Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: SchoolhouseTeachers.com

I'm providing a disclaimer up front:  this is not going to be a comprehensive review. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is simply too big and too varied for anything I write to do it justice.  I'm going to talk briefly about two or three features that I find particularly valuable, and then about another handful of things that are intriguing.

What is it?  An online subscription (HSLDA members can get a one year subscription for free!  Everyone else can get the first month for a mere dollar!) to a website that has content from bunches of homeschooling experts, this site has something for everyone.  Experts include people like Diana Waring, Terri Johnson (Knowledge Quest), Kim Kautzer (WriteShop), or Niki and Kimm of In the Hands of a Child.

My favorite expert section is from Adam Andrews.  He's the person behind the Teaching the Classics program, and we have absolutely loved everything of his that we have done.  Teaching the Classics is a fabulous approach to discussing and analyzing literature, and it is something you can do starting with very young children.  Every month Adam provides a new literature study.  Books have included cute picture books like Two Eggs, Please!, children's books like The Velveteen Rabbit or  Misty of Chincoteague, and classics like Treasure Island or The Hobbit.  The only prep work is to get a copy of the book and have the kids read it.

Other Schoolhouse Teachers sections that I like include one on high school math, one on technology that included a great computer programming study in April, and a filmmaking class. There is also high school level chemistry materials (from the author of Friendly Chemistry) that we will be checking out.  Soon.

Another section I simply love is in the Schoolhouse Dailies section.  There are two geography-based sections -- one for the US and one for Canada.  Every month, this focuses on a different state/province, and there is so much great information!  For August, the featured state is Maine, and there are daily lessons (with suggestions for age groups from K-2nd, 3rd-6th, and 7th-12th on some of the days) including a wide range of places, people and events.  While I'm not utilizing any of this with my older kids, I do really like this for the younger two (1st and 3rd grades).

Some other great things in the Dailies section include Daily Math, Daily Grammar, Daily Writing and even a recipe for every day of the month.  Today's recipe is a very yummy looking way to use some of that zucchini that tends to be so abundantly available this time of year!

Then there is the Schoolhouse Extras section.  This area includes the Schoolhouse Planners, which are amazing.  It also includes a lot of other free downloads -- with lots more added each month that you are a member. 

And then there are some of the things that are coming soon -- a video-based worldview course for teens (oh, we'll be there!), some video-based math for younger kids, a logic class, a law/mock trial... and all of that reminds me that one of the things I really love about SchoolhouseTeachers.com is that there is material for the high school students, not just for the Preschool/Elementary crowd.

I've barely scratched the surface here... I told you, there is something for everybody.

It costs a buck to try it.  After that, it is available for $5.95 per month, or you can purchase a year for $64.26.  Go, poke around, see for yourself... and I'd love to know what YOU think the best part is, because there's a good chance I haven't even seen it yet.

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Disclaimer:  As part of the Schoolhouse Crew, I had the opportunity to link up a review of SchoolhouseTeachers.com even though I was not required to do so.  I did not receive any compensation for writing this review.  All opinions are my own.  For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.


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1 comment:

Leah C said...

I'm enjoying my SchoolhouseTeachers also. I was a Teacher's Toolbox subscriber and occasional contributor. But, I like the new style and the changes. :-)