In our homeschool, we often look for ways to supplement our son’s curriculum, or for ways in which to provide more practice in areas where he needs more help. Over the last month, we have been working through lessons with Educeri. Educeri ……. Educeri a division of DataWORKS has over 1000 Ready to Teach Lessons available with their Educeri Lesson Subscription Service.
Educeri is a database of over 1,000 lessons for grades K-12. Although most of the content are in the areas of math and language arts, there is content for other subjects as well, such as science, art, and P.E., among others. Originally created for use in a traditional classroom, it can be effectively used in a homeschool setting.
How We Used This Product
I was a little disappointed to find out that these lessons were not video based, but rather they are slides. There is no audio, and my son thrives on audio/visual learning. Although they contain the visual component that he excels in, these lessons are not for self guidance if you have a struggling learner. If your child is advanced and just needs reinforcement or test preparation, then your child may do fine on his own. However, I needed to sit with my son as we did most of the lessons. This is not a bad thing, but my son is used to working mostly independently so this was something that he had to get use to.
The first thing we did was look through the database of content. Since Language Arts is my son’s weakest subject, we started with a 7th grade lesson called “Provide a Summary of a Text.”
To begin the lesson, we clicked on a the blue “Teach Lesson” tab and worked our way through the slides. The first slide showed the learning objective and an activation of prior knowledge. We often got stuck there as I had to go back and discuss with him many of the concepts that he was already expected to know in a particular lesson. But we had the ability to choose any grade level, so for Language Arts we often ended up in 5th or 6th grade.
From there, we moved on to concept and skill development, as well as guided practice. As we clicked our way through the slides, the answers would appear in red. I took this time to discuss with my son the answers and determine if he was ready to move forward.
Each slide comes with marker tools, which contain a pen, highlighter and eraser. Your child can use these tools to write on his lesson whiteboard right on the slide. Here are a few of the slides presented in this lesson (without using marker tool):
After working through a couple of Language Arts lessons, my son asked to move on to Math. A couple of the lessons we picked were “Converting Fractions to Decimals” and “Converting Percents to Decimals”.
For the math lessons, I took advantage of the downloadable worksheets so that I could give my son extra practice. These helped a lot to reinforce what was being taught in the lesson and to give him the confidence that he was learning the concepts.
Overall, I believe this is a good resource to be used as a supplement for further practice when preparing for testing, or in areas where your child may be weak. My son was missing the “lecture-based” teaching with video, as he is used to with many of his courses. It was a little bit of a challenge for him to grab a hold of some of the concepts for this reason, not because the lessons weren’t well done, but simply because of his comprehension deficiencies.
While I believe this is not the best fit for my child long term, it’s great to know that I have this resource available should I need it. The worksheets themselves are great practice. As the majority of the content is Common Core aligned, if you do not follow Common Core in your homeschool, as we don’t, you may find it hard to teach some of the lessons.
If you are looking for a supplemental resource for Math or Language Arts (other subjects too), check out the Educeri Lesson Subscription Service from Educeri ……. Educeri a division of DataWORKS. They do offer a free trial on their website as well.
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