What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will need specific software to view parts of this grammar instruction site: Adobe Reader for handouts, PowerPoint for presentations, and rules section items are available in a PDF or HTML version. A link to the Grammar Bytes! YouTube page could potentially expose kids to inappropriate and less educational videos; but otherwise, the site is self-contained and safe.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- writing clearly
- academic development
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
Exercises can feel repetitive. A more complex site design and varied interactive elements might do a better job of holding kids' interest.
Basic grammar principles come with a fair amount of background. Kids can access explanations for right and wrong answers, as well as a list of basic rules with examples.
You can download and share PowerPoint presentations on the grammar concepts covered on the site. A YouTube channel offers more than a half-dozen videos on grammar principles.
What's it about?
Users can learn about sentence structure, prepositional phrases, and other concepts on GRAMMAR BYTES!, which offers explanations for more than 60 language-related terms and concepts. Users can also view online grammar quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, and some very long videos. They can find a good overview of many basic rules and can get an explanation for any answer.
Is it any good?
Grammar Bytes! features detailed explanations, with examples, of more than 60 grammatical terms and concepts including verb tense, fragment and run-on sentences, prepositional phrases, and adjectives. Users can test their knowledge of sentence structure by taking online grammar quizzes, which include printable PDF documents to record their answers. Users also have the option of clicking on a link to get an explanation for any answer. The content is well-written, and kids will get an overview of many basic grammar rules.
Unfortunately, the quiz exercises, which are the site's most interactive element, are fairly basic and start to feel tedious pretty quickly. PowerPoint presentations are included to offer additional information, but like much of the rest of the site, they're heavily focused on reading instead of visual elements or user interaction. The site also has a few original language-themed videos, but many are long (some clock in at more than 14 minutes) and seem to drag. If Grammar Bytes! doesn't find a way to spice up its text-heavy content, kids may lose interest before they get past the first exercise.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how much time kids should spend online. The activities on the site help kids practice grammar, but -- as with any game -- kids could lose track of time when playing them. Check out our How to Set Screen Rules that Stick guide for suggestions.
How are games that involve words and math problems different than ones that involve shooting and battles? Can you have fun playing each kind? How can you tell if a game is meant for kids or adults?
The activities on the site are designed to help reinforce language skills. What grammatical concepts do you find confusing? Are there other ways you can practice grammar and sentence structure?