Curriculum, Education, Homeschool

My Teaching Library

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The Melanated Gold Review Squad was given a subscription to My Teaching Library. So let’s dig deep into this review.

The My Teaching Library membership offers unlimited downloads/resources for grades PreK-12th grade. You will find resources for all subjects and bonus resources for miscellaneous use. There are over 1,000 downloaded resources for you to choose from in the My Teaching Library.

I was hoping My Teaching Library membership would be a valuable resource for homeschool. The resources provided on My Teaching Library can provide extra support for families’ current curriculums, but you really have to dig deep into the library to find the quality materials. Over the weekend I downloaded 70+ plus files that I thought would be useful for our current spine curriculum. I know you are wondering why so many files? Well, the way the files are listed on the website several of the files that would fit into one unit are separated so you have to download each file for a complete unit and there are no sample pages. My son is doing 5th/6th hybrid homeschool year so I needed to download for both years. You can’t view a lot samples of the files which also makes it hard to judge if it will work for you so you just have to download and decide later.

After going through 70+ files I found about only about 20 files would work for us. I found several typos, grammar errors, poorly aligned printable, misinformation, and spelling errors. Many of the printable overall quality wasn’t very tidy and some of the text was extremely small. Many of the printable were either a hit or a miss. I did like some of the posters and a few of the organizers for history, science, and note taking.

The dashboard is nice because it stores all downloads. Depending on your membership you will need to download your items within 30 days or before your subscription expires. Without a membership you can pay per download but with no or little samples to view you need to be careful.

So I know what you are wondering would I invest in My Teaching Library ? My Teaching Library just isn’t a good fit for my family. I rarely review a product that I say this about, there were just too many issue for us.

If you are looking for educational resources to add to your homeschool, My Teaching Library I would proceed with caution. At the time of this review, membership is $60.00 a year or $276 for a lifetime membership. Be sure to check out the other Melanated Good Review Squad members reviews by clicking the banner below.

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Teaching Textbook 4.0 Review!

I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

Teaching Textbooks has been a staple in our home since the end of my son’s 1st-grade year. When the crew was given the opportunity to review for Teaching Textbooks I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity. Our family was given a 12-month subscription to Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0.

The crew was fortunate to have access to both 3.0 and the newly launched Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0. My son was able to really compare the two versions of Teaching Textbook and let me tell you he really liked 3.0 but he LOVES Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0. If you arent familiar with this online digital math curriculum students start the lesson with a lecture and then they will complete 5 practice problems. Once the student’s complete practice problems they move on to do the 20 lesson problems. As the children work the problems if the program senses they are stuck they will give them a helpful hint. When a problem is answered incorrectly students are given an explanation of how to solve it.

The 3.0 version was a little dated with the graphics and at times I agree with him it was glitchy. Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 delivers the same quality of lessons as its older version, but the company has really given the platform a major facelift. I also the accessibility of Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 We have his apps on his laptop, iPad, and on my iPhone. No matter if we are on the road or he is using his iPad comfortably on the couch he can log into his apps. I find it really helpful that I can pull out my phone and check his progress in the evenings without having to jump on the computer and log in.

Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 is very versatile with added components such as the control center, students can watch lectures or skip them altogether and jump right into the problems. The control center also gives students a scratchpad, my son loves this new feature. The Control center also allows the student to change their animated buddies and wallpaper. Students can earn more buddies/wallpapers as they progress in lessons. Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 parent account gives you the same ability as the 3.0 to change settings and check grades.

Lil J notes:

  • Better Graphics
  • Does not glitch
  • Easier to log in
  • He can use it on his iPad
  • Cool Backgrounds
  • Still looks a little like 3.0
  • Likes 4.0 better than 3.0

The fresh new look of Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 is visually appealing to both kids and parents. We use Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 as our daily warm-ups for our homeschool day. You can use it if you like as your math curriculum or as a supplement. Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 website has a placement test and I highly recommend you take this before deciding on the level that best works with your student. Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 does offer a free trial for the first 15 lessons for you to try, they also have a family account you can purchase if you have more than one child. . If you would like to read more about Teaching Textbooks Math 4.0 be sure to check out the other Crew’s reviews by clicking the banner below.

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Homeschool Health, Mom Life, Reviews Review!

