Reviews & Testimonials
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Here is some independent reviews and user testimonials from families who have used K5. You might also want to check out our awards.
"In order for kids to be academically successful, it is absolutely essential that they learn how to read fluently and master basic mathematics. K5 learning helps kids practice their math facts and reading skills and keeps them interested while they learn. My own children have benefited greatly from this program and I'm happy to recommend it to other parents."
-- Michael Zwaagstra, M.Ed., public high school teacher, research fellow with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and co-Author of What's Wrong With Our Schools and How We Can Fix Them.
A great website to keep your child on their academic toes......The site keeps your child on a structured, customized lesson plan and gradually progresses as they demonstrate a mastery of various skills......... an ideal program and a good value.
-- The National Parenting Center (founded 1989). See full review.
Seriously, K5 Learning, an online reading and math program, was a lifesaver when I had to take my daughter to work in the office with me, and it’s helpful when I’m needing to get work done at home, also. It’s easy for her to do on her own, and I can easily monitor her progress on MY site as she finishes each lesson.
-- Jane Maritz. Mother to Esme and blogger. See full review.
What K5 Learning does best is harness the power of computers to individualize the level of difficulty for students as they practice essential skills in reading and math. Initially, students are placed according to the results from an assessment rather than strictly by grade level placement. Therefore a student advanced in one subject and possibly delayed in another will be placed appropriately in each individual area.
In addition, as students move along, the program adjusts placement according to success or the need for review. This is called "adaptive technology" and it is especially valuable to keep students engaged. and progressing during essential skills practice.
-- Diane Allen, homeschooling consultant. See full review.
The students all told me that they loved the program. They worked on it after school and from home. Then they wanted to use it during the school day too!
Don't let your child experience the summer learning slump! Whatever method you choose, make sure to keep up their skills and love of learning so that they will be prepared when school starts. K5learning is a engaging and interactive way to achieve that goal.
-- Diane Dahl, M.S. Ed, teacher & blogger. See full review.
Having a program where I knew that my daughter who has special needs was actually getting to work independently was a breath of fresh air. It was really great to be able to log in later and see what lessons she completed and how well she did on them.
-- Lori, mom and blogger. See full review.
According to the report, his math skills improved more than an entire grade level ...... if you're looking for a supplement program for your child, I would check out K5 Learning. It is both engaging and effective.
-- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. See full review.
I plan on recommending this program to parents of both my struggling students and my GT students this year. That way all kids can get the extra support that they need outside of the classroom. It's the perfect answer when parents ask, "What can I do to help?"
-- Amanda, Grade 4 teacher. See full review.
That's another huge benefit of K5: a parent can feel confident in the pre-arranged lessons and, thus, give a child independence...or she can be directly involved in setting things up; it works either way.
-- Tina Hollenbeck, blogger and mom of 3 girls. See full review.
The ability for kids to work at their own pace, and the fact that lessons can be individualized for each student, are big pluses.
-- Education World
K5 uses the information gathered in the assessment to get [kids] started at exactly their level. It also differentiates [the lessons] for them.... This is a great site for homeschooling parents, or even non-homeschooling parents, who simply want a supplemental resource.
-- Heidi, 1st grade teacher at an overseas American school. See full review.
Each program is customized for each individual child. This is the beauty of the program. Your child is working at his/her very own skill level, being challenged along the way as they progress. It is an opportunity for the child to work independently and the parents can view their progress reports at any time.
This is a fabulous program for those who want their children to develop these types of study skills early on, for those who want to continue to challenge themselves and get some extra practice on their math and reading skills outside of the school environment. This program is great for your child to use during the evening or on the weekends..and of course a little over summer break.
-- Dawn, mother of two and creator of Mom-A-Logues.
K5 is challenging for my very smart 10 year old, and he asks to do it every day. That thrills me. What's more is that I am sent progress updates, and can enter into my separate parental log in and see his results and assessments.
-- Jenny, blogger & mother of 4.
K-5 Learning is an academic website that teaches core skills in math, reading, and spelling.... a good value for those interested in a pure academic curriculum or parents hoping to avoid the summer slide.
-- Parents' Choice Foundation (founded 1978)
We have used some other online tutors and the colors were bright and the pages were so cluttered that it made it hard to learn, with K5 that is a non-issue. The program picks the lesson, the colors are traditional and the page is clear. The child gets to focus on the work without being concerned about everything else they need or want to do, to me that is genius. In keeping the page this way, it encourages diligence on the child's part and when walking away from the screen the child isn't overwhelmed wondering what the heck just happened.
--Ashley, blogger & mother of 5. See full review.
