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Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: abcteach

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If you’ve ever perused www.abcteach.com, you may have been impressed by their 5000+ FREE worksheets. Did you know that a year membership will give you access to over 35,000 worksheets and other printables, with more being uploaded every week? Not to mention handwriting worksheet wizards and a crossword puzzle wizard.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received a one-month membership to www.abcteach.com in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation. This review reflects my experiences using the website.

There’s a whole lot to wade through on this site, but it’s all organized into neat categories and a search engine is provided in case you looking for somthing in particular. Many of the printables are black and white, making them easily reproducible, though some do use color and others offer a color or black and white option. All are provided in as pdfs. Worksheets are mostly single pages with very small file sizes (most under 100kb), making downloads quick even for dial-up.

There’s a wealth of different topics available for all different ages ranges, including phonics tools (including word wheels), maps, short biographies of various historical figures, templates for making 3D geometric forms, math wheels, mini-offices, posters, word walls,and much more.

This is the type of site that’s easier to approach if you know what you’re looking for. Trying to check it all out at once is a bit overwhelming. A few of my favorite finds:

  • All the templates to make geometric forms
  • Origami Math
  • Math and Word Wheels

Can you tell that I have math on the brain? We try to infuse real-world math into our lessons as much as possible and it was refreshing to see some “worksheets” with less emphasis on completing a bunch of problems. And even though the word walls and posters were designed with a classroom in mind, some of those posters could be transformed into mini-offices. There are board games, too, and with a little creativity, some scissors and a laminator, some of the worksheets could become file folder games.

The handwriting worksheets wizards are convenient and are accompanied by tutorials to show you what’s what. Easy to use once you get the hang of it. And every week you'll receive their newsletter with a list of all the new goodies to be found on their website.

Is it worth the price? Possibly, depending on your teaching style and the ages of your kids. There are significantly more resources here for K-3 than for the higher grades, though there are activities appropriate for up to 8th grade. And if you are not into worksheets, it’s usefulness will be limited. While I certainly didn’t look at all 35,000+ files on this site (that would be over a thousand a day!), I did not feel a need to buy a membership once my trail was done. We simply don’t use very many worksheets. I don’t need handwriting generators because I already own software that does what I need in that department. But what I found myself thinking was how many 100% free resources there are available on the web. True, they are not all in one spot, you have to seek them out, but there are worksheet generators, crossword generators, worksheets, printable file-folder games, printable mini-offices, maps, word wheels, all for free. I didn’t see much here that I haven’t already seen a similar version of somewhere or other on the web for free. What you are buying with your membership to abcteach is the convenience of having all these resources in one place on the web (instead of on your hard-drive) and being able to download them whenever you need them.

Membership to abcteach:

  • $40 per user per year/$70 for two years
  • discounts available for group buys

To read other reviews of this product by other homeschoolers, please visit the TOS Homeschool Crew blog:

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1 comment:

  1. I love this website! I completely forgot that I signed up for t a while ago! Thanks for reminding me.

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