Sunday, November 1, 2009

TOS Homeschool Crew Review - ABC Teach membership

This review is for the ABC Teach membership. There are 5,000+ free worksheets for any one to use but there are over 35,000 pages of worksheets and activities, abctools, and more, available to members. Note: the pages I have linked to are the pages with the free stuff on them, below the free pages is a list of more worksheets available if you have a membership. That will give you an idea of the kinds of things available with a membership. Also, as members make new pages you get access to them too. So each week there are more new pages. Each worksheet page, no matter what type, comes up as a pdf download. This make them readable and usable for all members.

My son Christopher was the one to do the pages from ABC Teach in our family. They have a lot of worksheets Christopher enjoyed. There are Middle School and Junior High things but none of the pages were really suitable for my son Nathan for High School. Nathan did do a crossword puzzle or two, just for fun, but nothing else. I would recommend this membership for those with elementary and middle school age students, Preschool - 8th. There is not as much for the older grades but with the tools you could make more things and add to the stuff on the site for the older kids.

There are a lot of cool things on the Teaching Extra's page: candy bar wrappers, bookmarks, postcards, music extra's and more. The membership, again, has a lot more. I loved the note cards. I am using them for our workboxes. I laminated the note cards so I can write on them with dry erase markers instead of using sticky notes to give the boys directions on what to do in certain subjects.Then they are reusable and it saves money in the long run.

There are pages of worksheets for: ABC Activities, Reading, Art, Math, Science, Grammar Social Studies and more. Christopher did pages for Grammar on Capitalization, something he knows but "forgets" to do. He also did a few crossword puzzles which he loves, he did a physics one and two crosswords on Little House in the Big Woods. He really enjoyed them but found them more challenging than he thought they would be. Each of the Little House ones covered two chapters. They never finished the chapters of the book, that is a shame, maybe I will do some if I get to have a membership. If your child likes the Mary Pope Osborne books there are materials to go with most of the books. Here is one: Crossword: Revolutionary War (primary) featuring vocabulary from Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House book "Revolutionary War on Wednesday." i have shown you only a sampling of the many things on this site, there is a lot more great stuff.

Their search engine for the site is very good. If you are studying a certain topic you can do a search and see what is available. Here is a search I did for the Magic Tree House books. There were 67 items that came up with that search and it said there were 22 more in the member section. Use the search for something you are studying and see what you can come up with. 

custom worksheet generators - make your own documents: Bingo, Crossword Puzzles, Word Search, Handwriting sheets in a variety of handwriting styles and more. click the link where it says abctools to see the list. My son loves crossword puzzles and making some for him for reinforcing the subjects we are learning about is great. He wants me to make some for his Bible memory verses. Leaving out words in the verses and have the left out words be in the crossword. I hope to be able to do that soon.

Some of the other tools are great for younger students. Making pages for handwriting with words you want them to write instead of words decided on by a company that does not know what you are studying and does not know your child, would be of great benefit.

With each of the tools you can see samples of pages you can make. You cannot make your own unless you are a member, but you can see what could be made if you bought a membership. They make it easy for parents and teachers to make the worksheets. The tools are one of the best things about the membership because you can easily make new things to fit just what you need.

I am hoping to get a year's membership. One month was not nearly long enough for all the things I wanted to do, or to even look at all the stuff already on the website. If I do get a year's membership though, I may have to get a bigger external hard drive so I can save it all! Free Blinkies

There is a great video you can watch here to see some of the benefits of membership at ABC Teach

Here are the prices for membership:
  • $40 per user per year / $70 two years — individuals/groups 2-9  
  • $35 per user per year — groups of 10-29  
  • $25 per user per year — groups of 30 or more. **SUPER SITE LICENSE pricing available for groups of 100 or more.
Out of five stars we give ABC Teach membership:

*** ABC Teach provided me with the membership to the website so that I could do my review. Though I received this product for free I have given an honest review of it here in this post.

Make sure you read the other posts from my crew mates here and get some other opinions on membership to this site.


New Note: Homeschool Buyers Club is offering 50% off a subscription to ABC Teach. The offer expires November 30th at midnight. I did not post this before because the offer was supposed to expire Oct. 31st but they just extended it. Check it out by clicking here. Hope this helps someone out.

No comments:


Related Posts with Thumbnails