Friday, November 19, 2010

KB Teacher Review

As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was asked to review KB Teachers. There goal is to be the one-stop shop for all your teaching needs. It is a website full of worksheets for all subjects as well as webquests and various other teaching tools and clipart. They have some of their material available for free but most of the material is watermarked until you sign up for the premium membership. The membership is priced at a rate reasonable for most families $29/12 months or $49/24 months.


There were two features with the premium membership that I used the most, the math worksheet generator and the custom handwriting worksheets.

The math worksheet generator is just that - you pick the operation and the details and it produces a worksheet. With a click of the mouse you can create a new one. This was perfect since Paul is working on multi-digit multiplication and he needed daily practice. They currently do not have a division worksheet generator that has remainders but there is a note on the site that they are currently working on that, so we (or I guess "I") can't wait for that one...Paul won't be too happy about more division worksheets!

The custom handwriting generators were great because I could make similar worksheets for all three kids with just a little tweaking. For Molly I used the large letter to color and then a line of writing that letter and one word. For Zach I used the six print words and then for Paul I just switched those same six words to cursive and it worked great!

Another benefit is they are constantly adding new material so you can go back often and find new things to print. Also, if you don't find what you are looking for they encourage you to ask and they will try to find it for you, and if they can't they will make it for can't get much better than that!

They do offer a ten day free trial as well as a 30-day money back guarantee so if you are looking for a website to print some resources from you can give them a try without the risk of losing your money.

I do want to make sure and mention the lack of Christian-based material. They do not claim to be a Christian based company so I don't expect alot but something would be nice to see. Also, I was excited to see their "dino" workbook and thought my dinosaur loving 5 year old would really enjoy it. Before I printed it out I was careful to look at all the information and it does mention "millions of years ago", and supports the "old earth" theory. We are careful not to have anything like that in our home so I was not able to use that "dino" workbook. I did not look at all the other science worksheets but I imagine they are also "old earth"/secular worksheets as well. It is easy enough to ignore those worksheets and use the math and other worksheets we did enjoy, but I wanted to make sure my readers know this is a secular company.

I should also note that they are currently working on redesigning their site and I will be sure and check out the redesign and see what changes they make, and I will make sure and post about it on my blog.

Be sure to take a look at what other crew members had to say here.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. There was no other compensation given for the review

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