Studyladder

Website review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Wide-ranging hub for lessons in nearly every subject.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic skills in 10 subjects; each subject has up to hundreds of activities. Some subjects contain more content than others; clicking on "Art Guides" yields a single activity, but "Famous Artists in European History" is chock-full. Kids also can learn good study habits, and, by seeing quiz results, they'll know where they need to improve for school. Studyladder is a solid place to go when your kids need practice beyond what they're getting in class.

Positive Messages

Studyladder supports and encourages kids' studying in nearly all subjects; kids will want to return for the fun and the learning.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Although Studyladder avatars aren't overtly sexualized, they're highly gendered and look a lot like Bratz dolls (come-hither eyes, exaggerated curves). It's important to appeal to modern kids, but these avatars are a bit much, especially for Studyladder's target audience.

Language
Consumerism

If you want to add fun stuff to your avatar (a big deal to kids!) and have access to all content, you must upgrade to the full package.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Studyladder is a website offering a wide range of lessons for kids age 4-12. If you choose to use the free-access program, be aware that it's fairly limited compared to the paid program. However, it's still a good resource for homework supplements or summertime educational activities.

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Adult Written byLucy R. November 4, 2017

a bit sexist

My daughter really enjoys this and we've only just started using it. However, I am immediately struck by the bias in the characters she can choose to battl... Continue reading

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What's it about?

STUDYLADDER is a website that features lessons on a wide variety of subjects for kids in pre-K through 6th grade. From math to literacy, science, music, art, culture, health, and even citizenship, it's all here. The site also includes some interactive games, videos, and other content. Schools and teachers get access to Studyladder's full program for free, which is great. However, if homeschoolers or families want the full program, there's a yearly fee. The site is easy to search; grade levels are color-coded, and you can also search by type of resource. From handwriting practice to advice on how to get to school safely, Studyladder is jam-packed.

Is it any good?

As a free resource for teachers and their students, Studyladder is outstanding in terms of depth and variety of activities. There's simply so much standards-aligned curriculum here. There are also all kinds of goodies for teachers, such as templates for letters to parents and a great system for organizing classes within the site.

However, if you're a family paying for use, it's possible that you could do better. Some of the content is written for a British/Australian audience, which may be confusing for foreign readers. Graphics run from generic to kind of amateurish, which may be off-putting to media-savvy kids. Also, some kids might find the site's motivation system a bit frustrating. Kids earn "rewards points" by completing activities. They can then spend points in the Rewards Room, adding features to their avatar or room. It sounds cool, until you realize that only fully paid members get access to the "best" stuff. No fair!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Use Studyladder as a summer motivator. Kids can lose a lot of information during this time; even occasional practice can make the fall return to school a lot less painful.

  • You can give your kids positive feedback with Studyladder. Send them an encouraging message when they succeed in a challenging subject -- they'll love it!

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: arithmetic, counting, numbers
    Science: biology, chemistry, physics
    Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading comprehension
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, effort, work to achieve goals
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, memorization
    Creativity: combining knowledge
  • Genre: Educational
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (The free version offers decent but limited access. For additional features and full access, subscribe at $88/year for up to six students.)

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