I love shopping for homeschool curriculum. So when I was given the opportunity to review the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website, I must confess to feeling a bit like a kid in a candy store: a little overwhelmed and a lot excited!
While the SchoolhouseTeachers name may be new to you, many homeschoolers will recognize The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com), its umbrella company, a respected name in homeschooling for many years.
Our family sampled a number of lessons in the subject areas, of which there are many, for Preschool to Elementary, Middle School and High School. Since everyone in our homeschool fits into the Elementary category, that’s all we explored. But the lessons come from an impressive array of big names in homeschooling, like Diana Waring for History, as just one example. There are selections in the core areas, such as :
- Asian History and Culture (oh yes!)
- Classical History (yes again!)
but there are also excellent elective studies:
We tried some of the Math worksheets, which at first met with a bit of resistance with our crowd, but eventually won them over. They loved the format and the focus on one kind of math fact. I loved that the worksheets follow a familiar format: they are very similar to the work the Chinese students do here: work on all of the math skills (review of addition and subtraction while working on division and multiplication). This is a practice secret I think is responsible for the strength in math skills that Chinese children possess.
We also started reading in French (up until now, our French has been predominantly oral) thanks to the excellent French lessons.
We were enjoying some success with the lessons, but I wasn’t overwhelmed…yet. Then I discovered the “Dailies.” SchoolhouseTeachers has daily lessons in the following areas:
- Canadian History, complete with notebooking pages (U.S. History too, but I was so impressed that Canadian history was included)
- This Day in History – the sample we tried was an activity decoding a message in ASL, celebrating the birthdate of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. My kids LOVED this.
- Art Appreciation
- and more!
It is hard to do a resource like this justice.
Quite honestly, I think I may have found my new core curriculum for next year. I had settled on something else, but with the convenience of point and click, and the incredible price (only $5.95 US per month–and the first month is just $1), I think I may be switching my curriculum choice for next year. The Classical Curriculum calls for the use of Story of the World as a spine for younger children (our favorite book), and has excellent internet-linked lessons following a simple progression of cultures for the Ancients year (the focus of our studies for next year). And with all the other daily components one can pick and choose from, it’s such a wealth of resources, right at my fingertips.
If there is a downside for me, it would be that the videos are hosted on Vimeo, and all such services (including YouTube) are blocked here in China, necessitating the use of a VPN, which makes streaming even slower, but this is a reality we live with every day, and not something anyone can do anything about. We just have to think ahead and allow our video to load up before we need to use it.
Along with all of the other tremendous resources, subscribers have access to an archived selection of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and a variety of online planners. What a truly comprehensive homeschooling resource!
For more complete information on SchoolhouseTeachers, see the post at SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com or read these reviews by other homeschoolers who’ve had a taste of this tremendous resource:
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 review 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.