Thursday, November 19, 2015

K5 Learning: The newest addition to our homeschooling curriculum.

Children learn in a variety of ways, which is why I appreciate fun individualized programs such as K5 LearningK5 Learning is a researched-based online reading and math enrichment program for kindergarten to 5th grade.  This program helps build reading, math and study skills.  Whether you are looking for a supplemental material for homeschooling, an after school program, or something to help your child with special needs excel in reading or math, this programs may be your answer. As a Homeschooling Mama, I am always looking for quality material to supplement our curriculum.   I am so happy that I recently had the pleasure of trying this amazing program. 

Divided into 4 basic lessons, this program is designed to keep your child on engaged. Their reading lesson covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.  The spelling lesson is an advanced vocabulary program, which improves language skills one word at a time and consists of over 150,000 words.  Next is the Math lesson, which covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.  Last but not least K5 offers a Math facts lessons that use 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.

Both parent and student have their own individual sign on and cannot be sign on at the same time.  In the parent portal you are able to view brief or detailed reports, Assign Lessons, Add Spelling Words, and print FREE worksheets. The worksheets that I have printed and used perfectly complement their lessons!  Although it would be nice to have to option to "print all" instead of one by one, I love the corresponding worksheets.  Switching between students on the progress page is simple.  The whole program is very user friendly!

What I love most about this program is that they offer an assessment test for placement in both reading and math.  With the results an individualized learning program is automatically created.  The lessons depend solely on your child’s skill levels, not grade levels. If your child is stronger in certain areas (e.g. arithmetic) than other areas (e.g. phonics) the program will automatically adjust to ensure instruction at an appropriate level in both topics.  

I also love that the sequence of the lessons are controlled and do not jump around. Kids cannot select lessons at inappropriate levels or continually repeat “fun" lessons they have already mastered. The student dashboard is ‘perfectly’ simple.  They have minimal navigational choices, are given no access to external links or online ads and basically have to focus on the task at hand.  
View of Student Dashboard

Overall, we both enjoyed this program and plan on purchasing an annual subscription in the near future. What's not to love? The price is right, the content is great, and the program is super easy to use. I appreciate that this program allows for academic freedom and builds confidence by allowing you to customize the lessons.  K5 gives you the freedom to remove and assign different lessons to best it your child’s individual needs.  Being able to customize each lesson to complement each student’s individual learning is one of my favorite things about K5 Learning.   

While no single teaching approach will work well for everybody, K5 Learning may help your child.  For those not convince that a supplemental multimedia curriculum is right for you, multimedia learning may be particularly effective for visual and auditory learners and offers flexibility in meeting the needs of a variety of learners.  And with their no obligation 14 day free trial (no credit card necessary), what have you got to lose?

**The K5 annual subscription is $199 and $129 for each additional child which is a much better value than the monthly subscription.  If you prefer to pay monthly, the monthly cost is $25 and $15 for each additional child.  

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