My Teaching Library review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are looking for educational resources to add to your homeschool, be sure to check out the Download Club from My Teaching Library.  As a busy father, it always seems to take too long to find resources and worksheets for our studies. I was thrilled to be able to review My Teaching Library to simplify our homeschool prep time.  Keep reading to see how we used My Teaching Library.

What is  My Teaching Library

My Teaching Library Download Club allows you to download any of the resources found on My Teaching Library website.  The resources available at My Teaching Library are available to purchase individually or you can download any resource as part of the Download Club.

There are many categories of resources beginning at the kindergarten level all the way to the high school level for your school.  You can search for resources by grade level or subject or type of resource. Once you find a resource you are interested in you can preview it or add to your shopping cart to buy or if you are a member of the download club it will go to your download folder.  You will also receive an email with a link to download the resource. You do not have to have a membership to search for resources so I would suggest going to the My Teaching Library website and seeing what resources are available for yourself.

Here is an example of some of the topics available.

You can also just enter a search term in the search box at the top.

All of your downloads are available in your account. Here is an example of some of the downloads that I used and you can see they are in the downloads section of my account.  You can see they will not expire even if your membership time has ended.

There are even resources for teaching.  I even fond downloadable ebooks like McGuffys reader and Pollard’s synthetic speller along with some biographies.

What resources did we use?

Since My Teaching Library has resources for all grades I could choose downloads for each of my children based on what we were working on right now.

Early readers:

I printed out a word-wall-Dolch chart and a phonics chart and put it up in their room as shown in the pictured below:

There were many other sight word bundles for both Fry sight words and Dolch sight words.  Since I am mainly focusing on phonics I did not want to confuse him so we only worked on a few sight words from the bundle. My plan is to work on a few more every week.  There were numerous phonics resources to use for my son.  There are phonics resources based on grade level and there are phonics resources for different levels of phonics.   Along with the phonics poster pictured above, there was also a Mega phonics bundle for blends that I am using. The image below is one of the worksheets my son completed for a sight word we are working on.

Junior High/High school

Next, I needed some work for my junior high and high school-age boys.  At My Teaching Library, I found some unit studies on Weather and the atmosphere. There is also a Constitution lap book that we are going through since I feel it is very important in our country to learn about the constitution.

I was amazed at the wide variety of resources available.  It is more than just a worksheet center.  I would recommend you try out some of the free resources at My Teaching Library to see if it could help in your homeschool.

If you are looking for resources for your homeschool I would recommend you check out  My Teaching Library. Click on the banner link below to see what other homeschooling families thought about  My Teaching Library.

My Teaching Library Download Club {My Teaching Library}

Which 2020 iPad is right for you

Well, another new (actually 2) iPads are here for 2020.  The new iPad Air and the new iPad 8th generation. With the new iPad Air becoming the smaller version of the iPad pro with a screen.  Of course, both new iPads come with new processors.

Which iPad

First, are you in the market for a new iPad?  How old is your iPad? Is it several years old?  Apple has figured out that an iPad does not need to be updated every year so there are no big changes in 2020.  It is quite obvious that if you bought a new iPad last year (7th generation or iPad Air ) then you have no real reason to update this year. The biggest change is that the iPad air now is similar to the 11″ iPad Pro and the 2020 iPad is similar to last year’s iPad Air. For homeschoolers, there does not seem to be any reason the get the smaller Pro.  Here are the new 2020 iPads.

The biggest advantage to the 2020 iPad Air might be the USB C port. This could possibly allow storage options like USB C hard drives. You would also need a new Apple Pencil and keyboard. For most cost conscience homeschoolers the 2020 iPad Air price is not worth it. I would recommend the 2020 iPad or if you see a good deal on last year’s iPad Air that would also be a good option but only if it’s less than the $329 2020 iPad or has more memory.

Here is a comparison of the new 2020 iPad with last year’s iPad Air.

So there you have it. This year you can basically get last year’s iPad Air for only $329.

What do you think? Which iPad will you buy? If I were you I would watch apples refurbished iPad Air from last year here if you can get one with more memory at around $329.

Here are the two I would recommend.

Homeschool Easy complete curriculum Review

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are new to homeschooling or need a complete package, you’ll want to check out the 2nd Grade Entire School Year Curriculum from Homeschool Easy.

What is the Homeschool Easy curriculum like?

Homeschool Easy offers a fully digital curriculum for grades 1st through 5th.  The entire grade curriculum can get downloaded all at once or as individual weeks as needed.  The curriculum is digital and mostly contains pdfs that you can print out for your child. There is a lesson guide for each week or section which has links to videos that cover the subject being studied. The curriculum includes Reading, Books, Math, Grammar, History, Science, and writing.

