The Old Schoolhouse magazine has been a part of our homeschool since the very beginning. It was among the very first resources I turned to for information and inspiration as we began our homeschool journey. So it comes as no surprise to me that the creators of TOS Magazine have now unveiled another absolutely incredible resource of information and inspiration for homeschool parents.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com was released earlier this year and is an awesome website offering curricula and resources galore all "for the price of a fancy coffee". ($5.95 a month...only $1 for your first month!)
In all honesty, the amount of content on SchoolhouseTeachers.com is overwhelming. There is simply so. much. there. Thankfully, the 'Site Tour' tab offers two tutorial videos. After much searching and playing for the past month, I can start to tell you what we've found.
Currently there are four main sections to the site.
First up is the Schoolhouse Teacher section. And these aren't just any teachers....they are some of the most recognized homeschool authors and speakers including Terri Johnson, Diana Waring, Kim Kautzer, and my friend, Malia Russell. The Schoolhouse Teachers offer monthly and weekly unit study lessons on their specific area of expertise.
Subjects covered there 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 Writing
Just so you really understand, I'll say it again. Each month, Schoolhouse Teachers offer a full unit study curriculum for each of these sections. And SchoolhouseTeacher.com will be adding more subjects. You get them all. For $5.95 a month.
Oh and did I mention that they archive the lessons so that you can go back and use the previous month's lessons too? I've particularly enjoyed Malia Russell's (from Homemaking 911) Home Economic lessons as inspiration for myself. But I can only imagine what a great resource it would be for a middle-high school age child needing lessons in cleaning, organizing, and managing a home. My kids have been enamored with Andy Harris' Technology lessons. They especially enjoyed discovering Google Earth features with the March lessons.
Next, we find the Schoolhouse Dailies section. Can you guess what that means? Oh yeah! Daily lessons!!! Among SO many subjects, this month members have access to daily lessons focused on the Summer Olympics!
What other daily subjects are there, you ask? Well, currently...
Daily Grammar (I'm not kidding. I'm seriously considering ditching our current grammar curricula and just using these lessons instead.)
Daily Math Daily Writing Ditch the Desk-Hands On K-5 Everyday Easels
Everyday Explorers-Canada Everyday Explores-USA PreK Activities-Read and Play
Summer Shakespeare This Day in History
This Month's Menu (Recipes for EVERY DAY OF THE MONTH!!!)
Remember...all of this for just $5.95 a month.
Now enter the Schoolhouse Extras section. So here you'll find digital access to current and back issues of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. You'll also receive a free ebook each month.
Plus the longer you are a SchoolhouseTeacher member, the more free ebooks you receive. That's because about every 30 days or so you will have access to about a dozen or more TOS exclusive ebooks...everything from their WannaBe series, WeE-Book series, Thematic Units, and more!
Coming soon Schoolhouse members will even have access to the MP3 files of all the Schoolhouse Expo recordings.
Finally, members have access the five FANTASTIC 2012-13 Schoolhouse Planners: the Schoolhouse Planner, Schoolhouse Special Learners Planner, Schoolhouse Primary Planner, Schoolhouse Intermediate Planner, and Schoolhouse High School Planner. This is a $125 value!!! I use pages from the Schoolhouse Planner each year in my own planner and in a planner I create for each of my older kids.
And yes...you get all these extras for just $5.95 a month.
But we're not finished yet. The Schoolhouse Library offers a bookcase full of articles and resources on the following subjects:
Copybooks (Actual printable copywork books) Homeschool Life Monthly Theme
Monthly Reading Lists!!! Teacher Lesson Archives Art Shelf Craft Shelf
Homemaking and Housekeeping Shelf Nature Shelf Spelling Shelf
Once again, you get everything I've mentioned here for only $5.95 a month (and only $1 for the first month). You may cancel your membership at any time with no additional fees. If you'd like to get a 10% discount, you can purchase a full year membership of SchoolhouseTeachers.com for $64.26.
Still unsure? PLEASE take the time to visit the SchoolhouseTeacher's Samples page where you can download several sample lessons and more. You can also visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to read other reviews of this product.
I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the last few years. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in review groups and I have enjoyed trying out these products and giving you my honest opinion.