I was contacted by K5 to do a review on their reading and math computer program. I agree to give their program a trial with my two children, as I was considering changing math programs to a computer based program for my youngest anyway. Firedrake is actually in 6th grade but I had her try the assessment portion of the program to see where she fit in. I was very pleased with her results and she scored very well over all, showing the most deficit in the area of geometry, which makes sense since that is not heavily emphasized in our current math program. MarioFan also did well placing exactly where he should be 4th grade, except for 2 areas, geometry and phonics. We spent the next 6 weeks giving this program a thorough workout.
Over all the program is easily laid out and very simple to use. The fact that I didn't need to call tech support the entire time I used the program speaks volumes for the ease of use. Once I set the program up on the kid's computer they were able to log on and complete the day's assignments easily. The time spent on each assignment varied from 10 mins to 20 mins and that depended on the kids energy level on the day and how they understood the lesson.
|I was able to easily access the kids daily progress on the reports. I could easily see how they scored and what they were learning.|
|The graphics of this program are excellent and the speaking voice is very clear.|
|If there children needed addition assistance on the days lesson there were help buttons the re explained the lesson.|
|Firedrake tested out of 3 of the reading components but we placed her in the high 5th grade for reading and vocabulary simply to see how she would do.|
|Daily reports told me exactly how she was doing and what assignment were completed and the grade she received.|
|This daily log can be kept for your school records.|
|Progress reports also let me know how much time was spent on each lesson plan|
|and let me know when she had completed and passed the program levels.|
|IN just a few short weeks we saw documented progress for both MarioFan.|
In addition to the computer program the site has free worksheets for K through 5 for grammar, reading, cursive and math. They offered a free 14 day trial and several sample lessons for each grade so you can get a better feel for their services. There is an free assessment on their page. They do warn you that the assessment component of this program takes a little longer than the normal lessons do. My kids had no problems completing the assessment in one sitting.
Overall I really like this program! I am seriously thinking of continuing with this program thru the summer with my son and taking a break from our current math program. This program motivated my son and he was able to work thru problems that normally cause us great grief in our other math program.
If you would like to check out the program for your children please go to this website: K5 online
I was given a 6 week trial of this program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and comments are honestly given and are based on how my children felt and managed the program during the trial period.