Friday, November 19, 2010

KB Teacher Review: an answer to lapbooks and lost books

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I was given the opportunity to review the online resource KB Teachers. 
What is it?

Christophe T. Popper, Founder and CEO describes it on his site:

"KnowledgeBears was founded in 1998 in New York, and our award winning KBears is now a leading online destination for children of all ages.

KBTeachers brings the best the web can deliver to you and your students -- It is the one-stop destination for teachers and parents who are always on the lookout for new and engaging 21st century teaching tools and materials.

KBTeachers is also about value, choice and transparency. We do not charge per download or per workbook.

For a low yearly or monthly fee, you get full access to all of our content and services--which would cost you $1000's of dollars elsewhere.

Before you join, you can preview our entire library, and after you join,
you have 30 days to cancel your membership and ask for a refund.

If you can't seem to find what you are looking for, contact us.
Chances are we have it! And if we don't, we will build it."


Because my boys are 13 and 14, we did not use this site to the fullest. I can see what a gold mine this can be to families with younger children or multiple-aged kids. Before I became the mean high school teacher mom, I used to be the fun mom. I planned lapbooks, and many themed learning adventures with my kids and other children in our homeschool co-op. K B teachers web site has so much to offer to this type of home schooling mom. Many of their pages include maps, labeling, handwriting, that are based upon themes. This is what fun lapbooking moms can appreciate. 

How I used it:

Random was given the pages to the weather unit. He admitted it was very easy for him. Well duh, it was 5th grade level. We had an Usborne book on Hurricanes for him to read and do the worksheets. This was a welcome break for him, from his regularly scheduled science lessons. I found these to be a great enrichment, but not a stand alone science program. I also used the math worksheets for Random when he misplaced his math textbook. Thanks to KB Teachers, he could not escape his math lesson.

Options:

The materials available are flexible. You can choose a variety of subjects, grade levels, topics, and activities. The options for printing and creating are endless. You can use color, black and white, landscape, portrait, choose your amount of problems and even download clip art. 

If your student needs math help, there are so many flexible worksheets to reinforce. There are telling time, math facts, money, fraction practice, decimal conversions. When I used these in a pinch, for Random, the math book loser, I was thankful the answer keys are included.

One of my favorite sections were the writing prompts. These are short lessons to improve a students descriptive writing. I printed some of these, I plan on incorporating these in our writing and grammar lessons. The endless English lessons span alphabet, handwriting, grammar, and persuasive essay.


Another bonus to this program was the founder frequently sends emails. These updates share the newest available pages. I appreciated that because I am ashamed to admit, I had joined a similar site, forgot about it and felt like I wasted my money.


Visit KB Teachers here at www.kbteachers.com
Price: $29 one year subscription or $49 two year subscription
Ages: K-12, I say K-8
You have the opportunity to try it for 10 days for free. Don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself here.


I received this product free of charge as part of the 2010 Old Schoolhouse Review. These are my own and my son's honest opinions. Read what other reviewers are saying about KB Teachers here.

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I welcome reader comments with open arms. I also understand if you aren't the commenting or hugging type of person, you can drop me an email at accidentallyhomeschooling@gmail.com.

1 comment:

All American x5 said...

Great review.

We enjoyed this review product as well.

Have a great day!

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