GrammarPlanet REVIEW

GrammarPlannet
I've been looking for an online grammar program for quite sometime, so I was pretty excited to come across GrammarPlanet. I wanted something that was short in duration, covered all the topics needed, but without a lot of animated distraction....and GrammarPlanet certainly fits the bill! GrammarPlanet is intended for ages 10 and up (and up meaning up to adults) and is great for students who are just learning the basics of grammar to students who just need review.

GrammarPlanet keeps track of how the student progresses through the program, and areas of weakness, providing additional practice for the weaker areas as needed. This responsive style system ensures your student will not be wasting time on material they have already mastered, nor will they maintain a weakness in an area without enough practice. For this review, we received a One-Year subscription to the "Ad-free" version of the program.


How does it work?



GrammarPlanet features an easy login, which you know I LOVE. Once you sign in and set up your students, it's pretty easy. Your student has a separate login, and the program pauses where they leave off. Separated into units, your student can easily see where they are in the program and where they need to go. Each lesson begins with a lesson video, then your student will get to work on the practice. We had some internet issues with my desktop and a messed up router, and this does require adequate internet service. 


Once in the program, it's pretty self-explanatory. We started out with nouns. You just click on each noun, then choose the appropriate letter to mark them. In this case, it was an N for noun. In another set it was PN for Proper Noun, and so on. 


I like how it is very easy to see mistakes, or when you have gotten one incorrect. Though I do wish it would provide an explanation. I'm not sure if I'm just confused, or if this is a program error, but I would have thought Piza would be a proper noun, too? So that might be something to watch for, since humans create computer programs and sometimes mistakes are made. I do like how the mistake is marked, but I do wish there would be a way for the grammar "rules" to pop up and explain that mistake. 



 Overall, Mr. B really does well with this. He enjoys logging on, and working through the practice problems. He would like to see a version that has a celebratory animation at the end of each successful unit review, but I'm not sure how older students would take to that. He likes the ease of clicking each part of the sentence, and how easy to is to answer the question at hand. I think the addition of grammar rules to explain mistakes would be fabulous, but the program is good the way it stands right now. We plan to continue using GrammarPlanet as a supplement to our planned Language Arts this year to help reinforce areas of weakness he may have.

Does GrammarPlanet Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

This is an online responsive program which means it tailors itself to the student's abilities. There's no set schedule, but if you pay for the ad-free version you are bound to the limitations of your subscription.  It's not possible to skip or jump ahead. Having the ability to choose which topic to work on would be quite handy! 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees. It's intended for persons 10 and up. The website actually says 10-99. There's nothing childish about any of the graphics (and this is why Mr. B would like an animation haha!) so it's perfectly acceptable for older students who may be put off by something like that. Each student has their own login. 
 
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

Mr. B does very well with it. There's not a lot of distraction, so it's good for ADHD and autism. I wish there was more of a visual counter to show how much was left for each section. That would be great for kids with Autism to have that visual "light at the end of the tunnel." I know Mr. B has had some issues where the thought it was never ending, and then after 10 or 12 sentences he was finished. So having a countdown, if possible, would be fantastic. Perhaps in a program update sometime that could be possbile??? 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This is strictly just Language Arts. 

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