Learning Palette [A Schoolhouse Review]
As a member of the Schoolhouse Review crew, we were given a full online family subscription for levels K-5 from LearningPalette. Learning Palette is an online product of Learning Wrap-Ups, a learning product that can help students memorize facts and increase their speed. Learning Wrap-Ups are a great product to practice and reinforce math skills.
The Learning Wrap-Ups site has been recently updated to include a Homeschool Products category. This simplifies navigation through the site to find products that are most appropriate for home learning use. Use the code HOMESCHOOL to receive a 20% discount on your purchase.
Although my daughter is 14, she has dyscalculia, a nonverbal learning disorder and is functioning on a third-grade math level. She enjoys working on the computer and was able to work independently. Learning Palette can also be used on tablets.
This is the main screen of Learning Palette:
There is a free demo and video introduction that can be accessed from this screen so you can try it before you buy. Learning Palette is a supplement to your curriculum, not a stand-alone study. It contains 35 math titles and 20 reading titles for a total of 7,920 questions. As my daughter has an age-appropriate reading level, we did not use the reading program.
After you log in, you will be taken to the main page, where you can choose between math or reading and what level you want your child to work at.
Math has six levels (basic – level 5). Each level has six concepts, and each concept has 12 cards. You can then choose what math concepts you want to work on. They don’t have to be done in order. This is a screenshot of the fourth-grade level.
Here’s a screenshot of the actual learning palette. The student is to match the discs on the left with the correct answers on the palette. This is a simple click-and-drag operation. After your student completes the card, it is marked so you know that it has been completed. The student can then check his answers and go on to the next card. There is a “show instructions” button but it was not working in my browser (Safari).
Learning Palette provides progress reports so you can monitor their progress if they’re working independently. These did not show up too clearly in my browser (Safari). It will tell you the average score per card and how long it took. If common core correlations are a concern, Learning Palette provides the standards and correlation for each level.
The cost of LearningPalette for a one-year subscription is $59.99. This can be used for up to five users. Right now they are offering a 20% discount with the code HOMESCHOOL.
We used Learning Palette about four times a week as a morning starter. I liked having something math-oriented to give her so that she could do some work on her own at her own pace. I do think the website needs some work. As I mentioned above, the show instructions button did not work for me and the progress reports page was kind of garbled.
Learning Palette unfortunately was not a good fit for my daughter. She has ocular motor dysfunction in addition to the dyscalculia and processing problems and found it laborious to work with. She also indicated that she grew tired of the sameness of the palette. I don’t think it will be beneficial for us to review math concepts in this way. However, I do look forward to giving Learning Wrap-Ups a try in the future as those products might be a better fit for her.
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