Monday, October 15, 2012

Grammaropolis Teaching Aides Review...



"Educators recognize that good grammar is a fundamental part of a child’s education. Top employers are dismayed to interview job applicants whose sense of grammar is sketchy, as a recent NY Times discussion points out.  Grammar is an important language skill that helps speakers and writers communicate clearly. But how can this usually dry topic be made more accessible and fun, so that kids will want to learn?
Enter Grammaropolis, a fun new “place” for kids ages 7 and up. Grammaropolis  (founded by a Houston based dad and educator) employs stories, animation, music and interactive games to ease the way toward smarter grammar skills. This learning website has won a 2012 Parents’ Choice Approved Award, a 2012 NAPPA Award and The 2012 National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. A new Grammaropolis app is coming soon.
Over the past year, Coert Voorhees (with the help of acclaimed kindie pop star Doctor Noize) created a full-length music album and website incorporating his story-based, interactive curriculum, which includes songs, books, videos, games and quizzes. Grammaropolis portrays the parts of speech as animated characters whose personalities are based on the roles they play in the sentence.
Today, hundreds of teachers in dozens of states and 15 countries are using Grammaropolis in the classroom, and parents and kids everywhere are discovering how much fun it is to explore the different “neighborhoods” of Grammaropolis. The CD has won national awards and acclaim, plus top 10 rotation on SiriusXM satellite radio’s national “Kids Place Live” show. And the testimonials for Grammaropolis.com are pouring in.
The full Grammaropolis curriculum is available now on a subscription basis (anyone can test out the Nouns neighborhood http://www.grammaropolis.com/noun.php for free!). Two Grammaropolis books have also been published this year, all available from http://www.grammaropolis.com."

What we thought:  What a fun way to teach grammar!  This set was a little bit over the heads of our 3 and 6 year olds, but we will be implementing it next year in our 2nd grade curriculum.  The kiddos can relate to the superhero characters of the parts of speech a lot more than just reading definitions.  The fun, colorful characters and their personalities will really stick in their heads and help them remember the definitions. Awesomeness!  By combining both visual (books) and audio (CD) tools, I'm sure this lesson will stick:)  ABCD Diaries gives Grammaropolis an A+!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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