Studyladder

Common Sense Media says

Wide-ranging hub for lessons in nearly every subject.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids sign in under a parent's account, meaning that Mom or Dad have to sign in before kids can get into Studyladder's family accounts. Teacher-based accounts are slightly different but still quite safe.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • arithmetic

Science

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • memorization
  • applying information

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • work to achieve goals
  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading comprehension

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • arithmetic

Science

  • chemistry
  • physics
  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • memorization
  • applying information

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • work to achieve goals
  • academic development

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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!

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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