I can't count the number of times I have been asked how I prepared I feel to teach my older children at home. My answer is always the same - while I may not know everything about everything (who does?), there are so many resources available to help homeschooling parents fill in the gaps to teach their children. One of those resources is the Pro Plan at HelpTeaching.com - a wealth of online lessons, online quizzes, and online practice in math, science, English, and more.
For this review, we received a one-year Pro Plan membership. This membership includes:
- Unlimited use of Test Maker to create tests and worksheets with up to 100 questions
- The ability to use images with questions
- The ability to save created tests as PDFs
- Unlimited use of Test Room to administer online tests and lessons
There are SO many features of HelpTeaching.com that are incredibly helpful for homeschooling mamas, especially if you have older children.
For example, The Boy is taking Physics this year. It's been a L-O-N-G time since I've studied Physics. (I'm not going to tell you how long. Ha ha!) HelpTeaching.com to the rescue! They offer lessons for physics that include a written explanation, practice questions, at least one video, activities, related worksheets, and links to additional resources about the topic. What more could I ask for? They've already done all the work for me. In fact, I can choose a topic, click on "assign", and assign it to The Boy; HelpTeaching.com sends him an email telling him to complete the assignment.
|Screenshot of the lesson on Inclined Planes|
|Screenshot of part of the Acceleration video|
Here are some of the physics topics that are covered:
- Boyle's Law
- Charles' Law
- Doppler Effect
- Inclined Planes
- Laws of Motion
- Speed and Velocity
- And many more!
Physics isn't the only science that has lessons at HelpTeaching.com. They also have lessons for astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and microbiology.
I haven't just used HelpTeaching.com with The Boy. They also have a wealth of material for junior high, so I am able to use several aspects with the twins.
One feature I really like is the printable worksheets. These are already created; all I have to do is print them. You can browse the worksheets by grade level or by subject. There are worksheets for visual and performing arts, English/language arts, life skills (like money management and driving safety), math, physical education (sports rules and history), science, social studies/history, and study skills and strategies.
I've used several of the math worksheets with the twins. Whenever there is a concept that they're struggling with in their curriculum, I can go to the math section and usually there is a worksheet covering that topic. It helps them to have additional practice with these concepts.
Another feature I've liked is the printable game and puzzle generators. I usually create my own word search puzzles for my girls to use to practice their spelling or vocabulary words. I love that I can input the words I want into the generator, tell it whether or not I want words to be backward, choose whether or not I want an answer key, and then save or print the puzzle. This is SO much easier than me trying to write out my own. You can also create number Bingo or word Bingo cards.
|Screenshot of the puzzle generator page|
The Test Maker is another favorite feature. There are 3 options:
- You can completely create your own test, writing your own questions.
- You can browse the library of questions they offer as well as creating your own questions to create a customized test.
- You can quickly input a keyword, grade level, and number of questions for it to generate a test for you.
I like being able to write my own questions, but I also like that I can go in and find pre-written questions at each grade level and subject area. There is a search feature where you can put in a key word and it will give you all the pre-written questions that apply. You simply choose any of those questions you want to add to your test.
Like I said earlier, HelpTeaching.com contains so many resources for older students that, if you have a junior high or high school student, you will definitely find items that will help you as you teach them those more advanced subjects.
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