K5 Learning Program Review – and a FREE 14-day Trial for You!

If you have children in your home from Kindergarten to 5th grade age, you may be interested in this…


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K5 Learning is an online study program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5.  They promote learning and build reading, math and study skills for children…skills that can last a lifetime.  You input your child’s grade/learning level, and they find age-appropriate activities for the students, creating a completely personalized program!  You can also have your children take an online assessment to see where they’re at.


I recently tried the K5 Learning program for my kids.  For those who do not know, these are my children:



Buddy Boy, age 6.  He’s in kindergarten.  He has autism and goes to a special-needs school.  He LOVES to read.


Buddy Boy does not generally enjoy the computer, but he had fun playing on this program a few times!  His favorite was the reading, which did not surprise me.  He loved the rhyming games and sounding out new words.  His reading level is advanced, and so we found that some of the stuff he worked on was easy, but honestly, he didn’t mind…in fact, it kept his enthusiasm high to feel successful!  K5 Learning does offer the opportunity to have your child take an online assessment to adjust the levels they are at if needed.




Munchkin, age 10.  She’s in 4th grade.  She’s been a straight A student all her life.  This year her school adopted a new math curriculum and program, and for the first time, she’s struggling with math.


Munchkin quickly found games that she loved.  Her favorite part was the multiplication math facts, and she really enjoyed creating her character!  Her enthusiasm didn’t last long, unfortunately. She would achieve a “goal” listed in one of the games, but her level never moved up, and so she felt cheated and disappointed.  I had been hoping she could not only build skills, but also confidence; unfortunately that did not happen.  She did still enjoy the math games, and always chose to play them first-thing whenever she got online.

She loved the reading and spelling games available.  I was extremely pleased with the spelling program, and we both had a good time coming up with new spelling words for her to try and spell.  It made the spelling fun, and I would add spelling words from her school list along with words I, myself, wanted to challenge her with.


My overall impression of the program is a good one.  If you have kids that love being on the computer, K5 Learning is a FANTASTIC option!  I love that they offer progress reports for the parents to keep them in the educational loop.  I think it could be a fabulous supplement to homeschooling as well, although since I’m not a homeschooling mom, I’m probably not qualified to say for sure. :-)

The pricing is a little high (in my cheapskate opinion), but if your child is going to use this every day to help them in their studies, I would definitely recommend it.

The best part is that you can try it out for yourself…FREE for 14 days!!  You can decide for yourself if it’s something that your children will enjoy and learn with.  Doesn’t get better than that!  I love being able to “test drive” products before making a long-term commitment!


To start your free trial, HEAD ON OVER…remember, it’s completely FREE for 14 days!  


*I received a free 6-week trial at K5 Learning in exchange for posting a review.  I received no monetary compensation.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.



GOAL – Parenting with Purpose, Family Meetings

Are you following Joanna’s Parenting with Purpose series? If not, you’re missing out.  If so, you know that I skipped this one.

My apologies.  It had nothing to do with the post, and everything to do with me not sharing sooner.

Either way, head on over and read all about it.  It’s a good one!

Just try and tell me your Munchkins aren’t worth it…I dare ya.:-)

Philanthropy Thursday – Click to Give

Have you ever heard of Click To Give?

If you’re anything like me, you’re gonna love it.  It’s an easy way to help others, AND yourself.  Seriously.  (Although we’re gonna focus on the helping others today.)

So, how does it work?  Basically, there are six categories of charitable causes on the site:  Animal Care, Feed the Poor, Stop Child Abuse, End Homelessness, Fight Cancer, and Sponsor Children.  Here’s what you do:

  1. You select which great cause you’d like to help from the menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Click to Give’ button associated with each organization.
  3. A click is then registered in our system of which every dollar made by the advertising shown, goes directly to that charity you were wanting to help.
  4. Points then get added to your account for clicking, and redeem them for free merchandise.

That’s it!  You sign up for this site (it’s free), and click on a cause to GIVE!  They even reward YOU with points.  You can actually turn around and donate those points back to them if you’d like.

Questions? (From their FAQ page)

How do you know the money is really going to the charities listed?

All the charities listed on this site are given the direct login details to the advertising agent responsible for supplying the actual advertising to This allows them not only the reassurance that every dollar goes directly to them but also gives them access to real time reporting as the funds are being generated by your clicks. All monies created by your clicking is then sent directly from the advertising network itself to the listed charity. . You will also notice testimonials scattered throughout the site.

