I can't even begin to describe HelpTeaching.com. It's a website full of learning. They have classes and resources for every subject, you can generate worksheets, there's tests and quizzes, games, and more. Grade levels are K-high school. There really is something for everyone here.
How We Used This:
For the great majority of this review, my printer was messed up. M is an IT guy, and he couldn't even get it to work properly! Finally, we figured it out and decided that Mr. B should really refrain from trying to do "Printer Maintenance" behind our backs haha. But the great thing is, you don't really HAVE to print out a lot. There are loads of printables, but there are also loads of streaming videos.
At first I thought it was going to be all lower level stuff, then I realized there's a link that says "View All...." so when you click that, a whole new world opens up for you. Each subject has a list that is organized by topic and grade. We have access for all grades, and I did dabble between lower grades and upper grades and felt they were all grade appropriate.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of grades. The above screen capture is for American History, and it stretches from 4th to 9th grades. We took part in the 4th and 8th grade lessons. The upper grades somewhat repeat the lower grades for better retention, but they include more material and more complicated assignments, as well.
We mainly stuck with science. We did a lot in Biology, including the 10th grade cells and DNA. It was a little hard for Mr. B, who is only 7th grade, but having a biology background myself I was able to walk him through it.
I like how all of the material is given to you on screen so you can print it for reference, or not. I wish this cell model was in color, but as it is it was very helpful.
Mr. B LOVES the videos. This is one from the Cells topic. If you look under it, there is a list of relative links such as coordinating worksheets and tests. This makes the site much easier to use. My only issue is that I can't figure out how to log and track what he has done on here. I've been told it is possible, and I know I did track one assignment, but I can't figure out how I did that. An easier way to track that from the parent/teacher dashboard would be amazing. As of right now, I just keep a written list.
There's a lot of math, too. And not just "easy" math. This site offers everything from 1+1 to Trig. We worked mainly with geometry here. He's a little behind in geometry, and the video lessons really helped to piece together everything for him.
Overall, I really like HelpTeaching.com, and I find it to be a wonderful resource. I wish there was a better way to track lessons that makes sense to me. I like that I can email him lessons to complete, and he can work on his own. I like the self-paced aspect a lot. The ability to print and save is also a MAJOR plus for me. This is a secular based site, so if you want more religious base that could be something to consider. Overall, I have recommended this to others already and plan to continue doing so.
Does HelpTeaching.com Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You have complete control of what you choose to do, and in what order. This is very easily adaptable to all learning levels.
This is subscription based, but there are no hidden fees. You have access to all grade levels, so it will cover multiple grade ranges.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
Mr. B loves the video lessons, and they are short enough to maintain his attention. You can break up the topics into smaller segments, only doing one lesson at a time.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.
This site has a plethora of subjects and lessons. There's everything from History to Language Arts.
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