SchoolhouseTeachers.com is one family one fee on-line home education resource run by The Old Schoolhouse. We’ve received a yearly membership option and have been using it for the last week and a half. It holds a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics for all ages. From preschoolers to parents and families you will find something that grabs your attention and makes you look further into it.
To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed with all of the choices and trying to manouver my way through the site. It takes a little getting used to and could perhaps be cross-referenced a little better with the grade beside the topics in the archives, but after a few days it does become a little easier. I was pleased to see some familiar faces writing for SchoolhouseTeachers.com that I regularly follow in the Homeschool blogging world!
Within the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website you’ll find resources ranging from math, history, French, Hebrew, home economics, lapbooking, art, singing, photography and nature , and that’s just for starters! The site is broken down into PreK-Kindergarten/Elementary, Middle/High School, Family, Teachers, Dailies and Extras. Yes, there are even courses such as nutrition for families to do together!
Some of the lessons will require that you have a particular book or supplies, but there are lots of lessons that don’t require anything that you most likely don’t already have around the house or can access free via the internet.
With so many resources and so little time to sample them, I wasn’t sure where to start. We’ve tried out a few of the resources over the past week or so. It was a little tough going with Daddy home sick and the children taking turns with illness, but even with the household not at its best we still found some fun to be had among the options!
To relieve the bad moods that come with children being sick, I thought a science experiment would be fun. We tried one several times, but without success. We have thought about it and we think we may have a solution to what went wrong and we’ll try it again once we get down to the shops for more eggs (we’ve used the last of them in Christmas baking, not on eggsperimenting). We didn’t give up; we tried another eggsperiment that involved separating the yolk from the white, and this time it was much more successful! And it will come in handy for all of that Christmas baking as well. In fact, it was easy enough that Kallista at the age of 3 was able to do it on her own. My children are a little young to understand the science behind it, but they had a lot of fun, and practical science at any age is a great learning tool and something that can be expanded upon in the future.
Tristan worked on a week of spelling lessons from Schoolhouse Spelling for preK-K. This week’s lessons were learning about plurals. Each lesson was only a few minutes long so Tristan was kept interested, and one day even included some drawing for comprehension.
Tristan also did a week of North Star Geography Around The World. We brought out our atlas and reviewed the 7 continents, and Tristan learned the 5 major oceans, and some of the ‘Great Circles’ (equator, hemispheres, etc.). He enjoys maps and learning about where things are so we’re off to a good start! I’m not sure if my teaching methods are usual or not to help him remember some of the places, but it worked. He already associated the Atlantic ocean with the sinking of the Titanic, so I went along the same lines and he thinks of Happy Feet for the Antarctic. Here you can see him locating where my parents live 6 time zones away.
The Homegrown Preschooler area I found to be wonderful for December lessons based upon Christmas and Kindness. What I most liked about this area is that the suggested activities are things that are so easy to incorporate into everyday life. We already have done many of the ‘lessons’ this year and in the past. Young children learn best by participating in fun activities. These are a few of the activities mentioned that we have done:
- The children had a lot of fun making a classic paper chain. I remember doing this each year and loving it.
- Making a Christmas ornament. Each year we make a few ornaments that are suitable for their age. This year we made tissue paper covered baubles.
- Last weekend we attended a Japanese Christmas Party. They children enjoyed themselves watching magic tricks, playing games, and eating new foods. Of course the arrival of Santa on a fire truck was also a highlight. We also attended last year and it’s a now a firm tradition.
- This past weekend we also did another family tradition and attended the Borough’s annual Christmas pantomime. This year it was Snow White & Rose Red.
In addition to lesson plans and resources, when you purchase the SchoolhouseTeachers.com annual membership for $139.00 per year (you can try it out for $3.oo for your first month if you’re not sure if you’d like to commit to the whole year right now) you will receive The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, recordings of the Schoolhouse Expos, The Schoolhouse Planners (I love these and have downloaded my copy already! There’s a lot more included than just planning), and after each month you will receive 12-14 free ebooks for the first year. One family one fee, and you certainly won’t be short of reading and learning materials with SchoolhouseTeachers.com!
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