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Monday, March 5, 2012

K5 Learning: A Review

We had the opportunity to review another online program over the past few weeks.


K5 Learning is an online after-school study program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5. It's aim is to  build reading, math and study skills to last a lifetime.  It includes 4 components:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3.  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. 
  4. 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.

What did we think?

I was able to use K5 with Micaiah, Eli and Eden.  Each child did an assessment to begin with and was place in the program at their appropriate level.  The assessment was a great tool to have and was helpful to me to see that all three kids were on track and even ahead of grade level in some areas.

A sample assessment report

Once logged in the kids could choose the area they wanted to work on. 

Micaiah concentrated more on reading comprehension and vocabulary and covered topics such as cause and effect, drawing conclusions and making inferences, facts and opinions, poetry, sequencing and summarizing.

Eli and Eden focused more on math.  The program guides the student through each assignment and exercise using audible and visual instructions so the child is able to work independently and at his or her own pace.

One feature that I like is the Parent Dashboard where I can track their progress and assign lessons and spelling words if necessary. 

All in all this is a good program.  I didn't like some of the tactics they use for teaching addition as they seemed to confuse Eli but I really did like the reading comprehension lessons that Micaiah worked on.  If you are looking for a program to supplement your homeschool learning enviroment  or as an afterschool program to use at home take a look at K5.  Their website has sample lessons and more detailed information about the program.  You can also sign up for a 2 week trial to see if it is right for you and your child.

The pricing of this product is as follows:

Monthly Subscription
First Child.......................$25
Additional Children..........$15
Annual Subscription
First Child.......................$199
Additional Children..........$129

See what other families thought of K5.  Click Here!

 Disclaimer:  As a member of TOS Crew review team, I was given short term access to the program in return for my honest (positive or otherwise) opinion of this product.


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