Hello friends! Recently, Vantage Learning sent me a 12 month subscription in exchange for an honest review of their product: My Access! Home Edition. I was pretty excited because, to be truthful, writing is an area that I was planning to hit hard this year with the older boys.
Here are some of the features that the product offers:
*Each year-long subscription includes 1 parent account and up to 3 individual student accounts.
*The program is entirely web-based, so that means that you can access it from any computer with an internet connection.
*Writing topics are assigned based upon the student's age (so that the level for your 4th grader won't be the same as for your senior).
*It is self-paced and interactive.
*The lessons guide students through the writing process: planning, organizing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
*Essay scoring and individualized feedback is available immediately through an artificial intelligence scoring engine.
*A word processor with editing and writing tools including a thesaurus, grammar-checker, spell-checker, and word bank lists help students vary and develop their vocabulary.
Once I got the student account set up for Ty, he was able to log in to his individual account and pick a topic out of many to begin writing the rough draft of his essay. Not only were there a wide array of topics, but there were several different *styles* of essay that he could choose from, as well (i.e., narrative, informative, persuasive, ect.)
I was also impressed with the step-by-step instruction that was given before each task was assigned. It was not only nicely descriptive, but taught in a fun, and engaging way.
The drawbacks, as far as we were concerned, were that, on several occasions, we found the website a little difficult to navigate. It was also tough because it seemed hard to switch between accounts with any kind of ease. There were a few days that we just gave up in frustration over this issue. However, once we were able to finally arrive at the right place, we did enjoy the curriculum.
Item: My Access! Home Edition
Publisher: Vantage Learning
# of pages: n/a (online course)
Price: $99.95 (however, it can be used for up to three students per subscription)
Age Range: 3rd grade up through adult
My Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars