Recently, we were given the privilege to work with www.k5learning.com. We’ve been provided a 6 week free trial to explore their program.
First impressions when we began, were that the webpage was extremely easy to navigate. To me that is crucial, we only have so many hours in a day, so if a program doesn’t help us by being accessible, then it’s not plausible. We had no issues with this program. I easily registered him in a few short minutes. Then, he was ready to go.
I signed him up for the reading & math assessments. It is always good, especially between grading periods, to know exactly what’s being retained. I like the fact that you can also adjust the lessons by beginning, middle, & end of the school year. This will be of great assistance considering our school year is coming to a close.
We clicked on a sample lesson, choosing syllabification. We had a little jump of excitement here. Instead of simple phonics, we met Dr. Kumar as she journeyed to prehistoric times. She has a delightful accent! I was pleasantly intrigued by her explanation of syllables. She has fresh, new techniques & her animated character is not, in any way, ‘cartoony’. She was helpful, but not condescending. He appreciated that.
We have used the FastForward program & he much preferred this program to that one. FastForward tends to repeat lessons & especially questions, to the point where it’s boring. He stayed focused on her. She praises the child, but again, in a way that a parent would- as if she knew them.
I am also impressed with the variety of lessons. There are over 3,000. It’s not simply spelling or math. It’s geometry, phonics, etc. That is incredibly important to me. Academically, children are skipped around. For example, we went from division back to order of operations. These are covered in this program.
Best of all- there are no downloads! Plus to do a free trial, there’s no credit card required! Much like homeschooling, they work at their own pace. I love the fact that there are NO ads (thank you!) & you needn’t worry about who they’re talking to because there’s no chat option!
Altogether, I feel this program deserves an A+. It is not intimidating for a struggling student. Its animation is fun, but not corny with humor. The characters used are informative & real. I am not surprised that this program is being implemented in schools.
You can visit them at: http://www.k5learning.com/. They also have a blog, Facebook, & Twitter. We were given a 6 week free trial in the hopes that we would review this product. No other compensation was provided. We were under NO obligation to post a positive review or any review at all. Any other interest bloggers should contact them at their website.