My middle school students have been working on a new grammar program for our latest review from GrammarPlanet. This is an online curriculum for students aged 10 and up for work on grammar, usage, and punctuation. It can be used by homeschooling families, adults, as a supplement to other programs, or as a standalone grammar program for anyone. You can see the Unit Outline to view the topics covered in each unit. They are currently adding new units all the time, and there will be dozens by the time they are done building the course!
GrammarPlanet is currently available for free, but a paid version will be launching soon. For a small one-time fee of $39, ads will be disabled on your account. The ads that are present in the free version are clean and appropriate, so there is no need to worry about them if you are using the free version.
To get a quick idea about how it works, check out the video below:
To use GrammarPlanet, students log in and are able to view a video, a PDF, or both, for the current unit they are working on. This is their lesson and is full of helpful information about grammar, and about how to use the program itself. My students like to keep any PDFs that they were given to print and put in a notebook. During part of the review period, when we have been away from a printer, they have kept the PDF file open in another browser window to refer back to during the exercises.
Students are taught the concept and then immediate put that new knowledge to the test. As an example, look at a screenshot of the video for Unit 2 – Proper Nouns.
Immediately following the first part of the video, students answer a few questions to make sure they are comprehending what they just saw in the video.
After that, you can see where students view their overall score and can click to move on to the next part of the lesson.
Once the video lesson is over, or they have viewed the PDF lesson information, students move on to the Practice section of the unit they are working on. They label and mark sentences with the parts of speech. The lesson does walk students step by step how to do this.
Overall, our family found the program pretty straight forward. Obviously every program approaches grammar in a slightly different way, so my children did find there to be a bit of a learning curve as far as how to mark things and which words went with which parts of speech, such as an entire date or the entire name of a place. If you are familiar with Analytical Grammar, this is by the same folks, so you will probably recognize a lot of the information and methods in teaching.
I liked that I received progress emails as my children worked on their GrammarPlanet lessons. When my kids did poorly, it would lock them out and I would have to go into my account to unlock the unit for them. This served as a good opportunity to look it over with them and see what kinds of mistakes they were making. In the parent account, you can see exactly how your students answered and what the correct answers should have been. This was good, because I was able to quickly log in and see how to help my kids understand what they were missing.
I also got emails when my students passed a unit and it told me what their grade was on it. I like that information so I can make sure they are trying their best with this independent, online grammar curriculum.
This is a good option for students and parents looking for a thorough grammar curriculum for middle school through adult. It is free or low-cost for the ad-free version. Lessons do not take very long and are explained to the student through videos and handouts. Parents get a teacher account to be able to monitor their students’ progress throughout the entire program. I recommend this to anyone needing a grammar curriculum or to brush up on grammar skills. See how other families used GrammarPlanet by clicking the banner below: