Wednesday, September 30, 2020

My Teaching Library

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.

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Even though our family's learning style doesn't focus on worksheets and textbooks, I do incorporate printed supplements at times. I have found various resources all over the internet over the course of our ten-year homeschooling journey, but I was intrigued with the opportunity to review My Teaching Library. While some sites offer materials that are topic or age-specific, this one covers all subjects for PreK-12th grade.

We received a membership to the Download Club which grants us unlimited downloads and resources for one year.

My Teaching Library was founded by Lynda Ackert, an educator of 20 years who wanted to help homeschooling families come together to support each other. As the need for quality, low-cost educational materials grew, so did the site. Years ago, I found many helpful resources on CHSH-Teach, LLC. Now, because of expansion and demand, that company has grown and was renamed to My Teaching Library. 

This site is aptly named as it is truly is a library of resources. All the materials can be found either by grade or subject. And the options within each category are extensive! There are nearly 60 downloads in the 4-5th grade math section alone. Of course, all the common subjects are covered, but there are some really interesting topics included, too, like character traits, a history of music study, Handicraft for Handy Boys book published in 1911, American sign language flashcards, and much more. There are puzzles, games, seasons and holiday learning, organizational helps, teacher aids, unit studies, lapbook, notebooking pages, file folder games, instructional videos . . . Should I go on? I mean, they even have a George Washington puzzle

I'm teaching two for kindergarten this year--two energetic little boys who are loving learning and growing together. As is our style, we are heavily concentrating on hands-on activities, but it is important that they learn writing skills, too. With almost 420 downloads in this kindergarten section, there is plenty to keep us busy and meet our needs. 

The boys have enjoyed working on math concepts with the Big or Small worksheets and What Does Not Belong classification pages. Since we're learning letters, the Alphabet Coloring Book and ABCs Trace and Color pages have been helpful for not only letter recognition, but strengthening fine motor skills, as well. I'm excited to print off the CVC word family pages now that we've started combining letters to make simple words. 

My older kids have been using things like the Spiders vs Insects mini-unit for 2nd-3rd grade, Learning About Amphibians worksheets for 2nd-5th grade, 5th grade spelling curriculum, and the Learn to Draw Ships book. 

It seems that every time I look through the site, I find more resources that I want to use! There are a handful of This Day in History studies that I think would be interesting to investigate as a family, a Pennsylvania-Dutch Cookbook that is filled with tried and true recipes, and a Jeopardy game that is perfect for the Christmas season. Even now when I was perusing the site again I found something new--Holocaust curriculum for both middle school and high school students. With that being my current favorite time period to study, I knew I needed to download them both to use with my kids.

You can purchase each product individually or you can receive unlimited downloads and resource with an annual membership or a lifetime membership to the Download Club. Everything you download can be found under My Account on the site, so it's easy to keep track of all the amazing materials you've found.

Whether you're teaching students full-time or simply looking for resources to keep your kiddos learning and engaged, there's something for you on My Teaching Library.

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You can see more examples of the downloads by reading the reviews on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

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