Essential Skills Advantage is an online learning site that provides lots of fun ways for children to learn reading and language arts skills from beginning readers through the sixth grade. There are lots of interactive activities designed to take full advantage of the e-learning format. Once you sign up for membership you have the opportunity to access all levels of the program so that you can find the best fit for your child and can continue to challenge your child.
How We Used ESA for Online Learning
When we started Essential Skills Advantage (ESA) Premium Plan during the summer break so I had Hannah start with the fifth grade level and usually log in 3 or more days per week. We started our school year last week and although she has just started seventh grade I am looking at this program as online learning enrichment so she will continue to work through the fifth and then the sixth grade material. She is now doing ESA every school day. She spends about 30 minutes per day using different areas.
Using Essential Skills Advantage
Once the account is set up you are given a special link. From there the child can log into any of the areas available. Here are some of the areas that available for the student to log in.
Once Hannah chooses a subject area she wants to work with she gets the sign in screen and adds her unique user name and pass word.
Each study area has several topics or levels. Each topic has several activities that help the student master the topic. Activities including word searches, matching, typing the answer, multiple choice, just to name a few.
Hannah has been working through the following study areas:
- Reading Comprehension 5 – This includes a passage to read and then several activities that help reinforce comprehension including multiple choices, word meaning, and comprehension.
- Vocabulary Builder 5 – The topics in this level include Homophones, Antonyms, Homographs, Compound Words, Figurative Language, Easily Confused Words, Prefixes, and Suffixes.
- Spelling Master 5 – Which covers Long Vowel Patterns, Tricky Pairs, Silent Letters, R Vowels, Spelling Rules, and Homonyms.
- Grammar 3-5 – Covers Plurals, Sentences, Adjectives, Pronouns, Verbs, Adverbs, Capitalization, and Punctuation.
There is also a Spelling Stumpers area for 1st – 5th grade or 5th-9th grade that is set up in levels instead of topics. Hannah hasn’t tried any of these out yet.
Parent Use of Essential Skills Advantage
As a working parent I love the idea of online learning. It is especially helpful when I can easily check in to see that learning happened and how well it went each day. You can log into the parent area where you can view your students and the activities they have completed.
When you click on the marks area it will list the areas the student has worked on and the last day that they have completed any activity in that area.
You can then click-through to get more details of which activities they’ve completed in each topic and how well they did in each area. I use this area to get Hannah’s grade for the day.
Thoughts on ESA
As a working homeschooling having something online that provides all the information Hannah needs to work through the program and be successful means a lot to me. I love how easy it is for me to go back and check that she has worked each day and how well she is doing. If there is an area that she has trouble with then we can address that area. I think the graphics and activities are bright and encourage the a child to come back daily. When they are excited about what they are doing and use the program willingly I know that there will also be learning taking place.
Hannah said she likes Essential Skills Advantage because you don’t have to write anything. She also like that the each activity is short so she doesn’t get frustrated with it.
We continue to use Essential Skills Advantage until she has completed all the available levels.
Essential Skills Advantage – Facts About Online Learning
We reviewed the Premium Plan which cost $9.99 a month. This plan offers additional features from the basic plan. To sign up for the Premium Plan use this LINK.
They are also now offering a Basic Edition that will include sponsored ads and fewer features. This program is free and will allow families access to many of the learning activities. You can learn more about enrolling in the Basic Sponsor Program at this LINK.
Review Crew Link Up
While the Review Crew all used the same Premium Plan we all used it with different ages and levels so take a minute to check out the other reviews.