Summer and learning? Yes, learning! I hear a collective moan from all children everywhere but, the K5 Learning program is actually quite fun and this is coming from my reluctant eight (and three quarters) tester. He is going into the third and is struggling in some areas. The timing of this program is perfect!
My then third grader, started with the assessment testing to determine where he fell in the program. It is broken down into low grade level, within the grade level, and above grade level. Once he completed it we were emailed when the results were in and received another email to let me know that his grade level was adjusted. He scored within his grade level for reading and below for math. This still seems odd to me because in school it is the opposite but once I saw what they were teaching I understood.
I sent a request to change levels for him when I saw what the results were but they were already in the process of doing it! So on the top. I also must say that there communication is top notch! Have a question - email and they respond!
My almost fourth grader has been working at his own pace for the last few weeks and is coming along nicely. The easy to read reports break down what he is doing, how he is doing, and how long he worked on something. It did take me a while to catch on that completing an activity was not the same as finishing the lesson so when I would log into the reports I wondered what was going on.
In between some lessons a traffic guy will come up and ask if you want to stop. My kid will always pick stop but it is not the end of the lesson. The program will pick up exactly where it was stopped so he can't go back (or forward) without completing the lesson.
Speaking of lessons, you can assign lessons. My son needs the most help in multiplication and division and not so much with weights and measures so the lessons I assigned reflect that and he only does what he needs help in.
So much of the site is personalized from the avatar that goes through the program for your kid to creating spelling lists and even adjusting length of time for math facts. The program is challenging but gives the kids the tools and incentive to keep going and stay on track. They don't award tickets to buy crap on a virtual store which is just a time suck but they do keep my kid engaged when he would rather be doing anything else.
K5 Learning provides sample lessons to try before you buy plus free printable worksheets for all to download and print without obligation. You can tell that they want you and your child to succeed.
I am pretty impressed with this program and my son feels empowered when I don't have to micromanage his extra learning activities. No one wants to do extra homework and K5 Learning makes learning more enjoyable.
I received the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.