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.
When our local schools closed their physical doors in March I scrambled to put together whatever educational materials I could that were not technology-based (there was already enough of that). I found myself googling "multiplication tables worksheets" and "number writing practice worksheets," among many, many, many others. This led me to downloading and printing resources from tons of websites, leading to inconsistency among the materials I was gathering.
When the opportunity to review My Teaching Library arose, I very eagerly pounced on it. My Teaching Library is basically an online library of downloadable educational materials for kids from preschool through high school. There are math drill worksheets, social studies lap book and notebooking templates, creative writing prompts and programs, science printable and worksheets, printable math and language arts games, and so, so, so much more. In the month that I've had access to My Teaching Library there is nothing that I've searched for on the website that I've been unable to find.
As part of my review, I was given an annual membership to the Download Club. With a Download Club membership (yearly or lifetime), you'll get to download as many worksheets, activities, and materials as you want, whenever you want. It's limitless. In my opinion, this is the way to go since there are so many valuable resources in the My Teaching Library bank. However, if you don't want to commit to the Download Club, you can also choose to purchase activities and worksheets individually.
So how have we used the My Teaching Library resources in our homeschool? Let me tell you and show you.
If you've read prior posts you'll recall that for geography this year I decided to stick with the basics and teach my kids about the 50 states (or, more realistically, as many states as we can comfortably get through in a school year). My Teaching Library has so many good worksheets, notebooking templates, and activities involving United States geography. I ended up downloading a state flags coloring book as well as a states notebooking template to piece together what I wanted to use for our geography lessons. When my oldest two (ages 6 and 8.5) study the states we read about them in a few books that I've gathered, write the state name on a United States map, color a picture of the state flag, and then draw a picture of the state and write 1-5 things (1 thing for my 6-year-old and 3-5 things for my 8-year-old) that they learned about the state (including the capital).
I've also used My Teaching Library math drill worksheets to help my 8-year-old work on her subtraction, addition, and multiplication fact memorization. We use these almost every morning and they've been working so well.
My 3-year-old, Ruby, loves to color so one of the first things I downloaded and printed from My Teaching Library was a really cool insect coloring book for her. I printed out the coloring pages and put them in a binder so that when my older two are doing their school work she can do her "school" work too.
I've also found some really awesome Ancient Egypt coloring pages and worksheets on My Teaching Library. For history this year we're working through Story of the World and the materials I've gathered from My Teaching Library have been a wonderful way to supplement the reading and give the kids something to do if they get antsy while I read.
In addition to activities and worksheets for the kids, My Teaching Library has a ton of awesome resources for parents and general homeschool organization. I live in California and, lucky for me, there are not a lot of requirements for homeschoolers. Basically the one and only requirement is that I keep attendance. I found a super simple attendance tracker on My Teaching Library and it's worked really well for me so far.
There are a lot of websites that offer educational printables. However, what I really love about My Teaching Library is that I can get absolutely everything in one place. I also love that they don't just have basic worksheets - they have lap book and notebooking templates, writing and math activities, and printable games. I've already checked out their fall and winter themed activities and I'm excited to incorporate some fall creative writing activities into our routine as well as some winter math and grammar games.
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