27 July 2012

SchoolhouseTeachers.com: a Review



If you're looking for some new inspiration in your homeschool, you just might want to check out SchoolhouseTeachers.com!  This is an incredible new resource offered by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  Don't be overwhelmed when you look at it--yes, it's a lot to take in--just take it a little bit at a time as you explore the whole site.  

Let's start with the teachers.  They are an impressive lot!  From Diana Waring (History Revealed) and Joy Sikorski (Sing Baby Sing) to Kim Kautzer (WriteShop), you will be amazed at the great minds that are contributing to this site.  Each of these 12+ teachers is a regular contributor of lessons in their area of expertise.  The topics include: Career Exploration, Chemistry, College Choice Guidance, Economics, Figures in History, Filmmaking, Geography, High School Math, History, Home Economics, Lapbooking, Literature, Music-Voice, Reading Lessons, Special Needs, Technology and Writing.  Each lesson comes with at least one download and many with multiple downloads to enhance them.  

Next, let's talk about the Schoolhouse Dailies.  Every.Single.Day. (and I do mean 24/7/365) there are short lessons available for your homeschooling pleasure--you can just download, print and get busy!  The subjects in the Dailies are currently Summer Olympics, Daily Grammar, Daily Math, Daily Writing, Ditch-the-Desk: Hands-on 5K, Everyday Easels, Everyday Explorers: Canada, Everyday Explorers: USA, Pre-K Activities: Read and Play, Summer Shakespeare and This Day in History.  They even post a new set of menus each month for you, so there is a also a daily dinner plan right there!

OK, take a deep breath.  We're moving on to the Schoolhouse Extras!  

With your subscription to SchoolhouseTeachers.com you will also receive the lovely digital Old Schoolhouse Magazine--plus tons of back issues!  If you've ever read one of these magazines then you know what a plethora of information these are.  They also offer many wonderful supplemental ebooks for you to download as well.  Not to mention (but we certainly will!) there is a new ebook for you each and every month with all kinds of homeschooling nuggets.  They are getting ready to release the Homeschool Expo webinars in MP3 recordings.  And, last but by all means NOT least, you will receive all five of their amazing homeschool planners in PDF's, ready for you to download and enjoy!  There's the *Big Mama* planner, the Special Learners Planner, the Primary Planner, the Intermediate Planner and the High School Planner.  ALL of them chock-full of pages and pages of calendar and planning sheets, notebooking sheets, reading logs, field trip report sheets, chore charts, Bible reading schedules, writing pages, financial pages, medical forms ....it goes on and on and on.  

Finally, we come to the Schoolhouse Library.  This section offers copybooks, a monthly theme, a monthly reading list, an arts, crafts, homemaking, nature, spelling, even teacher lesson archives and more

Yes, there is SO much on this site it's difficult to do a complete overview.  I highly recommend your popping over and visiting them for yourself.  You can take a site tour, read some testimonials from other homeschool parents and even download sample pages.

Personally, I am really loving the planner.  It's my first year to use their planner so I have been having fun downloading whatever pages that I want and need and making my very own creation.  There are so many pages available!  I also really like the *dailies*.  These are so perfect for a quick lesson--especially nice in the summertime when you're not in your full school schedule, but still want your kiddos to avoid summer brain-drain.  

Now, you're probably wondering "Yes, this is all great, but what does it cost?"  Believe it or not, to become a member of  SchoolhouseTeachers.com it's a mere $1 for the first month and only $5.95 each month thereafter.  You can even purchase a 1-year subscription for a discounted rate of $64.26--that's a 10% savings!  All excellent prices for such a comprehensive resource!  I encourage you to check it out.   

Also, be sure to see how other homeschool parents are using this resource, just click here.   

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Disclaimer:  I received a membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com in exchange for my unbiased and honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.  

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