Lesson planning can be hard work, but that is where Educeri comes to the rescue. Educeri is an online subscription service that provides educators with access to hundreds of complete lessons in all subject areas. These lessons are written by a team of people with a variety of skills; educators, editors, graphic designers and more. The lessons are categorized by grade level (PreK to High School) and by subject, though a majority of the lessons revolve are around math and language arts. The different subject areas are:
- English Language Arts
- English Language Development
- Other Resources
Navigating the site is quite easy. All you need to do is pick your grade level and the subject and you are shown a list of all that is available. In the picture below, I searched for grade 5 math and 37 results showed up.
In many of the lessons you will find an additional download resource.
This resource is downloaded in a pdf form and can be printed off for the student to complete. The resource fits in well with the slides shown in the lesson.
How did we go?
I decided to check out this site to see how we were going to use it. We have a solid curriculum that the boys use and as it is close to the end of the school year here in Australia, I decided to use this as a supplement program to help our boys better understand what they have been learning and also as a way to revise things that they haven’t done in a while.
On digging in, I was surprised to find no science lessons for either grades 4 or 6. They are also light on music, art, history and P.E. lessons for these grade levels. Lessons are constantly being added, so hopefully it won’t be too long before this is changed. Our boys love these subjects and I was hoping to find some lessons for them here but we had to give that a miss. I found many, many resources for math and language arts which we concentrated on during our time using this program. We found this great though, as math and language arts are the areas that our boys need to work on the most.
Now, this is a program that you can’t just type in the password and let the children work on it on their own. If you have a young child, you will need to sit and ‘teach’ the lesson to them. Our boys are older and can read quite well, so they were able to manage on their own. Even so, I did sit with them on most of the topics and we went through the slides together, making sure they understand the concept being taught.
As we read through the lesson, the boys would used the pen in the top right hand corner to write down what they thought the answers would be before moving on. Once you click the forward arrow at the bottom of the right hand side of the screen, the answers appear in red. The lessons work like a powerpoint presentation. Once the answers appeared, our boy would check his against the correct answer before erasing his answers. This helped me to see how they were coping with the concept and if they were understanding it correctly.
There is also a menu button on the bottom left hand side of the screen in which you can skip ahead in the screens if you wish. This is great for when your child understands all the concepts and doesn’t need to complete this lesson. Most of the lessons we did contained 10 – 19 slides which took a varying amount of time to complete. This all depends on the subject and how your child goes with understanding the concept.
Overall, this is not a resource that I would personally look for. The material in the lessons is very thorough and it presented in a way that is easy for you to ‘teach’ your child, but you do still need to sit by your younger children and help them. I do like they way the lessons and the worksheets interact with each other. The only downside for me at the moment is the lack of lessons in certain subjects, but they have said they are working on more lessons, hopefully that won’t take too long.
If you wish to check Educeri out before you purchase a subscription, they have a 30-day free trial available. You can also take a look at all the available lessons, some of which you can use for free before subscribing.