History

History contains 8 months of studies.  For second grade the curriculum covers American history and geography (World and US Geography.  The first week starts with a unit on Patriotism.  History covers early American history and then presidents all the way to modern-day.  All the video links are provided so you just click the link for the lesson and then have your child fill out the answers for the lesson.  A sample lesson is shown below.

Math

Math has 32 weeks of lessons.  There is a pdf with all the answers and a worksheet for each lesson.  The picture below shows a sample of the math lessons.

Science

For science there are lessons about landforms, Natural resources, motion, weather, dinosaurs, and plants and animals. Each subject has a list of youtube links to go along with the lessons. For example the science lessons on weather has links to videos about weather.  You can see the questions in the picture below.

I watched most of the videos about dinosaurs with my boys and they were pretty good and entertaining.  The questions were basic and seemed to skirt evolution.  Here is a sample for T-rex dinosaurs.

Reading, Grammar, and Books

For reading the curriculum is geared for those who are already reading at second-grade level.  There are reading guides for the recommended books.

The books to go along with the curriculum are from a website called Wilbooks.com. With the curriculum, you get a membership to Wilbooks.

Here is a sample of one of the reading guides.

Grammar was pretty straightforward.  Here is a sample worksheet for a grammar lesson.

It is nice to have a whole curriculum.  I really liked the History lessons.  They were simple and easy to use. Some of the other subjects may be a little hard if your second grader is not a great reader but most students should have no problems.

If you ware are looking for a full curriculum that doesn’t require a lot of lesson planning then check out Homeschool Easy.  There are grades 1 through 5. If you are interested in another grade be sure to click on the picture below to see what other reviewers thought.

Homeschool Curriculum for Grades 1 to 5 {Homeschool Easy Reviews}

Super Teacher Worksheets Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We’ve been adding printed worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheets Full 1-year membership with Unlimited downloads/access to supplement our reading programs in our homeschool.  Check out my review below.

What is Super Teacher Worksheets

Do you spend a lot of time trying to find worksheets for your students?  Super Teacher Worksheets makes finding worksheets for your homeschool easy. Super Teacher Worksheets is an online subscription to hundreds of already made worksheets for most anything school-related. It is hard to find a subject that is not covered by Super Teacher Worksheets.  There are worksheets for math, reading, science, and many more.  Membership costs less than $25 for a whole year.

You can download the pdf of the worksheet or you can print out the worksheet you need to go along with your student’s lesson.  Here is a list of all the worksheet topics available: Math, Reading Comprehension, Reading & Writing, Phonics, Early Literacy, Grammar, Spelling, Literacy units, Science, Social Studies, Holidays, Puzzles & Brain Teasers, Worksheet Generator, and Teacher helpers. 

How we used Super Teacher Worksheets

The great thing about Super Teachers Worksheets is that I can use it with all of my school-age children.  I especially like to be able to use the phonics worksheets to help my son with his reading. There are so many worksheets to help with phonics!

Each phonics section has many different types of worksheets like the ones shown in the picture below:

I also used Super Teachers Worksheets for my son to work on sight word spelling lists. Here is a screenshot of one of the units he worked on.

One of the nice features of the Super Teachers Worksheets is the ability to organize worksheets in folders.  There are so many worksheets that I wanted to use with my different children so  I created folders to organize for each of my children and also subjects.  The screenshot below shows some of the folders I set up.  It is easy to file the worksheets to the different folders for easy access later.

The other feature I thought was useful is the worksheet generator.  You can generate math worksheets, games/flashcards, quizzes, and puzzles, My son likes puzzles so I generated the Cryptogram puzzle shown below.

Wow, there is no reason not to subscribe to Super Teacher Worksheets.  I definitely recommend subscribing to Super Teacher Worksheets! I cannot believe all the worksheets available for all of my children! Don’t just take my word for it though, try out some printed worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheets or see what other reviewers had to say by clicking the link below:

Printable Activities and Worksheets! {Super Teacher Worksheets Reviews}

Time Travelers World War II Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Products like the Time Travelers U.S. History World War II Study from Home School in the Woods makes it easy to add hands-on history to our studies.  I was very excited to use this study with two of my boys.  Keep reading to see how it went.

What are Time Travelers U.S. History Studies

First, what is Home School in the Woods Time Traveler study?  Each study is a series of pdf’s that can be used for your history study of a particular time period or activities to supplement your history curriculum.  There are two basic activities that are provided with the study – A notebook and a Lapbook.  The notebook provides craft activities, copywork, a timeline, and short snippets of history in the study.  Most of the pdfs will require you to print out however there are also pdf lesson texts to go along with each lesson.  In total, the study I reviewed, World War II, had 25 lessons.

