected it to be for my boys grade levels. The reading lessons were fun for Ralph, and they were a good supplement to our curriculum. Ralph was able to complete them on his own and enjoyed doing them. Tom enjoyed the reading section of the program more than the math. I appreciated that several of the stories in Tom's reading comprehension were science based, as Tom enjoys science.

Overall, I think that it would work best in my home as a supplemental summer course.

The Cost

A subscription for K5 Learning can be purchased either on a monthly or yearly basis. A monthly subscription is $25 a month. A yearly subscription is $199. Sibling discounts are available. With a subscription, you will have access to K5 Reading, K5 Math, K5 Spelling, and K5 math Facts. Each subscription includes assessment tests in reading and math.

A 14 day free trial is available. 

Full Disclosure: I received a short trial subscription to K5 Learning in exchange for my honest review of the program. Also, I am part of the referral program. That means that if you click on the links in this post and purchase a subscription, I will receive a small commission. Thank you! 

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