Support for Families: Using Lexia Core5 Reading at Home

Lexia Learning understands that family support is essential for student success. We want to make sure that you have the resources you need to continue to support your children during their extended time away from school. Here are some key resources to help you support the successful implementation of Lexia® products.

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Quick Start

What is Lexia Core5 Reading?

Lexia® Core5® Reading is a fun, computer-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills. The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. 

Here’s how Core5 works:

  • Your child begins the online program at a starting point that is right for them based on the results of a brief placement activity. 
  • Progress and performance in the program are reported directly to teachers so that they can provide assistance when needed. 
  • Paper-and-pencil and hands on activities are used for practicing and extending skills.
  • Achievement certificates are earned when students complete levels. These are an opportunity to celebrate success and talk about newly gained skills. 
  • For more information about Core5, please visit www.lexialearning.com or view the Core5 Scope and Sequence

How to Log In

Core5 can be used at home only if your child’s school or district has purchased the program. Follow the login instructions from your child’s school, if provided. Otherwise, use the following guidelines on a supported device.

Computer or Chromebook
Choose one of these ways to log in:

  1. Portal: If your school uses a portal, have your child log in to the portal with their school or district credentials. Then click on the Core5 icon to launch Core5. 
     
  2. Clever: Visit lexiacore5.com using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge. If needed, complete the one-time device setup by entering the student’s teacher email address. Once the device is set up, you will see your child’s school or district name displayed on the login screen.
  1. Click the Log in With Clever button.
  2. On the Clever login screen, click Log in With Clever or Log in With Clever Badges (if your child has a Clever badge and if you have a webcam-enabled device). 
  3. Log in with the Clever login credentials that your child’s teacher provided, or follow the instructions for scanning the badge. 
  4. For more information on logging in with Clever, see these videos and resources:
    1. For Families: How do I help my student log in to Clever?
    2. Video: How to login to Clever
    3. Video: Managing Clever badges
       
  1. Direct Login: If your school does not use a portal, visit lexiacore5.com using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge. If needed, complete the one-time device setup by entering the student’s teacher email address. Once the device is set up, you will see your child’s school or district name displayed on the login screen. Log in using the student username and password that your child's teacher provided.

iPad

  1. Download the free Lexia Core5 Reading app (US) or Lexia Core5 Reading app (UK).
     
  2. Choose one of these ways to log in:
    1. Portal: If your child’s school or district uses a portal that is not Clever, have them open the Safari browser, enter their school portal URL, and log in to the portal. Click on the Core5 icon in their dashboard.
       
    2. Clever: If your child’s school or district uses Clever, download the free Clever app. Open the Clever app, and have your child log in using their Clever credentials. Click on the Core5 icon in their Clever dashboard. 
       
    3. Direct login: Complete the one-time device setup by entering the student’s teacher email address. Once the device is set up, you will see your child’s school or district name displayed on the login screen. Log in using the student username and password that your child's teacher provided.

Phone, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Fire Tablet
The Core5 app is not currently compatible with these devices.

Android Tablet
A limited number of schools and districts use Core5 Classic instead of Core5 Expanded. Students in those schools or districts may also be able to log in with a supported Android device. At Lexia, we have a strong commitment to making our programs available on an increasing variety of devices both in and out of the classroom. We are pleased to share that for back to school 2020, we will be updating Lexia Core5 Reading to support a greater number of Android tablets.

Tips for Supporting Learning and Monitoring Progress

  • Schedule time for learning. When learners log in to Core5, they'll see a personalized weekly goal on their dashboard. Try to set a schedule that will help your child reach this target each week.
     
  • Set up for success. Core5 supports your child’s learning with audio directions, questions, and instruction. Try to provide a quiet space for learning, and check the volume before each session. (Headphones can be helpful but aren’t necessary).  
     
  • Check in and track progress.
    • It's important to let your child work in Core5 without help from parents, siblings or other caregivers. Core5 is designed to give support and instruction that helps students when they need it. Encourage your child to keep trying—learning takes time!
       
    • Remind your child to work through an entire unit before moving on to another activity or leaving the program. The green bar at the bottom of the screen fills from left to right to show progress in each unit. When your child is ready to log out, select the X in the upper right corner to exit out of the activity, the selection screen, and the dashboard.
       
      Select the Log Out button on the next screen to fully log out of the program.
       
    • When your child logs in or logs out, take a look at the Student Dashboard together. Talk about the progress your child is making toward their time goal and the number of units they've completed.
       
    • Watch the teacher information apple icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. This apple will turn red if your child is struggling with an activity or concept. While mistakes are part of the learning process, we recommend these three checks to avoid frustration:
      • Check the technology. Is the volume loud enough? If your child is using headphones, are they working?
      • Check for understanding. Does your child know the directions and how the task functions? Share the Core5 Buttons Guide with your child to remind them about the tools they can use if they need help. If young learners are having trouble understanding how to do an activity, it may be helpful to explain the directions in your own words.
      • Check for rushing or guessing. Encourage your child to take their time before choosing an answer.
         
    • If you notice your child struggling, they may need additional support to work through a particular literacy skill. 
      • If you are in contact with your child’s teacher, ask how you can support student learning or how to use any materials that have been provided. 
      • If you are not in contact with your child’s teacher, have your child move on to a different Core5 activity. Making progress in another literacy skill may support your child's understanding of other skills.
  • Celebrate success!
    • A lot of hard work goes into completing a Core5 level, and it's always an exciting time for children—be sure to celebrate along with them! Certificates in English and Spanish are available to celebrate this accomplishment.
    • Ask your child about their favorite activities in Core5 or about the location of their level in the world.
       
      Spanish Core5 Certificate
  • Extend the learning