I have had the opportunity to see and use the Learning Palettes and Learning Wrap ups in the past from Learning Wrap-ups and had recently heard they had developed an online version so I was a little excited to give the online version a try. We were given the opportunity to review the LearningPalettes.com from Learning Wrap Ups recently. We were given a year subscription to the LearningPalettes.com in exchange for our honest review. The kids, of course, were excited for a fun new online game.
LearningPalettes.com offers 4 levels of math and 6 levels of reading. Overall, LearningPalettes.com is geared toward Kindergarten through 5th grade. My Kindergarten son and 4th grade daughter used the program.
We used it several times a week for each of them. My son preferred to do the Math and my daughter preferred to work on the Reading palette. My daughter was more than happy to work through the program because she is a strong reader and likes anything that is computer based. My son, on the other hand, wasn’t all that keen on the program. He is not a reader yet and prefers more “action” and sound I believe.
How it works:
You open the program (each child can have his or her own login) and then choose between Reading or Math. Once you have chosen Reading or Math you choose a level to work on, Basic through Level 5 in Math and Basic through Level 3 in Reading. Under each level you have several card topic to choose from. For instance, below is an example of Level 3 Reading choices.
After you choose your topic you are then given several “cards” to choose from. Below is the example of the card choices under Reading, Level 3, Prefixes and Suffixes.
You then choose a card. I had my children start at Card 1 and work their way through. As you can see by the example above, you can see which cards have been worked through as well as which ones have been mastered and which ones need worked on.
Once a card is chosen, the child has a list of disks on the left and dragged to the palette in the center and then the child can check for correct answers themselves and either repeat the card or move to the next card. Below is a picture of a sample palette card.
My children worked through them fine but my son really didn’t like it and my daughter was fine with it and moved through the cards pretty well. She liked the self checking part of the cards but didn’t like that the disks didn’t snap into place as you dragged them closer to their place on the palette. I have to agree with her.
The online version also includes a Parent sign in that gives parents reports on their students showing how they have done including how many cards, average time per card, and average score.
- Many categories to choose from.
- Color coding to track which cards have been completed as well as which were completed with mistakes and which were completed with no mistakes.
- No distracting music or extras on the page
- Full Screen available
- Separate log ins for each student
- Can work on any level, skipping between levels and cards to personalize or expand on particular areas.
- We found that working in Full Screen mode was best to allow the buttons at the bottom and utilize the palette in the easiest manner. When not in full screen mode, moving the disks into their places wasn’t as easy on some.
- The disks did not click to fit where they belongs so when you drag them you had to get them exactly in place to work right in most cases. This was more difficult for my younger son.
- Must be in full screen mode to see all available buttons on the screen in most cases.
We liked the program and the topics it covers. We do not follow Common Core, but there is a place to find Common Core information within the program. The Parents can look at their child’s progress through the parent reports and the program is fairly independent for the children, especially older children who can read well. Personally I liked that there was no music or sound; however, that bothered my son, who is used to online games that make noise. My daughter didn’t seem to notice.
LearningPalette.com is available as a 1-year subscription. The subscription price is $25 for one student and $60 for 5 students. This is pretty affordable considering all that you get. It would actually be nice to see more subjects. Geography?? Science?? You do need to have an internet connection but it was definitely nice that it could be used on the tablets. Learning Wrap Ups is offering a great deal to all our readers! If you are a homeschooling family who would love to purchase this online product, you can receive an amazing 20% discount by using the coupon code “HomeSchool” when you order online.
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