K5 Learning

“Unlock Your Child’s Potential”

K5 Learning is a personalized online learning program for Math and Reading enrichment; structured to meet the needs of those in grades K thru 5.

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In our home, Hunter was the program user.  He is in the 4th grade.  The program offers and assessment test, which we took, and it placed Hunter where he needed to be in each of the 4 levels of the program.  I feel like it did a very good job of placing him into the correct Math and Reading levels, even if the Spelling words it chose were pretty tough for him. 

K5 Learning is comprised of 4 programs in one and targets the main academic areas of Reading, Spelling and Vocabulary, Math, and Math Facts (Drill).

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.

Here the program started Hunter working on phonemic awareness.  He worked on many works with the silent “e”.  He also read stories and answered comprehension questions. The work done in this area was at some times repetitive, but Reading is an area Hunter struggles with, the program caught that, and placed him at a lower level than a regular 4th grader.

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.

Many of the words that were given to Hunter, I had to do some thinking on how to spell! The program is a bit different than others, it rewards the phonetic speller.  When you spell the word on the computer and hit enter, it will list the letters you did put correctly in the letter, below the word you are trying to spell.  It visually re-inforces the letters you sounded out, and keeps up the confidence of those who struggle with spelling by not making them start over every time they misspell a word.  They need only figure out the letters that they “missed”.

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.

Hunter LOVED this portion of the program.  He enjoyed the geometry, the faced paced responses of the system.  He is very much an instant feedback kind of kid.  We had a bit of trouble when it asked us to divide, that is a concept that we haddn’t yet covered, but it was easy enough for me to explain it in terms of Multiplication, and as I sat with him on those portions, we were able to accomplish the math problems that we were given.  If Hunter was given a choice on which section of the website to complete first, he would ALWAYS choose Math!

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.

We opted not to use this feature of the site.  We have a very special formula for working with Math Facts here at home, and chose not to change that for the purpose of this review.

I do enjoy working with a web based software from time to time.  There are days when it is very helpful.  It was nice to be able to have him do a bit of work on the computer in the evening, especially on days where we ran around on errands most of the day.  He could come home and work through some school while I was cooking dinner and we would feel like at least some work was accomplished that day.

Overall, I would have to say that I feel that this website is better suited as a supplemental curriculum, rather than an all inclusive one.  I would not feel comfortable using this as our sole Math/Reading/Spelling curriculum.  I did, however, very much enjoy it as a supplement, and felt we benefited most when we used it in that manner.   Being a family on an extreme budget; I do not feel like we would be able purchase and use the program at the price of $25 a month, we would need to find a more reasonably priced monthly option.

The company offers a 14 day Free Trial.

- no obligation

- no credit card needed

- free math and reading assessments

- 14 days of free lessons

Regular subscription pricing is available in Monthly or Annual installments. Monthly pricing is $25 for one child and $15 for each additional child.  Annual pricing is $199 and additional children are $125.   Please visit www.k5learning.com for more details about how your family might benefit from this program.

Make sure you take the time to read the other reviews on this product at the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.

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disclaimer:  As a TOS Crew Member, I received access to K5 Learning as an extended free trial.  The purpose of this extended free trial was expressly for this review.  No other compensation has been received.  I am under no obligation to furnish a positive review.  Thank you to those as K5 Learning who graciously made their program available to TOS, and the Homeschool Crew.

 

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