Wednesday, September 30, 2020

My Teaching Library: A Printable Resource Website Review

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.

Finding a good resource for printable activity sheets can be challenging!  Anytime I look around online for a free printable of some kind, I usually have to search a while to still have to deal with ads and finicky websites.  Some websites you pay for still don't meet all of your needs. In today's review of the Download Club from My Teaching Library we're going to look at how a printable resource website should be!

What We Received:

We received one year access to the Download Club from My Teaching Library which provides unlimited downloads and access to the website resources.

How It Works:

Resources are listed in drop down menus on the website by grade, subject and miscellaneous.  There is also a search box making it very easy to find relevant resources for your needs.  Once you find what you are looking for, hit the download button and your selection is sent to your downloads page under account information.  From the downloads page you can then see all the files you have ever selected and download any of them directly, multiple times on any device.  Having a list of your previously selected files is helpful, especially in the younger grades when the need to revisit topics happens frequently. 

In the older grades there are several interesting elements that complement those ages well.  There are all sorts of science activities, like anatomy or plant cells.  From Shakespeare to Dickens, classic literature is well represented.  Maps, constellations, history, math and research are included as well.  A nice addition is various hobbies or crafts like quilting or embroidery.

The miscellaneous area is very helpful for times when you aren't looking for something specific, but needing an activity of some kind.  A few weeks ago we went on a road trip out of town and I typically print off coloring and activity sheets for my kids to have things to do on the trip.  This area was great for that need.  There are themes by month and holidays, but also puzzles, games and instructional videos.

How We Used It:

With a 3 year old, a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, our family clearly has various needs when it comes to printables.  Like I mentioned above, preparing for a road trip was easy because I could find stuff for everyone in one spot.  With most homeschool families, you at least have parts of a core curriculum.  From a resource website you often just need to fill in gaps.  With Fall just beginning, I needed some fall related activities especially for my big kids.  I discovered Pumpkin Poetry that introduces several types of poetry as well as blank pages decorated with fall pictures to practice poetry further.  It works great for multiple ages and multiple kids!

I used My Teaching Library for my 3 year old the most.  He's working on letter recognition right now so he needs coloring sheets and lots of different exposures to letters and numbers.  They offer several different letter activities that definitely hit the spot like Trace, Color and Count, Letter Learning Bundle, and an Alphabet Coloring Book!  He's always ready to do school like the big kids so he has certainly enjoyed getting to work on things printed just for him.

The interface is easy to use and the variety of activities is diverse.  I would definitely recommend this website for anyone in need of an easy resource option for their homeschool.

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Are you looking for resources for different ages?  The Review Crew has families of all ages!  Click on the link below to see what their experience with My Teaching Library was.

My Teaching Library Download Club {My Teaching Library}

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