The K5 Reading program covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
K5 Math covers numbers and operations, data analysis, measurement, geometry, and algebraic thinking.
The K5 Spelling program includes adaptive instruction, an optimized visual interface, a 150,000 word database, plus the capability for parents to create their own spelling lists for the student.
Also included with the online program are worksheets that go along with the lessons. After completing lessons, suggested practice worksheets will appear in the student dashboard. It’s a great way to take the learning offline and reinforce what your child is learning.
K5 Learning is currently offering a 14 day free trial – no credit card required for sign up! After the trial period ends, both monthly and annual subscriptions are available. Each account allows for up to 4 students. Please note that the online program requires a computer with Flash, it will not work on a tablet. You will also need a reliable internet connection.
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How We Used K5 Learning Online Reading and Math
After getting our account set up, we started by having Monkey complete the math and reading assessments. The same assessments are used for the entire kindergarten through 5th grade range, so some of the questions were WAY over Monkey’s skill level, but I think this methodology better gauges the true upper limit of their knowledge. The assessments each took 20 to 30 minutes to complete and were broken up with a game every 5-10 minutes (I didn’t time it exactly – Monkey played the game 3-4 times over the course of the assessment).
The assessments placed Monkey at the upper end of the Kindergarten range for reading and at the low end of First Grade for math. This was about what I had been expecting for him, so I was happy with where the assessments placed him in the program. If I had felt that the assessments placed him in the wrong level, I had the option of contacting customer service and having them adjust the level.
Since Monkey was placed in a lower level for reading than math, I had him focus most of his time there. I felt that there was a good mix of easier lessons (that helped build his confidence) and more challenging lessons. Reading comprehension was the biggest struggle for him, since he tended to get distracted while the passage was being read to him. If the student doesn’t pass the lesson, it is repeated until they do pass it. This is one thing I would change about this program. I wish that it would only repeat it once, maybe twice, then move onto a different lesson and circle back at another time, rather than just repeat it endlessly until it is passed. It was frustrating for Monkey to have to repeat the exact same lesson and eventually he just memorized the correct answers, rather than actually mastering the information.
Monkey had a break through moment with K5 Math. He had been struggling with skip counting, he had trouble remembering the “patterns.” One day while working on his math lessons, he came running over and exclaimed “I can skip count! Listen!” and he went through his 10’s and 5’s without any problems. This is something that we had seriously been working on for months, practicing with songs and manipulatives and anything else I could think of. I wasn’t near the computer for this lesson, so I’m not sure what exactly made it click for him, but I’m glad that it finally has!
That leads to another great thing about K5 – Monkey was able to do it all with very little assistance. At the early levels, all instructions and text in the lessons are read to the student. It even walks them through where to click to have instructions repeated and how to complete each activity. All I needed to do was get Monkey signed in and then go about what I needed to get done. I used the time to either work with Booger individually with his preschool curriculum or do my own work.
K5 Learning’s Online Program was a great change of pace for Monkey. He was a bit disappointed that the themes of the assessments didn’t carry over to the actual lessons (the reading assessment was an underwater adventure and the math assessment was a space adventure) and he was frustrated that the transitions between activities/lessons sometimes took awhile to load. I appreciated the detailed assessment and progress reports and the flexibility to customize the learning plan. Overall, we enjoyed using K5 Learning‘s Online Program.
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