Essential Skills Advantage (ESA) is an online subscription based program that is designed to supplement your child’s learning.
Over the last few weeks, my youngest two kids have had the opportunity to review their Complete Home Learning Suite.
All about ESA
The Complete Home Learning Suite includes every program that Essential Skills Advantage offers, which includes:
- ESA K – 6 Reading Program
- Premium Spelling, Language, Grammar & Creative Writing Suite
- Complete Math K – 6
- Science: Comprehensive K-3
- Geography: Comprehensive 4-6
- ESA Marks Manager
This program can be used whether your kids school at home or in a school setting. In fact, ESA is in over 20,000 schools!
Most of their programs go up to a 6th grade level, with the exception of science, which goes up to a 3rd grade level.
The program is a one year subscription and it is self-paced.
It is designed so that each child has access to all levels of every subject offered. So, your child can do 4th grade math and 3rd grade grammar. Further, she can do 4th grade addition and 3rd grade subtraction, if necessary. Your child can jump around to whatever level he/she needs for any subject!
How We Use ESA to Supplement our Homeschool
My 6th grader and 2nd grader are the children in our house that have been using the Complete Home Learning Suite.
They have been using it 3-4 days a week to practice math, mostly. Although, they did some things in other areas as well. For example, my son dabbled in the grammar and geography sections and my daughter did some lessons in the reading section.
When they first log on, they choose their subject, then the grade, and then a program within that subject and that grade level. For example, my son would select Math, then grade 6, then he could choose between “Math Operations 6” or “Number Concepts 6”. He mostly stayed in Math Operations. Once in that area, he could choose activities in addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.
When he did geography, grade 6, he could choose between 4 programs: Map and Globe Skills, World Geography, American Geography, and Canadian Geography.
Once in one of those programs, it is then broken down even more. In American Geography, there are 42 activities for learning the state names, 47 activities for learning state capitals, 14 activities about other major cities, 7 activities for bodies of water, 5 activities regarding physical regions, 5 activities on biomes, 7 activities to learn about time zones, 8 for natural landmarks and 8 for human landmarks.
I had my kids work on math lessons for about 30 minutes each day just to help them master those concepts and get extra practice.
I think this program has definitely helped my kids with their math facts and understanding of math concepts. We plan to continue using it on a daily basis to solidify the math facts.
Information at a glance:
For whom? Grades/Levels K through 6
How much is it? There are a few options: (all packages have a .99 fee per additional student added)
- $7.99 per month, per student
- $12.99 per month for up to 10 students
- $39.99 for 6 months for one student
- $69.99 for 6 months for up to 10 students
- $69.99 for one year for one student
- $129.99 for one year for up to 10 students (Note: if you are using this for a few of your children, you wouldn’t need this option, you would just do the $69.99 plus .99 for each additional child.)