It was a tough meeting with my son’s preschool teacher. “Your son has some social awkwardness AND is completely uninterested in academics.” I had that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. The social awkwardness was a total surprise to me and made me worry. But I knew that I could at least help in the academics department by doing some work at home. Thankfully I introduced him to K5 Learning (www.k5learning.com), an online reading a math program for kids from Kindergarten though 5th grade. I was a little worried that my 4 year-old wouldn’t be old enough (or interested enough) to benefit from this type of online education, but my little guy put all my concerns aside after I introduced the program to him one afternoon after school.
The program starts with an online assessment of your child’s reading and math skills. Then kids can work independently at their own pace. I wasn’t sure if my son could be trusted at the computer on his own….but with two younger kids in the house I pretty much left him to explore on his own while I kept his siblings away from the computer. I would check on him every now and then, and he was doing great! The lessons are animated and the instructions are simple enough even for preschoolers to understand. My son was even able to stop at the end of a lesson and switch from reading to math or vice versa. His teacher even noticed that he was more focused in school and he had less anxiety during work time in his class room.
One of the most difficult things for me as a parent is to see my child struggle. When my son was younger I would step in and help, opening a snack, getting the drawing supplies out for him, helping him get dressed and undressed, but now that he’s in school full-time I’m not there to help him with his struggles. K5 learning was founded by parents who wanted better learning tools for their kids at home, which is exactly what I was looking for. To find out more at K5 Learning go to www.k5learning.com.