K5 doesn't just look at how old your child is or what grade they are in, they offer an assessment for both math and reading, and base your child's starting point on those results. If your child is more advanced than her age, then she will be able to start at that level, if she has areas that need a boost, she'll start there. Since there are separate assessment's for math and reading, your child can be at an upper level for one and a different point for the other. It's totally child specific. This is a wonderful benefit of K5 Learning.
-- Mona Lisa Smith, Mother of two
Overall, I found this to be a very thorough, well thought out program. It is very academic in nature, yet still retains a “fun” atmosphere which engages kids to want to play.
-- Jill Clark, mother of two & blogger. See full review.
A price definitely worth it when it comes to the unlimited education it can provide, and insight. I bet using such promising programs and keeping your kids in practice of always applying their school learned lessons, would actually lower costs for possible tutors in the future. I wouldn't even doubt it. Since my little man is entering Kindergarten soon all I can think about is giving him a HUGE head-start, hopefully this way it comes easier rather than harder, it is all about those first lessons right?
-- Eschelle, mother of two & blogger. See full review.
What I like about the site is that, while it is fun and engaging for the kids, it is not a game based learning site. There are no ads or distractions from the focus on learning. The kids can't click to choose only their favorite topics, it's all chosen for them, progressing them as they learn; this is something I particularly love, because in the past with educational gaming sites we've had issues for the kids to stay on the task I had set out for them to do.
-- Debbie, blogger and mother of 3. See full review.
This is not a site made up of games and entertainment. These are real lessons, created to improve vocabulary, speed, and comprehension.
The hard work has essentially been taken care of for you, the parent. It's rather simple for a child to navigate through the subjects, tests and assessments are provided, all while tailoring the lessons to each student's ability.
Should you feel the need to adjust the lessons to make them more or less difficult, that too can be arranged ;) We have found it to be a nice enrichment to reinforce our current program, and it has really improved my older daughter's speed ( in Math) particularly.
-- Laurie Gauger, mother of two, homeschooler and blogger. See full review.
We really enjoyed using this program. Like I've mentioned before we have a daughter who has many learning disabilities. She struggles with pretty much all aspects of learning. She would sit for hours using this program. Many of the vocabulary words were difficult for her. Even the ones in the early grades. But she was still determined to move through the lessons. I liked that there isn't a lot of "hoopla" within the program. Sometimes this becomes overwhelming for kids with learning disabilities. There is an even amount of "fun" within the program. In between the lessons the kids can play some pretty neat games.
-- Jennifer Brandes, mother of two.
I think K5 Learning is a great online Reading and Math program, especially if your child is a visual learner and enjoys online programs. The Assessment test is a wonderful tool to use to see your child's strengths and weaknesses and the results are easy to understand.
Thoughts of an 8-Year Old: I like K5 Learning's characters and fun games. In the vocabulary lessons, I like the Cool Character Club and the new vocab charts. The Cool Character Club's characters include Aiko, Winston, and more! Too bad we can't keep K5 learning, because I really, really like it!
-- Christine T., mother of one and blogger. See full review.
The kids each had their own log in and they worked on their own individual lesson plans. I liked that they could do this independently. Abbie, my kindergartener, has experience with the mouse, and she was able to work through her lessons completely on her own, following the directions and clicking on the answers. At one point, she was getting a little frustrated because she seemed to be doing the same lessons over and over. I sent an email to K5 and was promptly responded to. I am talking same day response (that was nice!) The email explained that she simply wasn't getting enough correct answers to move on. I liked that because we have had some experiences in the past where the kids were moved on in a program whether they were getting correct answers or not.
The kids thoroughly LOVED this program. They begged daily for K5 time and only stopped when I told them they were done. Each day they worked on math and reading and then worked on their math facts. Their hard work in this area was rewarded not only with games, but with a chart showing them their progress.
-- Laura Hoggard, mother of four, homeschooler and blogger. See full review.
I really like programs that allow you to fit the program to the child's needs. That's what K5 Learning allowed us to do and it has really benefited Joshua because of that.
Joshua has Asperger's syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum. One of the typical problems with many Asperger's kids is that they don't understand things like idioms and inferences. It's hard for them to "read between the lines" so to speak. Since K5 Learning allows you to pick out the different areas that you want your child to focus on, I chose all of the reading comprehension lessons from drawing conclusions to context clues to cause and effect to getting the main idea. You name it, if it involved reading comprehension that's what I assigned to him. Joshua really enjoyed the lessons with the modern "hip" characters. And, I really liked it because, although the characters were a little more modern and different than some programs use, they weren't disrespectful or they didn't say anything inappropriate or weren't dressed inappropriately.
-- Tim, father of three & blogger. See full review.
