TOS K5 Learning
It’s a good thing that Cheyenne loves doing school on the compute; we’ve been blessed with several interesting sites for her to try out this year. Her latest foray has been into the land of K5 Learning.
K5 Learning is a web subscription service comprised of four subject areas:
- Reading - to create strong readers and foster a love of reading. It covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
- Spelling - an advanced vocabulary program designed to improve language skills one word at a time, it features adaptive instruction, automatic word generation, an optimized visual interface, and a 150,000+ word database.
- Math - increases self-confidence while building a deep understanding of math concepts such as numbers and operations, geometry, measurement (including time and money), algebraic thinking and data analysis.
- Math Facts – progress is monitored on individual math facts until mastery is obtained on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Unsurprisingly, K5 Learning is for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th. They do plan to add a full set of grade 6 curriculum within a few months, followed by grade 7, but it is intended primarily for students in grades 4-5 who are working ahead of grade level. They do not recommend that students who are currently doing work above a 5th grade level start the trial and take the assessment test, as it will not provide the most accurate results.
This means that Cheyenne’s been at the top end of the spectrum, but that’s ok – she’s adaptable and aware it’s for a review, and she’s not the type to stress over parts that seem too easy, anyways – she’ll just enjoy the momentary respite, and keep going.
K5 Learning recommends that students use the program at least two days a week, and finds that most families use it 2-4 days a week, though many students will use it daily. It’s also suggested that shorter, more frequent sessions are more effective than fewer long ones – quite reasonable, especially when dealing with younger elementary age students. Cheyenne averaged five days a week, and seemed to make a reasonable amount of progress in that manner.
Originally created as an afterschool supplement to public schooling, K5 Learning works well as an interactive, fun addition to any homeschooling program. K5 Learning is designed to assess each student’s skills and then adapt to meet each student’s needs. Kids are able to work independently, while parents receive complete progress reports.
Something I did wish to point out: though K5 Learning was designed to be supplemental, it is not limited to review. The program includes instruction, so that students can be exposed to new material that they have not yet covered in their regular curriculum.
K5 Learning is easy to use. It’s totally web-based; there are no downloads and nothing to install. Another plus – kids can log in wherever they are, no need to wait til their home at “their” computer. More and more these days, we find ourselves in town, waiting for a sibling or three to get done with a meeting – with a laptop, there are plenty of places we can hang out at that have wifi.
K5 Learning offers a 14-day risk-free trial offer, with free math and reading assessments, and no credit card required.
Monthly subscription to K5 Learning is $25; addition children are $15 each. For a greater discount, a yearly subscription may be purchased, $199 for the first child, or $129 for each additional child.
To see what other crew members had to say, check out the TOS Homeschool Crew blog post, K5 Learning.
**I received this product for free as a member of the 2011-12 The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew so that I could provide you with an honest review of it by our family.**