Friday, November 19, 2010

TOS Review - KB Teachers - Premium

As part of TOS Review Crew I was given a trial subscription of KB Teachers to try out. I love websites such as these and was eager to explore this one. There are two subscription levels and I was given a 2 year Premium trial. They have a 30 day free trial and then the price is $29 for 1 year or $49 for 2 years for premium access. They have all sorts of worksheets for ages K-8 though some of the history and science worksheets could easily be used for older students.

The site is well laid out and easy to navigate. In fact there is no search bar because the company believes you should be able to find whatever you are looking for in three clicks of the mouse.

They offer worksheets, clip art, workbooks and activity guides. The subjects cover Seasonable topics, English (including handwriting worksheets), Math activities, Science, Biology, and Social studies (including maps).

Since my oldest was covering the weather in science I first went to the weather and climate worksheet section. Oh it was wonderful! All three of mine are quite visual learners and there were graphic organizers galore! The stages of a tornado was a big hit and we loved the combination of writing a description and drawing at the same time! They also have a similar worksheet for hurricanes.

The illustrations on the worksheets are detailed and wonderful. The pages are not overwhelmed with text or pictures - there is a nice balance. This works well because my boys get overwhelmed at too much on one page.

For the middle son - the Astronomy workbook was a good pick. He is familiar with The Big Bang Theory, though we do - as a family - follow creationism. The site is not heavily into evolution - at least not in my observation but the content is there if that is a concern. I don't think it would be a problem to skip worksheets that do not fit into your plan. We used them as a springboard for discussion.

For youngest I used the Plants: Intro to Biology worksheets. He is studying plants on a basic level. Again, I found many resources to go with our other work. The Photosynthesis worksheet really helped him to grasp the way plants make their own food.

I was happiest with the Ancient Egypt activities. We went to K Bears website and though it was a little difficult to find the Egypt section it was well worth it.
We went to the links on Pharonic Egypt as that is the time period we are currently studying. There is a wealth of information there and it was easy to find the answers to the worksheets there.

I highly recommend KB Teachers as a supplement to your current curriculum. There are many activities - journal prompts, worksheets, graphic organizers - that will enhance whatever you might be studying.

I am looking forward to using the Thanksgiving materials in the upcoming weeks. There is something here for every homeschooling family in my opinion.

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Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given use of this product for the purpose of obtaining my honest opinion. I received nothing else. This is my honest opinion. Please consider that every family is different and results may vary.

1 comment:

Lori Lynn said...

I can't tell you how much I love this review! Well done! I got a chance to play with KB Teachers too and really liked it alot. We do "Friday Fun Lessons" where we take a break from our curriculum every Friday. I've got a plethora of fun lessons with KB Teach! Thanks for the terrific review Peggy!