Common Sense Review
Updated September 2013

Grammar Jammers Primary Edition

Grammar basics in catchy rhythms, cute characters, and brief quizzes
Common Sense Rating 3
Pros
Rhythmic beats and fun images make lasting impressions.
Cons
Kids can't move out of a lesson; they must complete it before moving onto the next.
Bottom Line
Teaches kids basic grammar vocabulary in a memorable, fun way.
Dana Villamagna
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Catchy songs and happy animations engage kids with grammar vocabulary in lighthearted yet solidly educational ways. The quiz-like activity at the end of each song lesson adds a bit of interactivity.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Lessons in brief songs provide just enough depth and concrete examples of grammar vocabulary for beginners, and they're followed by the short Quick Check activity for reinforcement.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

Kids must read the instructions for the Quick Check quizzes. Even though the instructions are very brief, adding verbal directions would be helpful for emerging readers.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Use Grammar Jammers to supplement lessons about reading and spelling. Kids who find grammar lessons intimidating might warm to Grammar Jammer's light-hearted and pressure-free presentation.

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What's It Like?

Grammar Jammers Primary Edition uses fun animations and rhythmic songs to teach grammar basics in the areas of adjectives, contractions, nouns, pronouns, punctuation, sentences, and verbs. Kids choose a grammar topic, then watch the brief animation and listen to the cute related song. Kids can then reinforce what they've learned by playing the Quick Check quiz. The songs are catchy and fun, yet cover the basic ideas of each grammar subject with just enough depth to be meaningful. For example, a man sings "An adjective is a word that describes a noun. A noun is a person, animal, place or thing" in  a catchy rhythm as cute drawings of a tall man, little girl, and happy boy appear.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Grammar Jammers Primary Edition is a short and sweet, sometimes funny way to introduce kids to basic grammar and vocabulary definitions. This app can be an excellent way to help ease students into the topic. The Quick Check quiz activity is a low-stress way to find out if kids understand what they've learned in the song. Answer incorrectly, and the correct answer is immediately highlighted in green. Grammar Jammers Primary Edition provides just enough lessons mixed with lighthearted songs to keep it interesting without being overwhelming for young learners.

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