While we reviewed the World War II study, Home School in the woods has many other studies like Colonial life, Civil War that cover the standard US history periods. In addition to Time Travelers U.S. History Studies, there are numerous other studies available from Home School in the Woods.  For instance, now would be a great time to check out the U.S. Elections Lap-Pak which is studies the US elections which allows your student to follow along with the upcoming elections.

How we used Time Travelers U.S. History Studies

I was so excited to be able to review World War II study with my boys since they have been begging me to study World War II.  I also enjoy learning about World War II so it was also exciting for me.

There are numerous projects you can do with your students.  You can do as many or a few as you like.  We used the study as a unit study for World War II.  I really like the variety of projects provided by Home School in the Woods.  There were variations you could do that involve different amounts of work.  Since we are still working on cursive I chose to have my boys do the cursive copywork that was tracing as shown in the picture below.

Most of the projects involved printing and cutting out paper.  Your students can color the projects or you can just use colored paper when you print out the projects.  The timeline is especially helpful as you study different events.

Use on the iPad.

Initially, I was going to put all the lesson texts on the iPad so I could just read them from the iPad instead of my computer or printing off.  So I added some of the pdfs to my iBook library.

Then I could access the pdf’s from my iPad since my books are on iCloud.  (You may need to have later versions of iOS for this to work.)

I found out due to the iPad screen size and my eyesight getting worse that the texts were not as easy to read on the iPad.  This was due to not being able to increase the font size on the pdf.  It would have been nice if there was an iBook for all the text that could utilize increasing the text size.  What I did find worked well on the iPad was to put all the instructions for the projects on the iPad.  Then I could just pull up the instructions on the iPad for reference while my boys were working on the projects.  The picture below shows what one fo the project instructions looked like on the iPad.

Overall my boys and I loved the Time Travelers World War II study from Home School in the Woods.  We loved the projects and the lesson texts that you read for each lesson.  The only thing I didn’t like was all the different pdf documents but all the content and projects were excellent.  (The advantage to individual pdf’s is that you only need to download what you need to the iPad to minimize storage issues since there are a lot of pdfs with the study.) All the lessons were well organized so you could easily find what you needed for each lesson.  If you are looking for a History curriculum or projects to supplement your history curriculum I would highly recommend the time travelers series from Home School in the woods.

We reviewed the World War II study but others reviewed different Home School in the Woods studies. Click on the link below to read more Home School in the Woods reviews.

Election Lap-Pak, Benjamin Franklin, Timeline Collection, Time Travelers U.S.History and Make-A-State Activity-Pak {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

CTCMath Family Membership Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We are so excited to be able to use the 12-month Family membership from CTCMath. We school all year long so it’s nice to be able to add additional students if they need some additional help.  Keep reading below to see what CTCMath is all about.

What is CTCMath

CTCMath is a full math curriculum that covers all the math topics your child will need all the way threw high school.  The program is an online subscription that has lesson videos and review problems.  I reviewed the Family membership which lets you set up all your children in whatever grade they are in.  You can give assignments to each child and due dates or you can select what lessons you want them to work on.

As a parent or teacher, you can see all your children/students and see what progress they are making.  The picture below shows what the teacher screen looks like where you can see the child’s progress and what lessons are coming up.  It is also where you can assign tasks.

When your child logs in with his name he can work on the tasks you assigned or you can help them select a specific lesson or unit you want them to work on.  Each lesson has videos your child can watch and then there are questions for them to work on after they watch the video.  The questions are all answered online but you can also print out questions if you would like.  Once the question is answered, the correct answer is shown if they got it wrong.  The student then clicks on a button to go to the next question.

You can also have your child take a diagnostic test on the subject. The picture below shows one of the diagnostic tests for second grade.

Lesson results are easy to see as shown in the picture below.

 

What did we think

I was really impressed with CTCMath video lessons and my kids liked them also.  I thought the explanation and the graphics used to explain the lesson were really good.  I wasn’t planning on using CTCMath with my high school daughter for her Algebra but after watching some of the lessons I decided I would use them for her also.  There are so many different topics so you can easily find any topic your child might be struggling with to review.

I didn’t really like the option of giving assignments.  I preferred just selecting a lesson for my sons and letting them work on that instead of assigning him work.  It just works better for us that way.  I feel like I know what math topics my son needs to work on so I can just have him select those lessons to work on.  Maybe if your child is self-motivated you could assign tasks and just let them work on the assigned lessons.  Whatever works best for you if you are looking for a comprehensive online math curriculum then I would recommend CTCMath.

Be sure to visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews of CTCMath.

From Kindy to Calculus CTCMath 12-month Family membership {CTCMath Reviews}