I am a "hands-off" homeschooling teacher. I don't mean that in a negative way, but with four small children at home, being involved in every step of my kids' schoolwork is really impossible. I depend on my kids to do much of their work independently and for us to discuss things that they may having problems with. I consider myself the "crowd management police." I direct kiddos where to go and what to do but depend on them to do it.
K5 Learning and their online program was founded by parents for home use.
K5 Learning is not just a homeschooling program. It is also for kids who are in school!!
They adhere to the idea that children are sponges and learning can occur rapidly at this young age. However, they also believe children learn best at their own pace. They created this program by combining interactive online lessons and custom worksheets creating a great combo of learning. (This is the part I love THE MOST about the program!)
My three oldest children participated in the program. The first thing they did was to take a placement test. This took approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. When it was done, I received a report on my kids. I was so excited to get this report so that I could understand where my kids were in relation to the "normal" school-aged child.
In reading I was told where they ranked (grade level) in:
- Phonemic Awareness
- Sight Words
- Reading Comprehension
In math I was told where they ranked (grade level) in:
- Number and operations
For each one of these I was told whether they were:
- Above grade level
- At grade level
- Below Grade level
- Mastered (if they had mastered then they are exempt from that item altogether)
(Please excuse my boys and dog having a sword fight in the other room.)
Approximately three times a week, I had my kids do the program. They would log-in themselves, and then spend approximately 20 minutes in:
The spelling offers you the option of using the words they already have or creating your own spelling tests!
I know it is so hard to decide whether you want to spend the money on a program. This program is $15 a month for one child. If you want to have more children, it is $25 a month. While I really think this amount of money is worth it, I love that you can try the program for 14-days completely free! This includes a free assessment of your student. (Honestly I would try the program just to see where you child ranks. It was so fantastic to be told what grade level they were performing it in so many different areas!)
As always, do not hesitate to reach out to me and ask me any and all questions you have about this program. It's a great one!
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