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I am excited to announce that I recently joined The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew! This means that I will get to try homeschool products so I can test them out and see if they are worth your time. My first review is a Yearly Membership for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This was a website I was not at all familiar with so I was excited to check it out.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a subscription-based website that provides curricula for a variety of subjects, preschool through high school. There are downloadable lesson plans, printables to accompany lessons, videos, and audio seminars. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has you something for you, regardless of learning style or grade level.
I will be the first to admit that I am a tough sell on new curricula. My professional teaching background means that I am very picky with curricula. I want to see lessons that are planned out well, so it is easy for busy parents to just pick up and teach, BUT I also want the lessons to be flexible enough that parents can customize them to their own family’s needs.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com exceeded my expectations!
The website has a ton to offer so I will share my favorite parts.
My ideal course schedule each year includes traditional academic classes mixed with interest-lead learning. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has both. They offer an assortment of courses within each core curriculum subject area. There are currently over 30 courses just in history alone! The elective options are equally phenomenal.
My kids had a really hard time deciding which electives they wanted to study right now.
Ben finally settled on photography. He has some natural talent in this area and wants to see what he can do with a little bit of guided direction. I know nothing about photography so I’m happy to outsource this to SchoolhouseTeachers.com. The class is set up for a fancy camera, but his point and shoot camera works too. The lesson plans give explicit directions on how to use the course, regardless of the type of camera available. He has been taking photos nonstop lately.
I poked around a bit and didn’t find a single class that required you to buy anything other than the supplies you probably already have.
Hannah decided to learn about architecture. She is currently designing her own zoo. How cool is that? The course is planned to take a few months to complete, but we are speeding it up a bit because she is already pretty familiar with geography. Geography in an architecture class? Yep, many of the lessons overlap content areas. I love that and frequently plan my own lessons that way. Two birds. One stone.
Over Christmas break, Hannah and I spent a bit of time going through some of the watercolor art lessons. I am not an artist, so this is a subject I have a difficult time teaching. The plans were explained well though, so I didn’t need any special abilities or skills to oversee the lessons. The class is taught by a professional illustrator with 25 years of teaching experience. The tips and suggestions in the lesson plans made this lesson easy and fun.
Hannah’s Christmas watercolor painting turned out great!
The courses include a suggested time-line, but are ultimately safe-paced. This means that we can slow down a bit if life gets crazy or kids get sick. It also means that if we fly through a course we have more time to pick out another to try. Your yearly membership gives you access to ALL of the courses so if you try a class that isn’t your cup of tea, you can just try another.
Scope and Sequence
This is probably a hold over from my professional teacher days, but I appreciate when curriculum companies offer well thought out scope and sequences. A scope and sequence is basically the what and when of an educational plan. Have you ever felt like you don’t know what specifically to teach in a certain grade? Looking at the scope and sequence will help.
The SchoolhouseTeachers.com scope and sequence can be viewed by grade or content area. Each subject area contains a list of skills appropriate for the grade level and the online classes that will help your child master those skills.
An individual child’s scope and sequence is not written in stone. It can be changed to meet the pace of the child. I love a well-organized plan though and feel like my family accomplishes more when our lessons occur in a sequential logical order.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com High School Help
Does anyone else find the idea of teaching high school a little intimidating? I’m committed to teaching my children at home as long as it is working for them, which will likely mean through high school, but something about it just seems more complicated than homeschooling elementary school. My elementary teaching licenses did not prepare me for teaching high school.
Thankfully, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is here to help!
In addition to getting high school course suggestions via the scope and sequence, SchoolhouseTeachers.com also has an entire section all about homeschooling high school. They provide advice on awarding credit and weighting classes, creating transcripts, navigating the always-changing SAT and ACT tests, and finding scholarships. I will need help with all of that!
Yes, my oldest child is only in sixth grade, but high school will be here before I know it. I want to be organized ahead of time so that we don’t miss anything important.
This spring, I plan to map out a plan for high school. This will let me work backwards to figure out what Hannah needs to learn in 7th and 8th grade so she is ready.
Your yearly membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com gets you more than just awesome lesson plans. You also get:
A free downloadable planner. Last year I bought a lesson plan book to tear apart and put in my lesson plan binder. This free planner is better. And there is no waste because I only need to print the pages I want to use.
World Book E-Book Library access. The World Book E-Book Library is a subscription website that has a plethora of e-books for grades K – 12. You can search by subject, keyword, or grade level. They even have an app so you can read books on the go!
A monthly meal plan complete with recipe links. I meal plan every week, but sometimes it is hard to decide what to cook. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the recipes on Pinterest. Sometimes I just need someone to just tell me – make slow cooker bbq chicken.
Silver membership to Applecore. If you need help organizing the record keeping aspect of homeschooling, especially if you live in a state that requires attendance or report cards, you will benefit greatly from Applecore. Applecore can keep all of those important records safe in one place.
Print issue of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. The Old Schoolhouse magazine is available in print to SchoolhouseTeachers.com members. It prints once a year and you can request your issue by email. The magazine is always available virtually if you prefer to read it on your favorite device.
- The SchoolhouseTeacher.com customer service team is awesome. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you have difficulty with something. I emailed them using the link on the website because I forgot my password. Within minutes I received a personalized response and was able to log in!
- Several of the courses have a biblical focus. I personally prefer secular curriculums, but it was very easy to modify lessons to remove religious references. Obviously you would need to ignore the bible courses if that is something you don’t wish to teach.
- There are seasonal lessons. If you like to include fun seasonal projects, don’t skip that area. You will find lesson plans, crafts, poems, and recipes.
- A yearly membership is good for your entire family. There are even courses for parents!
- You don’t need to toss out curriculums you already love and use. SchoolhouseTeacher.com is well-organized so it is easy to find resources to supplement your current lessons.