If you know me on a personal level, then you know that I have “at least” two children who struggle in school. Really, I don’t get it. School for me was always easy as fried pies so when I discovered that I had given birth to children who need extra help in the classroom I was dumbfounded. Let’s not even start on the blame game I enacted on myself in a failed attempt to figure out how they got this way. Not enough prenatals? Too much scaly fish? Nope. I’m thinking it had more to do with genetics and personality more than anything else.
(Scaly fish? That’s a reference to a letter the Mother Trucker sent me when I was pregnant.)
But here’s the hard and bold truth: Even though my oldest has received instructional help since he was three years old in our school district, as a fourth grader he mostly grasps the educational concepts of a 1st and 2nd grader. I can’t even explain how this is true because I believe and I have Mother’s Proof that my child is a very bright and intelligent person. Another truth is that sitting down with my kid and explaining math and reading concepts to him every day after school is torture–for us both.
Last week K5 Learning approached me with the opportunity to review their fun and educational online program to review for six weeks free of charge with two of my children. I had my oldest and youngest children complete K5 Learning’s online math and reading assessments which then placed my children according to their educational learning level instead of their grade level. Because my children are assessed at school I already “knew” where they should be placed so I was surprised when K5 Learning’s results were the same.
For the next six weeks my children will be participating in the K5 Learning online program. I will be writing a review of K5 Learning’s program after the six week free trial they have given me. So far my boys are enjoying the online lessons.
K5 Learning is an online reading and math program for kids from kindergarten through grade 5. Their 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 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)
Interested in learning more? Then visit K5 Learning HERE. They are also currently offering a FREE 14 day trial of their program to everyone.
K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I’ve been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program.