Sunday, March 4, 2012
Review: K5 Learning
K5 Learning provides is a single online program that provides instruction and practice for four major subject areas -- reading, math, math facts, and spelling.
I found a lot that I liked about K5 Learning. My kids both started by using the assessment to place them at a correct level. From there, they moved through lessons that were appropriate to their skills. In addition, I could assign lessons that I thought they needed to be working on. I was impressed with the number of different topics that were covered in the reading section, especially in the lessons available for my fifth grader. He worked on fact vs opinion, and I also assigned lessons on context clues, making inferences, and finding the purpose of a selection. For math, I found every topic that I think I'd ever need. I particularly liked the way that I could choose lessons from a lower grade level if I needed to have him do extra practice or if I noticed some learning gaps that needed to be filled.
Unfortunately, my kids were not huge fans of this program. Brennan, especially, found it annoying because it was too talkative. The introductory information about the lesson often lasted so long that he lost focus and completely quit paying attention. He was also frustrated because wrong answers sometimes had a lengthy phrase that was repeated before he could try again. Even worse, in his mind, was that the right answers sometimes reread the answer he had just picked or gave an unnecessary explanation.
Once again I'm reminded that computerized learning doesn't often work well for Brennan. I was able to check the parent records to see when he had (and hadn't) done the assignments, but in the end, I spent a lot of my time reminding him to get on the computer and to do enough of the lesson for it to count as completed. I would rather have spent that time reading a book with him.
You can find out more information about what K5 Learning offers for your child on their website. A subscription costs $25 per month for the first child and $15 for additional children; they have discounted prices for a one-year subscription. Right now they also offer a 14 day free trial.
If you'd like to hear how much the other members of the review crew thought about K5 Learning, please visit The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew blog here.