K5 Learning: A TOS Review
Sacha’s<25: K5 Learning is an online reading and math program for kids from kindergarten through grade 5 helping kids build reading, math and study skills through independent study.
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)
Is it worth our time? 4 stars
Did it help us learn? 6 stars
Is it worth the money? 2 stars (for us, however if you are looking at this instead of a private tutor I would give it an 8)
Is it useful to me? 2 stars
Practicality- 6 stars
Quality- 9 stars
Kid Rating- 6 stars
We were given a free 2 month subscription to K5 Learning for us to review. I chose to have Andrew (8 years old and in 2nd grade) use this review since he was the best fit age wise in our family. The first thing that I had him do was take the 2 assessment tests to see where he would need to be placed in this program. You are able to just sign your child up for the grade level you think they are in. I was pleasantly surprised to find what level the assessment placed him at. I was a bit confused about the assessment report but I called customer service and was able to speak to someone right away and they were able to explain what it all meant. They also informed me that if a student places more than 1 grade level above (or below) their current grade entered that I would have to call or email to ask for them to be manually moved. The program will only move up or down 1 grade level automatically based on the assessment. At any time during the program you can change your child’s level.
Andrew’s math assessment placed him at a strong grade 3. His reading assessment place him at a high grade 5. I knew that he was reading above grade level, I just didn’t realize he was this high above grade level!
Andrew was excited to get started on the program. Each day starts with a riddle/joke. He tried out the math first. Oh my, he did not like the speed that it taught. He already knew what it was teaching–place value to the 1,000′s and there was no way to speed along the lesson. I can see this being great for a child who is a struggling learner. Andrew was bored. He hasn’t asked to do it again, nor did I ask him to.
He moved on to trying the reading portion of the program. It works on reading comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary. Even though he was placed into the grade level he tested at it just seemed really easy still. Even the 5th grade vocabulary and spelling was very easy to him. I am not telling you this to brag that I have a smart child, but so that you know our experience with this program. The parent is able to input their own spelling lists. I just can’t see spending the money to use it just for spelling words if everything else was too easy for him.
There is also a section for math drills. It drills on all four operations. This is great for drills. However, the program wants fast results. If you child is not a very good typer (can I make that a word? great!) they will not have the speed to master the drills. I worked with it entering at a speed that my kids would enter at and it wanted me to go back and practice typing my numbers!
Background Information about K5 Learning
K5 Learning is an online reading and math program for kids from kindergarten through grade 5. Our intent is to help kids build reading, math and study skills through independent study. K5 is designed for use at home, after-school, on weekends and during the summer, and can also be used in conjunction with a homeschooling program.
Kids complete an online assessment of 8 key reading and math skills, and then work independently and at their own pace through over 3,000 lessons and activities. The lessons are animated, interactive and simple enough that even a 4 year old can use them by himself. The system automatically chooses lessons for students (based on their assessment and past lessons), tracks student progress and provides reports for parents.
K5 Learning includes 4 modules: K5 Reading and K5 Math (curricula based lessons), K5 Math Facts (an adaptive program for developing instant recall in math facts) and K5 Spelling (an advanced spelling and vocabulary tutor).
In comparison to most other educational websites, K5 has the following attributes:
- clear emphasis on curricula based education, not games / entertainment
- online assessment for placement of kids at appropriate skill levels
- ability for kids to work independently and proceed through lessons at their own pace while minimizing time requirements for parents (simple interfaces, automatic lesson selection, tracking, reporting)
What I liked:
- If you have a struggling student this is like a private tutor for them. I could also see using this if extenuating curcumstances are making it hard for you to teach for a period of time.
- The assessments were very through.
- Parent dashboard is easy to use and gives plenty of information as to how your child is doing.
- The lessons are animated and fun to watch.
- Their customer service was quick and very helpful.
What I didn’t like:
- Very slow paced. Andrew felt like he was wasting his time listening to explanations on math topics he already knew.
- It just wasn’t for us.
To sum it up: While this program wasn’t a good fit for our family it may be for yours. If you have a struggling student this program is almost like having a private tutor. If you think this is something you might like to try out they have a free 14 day trial you can sign up for here.
The important information:
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Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received the above product free of charge for review purposes. I am only expected to give an honest review.