Getting Started Guide

Welcome to K5 Learning

Your child can login and get started on lessons anytime!

Initially, your child's reading and math lessons will be set at his grade level.

After your child has got used to the system, we recommend that he does his reading and math assessments, to place him at a level of instruction corresponding to his individual skills.

After each lesson, your child will be presented with custom worksheets they can print and do offline, if they wish.

As your child does their lessons, you monitor their progress.

Check out our Help Videos.

12 Tips for Parents

1.  Sit with your child through the first few lessons
Help him get used to the navigation and understand the programs.

2.  Good audio is Important
Use quality speakers, or even better: a good pair of headphones. This is particularly important for the phonemic awareness and phonics lessons and K5 Spelling.

3.  Try to have your child work in a dedicated area free of distractions

4.  Stick to a regular routine
A minimum of 3 sessions a week is recommended; many kids use K5 daily. Having a regular time of day for studying is helpful. Parents often insist on K5 before TV, video games, internet, etc.

5.  Frequent, shorter sessions are good
Kids retain information better from shorter sessions. Individual K5 lesson segments are usually less than 10 minutes long, so there is great flexibility. If your younger child has a short attention span, you may want to start him off with a single lesson per day.

6.  ‘Johnny, do two math and one reading today’
Most people find it’s better to tell their child to do a specific number of lessons, rather than a specific amount of time. That way, the more efficiently the child works, the sooner he gets to playtime.

7.  Variety is ‘the spice of life’
Combining different K5 programs is more effective than one long episode of the same program. A grade 2 student may do one math (segment), one reading lesson, one math facts lesson and one spelling quiz in a half hour. You can break a session up any number of different ways and vary the routine from day to day.

8.  Start off with K5 Reading and K5 Math
Children as young as 4 years old can use K5 Reading and K5 Math successfully. Our assessments will place your child at the appropriate place within these programs.

9.  K5 Spelling - wait until grade 1 or 2
K5 Spelling should be started after a child has gained some confidence in reading simple texts on their own, typically in grade 1. Prior to this, he or she is better off focusing on their phonemic awareness and phonics development.

10.  Let your kids work independently
The system is designed for independent student use. One of the great benefits of independent study is developing the ability to meet challenges and ‘work things out’ on your own. In the long run, this will help your child develop an important degree of self reliance and confidence.

11.  Balance online and offline learning
We provide custom worksheets with each of our lessons for further offline exploration and practice.

12.  Be there for the ‘Aha!’ moment
There will be times when your child really does get stuck. Not every lesson or even every week. But sometimes a particular concept just won’t click. Then it’s time for mom or dad to help their child over the hump. Seeing the light go on makes it all worthwhile.