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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Grammaropolis is a subscription-based curriculum that teaches kids the parts of speech in fun ways. Parents can choose a monthly ($3.99), yearly ($19.99), or "forever" ($39.99) passport and create accounts for up to five kids. Kids read cartoon-y books, watch videos, and listen to songs to learn about the eight parts of speech and then take quizzes to test their understanding. Kids can view their progress and scores, and parents have their own portal to view progress reports. There's also an app version that covers the same content.
What's it about?
Like Schoolhouse Rock! for a new generation, GRAMMAROPOLIS simulates a fun city populated by zany characters who personify each of the eight parts of speech. Kids learn about the parts of speech through watching music videos for each concept, reading short cartoon-y books, and completing quizzes. As they move through the site, kids select one part of speech and then follow a map of different learning stages, each explaining the part of speech through text, songs, and videos interspersed with quizzes. As kids work their way toward mastery, they earn certificates. Kids can easily view their scores and progress for each part of speech on the main page.
Is it any good?
Developed by a classroom teacher for his seventh graders, Grammaropolis attempts to keep kids engaged while they learn grammar. The characters bring each part of speech to life in a way that gives meaning to its purpose -- there are superhero verbs and artist adjectives, among others. The songs are catchy enough to get stuck in your head, and the quizzes are challenging. Moreover, the way each concept is explained really makes sense, giving kids images of how these abstract terms work. For example, "Without Vinny the action verb, he [Nelson Noun] couldn't do anything."
Grammaropolis includes a lot of content: nine illustrated books (one for each part of speech, with a general book for all parts), nine animated music videos, 20 short animated clips, and hundreds of quizzes. Kids get immediate feedback on quiz answers with an explanation of the right answer. Grammaropolis does a good job of livening up an often boring (although important) topic for kids.
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