This fall my family had the opportunity to review the online educational program called K5learning.com. My two older children, a 5th grader and Kindergardener, had six weeks to play around with the software which is designed to be used as a supplement for after school or during homeschool.
What is K5Learning.com?
Well, this online software focuses on math and reading. There is also a spelling and vocabulary section. The areas of focus includes themes of phonics awareness, sight words, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and phonics, as well of typical areas of math study. K5learning.com reports on their site that the program follows the National Reading Panel guidelines.
Upon starting the program, your kids take assessments for placement purposes. If you disagree with the lack of difficultly or if it is too challenging, you can contact the company and the placement will be adjusted. My 5th grader placed “exempt” or “high 5th grade” on many of the English or reading categories and low 5th grade or upper 4th grade on the math. My kindergardener was the opposite for subject skills. He scored higher on the math and lower on the reading.
The K5Learning.com program is set up in a way that there is little to no distraction from other sources on the computer. This means no ads. The images on the screen are clear and nicely done.
When the child starts up their account they get to make their own avatar. We had fun with this as you can see in the image below. They didn’t have a police uniform to go with the police officer hat so we improvised!
As a child progressing through the K5Learning.com system they master categories and new lessons and assignments become available. The parent chooses which lessons and assignments to use from a list provided from the program. The parent is also able to see how much time was spent in the program as well as the student scores.
Above is the spelling section. I used this for my spelling for a few weeks. It gave me a bit of a break from doing the spelling lists and tests. These are presented as quizzes and if the child doesn’t get the word right, it goes through a serious of drills until the student is proficient with that specific word.
I was pleased to see that the content in the reading section of my 5h grade daughter’s lessons actually fit very well with our current curriculum. A lot of the reading was history based or problem solving. At times, it even matched our memory sentences for the week.
I also liked that there was a good focus on the nuts and bolts of reading as shown above. I was also pleased to see that much of what my daughter was learning seemed to fit with our current curriculum choice again.
As for math, the mastery steps also include becoming proficient with math facts like addition or multiplication. In the picture below you can see that once a certain fact has been mastered the color changes. If the student is not fast enough answering the question they do not pass it and have to keep trying at a later time.
Although I found some uses for K5learning.com that saved me some time, sadly this program did not work well for my family. We found things that made it difficult for my children to learn and interact with the program. Both of my children have auditory processing issues and one has Asperger’s. This may be a contributing factor as to why it will not be used in our household right now.
Almost right away, my 5 year old son decided he did not like the program and he lost interest quickly. The reason behind this was because the system, during the math facts portion, was moving faster than his little fingers could find the buttons on the keyboard. It seems that the timer should be set a little slower for younger children who have just begun learning the keyboard. He also had a very hard time understanding some of the voices. At other times it seemed that the program repeated the same lesson over and over again…which frustrated him even more. I’m sure it kept repeating it because he kept goofing off and pushing random things.
As for my daughter (the aspie), she seemed to do better overall with the programs but refused to do the math. With her rigid mind, she decided that our normal math assignment was enough for her. She also had an extremely difficult time understanding the voices. In her defense, even I had a hard time understanding some of the audio and I don’t have any issues. For example: In the spelling, a man or women says a word and you are to spell the word out. Certain words were darn near impossible to understand. The word, ceiling, just sounded like an “S” with no syllables or it sounded like “feeling” with no distinct pronunciation. I felt that it was easier to understand the man.
Overall, I feel that this program works better for children who are a little older. It’s just too much for my little one to handle.
To sign up for K5Learning.com you have two options. You can either pay $25 per month or $199 per year for the first child and have a discount for siblings. Although I think that the reading and english lessons were exceptional, the issues mentioned above and the extremely high price of the program cause me to hesitate. With some improvements on the timing and audio of the program as well as a significant price drop, I could see us using this in the future.
There is a 14 day free trial if you are interesting in giving it a go. You may have a much better experience than my family.
Who has used K5Learning.com?
Until next time,
*I received a free copy of this product through K5Learning.com in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.