LearningPalette.com is an online math (K -5) and reading (K-3) program by the Learning Wrap Ups company which is aimed at classrooms, homeschools, and after school reinforcement. We’ve been using this online learning program about 3 times a week for the past several weeks, and these are our thoughts about this product.
Once your child is logged onto LearningPalette.com you can choose between the math or reading tabs. Next you will choose their level (K-3 for reading and K-5 for math). Next you will choose the concept that you would like your child to work on. Then a list of 12 question cards will come up. Load up one of these cards and the ‘palette’ will appear on the screen with 12 multiple choice questions for your child to answer. In total across the site there are 7,920 questions.
To answer these questions your child will move coloured discs into the correct slots around the palette. They can check their answers when they have finished, or at any time to check their progress. This can be helpful, but it can lead to checking the answers after each disc is placed, which isn’t necessarily a good thing as they could potentially try every disc until they get the correct one, without actually learning anything. Your child may also have to have someone sit with them for the math questions as they are written rather than voiced.
One thing I love about LearningPalette.com is that not only are both reading and math included in the same program so that you don’t have to pay for two separate programs with different learning styles and ways of use, but in particular I really like that the child can work on different levels at the same time.
If your child is further ahead in math or reading, you can choose the best level in that area. Even within an area, math for example, your child may be more advanced in one skill than another. So you can have them work on level 1 reading while at the same time they can work on mostly level 2 math, while doing some level 1 review in graphing and working at a more advanced level 3 ‘missing numbers’ subset.
As your child completes a card correctly there should be a little green light that comes on to show that they have completed it satisfactorily. The kids love it when the they can see their progress through the cards. Unfortunately after about three weeks these lights stopped working for us. They weren’t being filled in when a card was completed, and there were cards shown as complete but Tristan hadn’t touched them (they were 2 levels above where he was working). This made it confusing for us to know what he had and had not completed as he was dipping between two levels.
I’ve also had trouble with the parental account showing things correctly. It hasn’t been acknowledging all of Tristan’s log-ins and cards completed, and the information is hard to find and maneuver through. If you go back a screen you’ll have to log in again, which can be a bit annoying. So in the end I haven’t been using this feature at all. I just use a pen and paper to write down the cards that Tristan has completed in each session. This is easy enough for one child, but if you have multiple children using LearningPalette.com then this could be very time-consuming.
Other things that could be improved with the LearningPalette.com program is to show the name of the student on the screen that is currently logged on. The only way to verify this is to log off and back on again. Each time the tab is closed by accident the child must sign in again. This is probably a good thing for security when in a school setting, but it’s not needed for a home setting.
We also found at times that the full screen didn’t work and we weren’t able to access the next card tab behind our bottom tool-bar. Though there is a magnifying glass to use to help read some of the very small print, it only magnifies part of the phrase at a time which doesn’t make it any easier to decipher the questions.
Learning Wrap Ups has been around for a while, but LearningPalette.com is a relatively new program for them. These problems could just be the result of some teething problems, but they have caused us some real annoyance. I thought perhaps I had set something up incorrectly or we were doing something wrong so I emailed the company with my concerns but haven’t yet heard back from them after three weeks and two separate emails.
Although I think they’re onto something and I like the concept of LearningPalette.com, due to the difficulties we’ve had with this program we won’t continue to use it as our main curriculum. However, because Tristan does enjoy it he may use it from time to time when he asks for it as something to supplement his learning.
If you’d like to see how LearningPalette.com works for yourself, you can watch a short video introduction or try their free demo where you can see one card from each section of the Palette.
LearningPalette.com costs $25 a year for one student and $60 a year for 2-5 students. Further pricing bands can be found on LearningPalette.com. If you would like to try it out for yourself, they are offering my followers a homeschooling family discount of 20% with the coupon code ‘HomesSchool’.
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