The end of last school year it was like a light bulb went of in my son and he now loves everything math related. He went from a struggling math student to a math wiz over night. Now this mom is not a math lover and so I have to always keep my own skills up t pair when teaching math to my student. It was a great relief to this mom to this mom when the Crew was offered a one-year family subscription to is an online math program that provides detailed short instructional video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. also has a detailed parent dashboard for parents to track their students progress and for record keeping. Students can learn at their own pace and have the opportunity to earn badges to keep them motivated to continue to progress. Students can work on

  • Basic Math
  • Advanced Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra

My son worked on Basic Math along side working in his own curriculum. What I really like about this program is that it gives my son an opportunity to learn math from someone else besides myself. video tutorials are perfect for him to see skills done in real time and the instructor is friendly and encouraging. also gives this mom a break when I need from time to time. The Basic Math has 10 topic with 6 to 12 lesson per topic.

Topics for basic math include Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Ratios, Geometry and so much more. is a complete math curriculum in my opinion for students in grades 3rd-12th grade. The one-year family subscription to comes with 3 users and I politely slid myself into one the slots so I can also refresh my own math skills. is a great homeschool planning tool for those doing 100% homeschooling and it is also a great supplement if your student is doing virtual school and you feel they need a little more support.

My son is still working in the whole numbers section working on multiplication and long division. I very sure in the next few weeks we will work on the geometry section as well. This is going to be a great supplement for his math because he has already burned though 90% of his math curriculum and I was going to be needing something to hold him over and keep his skills sharp. is a wonderful online math program . At the time of this review the yearly plan is $99 for 3 students, monthly plan for $15 for 3 students. Be sure to check out the others crew reviews on by clicking the banner below.

Until the Next,

Mom and J

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Math-U-See: Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction Review!

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

When I started my sons first formula math lessons for math, Math-U-See was at the forefront of my curriculum choices. One the of reason was for its mathematical approach that was similar to Montessori math incorporating hands on manipulatives for learning. When I saw that Math-U-See now offers Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction, I knew I had to try it.

The Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction is for those students that are struggling with mastery and fluency. Its also is for those students that need a more visual and tactile way of learning math. If you student is still using dots, tally marks or even counting on their fingers to do basic single digit addition and subtraction this program is also for your student. I had my son review his subtraction so I could triple check he had complete mastery and he does.

Math-U-See has taken great steps to makes sure that parents are equipped with what they need when using the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction . Parents are highly recommended to have their students take the Before AIM Assessment located on the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction website. The Before AIM Assessment is a verbal assessment of 109 + addition and subtraction at a recall time of 3 seconds or less. The Before AIM Assessment gives parents step by step easy to follow instructions on how to administer the test as well as positive reinforcement suggestion to help your student stay confident and frustration free. The Before AIM Assessment can be done at your students pace and the best part the Before AIM Assessment is free before you commit to purchasing to make sure that the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction is a good fit for your student.

After you take the Before AIM Assessment and purchase Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction the system comes with 12 month digital access to lesson videos instructions, solutions and printable resources. The kit also comes with a smaller set of the integer blocks, colored pencils and everything you need to use the system. The included resource guide acts your lesson plan and is broken down into four sessions labeled A-D. What I personally liked about the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction their are not outside distractions to the lesson, with the included posters and flash cards the goal is to concentrate on math facts only and learn them visually and then memorize.

If you are already a Math-U-See family the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction can easily be added used along side the Primer and Alpha Math-U-See curriculum to help to help support fluency and mastery. Mr. D as my son calls him makes a reappearance in the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction lesson videos online and you will also find helpful games and resources for each lesson. Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction is a fun and gentle way for kids to learn their facts. I think the biggest plus is the parent support in the resource guide that helps you support your struggling students. Kids often tend to feel bad when they are struggling with concepts and the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction really works hard at making sure parents keep their students encourage and self esteem in tact.

Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction at the time of this review is listed at $39 plus tax and applicable shipping. The Before AIM Assessment is free to take on the Accelerated Individualized Mastery (AIM) for Addition and Subtraction web page and it is highly recommend that you do this before ordering. The program can be done at your student pace, generally takes 6 to 8 weeks to complete. This is a low cost system that can help your student work on their mastery skills over the summer or now if they are home because of the unfortunate Covid-19 pandemic.

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Until the Next Time


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