What is K5 Learning?
I tested this program out with Luke (newly 5 yo.) for this review. Before the child begins lessons the parents have the option of doing a placement assessment or just starting lessons at grade level. I opted to do the assessments for both reading and math. Luke tested at grade 1 in both. The assessments were very thorough but were also very lengthy for a 5 yo in my opinion. I also felt that he could not have independently completed them without me further explaining the instructions and following along with him. After the assessment I was given a report breaking down the areas tested in both subjects which seemed consistent across the board for him. Here is what an assessment report looks like.
The lessons are divided into 4 groups: Math, Reading, Spelling, and Math Facts. With Luke I did not use the math facts or spelling sections. In total there are over 3,000 math and reading lessons. The lessons progress in sequence and the student can't go back to easier previously completed lessons. The content of the lesson is used to the point of mastery and then they move on.
The lessons are not particularly fun but are very skill oriented and are broken down into short segments. You can check out the sample lessons here.
Pros and Cons
Pros: It is a safe- no advertisement site. Lesson plans can be set to reinforce certain topics child is currently working on. Parent can view reports to monitor the progress each child is making.
Cons: The math section is thorough but Luke did not like the voices used on some of the lessons and it drove him "crazy" he said. He also did not like that he had to wait so long to be able to chose the correct answer at times. The reading section definitely seemed set up to be a reinforcement of previously learned knowledge than and intro to new concepts. For an older child I can see this being a Pro vs a Con but for my new learner he did not feel there was enough introduction or follow through on each concept.
Overall I think this would be a great program for older more independent learners but for my little one it was not a good fit. Being a homeschool family we have the opportunity to explain and teach a concept until understanding before moving on and then to continue to incorporate review into the lessons. With mine being so young I think this may be something we could come back to in the future with more success.
How to try it out?
If you decide to purchase this program it is $25/mo for the 1st child and $15/mo for each additional. Or you can purchase it for $199/yr with each additional child being $129/yr.
I was provided a 6 week free trial in return for my honest review of K5 Learning. I was in no other way compensated for this review. This review reflects my honest opinion.