K5 Learning Review

Reading and Math Enrichment for K-5

First of all, I know it's been a very long time since I have done any blogging or reviews - so a big "Welcome Back" to all of the readers at The Maxwell's Madness! - both new and old!

I was recently given the opportunity to review K5 Learning, which is a wonderful online learning program for Kindergarten through 5th Grade level math and reading skills. We were given a 6 week free trial to evaluate this program and while we didn't use it at much as I would have liked, we really enjoyed it and found it to be a useful learning tool for my 4 year old daughter.

So, what is K5 Learning? This is really an enrichment program - a sort of supplemental study program that would be suitable for after school study or as part of a homeschooling curriculum. The program focuses on building math, reading, and study skills. There are four basic modules: K5 Reading, K5 Spelling, K5 Math, and K5 Math Facts. 
"K5 Reading helps kids become strong readers and develop a love of reading. This award-winning program covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension."
Reading Lesson: Story focusing on Compare/Contrast
Beginning with exercises as simple as identifying both lowercase and uppercase letters and moving all the way through sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension, the K5 Reading Module proved to be a useful and fun tool for my beginning reader. My daughter is only 4, but really enjoyed the exercises she did, especially the sight word exercises. Seeing as she is not even in Kindergarten yet, we selected the lowest level for her to start at - but if we wanted to, we could have taken a simple Reading and Math Assessment, which would have placed her at the appropriate level of the program based on her results.  

K5 Spelling is an advanced vocabulary program which improves language skills one word at a time. We feature adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, an optimized visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.
 We really liked that the spelling words were chosen based on her previous progress in the K5 Learning program. She got to hear the word, see or hear it's context in a sentence, and even see a picture of what she was trying to spell so she could not only learn to spell the word, but learn its meaning as well. This also helped her to improve her typing skills - finding the letters on the keyboard was as much fun as learning to spell the simple words that she was presented with. 
K5 Math is an award-winning program which builds self confidence and a deep understanding of math concepts. K5 Math covers numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.
Math Lesson: Addition and Subtraction
The Math lessons were my daughters favorite. She is loving math wherever she can find it, and this was right up her alley. The visual number line on many of the counting and math lessons really helped her to better understand the simple addition and subtraction. My only issue with this module is that some of the graphics seemed a bit crammed - as you can see in the above photo, the numbers in the math box have been clipped. Thankfully, my daughter wasn't really phased by this at all!  
K5 Math Facts uses adaptive technology to help kids develop instant recall of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Progress on each and every math fact is monitored until mastery is obtained.
Math Facts Test List
We did not delve too far into the Math Facts module because it ended up being a bit frustrating for my daughter. It starts out very simple, with easy math that she already knows, but what was frustrating was that these tests are also looking for speed to get that 'check plus' mark. She is still slow to type her answers in and was not getting good scores as a result, regardless of whether or not she answered correctly. Little did I know that this setting can be changed to give early learners as much time as they need to master these skills. In fact, there are many settings that parents can adjust as needed or to their preference in the parent login area. Ultimately, the math facts are a great tool for learning the basics, and the program helps to monitor your child's progress with a lovely chart that makes it easy to see where more work is needed. 

Math Progress Chart
All in all, this is a very nice program. The self-paced nature of the program allows your child to move through the 3,000+ lessons at their own speed. And the program automatically choses lessons based on your child's progress in previous lessons. We liked the simple graphics, which were both educational and engaging yet not distracting for my daughter. We especially liked that there were no external links, forums, or chat areas that she could stumble into and potentially get off track or into other parts of the internet that we would not want her visiting. My daughter also loved that she had her very own login username and password!

If you are interested in seeing more and perhaps giving K5 Learning a try, you can sign up for a 14 Day Free Trial
Your free trial includes: Free Reading and Math Assessments, 14 Days of Free Lessons, No Obligations, and No Credit Card Required.
If you would like to purchase a subscription to K5 Learning for your online learner:
Monthly Rate: $25/month for the first child; $15/month for each additional child
Annual Rate: $199/year for the first child; $129/year for each additional child 

If you decide to subscribe, please remember to let them know you were referred by Heidi Maxwell at The Maxwell's Madness!
 Disclosure: I received a free 6 week trial of K5 Learning in order to write this review. No other compensation was received.



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