Sometimes as homeschool parents we need help teaching our kids certain things. Whether it be due to a scheduling issue, your child not understanding and needing extra practice or whatever else, sometimes we want help!
What does the site have?
This site really has a ton of things on it! It can be overwhelming at first, but the more you move around on the site, the more you get a look at what is on it.
The site is interactive in a way. Teachers (both homeschool and classroom) can make tests and worksheets on the site and make them available for all to see and use.
So, you can search through the tests that are on there and let your child take one that’s already made. You can also make your own tests and have them available for others!
You can make tests with the free version of HelpTeaching.com, but if you upgrade to the Pro Plan, you can save the test as a pdf. This is helpful if you will be using the test again or just want to be able to keep a record of it.
Another neat thing that I took advantage of is the bingo card maker! I teach a sign language class at our homeschool tutorial and enrichment school and I wanted to make bingo cards for my class. I was able to type out all the words I wanted to “test” the kids on and it made up bingo cards I could print off. And, because I have the Pro Plan, the bingo cards are saved in my HelpTeaching.com account and I can print more off whenever I want!
In case you ever teach sign language… Bingo is a great way to test your kids in a fun way. You sign a word or letter or sentence and they find it on their sheet. They can’t put a marker on the word unless they know what you signed! It’s fun for them AND they are being tested on their knowledge. Win-win!!
How to navigate the site
They have the site organized so that you can search for things in a couple of different ways. You can search by grade or by subject. Each subject is broken down into smaller topics, as well. For example, within math, there is “Arithmetic and Number Concepts” and then below that it is broken down even more into “Fractions and Number Lines”, “Introduction to Fractions”, and so on.
Next to each lesson, it tells you the suggested grade level and how long the lesson will take.
My daughter is in 8th grade and taking pre-algebra. There is a nice lesson on “Linear Equations Using Slope Intercept Form” that could have helped her understand the concept more. (She didn’t do the lesson in HelpTeaching.com, because she was already past that point when we started using the site.)
How to use it?
There are multiple ways you can use the site.
I would recommend using it to make your tests, to make bingo cards (you can also make word search puzzles), to do lessons on things you are doing at home to help your child understand it more fully, and to share tests with students you have if you are teaching in a group setting like a co-op or public school.
Do we like it?
I do like it.
There are definite pros and cons with this site.
Pros: You can make your own tests and share it with your students via email… the bingo cards… the extra lessons to help with understanding… extra worksheets to supplement work done at home and further understanding.
Cons: There is usually just one lesson or one worksheet for each topic. So if your 7th grade child needs help with fractions, there might only be one fractions worksheet for that age level… others are making the worksheets, so there is no guarantee the answer are correct… Because there is so much on the site, sometimes it can take a little while before you find what you need.
My favorite thing about the site is that I can make tests for the classes I teach in our tutorial and I can share the link with my students and have them take it online. That will definitely come in handy!
I will likely continue to use the site for the bingo cards and to make my own tests. I probably won’t use the lessons and worksheets as much, but it is nice to know they are there if I need them.
Information at a glance:
How much? $24.95/year (A steal, in my opinion!)
For whom? There are things on the site for k-12!!