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For the past few weeks I’ve been granted access to a program called Download Club. This is a club put together by My Teaching Library where you can download product to help you in your homeschooling journey. But get this… they not only help in your homeschooling journey but in your personal life as well! How cool is that!?!?!?!
What I am Reviewing
My Teaching Library is an online resource is chockful of downloadable PDF’s. You’ll find worksheets, lapbooks, notebooking pages and more homeschooling resources. You’ll find resources for students in PreK-12.
You have two options. Purchase a subscription to the Download Club or buy individual courses. An individual course will run a gambit of prices, or for a year do one fee and download anything you want. There is also a lifetime subscription as well that, if you were planning on homeschooling for a few years, would be an excellent cost-saving option.
As part of the Download Club you’ll find mazes, puzzles, wordsearches, unit studies, textbooks, and more. You’ll find some random videos as well.
How Does My Teaching Library Work?
Once you login into My Teaching Library you’ll be able to choose from a variety of educational resources. If you click on the tab you can choose by grade, subject, or any of the miscellaneous topics.
That will lead to a subject area where you can click on a product to learn more about it.
All products that you purchase end up in your downloads cart. You click on the purple button to download the product. Everything I looked at came as a PDF. I could then save it to where I wanted it on my computer. You can then print it off if you’d like.
How we used the Download Club
Most files I didn’t print off.
I shared the Holocaust one with my son to make the reading of the stories easier. Fascinating case stories for us to discuss and learn from.
I struggled with French Cookery. The highlighted links in the text didn’t seem to work so I needed to manually search for what I wanted to try out. Most the recipes didn’t have oven temperatures so it was a bit of guesswork to choose a recipe to try.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Marine Science study. I really only used the student edition. Reading and then answering questions.
The History of Music surprised me. I thought it was something different than it was. Going through a textbook via PDF simply didn’t work well for me. 700 pages with footnotes. I tell you I learned a lot! And much of it was fascinating reading, it’s just hard to read as a PDF and then needing to find my place everytime. I’m just not as organized as I need to be. 🙂
My goal was to read some poetry with my lad. UNFORTUNATELY a 15 year old lad isn’t always into poetry. 🙂 I quickly learned to avoid the longer poems. This shorter one he didn’t complain about listening too. 🙂
Perhaps my dutiful lad found something of himself in it? I don’t know, but he was quiet after listening to me read. Quiet is good no?
Should You Get It?
This is a bit of a mixed bag for me right? I had really looked forward to the History of Music and the French Cookery. Finding incomplete instructions in the cookery PDF was frustrating. The more text-booky feel to the music history left me feeling meh, EVEN THOUGH I learned a ton!
But I enjoyed the poetry (even though my son was less than enthused). The marine science book was excellent! (I look forward to finishing it) And the scenarios in the Holocaust PDF were sources of excellent conversation with my lad.
Given my varied reaction to the materials I used, overall I’d say it’s worth your time. For $45 a year annual membership, or $225 for a lifetime membership, it’s not a bad deal.
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