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.
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!
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.