What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- combining knowledge
- academic development
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
The activities are pretty fun, but the point system will motivate kids the most. Although it's colorful and kid-friendly, the design is a bit dated, careless, and not that appealing.
It's very responsive, and kids will enjoy tracking their progress in different subjects. It's possible for a lot of quality, deep learning to happen here, as all content is teacher-created.
Downloadable PDF guides for parents, students, and teachers are very helpful when you're getting started. Studyladder claims to work well for kids with various learning problems, but they don't back this up with any research.
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!
Families can talk 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!