Grammar on DVD like Teaching Textbooks?
Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:38 PM
Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:14 PM
I have used this into 10th grade. The demo on the web site is really good. I use lots of computer tech compared to many here on the boards; I also use lots of living books. For things that are not being taught for the first time and dont change like math facts and grammar rules I dont see the point of drilling/reviewing directly. Good software that helps prevent cheating (most people dont find drill work fun), can grow or adjust to child's ability, reports back to the parent, has periodic testing, and actually focuses on the things it says it targets is golden to me. Grammar Key is almost 100%. If you have more than one or plan a review for yourself it's worth it.
I had my middleschoolers do it for 3 years in a row from 5/6 to 8/9. Once they finished all the lessons for the year with a passing score of 80% on EACH lesson they were done. All tests had to be passed with a score of 80% as well. Students need to memorize lists like prepositions, helping verbs ect in order to pass some of the lessons so they come out with something in their heads. There are no games in this program. Sentences are analyzed using a parsing tech. which has the parts of speech color coded. It starts with nouns and verbs and builds from there as the student shows mastery. Since the sentences get more and more complex review is built in as the student must "tag/color/highlight" each word in the sentence for the computer to grade it. It is not the most exciting thing ever but the screen is clean, clutter free, and looks mature. The kids know what they have to do from lesson to lesson and you can go in weekly as teacher and look up their performance.
IMHO this program is well worth the money unless you want or need to sit and do grammar with your older child or you have a child that is just too young for it.
Alicia in New Zealand
The Grammar Key Sentence Structure & Parts of Speech
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Posted 22 February 2009 - 09:04 AM
Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:31 AM
Gamom3, how do you schedule out the lessons and how do your kids like it?