How did you choose which charities to support on this site?

We did a poll on many other sites, contacted homes and read reports on literally 100’s of charities, and the ones we chose seemed to be the names/org’s that needed the support, were very respected and of course do some GREAT things that really do help.

Does clicking every day REALLY help??

YES YES YES, every click helps make a difference, so we really hope you find it in your heart to visit daily, click to give and help some of the most respected organizations in the world. After all, it’s really as simple as a click!

So there you have it.  Head on over and start making a difference today!

GOAL – Parenting with Purpose 3 comments

Have you been to Joanna’s blog, Creating Better Habits, lately?

If not, you need to head on over there.  She’s written an extremely heartfelt post about parenting with purpose, and about doing right by our children, and by ourselves…and doing it without drowning in guilt.

Please head on over when you get the time.  You’ll be glad you did.:-)

Review and Giveaway – Progress Cards! 17 comments

All right parents, teachers…I have a question for you. What things would you like to help your child or student achieve? What goals would you like to see them setting? What challenges would you like to see them overcome?

And most importantly, HOW to you plan to help them to accomplish these things?

I have one fantastic option/solution: Progress Cards

What are Progress Cards?  Here is some info:

Created by Scott Ertl, elementary school counselor since 1996, Progress Cards were made to help record effective strategies for specific behaviors and issues.  Recognizing that we are all “Works In Progress,” Scott strives to empower children to do 4 things:

1. Believe in yourself. You can truly accomplish whatever you put your mind to. 2. Seek out mentors to ask for help, encouragement, and support. Listen to them.
3. Stay aware of what you are working to improve.
Recognize and celebrate your progress along the way. 

4. When you get off track and make mistakes, learn from them.


Progress Cards provide:


Specific ways to feel better (Learn to manage and express anger, fears, jealousy, sadness…)
Effective (Learn how to get better grades, make money, get stronger, improve self-confidence…)Realistic suggestions (Learn to deal with divorce, bullies, testing, death of a loved one…)Simple to follow and implement (Daily homework, morning, bedtime routines…)

My Thoughts:

Progress cards are fantastic!  Do not be fooled by their simplicity.  The very fact that they are easy to use and a simple tool makes them that much more effective.  My 8-year old daughter absolutely LOVED browsing the more than 60 “categories” and choosing which specific areas she wanted to set goals in.  She chose to focus on “cheering up” when she gets down (and bless her emotional heart, she gets down a LOT).  By keeping that card close by, we were able to implement suggested strategies immediately upon recognizing a bad mood coming on (her favorite strategies?  To have someone tell a joke, and to do a silly dance with mom).  After just one week of doing this, I’m seeing Munchkin implement strategies to cheer herself up without any prompting from me, and I can’t tell you how it warms my heart!

My son just turned 4, and as you may know, he has autism and doesn’t have much in the way of language.  I was sure he wouldn’t participate in using thse cards, but to my surprise, he has enjoyed them too!  Instead of checking things off, he receives a sticker to put on his card each time he implements a new strategy.  We’re focusing on lowering stress for him, because he’s been a stressed out little dude for years, and no one has yet found a solution for him.  While it’s been slow, I’ve begun to see some progress in this area already, and it thrills me to no end!  Who would have thought? :-)

There are over 60 areas that you can access strategies for, and that is something that has impressed me.  If I can be completely honest, I think ADULTS (myself included) can benefit from many of the strategies!  (hello, healthy eating tips!)  I’m gonna print myself up a few cards to work on, and do it with my children.


*So, now that you know how awesome these things are, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?  First of all, **EVERYONE** gets something freetoday!  Scott has very generously offered my readers TWO FREE Progress Cards for download, Friendship Skills and Sportsmanship Tips!  You can get them HERE.



The freebies aren’t done yet.  Scott has also offered you lucky ducks a free Progress Book that you can download to help children identify current strengths and set goals.  Get that HERE.



Get the entire Progress Cards Set!  Available for purchase at Progress for $34.99, or you can purchase the cards individually for 99 cents each.


You can win the entire set!  Yep, one lucky winner will receive the entire Progress Cards Set ($34.99 value) to download for FREE!  Want to enter?  Here’s how:

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