Sunday, November 1, 2009 - A Review

Product: ABCteach Membership

Price: $40/year ($70/2years)

Company: Photobucket

Where to buy: Membership

Brief Overview: is an online teaching resource for a wide-range of printables. Over 5000 for free. Over 35,000 for members. New materials are added weekly. It is geared for K-8th grade.

In-Depth Look:

I received a free one-month subscription to so that I could review the site and write a review. There are thousands available for free to anyone. But if you should decide to join as a member, you will have access to over 35,000. I must admit, I wasn't that excited about exploring the site. I felt as if I already had access to dozens of free sites with printables, and already belonged to one paid site for the same sort of thing. But then my crew mates started raving about all of the the things that they were finding. So I figured I better go see what all the fuss was about.

Once on the site, you have several options. You can search by grade level, subject, theme, or worksheet type. It has some items already grouped into theme units, making for a great start to a unit study. Also available are teacher resources to print out such as certificates, badges, and bookmarks. They even have ready made powerpoints, which I think is pretty nifty. With lots and lots of clip art, abcteach might be a teacher's new best friend (especially in a classroom setting, where they regularly decorate by seasons, holidays and other themes). You can even print out some sayings from Poor Richard's Almanack. That was one of my favorite finds.

Looking for something a bit more personalized? Check out the abctools. These are custom worksheet generators. There are word searches, crossword puzzles and spelling lists...just to name a few. You pick the words; abcteach tools generates the puzzles; your child gets a personalized worksheet. How cool is that?

My family has been reading through the Little House on the Prairie books. So I searched the site for things to supplement that. I was so excited to find a booklet for each book in the series, with a few comprehension questions for each chapter and some vocabulary words in the back.

We recently read "Lilly and Miss Liberty", a book about an immigrant watching the arrival of the French ship carrying the Statue of Liberty. So I searched the website for that and found some pages to print out to expand on what we had read.

My family reviewed Nutrition 101 for the crew. So I went to the site again and what did I find? A great little unit study on nutrition. Just perfect for going along with Nutrition 101. My daughters really enjoyed it, asking to do more.

So, yes, there are lots of sites with printables. And many of the sites are free. I have been to lots of them. As far as the free stuff on, I think it is comparable to all the other sites. But when it comes to the member site, I think it surpasses all of the others that I have seen. I was very impressed with the wide range of available sheets. It was so neat every time that I would go searching for something to supplement what we were studying in our lessons and then actually find the perfect unit study within a matter of minutes.

What I Like:

I like the ability to customize the puzzles with words of your choosing. I like the ease of use with the unit studies. I thought the quotes from Poor Richard's Almanack were print-worthy.

What I Don't Like:
I think the $40 price tag is a bit steep. The site I have belonged to for years is only $20. But you can sometimes find a group deal special for $20, through sites such as Homeschool Buyer's Co-op. So you might want to be on the lookout for that.

To read other crew members' reviews, click here.

Disclaimer: I received this online membership free of charge to review, as part of the TOS Crew. The above is just my opinion. Please remember that opinions may, and do, vary.

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