Let’s Go Learn is an online program that provides homeschool parents with a tool to diagnose and remedy grade level weaknesses in modern K-12 Mathematics and Reading concepts.
This is William C. Michael, the headmaster of the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, and Let’s Go Learn is a program that was recently brought to my attention. I’d like to go over what this program has to offer and help parents consider whether it’s something that they might be interested in making use of.
What is Let’s Go Learn?
Just to get started, the website address for Let’s Go Learn is: https://letsgolearn.com. The website says, “We provide personalized online assessment and instruction for K to 12 students.”
On the website homepage, we see a section titled “Why Let’s Go Learn? and I’d like you to look at the first two questions. First, “Why is my student struggling to read?”, and “How do I identify math gaps that span multiple years below grade level?”
So these first two questions, I think, are questions that homeschool parents commonly ask. Homeschool parents always feel that they’re not sufficient for the task at hand, and they’re always anxious about whether or not they’re covering all of the points that need to be covered in their children’s education, especially when we’re focused on what we should be focused on: our children’s Catholic formation and introduction to classical Catholic learning philosophy, moral formation, and things like that. These modern subjects always nag us and it’s in the back of our minds. We’re always asking these questions, “How are the kids doing with this or with this or that grade level stuff?”. This program, Let’s Go Learn offers some help with addressing those concerns.
What Does Let’s Go Learn Offer?
I’d like to walk through their website to show you what they offer, so you can consider whether it’s something you might be interested in or not. There’s a lot of stuff on this website, and it’s intended to serve a number of different audiences, so it can be a little confusing for homeschool parents. But, if you look up top at the menu, you’ll see “Families and Tutors”. And in the dropdown menu, you’ll see “Homeschool”, so they have services that are intended for use by homeschool families. And that’s what I’d like to look at here.
So let’s click on “Homeschool” under “Families and Tutors”, and you see what this is designed to do. The page read, “Understand why your child struggles or does well and what to do next.” So, this program is intended, as I said, to help you diagnose problems, or to to alleviate anxieties about whether or not your child is is behind as we say, you can understand if you perceive that your child is struggling with something you can actually assess that and and have a clear sense of what exactly it is that’s causing his or her trouble. And not only that, but this program helps to recommend or prescribe what to do about it. So it doesn’t just diagnose a problem like a standardized test would do, but also to takes the next step and actually says, “Okay, so we’ve identified some weaknesses and some some some problem areas. Here’s what to do about it.” So, that’s pretty helpful. Below on the site, you see a couple of points:
- know exactly what to do to help teach your child
- have a detailed prescriptive report to guide your instruction.
- measure growth easily and clearly with grade level equivalency scores,
- use your online automated instruction personalized for your child.
So you can see that sounds pretty helpful. And I think it’s a good idea. Again, the standardized tests are largely useless because while they they test and even the tests, if you have experiences with them, they’re pretty subjective at times, and they don’t leave us with any prescriptions or solutions. It’s just a judgement of the children’s progress. Let’s Go Learn helps us to take another step and actually get some help with not just diagnosis but also prescriptive remedies for how to fix it by spot treating specific areas that are weak.
So first, they offer math solutions. You see they offer a diagnostic assessment. The word “diagnostic” just means a test that helps to “diagnose” or determine what the problem areas may be. So they have math diagnostic assessment, and they have personalized math instruction, where you can actually have your child study those specific topics or concepts that they have tested poorly on. So that’s pretty useful.
They also have reading solutions. So diagnostic assessments for reading and personal ELA instruction. ELA stands for English Language Arts. And notice that it’s personalized. So it’s not just a big waste of time in some long program, where 80% of the work is is baby work the children already know. It allows you to focus on the issues that your children don’t know, which can be very helpful.
Further down, they provide key benefits for homeschoolers. Some of this talk is just the typical modern school babble, but in general, what’s important about this, what I always stress in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy is that we don’t want to allow these modern subjects to take over the curriculum and crowd out studies that are more important for our children’s actual lives. These, these grade level requirements are necessary because we don’t want to spite our children. We want them to satisfy and exceed any requirements that that may be helpful for them with regard to college admission or moving into careers and vocations after their formal studies at home are completed. But, we want to know how to do so in an efficient way. We can’t allow these concerns to dominate our homeschool, we don’t want to design the curriculum, around standardized testing and high school diploma requirements. We have there’s too much important work to be done to allow these concerns to take over the whole curriculum, as many modern programs allow. So Let’s Go Learn offers some helpful solutions for us, and it’s worth digging into.
Next, let’s take a look at the product that the peope at Let’s Go Learn sell, and what price point looks like and things like that.
