Does anyone, other than me, have a difficult time teaching grammar? I certainly hope so. I always did well in school with grammar, but I feel less than adequate when it comes to teaching it. That's where GrammarPlanet helps us homeschoolers out. They have created an online program to teach your children (and you) the detailed part of our English language.
We have used GrammarPlanet before. We used Analytical Grammar with our oldest son. That program was extensive. GrammarPlanet's online program is no exception to that. They are serious about teaching grammar. It's not just nouns, verbs, and adjectives. They actually teach your children how to recognize what each word does in the sentence. That is a different approach from what I have seen with other programs.
What do I mean by that? Well, some words can be called different names (pronoun/verb/etc.) depending on what they do in the sentence. So, they teach your child not to just memorize a list of words for each title. As you know with the English language, there are ALWAYS exceptions to the rules. GrammarPlanet helps with those.
The set up is easy so it won't take long to get your kiddos rolling. Keep in mind that this program is meant for grades 5th and up. I'm not sure about this age range. They say that it doesn't matter if your child has had any grammar teaching before. I need to say that this is an intense program. There is a lot of information in a short amount of time. My son has used grammar before and he found this to be difficult. Maybe it's easier for those without any formal grammar teaching so you can have an open mind about how they present the information. That being said, I think that maybe 5th grade might be a little young to work through this program. You would need to keep your own child in consideration when checking out this program.
I appreciate how the online program is set up. There are 13 units that the student works through. It is suggested that they work about 15 minutes a day for about 3 days a week. When your child is ready to work for the day, they simply sign in and click "Continue Progress". The program takes them directly to where they left off.
There are notes and a video to start each unit. Print out the notes before you start a new unit so that your child can refer to them while they're working. Within the video, there is a built in quiz to check for understanding. Then they get to work marking the parts of each sentence. Check out the difference between sentences in Unit 1 and Unit 6.
I like that at the end of each video there are steps to take in order to proceed through each sentence correctly. She lets you know what you should look for first, second, etc. That is very helpful to know. When he got stuck, I had to ask our son what the order was of what he was supposed to be looking for. He kind of rolled his eyes and repeated them. Then he was able to continue working.
Do you know what GrammarPlanet costs. Um, it's free. WHAT? Yep! A grammar program that's free. Now, there are ads that pop up on the screen. If you don't care about that, then the free version is for you. There will also be a paid version that won't have any ads. That will cost $39 for a lifetime. Not a bad deal. So if you want to check this out for yourself, there isn't any risk for you.
I'm glad that we were able to review the online grammar program by GrammarPlanet. It has helped our oldest recognize what words do in a sentence. It has also helped me teach our youngest son a little better. Thank you, GrammarPlanet!
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