Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Supplementing Our Homeschool With Wonderful Printables from Super Teacher Worksheets {A TOS Review}

A couple of years ago I was introduced to a wonderful site called Super Teacher Worksheets thanks to being on the Homeschool Review Crew. Due to finances, we did have to let our membership expire, so I was thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review the site this year. We again received access to the Individual Membership, which gives us unlimited access to all their wonderful worksheets for a year. In order to use this site, you will need internet access and a printer (with ink) for printing out the worksheets. 

There are multiple worksheets available for many different subjects, and more are being added all the time. When you are on the site, you will see the list of all the kinds of worksheets running down the left sidebar. 

The main subjects are:
  • Math
  • Reading & Writing
  • Phonics & Early Literacy
  • Handwriting
  • Grammar
  • Spelling Lists
  • Chapter Book 
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Holidays
  • Puzzles & Brain Teasers
  • Teacher Helpers
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • and a Worksheet Generator
And as you can see from the screenshot above, there are many topics underneath the main subjects. When you click on the topic you are interested in, you are then directed to another page with either the lessons listed or more links to more specific lessons. 

In the above screenshot, you would need to click on one of the blue highlighted titles to find the specific lessons. This seems to be the case for the math and phonics topics, and possibly others. Other topics, such as the Reading Comprehension, go directly to the list of worksheets. 

When we used Super Teacher Worksheets before, I had a preschooler, so we were using a lot of the phonics worksheets and the word wheels. We have definitely moved beyond the need for those now. Thankfully this site is great for multiple grade levels. The majority of the worksheets that I have looked at appear to be suitable for elementary school ages. Though I have seen some that go into early junior high age (seventh grade). Fortunately, my oldest is only 10, and in fifth grade, so all of the children have been able to utilize these worksheets. 

When we first gained access to the site, I decided to use the cursive handwriting worksheets, as I want all the children to learn cursive this year. These worksheets were perfect for Tabitha and Amelia, which worked well as Hannah already has a workbook. The font was a bit small for a 5 year old, so I did have to find another option for Harold, but it wasn't a problem at all. I do understand that it isn't as common to teach a kindergartener cursive. 

They have two worksheets for each letter of the alphabet, one for upper case, the other lower case. Each letter gives ample opportunity to practice the letter, both with tracing dots and without. Then there are words to copy on the bottom of the page. I decided we would come back to the words once we had gotten through the entire alphabet. 

I then decided I wanted the girls to work on some reading comprehension. There are a wide variety of selections for 1st-5th grade. The 2nd grade stories include fiction, nonfiction, poems, reader's theater, short passages, and compare & contrast exercises. The older grades are quite similar, though there are no compare & contrast pages, and they add in biographies. The child is to read a passage and answer questions. 

Here are some completed stories.

As Hannah was learning about sentences in our core curriculum, I decided to have all the children work on sentences for a while. The girls have been able to practice figuring out if a selection is a sentence or a fragment. Plus we have worked on subjects and prepositions.

Of course these are a bit advanced for Harold, so I found some "Build a Sentences" worksheets for him. He really loves these things. He has to cut out the words, glue them in order, write the sentence neatly, and then draw a picture to illustrate it. 

I was also thrilled to find Book Report forms. I don't require the girls to write book reports all the time, but I have decided they should do so occasionally. In fact, they were able to use these forms to write a book report of some review books we recently read.

My main use of Super Teacher Worksheets this time around is the grammar/literacy/reading comprehension. I can see using this for our language arts this year. As we have something else we use for math, I have decided to use the Super Teacher Worksheets math section for supplemental purposes. So far I have had the children practice some addition with it.

There are also math problem generators that we will utilize later on for math drill time. 

In addition to math worksheet generators, Super Teacher Worksheets gives you the ability to create games, puzzles, quizzes, and more.

Lastly, I wanted to share the fun Scavenger Hunt game I discovered. We have been studying light with our core curriculum, so when I saw "light energy" was one of the offered science topics, I grew excited. 

These Scavenger Hunt games are available for different topics. There are fact cards, that I printed out on card stock, and a double sided worksheet with questions. The question number corresponds to the number on the fact card. 

As we were learning about light, I thought it would be fun to have the hunt in the dark. The children worked in pairs, so I could have one older child with each of the younger children, so they could read the information on the card and write the answers.  I hid the flashcards out in the open, but they had to use flashlights to find them.

The children have already asked to do a scavenger hunt again. 

I absolutely love all of the resources that are available from Super Teacher Worksheets. As you may be able to tell, we only just scratched the surface. I couldn't tell you how many worksheets are available in total; however, there are a lot of them. There are many worksheets that we will be able to use to supplement our curriculum this year. I also appreciate that I can print off some worksheets for them to work on if I am not feeling well, or if  have work to get done. It is definitely a wonderful resource that can be used by homeschoolers to supplement their curriculum. 

You can also check out my review from two years ago to see what different printables we used back then.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful review of our site!

    Flashlights for the scavenger hunt idea -- absolutely brilliant idea! I hope your kids had fun with this activity.

    Your kids did such a nice job on their sentences and book reports. I can tell they work so hard-- I bet you're very proud of them. :)

    Thank you again for checking our STW.


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