“It’s just that age she’s at, she’ll calm down more over the next year”.
That’s the phrase I’ve been hearing from family, friends, day care instructors and activity coordinators since about the time Cyanne could walk. 5 years later, and the changes are pretty minimal. Since I’ve never been one to live in denial, I faced the facts…
She’s just hyper.
Not really much of a surprise since I was the exact same way as a child. My parents, of course, find it hilarious and laugh at the irony of the situation. Naturally, it’s funny for someone who doesn’t have to deal with her constant lack of focus and consistent, overbearing, seemingly non-stop supply of energy each and every day. I guess that’s where her Kindergarten teacher and I agree… She really needs to focus.
The thing about kids like Cy is that they’re usually pretty intelligent. Speaking with her, you’d think you’ve encountered someone well past her years. Her use of grammar is superb, and her critical thinking capabilities often leave me stunned. The problem is, she learns when SHE wants to. She pays attention when SHE feels it’s pertinent, and patience? Not in her vocabulary. That’s why my Husband and I were in search to find something to make her sit STILL!
When K5 Learning reached out to me and requested a review, in exchange for a 6 week trial of their learning program, I didn’t expect much. The program looked great, but keeping her still for long enough to actually gain anything from it… yeah right.
Insert foot in mouth here….
I was dead wrong.
I’ve been trying to put my finger on it, and I’m thinking it must be the combinations of fun colors, music, games and sounds in the lessons. Whatever it is, Cyanne LOVES doing K5 learning. Math and Reading. The child that won’t sit still, somehow get’s engrossed for hours when doing her lessons on the computer. Not to mention her computer skills in general have greatly improved since beginning the program.
A few things I love about it:
– Assessments: There are structured assessments for both Math and Reading that gauge your child’s level in various programs. While the assessment is taken by the child within the program, the results are mailed directly to the parent’s email address. Cyanne’s results seemed spot on with the strengths I’ve observed in her. They ranged from Kindergarten Level to Mid First Grade Level, across the various subjects.
-Custom Spelling Words: I love that you can enter your own spelling words into the program. These words will be incorporated into your child’s spelling lessons.
– I really wish there was a way to incorporate sight words, like there is spelling. They use sight words at Cyanne’s school, and it would be neat if those could be brought up often in her reading lessons. I tried entering them as spelling words, but it seems those don’t transfer over to the reading portion.
All in all, I think this is a GREAT program, and I highly recommend it. The fact that it can hold my child’s attention for soo long is a true testament to it’s greatness. She’s also made a lot of progress, and seems to be leveling up on the program quite quickly. I look forward to seeing where she continues to go with this program!
View Cyanne’s take on K5 Learning in the video below:
Any tips for helping overly active children focus? Not too proud to beg!
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