We were given six free weeks of the K5 Learning program. It is an online math and reading program for kids in Kinder through fifth grade.
When you sign up for the program you have your own parent login and you also make a login for each child. I personally think this is a great setup because your child can just login on their own and start working. The setup for the kids is super easy for them to use. They can easily navigate it on their own and decide if they would like to continue with lessons or practice math facts or spelling and vocabulary. This is what they see when they login:
From the parent’s dashboard you can view reports and add assignments.
When you first sign up you put a grade level for each child; for JT I put Kinder and for Connor I put 3rd grade. You can also request an assessment and then the program will start the lessons based on the results of the assessment. There is a separate assessment for math and reading and each takes about 30 minutes. They don’t have to be completed in one sitting though; if your child wants to stop it will pick up where they left off the next time they log in. JT completed the entire reading assessment and half of the math assessment at one time and then finished the math the next day. Connor did half of his reading assessment one day, finished it the next, and then did the entire math assessment the day after that. The results of the assessment are e-mailed to you. I can’t remember if it took 24 or 48 hours to receive the results.
K5 Learning is great to use as a supplement to have kids review what they have learned or to use as an introduction to a new concept. Each lesson is made up of three parts: the introduction, practice, and a graded activity. Kids can do the lessons that the program assigns or lessons assigned by their parents. After each section it gives kids the option to continue on or stop and do something else. The lessons are easy to understand and engaging for kids.
I really liked the K5 Learning program. I like the fact that it makes it easy for kids to pick what they want to do and if they get tired it’s easy for them to pick up where they left off. I also really like being able to assign lessons. The only complaint I have is that it seems you can’t assign a lesson again; if you can I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Other then that it is a really great program and kids can learn a lot from it. They also offer a free 14 day trial so check it out for yourself at http://www.k5learning.com and let me know what you think.
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