Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

Last week I announced that I have become a member of the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew. My exciting journey with them has now begun. For my very first Crew review I will be reviewing SchoolhouseTeachers.com yearly membership.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a division of the Old School House Magazine.  It is a curriculum site designed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has over 100 courses taught by some really cool teachers. They have something for every grade level. Courses vary in length from daily lessons to full year courses.  They cover all the main subjects. There are also some fun things like guitar lessons and American Sign Language.  The price of a one year membership is $139. It covers every child in your house. A major bonus if you have more than one child that you are homeschooling.

Once I received my log in code I had to look around and see what goodies I could find.  It didn't matter that it was 10:30 at night. The first thing I did was cruise around to get familiar with the site and how it works. Its fairly simple to navigate and if you cant find what you are looking for they have a handy dandy search box on the right hand side. I would like to see a way to sort courses by specific grade level. Currently It lumps them together into pre k/elementary and middle/high school. It would make it more efficient to find classes for your child's specific grade level. My cruising around led me to a couple of items that really sparked my interest.

 The first thing I have to talk about is the Schoolhouse planners. The Planners come free with your yearly membership. I am a mom that struggles with the planning and tracking portion of class. I can get behind with logging our work if I'm not careful. I am always looking for a simpler way to do it, that doesn't take up half my day. The first thing had to check out the 2014-2015 Schoolhouse planner. Its a quick and simple download. Even for my slow internet it only took a couple of minute to download. The planner includes way more than I will ever use: shopping list, chore charts, field trip log, curriculum recording charts, weekly planner, monthly goals etc. Its even got a must know list with some really great facts that everyone should know. Like when Missouri entered into state hood. I am currently using the field trip planning form and field trip report form.  Hotrod princess filled out the field trip report which is handy for our portfolio. The form ask where we went, what she learned, what she liked and didn't like, and she then drew a picture showing something from the trip. She enjoyed it much more than our old form it was a lot simpler. She loved having the space to draw. For my self I am using the field trip planning form. I think it will help keep me a little more organized. It has all the important information that I need to get prepared for the trip. I can stick it in my record keeping folder to document what field trips we went on for the year.

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My 2nd graders work
Next I discovered the Dailies. These are short simple daily lessons that run about a week. We often need a little warm up in the morning before we really get started and dailies have turned out to be perfect. There are several grade levels available. We tried out the Daily Grammar 1st Grade. I chose to try the first grade level Daily Grammar. It was review for my second grader and right on target for my kinder. Who has blew through our original kindergarten language arts curriculum like it was nothing. The Daily Grammar has been fun for my second grader she loves the pictures and the fact that she doesn't have a lot to write. I love that she can do it on her own as a review. She has taken to "teaching" her little sister about the days lesson. It has made a wonderful warm up and got the girls excited to start language arts for the day. The directions/explanations were simple and easy enough for both me and them to understand. Don't forget to check out the samples of there work.

my kinders work

All in all I like SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Its simple and fairly easy to navigate. It looks as though they will be adding some new lessons in future. In the two weeks that I have been using the site I have found quite a few lessons that are very useful to us. I think it gives you a decent bang for your buck.  I couldn't rely on the site for all of my curriculum, but it is a good way to get supplemental materials for your homeschool. Check out some more Crew Reviews for SchoolhouseTeachers.com by clicking on the banner below.

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1 comment:

  1. Nicely written, Julie! I loved how you described in detail the planner...I am thinking that I might need to print off some of those pages during our winter break. :)