K5Learning provides an assessment test to get you started, and detailed progress reports. I liked the fact that the parent/teacher can assign the student specific lessons from ANY grade level offered in the program. Thus, if your student is ahead his/her grade level in English, but needs remediation in some math topic, you can choose a higher or lower level lessons for him/her.
-- Maria Miller, founder of homeschoolmath.net
The reason I love it is because my 7-year-old can be independent with it. It's just him and Rosie Jetson working out the math facts. I mean, I'm not all for robots replacing us as mothers, but...it's nice having Rosie Jetson's help with his homework sometimes. Lord knows she's horrible at helping me out around the house. The least she can do is help step up his reading skills.
-- Kelley, speech pathologist and blogger. See full review.
We noticed a HUGE improvement in their math skills ...... Its a new program but being new does not take away from the effectiveness of the program. They’re more edu-centric than most online programs but they are still fun and engaging for the kids. I love the fact that we can monitor the kids’ progress without keeping an eye on them all the time. The site is easy to navigate and kids(5 and 6) never really had a hard time navigating it. In fact, they managed to learn the ins and outs on their very first day.
-- JC, writer, web designer and mom.
[After using K5,] his teacher even noticed that he was more focused in school and he had less anxiety during work time in his class room.
-- Sarah, mother of 3 and contributing writer at A Time Out for Mommy. See full review.
In the reading section it was refreshing that it focused on the child’s level not the grade level. It was perfectly challenging for him and not frustrating. He was also able to work independently on these lessons without much help from me.
-- Michelle Fisher, mother of two
I think the big difference with this program versus others is the outstanding educational value. It has a clear emphasis on curricula based education. There are no games, entertainment, etc. It also has great assessments and monitoring for both the children and parents, which I liked. If you are looking for a serious education-focused program, it is definitely the way to go!
-- Kristin, mother of two and blogger See full review.
The program is engaging and my children look forward to their daily lessons. In fact, my 1st grade son consistently requests to use K5 Learning versus many of his other web based options. I also appreciate that while the program is designed so that the child works independently, I have access to comprehensive reports that give me detailed information about my child’s progress.
I also like that I don’t have to worry about any disruptive advertisements or external links so I can feel confident when my children are completing their reading, math and spelling work.
-- Maureen, a stay at home mom with 3 kids, See full review.
I also appreciate that there wasn’t any chat features, outside ads or links to other websites in this product. My children are social and if these were included I can guarantee they would have been using those features.
This is great for parents who are busy or who don’t want to be overseeing their child’s work – since K5 Learning does it – the monitoring, lessons, and even reports. The child works independently unless the parent needs to increase the timing of a program – which is good for the child who doesn’t get frustrated easily at the computer or sidetracked. These are full lessons, not just review, and there are over 3,000 tutorials and activities available on this fully online site.
-- Sarah Bailey, mother of four
Instead of simple phonics, we met Dr. Kumar as she journeyed to prehistoric times. She has a delightful accent! I was pleasantly intrigued by her explanation of syllables. She has fresh, new techniques & her animated character is not, in any way, ‘cartoony’. She was helpful, but not condescending. He appreciated that. ...
Altogether, I feel this program deserves an A+. It is not intimidating for a struggling student. Its animation is fun, but not corny with humor. The characters used are informative & real.
-- Devotedmommyof3, mother of 3 boys.
K5 Learning allows Dietrich to do school work while I focus attention on Madilynn or take care of laundry or cooking.
I don’t rely 100% on K5 Learning to do the job of teaching my child, but I am thankful that I finally found a tool that restores some balance to our school days and decreases the arguing about school exponentially!
-- Angela, Social Worker and mother of two. See full review.
Another great feature about K5 Learning is no games, tokens or other rewards need to be “earned” . It is refreshing to have the creators of an online learning program realize that all the “bells & whistles” are not needed to motivate learning. Learning itself is a great motivator as well as parental encouragement.
- Sharon, mother of 7 and blogger. See full review.
I liked that it was not a bunch of time-consuming "fluff." Every lesson was obviously tied to a useful objective. The lessons were not random, they were very structured and goal-oriented. As a family, we have tried quite a few online programs, and I have to say that this one is the most solid. I discovered that I prefer that completing lessons is not tied to playing games (that was distracting). My kids are happy just doing the learning activities. They don't need more games.
-- Heather Drinkwater, mother of five, homeschooler and blogger. Read full review.
I actually use this on my son who is 3 1/2. He LOVES it. He asks if he can do his "Lessons" almost daily. What I love is how simple it is to navigate. I can leave him totally on his own.
-- Erinn, mother of 3 boys and blogger.