Wednesday, September 5, 2018

GrammarPlanet Review


Good morning homeschool parents do you struggle to teach grammar? Are you looking for a online video bases program for your kid. Than GrammarPlanet Might be just what you are looking for.  GrammarPlanet is aimed at kids 10+, adults can use it also. It is a complete online grammar, punctuation and usage curriculum.  The free version has ads and the paid version does not. I prefer the no ad version it is less distracting for the girls. The ad free version is a one time fee of $39.00 for each student.

To get started you will create a parent account and add in each student that you want in your class. From there you will create them each an individual log in. Each unit will start out with a video lesson and a printable page. The printable page contains notes we are storing them in a three ring binder as we print them for use as needed. The notes are colored but they look just fine in black and white. Next your student will watch the video lesson. During the video lessons they get a little pop up they click that says take quiz. Once they finish the quiz questions and the video they click a box at the bottom right that says start practice. This gives them practice questions. If they get to many wrong it locks them out and the parent has to go into the parent account and reset it so they can do it again. 

We are using the program as a supplement to our core language arts curriculum. My 4th grader is the main child using GrammarPlanet. She is struggling with it some. She does well in our core grammar program but this one just seems hard for her. She is was stuck on level 2 for quite some time. She became frustrated when I had to keep resetting the lesson so she could try again. I feel like there was a little something lacking in the explanation portion of the video. Maybe it just needed more examples of the common nouns that are no so obvious. We ended up looking up more common noun examples and explanations before she was finally able to move on to lesson 3 articles and adjectives. She is doing ok on the articles part but we are still having trouble identifying all the adjectives. The lessons are asking her to identify more than one thing at a time and that is overwhelming her. She is trying to remember what a noun, adjective and now article is. She is flipping back and forth between  the note pages trying to figure out what each word is. I think we will be on unit 3 for a while... She says the videos are ok but was a bit confused as to what she needed to do when the video paused. This is when the pop up comes up on the bottom corner of the video for the  quiz. She did not realize that it was clickable she thought it was just part of the video. Once we figured that out she does ok navigating the videos quizzes and lessons. 

The parent dashboard is very simple. It gives you your classroom or group. You click on this and it will give you the students you have created. You can click the three little dots on the right of each student to change user name password etc. Under each student the units are highlights to show which ones they have done. It also provides you a test percentage. I would like to see the parent dashboard have a break down of what is being covered in each unit and how they are doing. From the student dash board your child can see what unit they are on and they can view their test scores. I would love it if they could make the test scores printable. I like to put a copy in their portfolio every now and then. 

This is marketed as a complete grammar, punctuation and usage curriculum. I don't think we would be able to use it as such considering how hard of a time she is having with the program. But I can see it working well for other kids maybe a bit older than 4th grade. I also think it makes a good supplement for visual learners and for those of us that are not so hot at explaining prepositions, conjunctions, articles and adjectives. 

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