If you want a Math assessment, I think they charge $25. This program called “ADAM K to 7”. ADAM stands for “Adaptive Diagnostic Assessment of Mathematics”, but let’s just call it a math test. It is a comprehensive diagnostic assessment that covers K through seven mathematics that provides a complete picture of each student’s strengths and weaknesses, including instructional points across 44 sub tests of K to seven mathematics. What’s important about K to seven mathematics is that that’s pretty much the full range of study of modern Arithmetic. So not getting into Algebra, it’s Pre-Algebra Arithmetic: all of the basic arithmetic of elementary and middle school. So that’s a pretty helpful assessment at the end of seventh grade, to have a kid sit down and take a test to cover all of his K through seven arithmetic studies.
Product features are listed here, you can see that there’s high customer rating, which is always relative because we don’t know who these customers are. Below, you can see that this exam costs just 25 bucks. So when you consider what this offers, for a parent who’s concerned about a child’s math progress, or a parent who sees some problems in the child’s knowledge of of just basic arithmetic, you know, the four operations addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, decimals, all that kind of basic, elementary and middle school math, pre algebra math, if parents have any concerns with those things. This assessment will help to diagnose what areas specifically are weak and why that’s especially important is because you may see that your child is not capable of doing something But the cause of that problem may be something earlier actually, it may be a simpler concept that the child didn’t learn and understand that you’re assuming the child understands. And so you’re looking down the road at a topic the child doesn’t understand or struggling with. And you think the problem is that topic. But the reality is, is the child’s trouble with that topic is being caused by an earlier topic that he didn’t understand. So diagnostic tests like this will help you to identify those kinds of problems. So pretty helpful K to seven math test, let’s go back to that previous page where the products were listed. You see here, there’s another one down below for algebra. That would be that would be for for high school students, that’d be that’d be especially helpful if you’re concerned about something like an essay t test, just as far as the content of high school algebra is concerned. so helpful stuff, those are diagnostic tests that are pretty affordable and useful. So they look pretty good.
And then the other product that they offer for Math is the actual instruction. And we can see here that the description says “LGL Math Edge” (LGL stands for “Let’s Go Learn”, that’s the name of the company again.), “Let’s Go Learn Math Edge is a powerful web based learning system that gives learners of all ages the support they need to succeed in K to nine instructional level math”. So, K to nine math, that’s helpful–it’s appropriate for students in grades K through 12, who have K through 8 math instructional level needs. So, this can be used in high school, if parents start to observe that there’s some kind of problem or gap in the child’s math studies. You purchase this lesson, it’s valid for one year, so a year to make use of it. The cost of this, notice it says with ADAM assessment or with Algebra assessment is $124. So again, if that’s a concern for you, and you’d like to address this issue, here’s a solution for you with let’s go learn. So that’s what they offer for math, which again, if you’re the parent who has those kinds of concerns, and you just you just want some you want some some confidence that everything’s okay or, or if there is something wrong or if you have a sense that something’s wrong that you can, you can diagnose it and then spot treat, it may be a helpful tool for you.
Let’s Go Learn offers similar products for Reading. Let’s take a look at their reading products real quick.
You see they have this DORA Reading, which means “Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment”. The page says it provides “objective individualized assessment across eight reading measures that profile each student’s reading abilities, and prescribe”–this is the important part–“prescribe individual learning paths”. So again, helpful stuff.
Let’s take a look at prices, this online reading assessment cost $25 for one student, so they discount them as you order more if you want to order them for multiple students, but $25 per student for this assessment.
And then let’s take a look at the instruction that they offer. Remember, LGL stands for “Let’s Go Learn” and ELA stands for “English Language Arts”. They offer this personalized instruction and again, it’s $124. So that’s it $25 for the assessment $124 for the instruction that goes along with that assessment; pretty helpful tool offered by this company, Let’s Go Learn.
If you’re a parent who is trying to lead your children to enjoy the benefits of a classical Catholic education and want to make sure that these modern math and reading requirements are taken care of, Let’s Go Learn is a pretty useful and affordable tool to help you to do that. You can find more information on this program by going to their website at letsgolearn.com.
On the website, they have a whole set of resources with videos, case studies, infographics and FAQs. So there’s a lot more information on the website, I wanted to just show you where to go for that information as a homeschool parent–Go to “Families and Tutors”, and then down to “Homeschool”, and look at the options that they have for Math and Reading assessment and instruction for homeschool students.
So I hope that’s a helpful overview of this program. If you do go ahead and make use of it, do me a favor and let me know what you think. Let me know what your experience is like and I’ll share the share feedback that I get on this post with with this information. Let’s try to help one another find useful resources to help us provide our children not only with the best possible classical Catholic education but also with the challenge of satisfying modern school requirements and preparing for modern vocations at the same time,
I hope that’s helpful. God bless your studies.
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy