During the summer months, and even throughout the year, a lot of families like to supplement their kids math and reading to keep it fresh. Or maybe to get them caught up in an area they may haven fallen behind during the school year. My daughter has been using an online program from K5 Learning for the past weeks to help her with her math and reading.
We received a six month subscription so we could tell you all about it.
You can get a free 14 day trial to check it out! With the trial, you have access to free math and reading assessments, as well as being able to do 14 days of free lessons. And, no credit card is required for the trial, so that’s nice. :)
If you decide you love it, you can sign up for a subscription. You can sign up for a month or a year, or somewhere in between. Your subscription will be good for up to 4 children.
Getting Started With K5
As the name implies, K5 Learning is for students in grades Kindergarten through five.
That being said, the lessons shown to your child are based on his or her abilities, not by age or grade. I personally love that. As most parents know, people (your children) don’t always fit into the same “box”, so to speak.
Before you begin lessons, it is recommended that your child takes the math and reading assessment tests so the program will be able to tailor the lessons to your child’s skillset. So, that is where my daughter started.
The assessment started off really easy and progressively got harder. There were questions towards the end of the test that my daughter had no clue of the answer. I reassured her this is the way the test is designed so the program knows what she knows.
The results of the assessments were emailed to me with a breakdown of where my daughter scored.
With the math assessment, I found out that she is above grade lever in ‘number and operations’, at grade level in ‘measurement’, and below grade level in ‘geometry’. So, she’s kind of all over the place! And, that’s okay. With K5 Learning, hopefully we can get her “caught up” in the geometry area.
She had pretty much the same results with the reading assessment, meaning her abilities were all over the place. The reading assessment is checking your child’s abilities in phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
Based on how she did on those assessments, the program tailored her lessons to the information she needed.
After the assessments are taken, when you log in you will have two buttons to choose from, either math and reading or spelling. Also on this page will be a set of worksheets the program offers so your child can have more practice. These are printable, not online like the rest of the program. I don’t like for my kids to spend lots of time online, so I love that there are printed pages we can give for extra practice and understanding.
In the spelling area, there is actually spelling and vocabulary. Since my daughter is not currently a strong reader, the vocabulary is too much for her unless I sit with her. In spelling, the program says a word and the child spells it.
After you click on “Reading & Math”, it will take you to a page that looks like this:
And then, of course, you would just click on whichever one you are wanting to work on first.
My daughter has really enjoyed this program. The lessons are not terribly long, so it’s easy to just add it to our day. So, I feel confident asking her to do it during the summer months. At the same time, I also feel confident asking her to do it during the school year as a math and reading supplement because, again, it won’t add much to her day.
And, as a homeschool mom with a lot already on her plate, it is super easy! I don’t have to plan anything out or grade anything. She just logs in and does the next lesson in line. And K5 Learning produces progress reports for me so I know how she’s doing.
Whether your child is behind or ahead, this program will help them excel!!
I highly recommend you watch this short video to help you learn more about it:
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