How are things with you, lovely readers? Hanging in there? We’re coming off of a crazy round of colds, coughs, fevers, flu, and a mystery food allergy. With eight people in the house those germs have been passed back and forth since Thanksgiving.
Needless to say, there’s been a lot of unschooling going on around here! In the thick of the Pitt Compound Cold and Flu Season I was feeling really…blah. With several of us sick at once, I didn’t have the gumption to even look at our syllabus, much less plan for activities. That’s why I was so thankful I recently had the opportunity to review SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
I was able to try out the SchoolhouseTeachers.com yearly membership option. Sign-up was simple, and that gave me a great first impression. Ease of use = happy homeschool mom.
I had heard of SchoolhouseTeachers.com before, and remembered that the site is owned by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Still, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Did they offer resources I could use right then, to keep my stuffy-nosed toddler happy? I’m happy to say, yes! So much, in fact, I was a little overwhelmed at first. But after a few minutes of surfing, I got a feel for the site and all that they offer. My single most favorite aspect of this site is that they offer something for all ages, parents too!
The first resource we tried were the super fun, printable, ABC mats. For my active, hand-on learners, these were the perfect way to practice letters without having to “do school” while everyone was feeling a little under the weather. We just printed, and played. You can easily laminate them for multiple uses.
Another favorite? The animated EZ Storybooks! Amelie loved clicking away on anything and everything within the story. When they say animated, they mean animated. Every element of each “page” could be clicked for animation – from the images to the words. Amelie liked clicking on the cave where a set of glowing eyes would appear.
My 7 year old, Bram, had plenty of options to choose from as well. We decided to start with math. Why? I don’t know. I’m not a fan of math. But that’s what the boy wanted, so that’ what he got!
I don’t have any middle school children at the moment, but if I did, we would be sure to enjoy their keyboarding class! However, I want to be sure and point out that SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers so much more than printables and electives. They offer full year and single semester courses as well. A few that caught my eye:
- Computer Science
- Music Theory
- Friendly Chemistry
- Tinkers Club
- Renaissance History
- Video Making
They have a fantastic selection!
The course that jumped out at me immediately, for my high school child, was Reading Lessons. My long-time readers know how we’ve struggled with different reading issues over the years.
I’m always on the lookout for new-to-us products and courses that will keep the task of reinforcing his reading new and fresh. If you have struggling readers, you know first hand how difficult it is to find products made for the older student in mind. That’s why I was so thrilled to see a resource especially for struggling readers in middle and high school. Hallelujah! Reading Lessons has been moved to the top of our list for reading and spelling this year.
Lastly, SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers resources for parents, too! And I’m not just talking about help for parents of children with special needs, or advice for choosing colleges (though they do have that!). I’m talking about help for the day to day grind.
They offer a Joy in the Morning daily devotional that focuses on scripture, de-stressing and choosing joy. Can I get an amen?
Their Homesteading Lessons piqued my interest as well. Canning, preserving, gardening and welcoming baby chicks? I’m there!
But my personal favorite resource is their Monthly Menu. They offer a different, simple recipe for every day of the year. Anything from soup to dessert. In fact, I have their Crockpot Pumpkin Pie cooking now and it smells heavenly. Check out my Instagram later today for a photo of the deliciousness!
Are you already a member of SchoolhouseTeachers.com? I’d love to hear what you think of it. If not, sign up today! You can even register for a FREE 30 day trial!