I have really enjoyed being part of the Homeschool Review Crew and getting to try out a wide range of educational products. I had never heard of Educeri... Educeri a division of DataWORKS prior to receiving their Educeri Lesson Subscription Service for review purposes. We received a full year of access.
While Educeri is an online program, it's different than the online programs we've reviewed in the past. Those were designed for the student to be online and interact with the computer to do the lesson. Educeri is designed for the teacher to be online and have access to lessons and resources for doing the teaching to their students.
There are dozens of lessons available in a wide variety of subjects. They range from kindergarten level through high school level. I found a lot of lessons in both the kindergarten and the first grade sections that would be good for Katie to do.
Here, Katie is working on a worksheet printed from the first grade lesson Memorize Addition Facts. The way we used Educeri for this lesson was to have Katie stand next to me at the computer, while I clicked through the slides and taught the lesson. Katie has a basic grasp of addition through her regular math curriculum, but I liked presenting the materials in a slightly different way, and having her learn new vocabulary, including the word "memorize," which I had not thought to define for her prior to seeing the Educeri lesson.
With Jack and Hannah, we started with a lesson on commas and quotation marks. Again, this was review for them, but it's an area I felt they could use additional practice in.
We went over the lesson together, and then I had them do a page from the printable student handbook each day for a week.
In Jack's math, he's been working on fractions, so I thought presenting the Generate Equivalent Fractions lesson might be helpful for him. Sometimes approaching something from a slightly different angle helps a concept click.
Since he's older, the way we used Educeri together was for him to sit in the chair and have control of the mouse, while I hover and explain and say, "Click next," a lot.
There are also a few "teacher development" lessons. Homeschooling is very different from classroom schooling, so they did not apply to our way of doing things, but I found them interesting to read over.
In this picture, Katie is doing a handout from Answer Questions About a Story. We read the story together, and then Katie answered the questions beneath it, demonstrating that she understood what happened in the story. This was from the first grade section. I would love to see Educeri add similar reading comprehension lessons to all the elementary grade levels.
We've been using Educeri for about a month now, and I feel like we've barely waded into all the options available for us. I can easily see us continuing to refer back to these lessons to teach a variety of topics as we come across them in our usual curriculum.
Educeri would also be a super fit for a classroom teacher who is new to homeschooling and wants a familiar framework for presenting lessons.
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