Friday, December 7, 2012 Review

     I generally try to teach my children for as cheap as possible.  I was given the chance to use Schoolhouse Teachers with my children, which is a product of The Old Schoolhouse MagazineThe cost to join is $1.00 for the first month then $5.95 each month after.  To save 10% on that cost you can buy a year upfront for $64.26.  This is a very nominal amount for all the stuff you get with the site.  You have access to lesson materials for many subjects as well as grades.  The site is fitting for Pre-K all the way through high school. You get a free monthly e-book, 5 different planners (my favorite part), and Expo-To-Go sessions all included in the price as well as other perks. 

     The site is very easy to navigate as there are 4 main sections; teachers, dailies, extras, and library.  The teacher section gives you complete monthly lesson plans that come with activities and printable.  The next main section is the dailies, these are updated daily and has things you can do with your kids daily to keep them brushed up on their skills.  I really enjoyed the copy work it provided as it helps with writing as well as spelling.  Next there is the extras which has back issues of The Oldschoolhouse Magazine in it.  This is also the area that gives you your free monthly e-book for being a member as well as your planners.  Last but not least there is the library.  The library contains book lists, copy work, and articles on different things such as arts/crafts/nature.  This is also where lesson plan archives are.

    One of the coolest things I found on the site was guitar lessons.  My daughter just got a  guitar as an early birthday present from her dad last week.  I hand planned to enter that into part of our homeschooling lesson plans under music.  I had been searching high and low for something that I liked to work with her on this and then I got this review and was on cloud nine!  She really loves it and seems to be catching on quickly with it as well.  Jerry Jennings (whom is doing the lessons) has really made it easy.  It starts out with step by step directions about the guitar on into the music and playing portions.  He uses pictures and videos to help show what he is teaching as well.

     With it being close to Christmas and all there was no way that I couldn't jump right to some of the Christmas lesson plans.  To my great pleasure there was a lapbooking project on the site!  My family LOVES lapbooking!  Decembers lesson is Christmas in the Barn, which we read while curled up in mommies warm bed.  The lesson also comes with a 9 page printable of activities to do with the directions attached.
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     There are so many lesson plans that are easy to follow.  There is a range of different subjects that fit all different age ranges.  My children are 4, 6, and 7 and we have found many things to suite them.  They really love the easy to follow writing prompts too. I think this is a great tool to use for anyone needing a full curriculum to pick and choose as you go.  You can make it as you wish and learn what you wish.  It would also be helpful to add suplemental lessons in a cirriculum you are already using.

     You can go to the samples page and check out some of the things that offers.  Here is a link as well to view other reviews done by Schoolhouse Review Crew.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse review crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.