Friday, July 27, 2012

SchoolhouseTeachers Review

I have been subscribing to The Old Schoolhouse magazine for a while now. It is the most complete resource, in my opinion, that I have seen in all my six years of homeschooling. It has moves to an online publication and there are still older editions available.

TOS magazine launched earlier this year and it is by far one of the best resources out there for a homeschooling family. There is something for everyone. It provides monthly, weekly and daily lessons in many different subjects. I do recommend that you watch the introductory video . I was a little overwhelmed with the fabulous, information packed site at first but after spending time on there and becoming familiar with everything, I can easily access and quickly find anything I want.

OK, lets start with the Schoolhouse Teachers section. Under this tab are the following links: Career Exploration, Chemistry, College Choice Guidance, Economics, Figures in History, Filmmaking, Geography, High School Math, History, Home Economics, Lapbooking, Literature, Special Needs, Technology and Writing.
Each one of these lessons comes with at least one download.

The next tab is the Schoolhouse Dailies. It consists of Summer Olympics, Daily Grammer, Daily Math, Daily Writing, Ditch the Desk: Hands-on-K-5, Everyday Easels, Everyday Explorers: Canada, Everyday Explorers: USA, Pre-K Activites: Read and Play, Summer Shakespeare, This Day in History and This Month's Menu. I have to say that in this category, we used the tab, This Day in History the most. It gives you the monthly history facts for each day. It usually gives two events per day, an assignment and printables. The bugs really enjoyed this part of the site. It was their favorite. Each day they would look forward to learning what happened that day just many years ago. It made learning fun. We also used This Month's Menu a good bit. There are many different kinds of recipes to choose from. Our garden blessed us with an abundance of zucchini. So we decided to find new recipes for these fast growing veggies. We looked under This Month's Menu and found Zucchini Cobbler and Zucchini Rice Casserole .  I recommend these is you have lots of zucchini from your garden this summer. Yummy!!!

Now, on to the next tab. See how someone could get a little overwhelmed! Schoolhouse Extras, this by far is my favorite tab. It consist of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (my favorite), TOS Back Issues, Monthly Bonus E-Books ( I am making a CD of these), Free E-book, Schoolhouse Expo and Schoolhouse Planners. I have been so excited about these planners. The 2012-2013 Schoolhouse Planner include five unbelievable PDF e-books that has nearly 800 pages.

          The Five schoolhouse planners include:

          1. Big Planner
          2. Primary Planner
          3. Intermediate Planner
          4. High School Planner
          5. Special Needs Planner

All of these planners are chock-full of pages of calendar sheets, planning sheets, notebooking sheets, field trip sheets, chore charts, Bible reading schedules (one thing I was planning for this year and now using thanks to Schoolhouse and the list goes on and on and on!!! 

Personally, I am really loving the Big Planner. I have never used a planner for our homeschooling schedule. I enjoy being able to print out the pages I want and know I will use and create my very own planner(binder). Some pages I know I won't use, so, it's convenient to be able to pick and choose.

As if this isn't enough already, there is another tab with curriculum resources entitled Schoolhouse Library. It consists of Copybooks, Homeschool Life, Monthly Theme, Reading List June, Reading List July, Reading List Summer, Teacher Lesson Archives, Art Shelf, Craft Shelf, Homemaking and House Keeping Shelf, Nature Shelf and Spelling Shelf. The copybooks were something we used daily also because we are a VERY Charlotte Mason-style homeschool. We do alot of copywork for each and every subject so I assigned "A Copybook of The Road Not Taken". I have always loved this poem by Robert Frost. In high school, many years ago, my husband and I were required to memorize this poem so I thought it would be fun for the bugs to see and learn something their Mom and Dad did in school. We have really enjoyed the copybooks from this site.

If you are not sure Schoolhouse Teachers will meet you needs, you can view sample lessons here. You will soon see that this site will fill every need and more for your homeschool.

You can become a Schoolhouse Teacher's member for just $5.95 a month, and you can join now and pay only $1 for your first month. There is also an option of purchasing a full year's worth membership all at once for $64.26 ------- save up to 10% when an entire year is purchased.

My Thoughts:

For me, this site is proving to be an awesome place for someone who is looking for inspiration and encouragement for homeschooling. I feel this site will fill in some of the gaps (or so I think) in our homeschool. I am beyond pleased with the site and content and intend to continue using this to supplement our other curriculum. I feel very blessed to have found this site.

Be sure to see how other homeschooling families are using this resource.

Disclaimer: I received a membership from Schoolhouse in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

1 comment:

  1. We loved it too! I can't wait to see what new subjects they bring in by fall.