I’d like to introduce you to LearningPalette.com which is a product from Learning Wrap Ups, I was given a full online family subscription for all levels of the reading and math LearningPalette.com for a full year and up to 5 people for the purposes of this review. A free demo is available on the LearningPalette.com site and I strongly urge you to take advantage of it and try it – I know you’ll be having as much fun as we’ve been having. If you are familiar with Learning Wrap Ups then the online LearningPalette.com should be easy to master and learn to use, even if you’re not (we had never used Learning Wrap Ups before) it’s easy to get it figured out and begin on your way to learning fun. LearningPalette.com provides 35 math titles and 20 reading titles which provides over 7,000 questions in a fun, interactive and game-like medium that most children will respond to and enjoy using. The self-correction feature gives immediate feedback to children in grades K-5th and allows children to work at their own pace, no pressure.
I’m going to do my best to explain what exactly one does with LearningPalette.com – after logging in – your screen will show a math tab and a reading tab, you or your child will chose which one to work on, one or both. After choosing the subject you’ll then select the level, math has basic and levels 1-5 to chose from and reading has basic and levels 1-3 to chose from – after that you’ll have some other choices such as in reading you have: alphabet, beginning consonants, vowels, rhyming words and beginning vocabulary. Once you chose the level and title you will be asked to select the card for basic, alphabet there are 12 cards ranging from things like match the letters, match the upper case to the lowercase, find the missing letter and more. Once you or your child chose the card to work on click load and you’ll be taken to the card so that your child can begin working. There is also the option to download the common core correlations if that is something you need for your home or school and to view progress reports.
On the left side of the screen once it loads your child will see colored discs – there are solids discs and ones with holes in the center – which will match up to the palette. So for find the missing letter card you’ll see a solid yellow disc and then e,_,g and your child will have to match the missing letter which is f so they will move the solid yellow disc into the empty area under f. I hope this makes sense, if you try the free demo I’m sure it’ll make more sense – I know when I first started using it that it took me a few tries to get it all figured out just right so I could explain it to my easily frustrated 7 year old, although my 12 year old picked up the matching easily. Once done you’re child can click on check answers and it will automatically grade, if it’s right they’ll be a check mark and if it’s wrong there will be an x and your child can correct their answer, if you have filled in all the spaces a window will pop up asking if you’re finished and you can then click yes or no. Clicking yes will grade and you’ll be able to see how long it took to complete the palette, how many were right, and options for trying again, going back to the menu to select another card, review or go automatically to the next card.
We used this as a supplement to our other curricula and I had either myself or my oldest daughter working alongside my son (my middle daughter doesn’t care much for online products, but I did create an account for her) and we just worked on various cards as he wanted. I’d ask him if he wanted math or reading and then tell him which cards were available. Since he’s 7 I had him stay with the basic and level 1 in math and basic for reading – and he had fun and did very good and he enjoyed being able to check his own work and re-do it without me having to hover over him while he corrected wrong match-ups. He also enjoyed using LearningPalette.com because we just purchase a new compute for school that has a touch screen so instead of using a mouse he was able to use his finger to move the colored discs around on the palette, giving a bit of tactile learning experience. If you’d like to use this for your children you can get a one-year subscription for up to 5 people for $59,99 and if you use the coupon code HOMESCHOOL you’ll receive a 20% discount when you order. We thoroughly enjoyed this online math and reading program and for us it was a great supplement to what we were already learning in our other work (or my son) and you can connect with Learning Wrap Ups on Facebook and Twitter.
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