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With our school year not being on a typical schedule, this time of year has us trying to fit everything in that needs to be done. Especially this year with both of them being seniors! I was looking forward to checking out some fun resources with the Download Club from My Teaching Library.
My Teaching Library has teaching resources for all grades, from preschool to grade 12. There are many different main subjects as well!
- Character Education
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
For me, since my kids are in 12th grade, I decided it was easiest to just look at the choices under the 9th-12th section.
Right away I saw something that got my attention. With it being an election year I wanted to see what they had for that category.
They had a simple Electoral College packet. I love that it has a map so that you can color it in as the results are shared. I think that is the exciting part of election night. Along with the map there is a list that you can keep track of each states contribution of Electoral College votes.
The list includes the number of votes that each state gets, it is current as of 2019 which is still the same for 2020. So, in using that chart you can then transfer over to the next page each candidates states. Then you can tally them up at the end.
I think this works for many different grade levels. And it helps with geography as well, trying to find the states mentioned.
Another item in the election category is a candidate analysis. I think this is fantastic for my kids this year. 2/3 of my children can vote this year although only one is homeschooled right now. I think this will help them as they go to vote.
Some of the items have not been talked about as much yet, we are going to be waiting for the debates and fill in things as they talk about them. I like that they have a section for relevant candidate quotes as sometimes those are just easy to remember and associate with a candidate. And, if they are extra good, there are memes made out of them, ha!
Other categories that caught my eye were a couple of the drawing items. We moved somewhere that has flowers that we weren’t used to while living in Arizona, so the How to Draw Flowers section was fun. The drawings are pretty basic, but I am thinking you could expand on them as you see fit. They are more like illustrations.
There is also a section on how to draw birds. This seemed more like a study on birds, with less drawing information. I thought it was still quite interesting though! You would definitely need some drawing experience before using this one.
I was excited to see a book list by grade level, but alas, there wasn’t anything listed past sixth grade-ish. There are definitely some great books on the list though!
As the kids are already almost done with math for the year and we aren’t doing a science this year, I thought I would keep looking for more categories. Next I found economics! We started economics this semester and the curriculum we are using just isn’t what I wanted. I think I will look more into this.
The economics lessons come in two parts, the student and teacher editions. From what I have looked at so far, it looks like it would be fantastic in a group, or co-op, setting. I love some of the projects mentioned.
One project was to find a jar of peanut butter and list all of the jobs that it took to make that jar of peanut butter. Brilliant! I can do that one with my kids and that would be a great homework assignment.
Another thing that I loved about the resource categories, they have things broken down by season, by month, by holiday, etc. Of course Fall is my favorite! There were many cute ideas listed!
The Download Club has two choices. You can choose what works best for you. Try it for a year to see how you like it, or just jump in and get the lifetime subscription!
All in all, I definitely think the Download Club from My Teaching Library is worth checking out. Granted, there wasn’t a huge amount of items for my 12th graders, but you could always embellish what is listed and use it as a starting point for different studies.
I think it is all fantastic for the younger kiddos. So many things to choose from. I do like that it has preschool items as I know so many people are looking for that now.
If you want to see what others thought about their experience with My Teaching Library, feel free to click on the banner below. I bet that someone will have kids your kids ages and will have more ideas to read!