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Friday, December 7, 2012

One-Stop Curriculum SchoolhouseTeachers Review

As a homeschooler, you have no doubt come to love all the helpful information packed into each issue of The Old SchoolhouseMagazine.  Well, hang onto your hats because if you have not discovered it already, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine presents SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  This is an amazing opportunity for your homeschool to have a complete curriculum for the entire family at a very affordable price - Really!

Use SchoolhouseTeachers.com as a complete curriculum at your fingertips, a curriculum supplement, or you could easily use it as an idea-generator toward building your own personalized lessons around it to create a complete curriculum at a very affordable price or just for a rainy-day fall back option to fill in the educational gaps on days you need a little boost as a teacher to spark some enthusiasm in learning.

I recently had the opportunity to review SchoolhouseTeachers.com with my children, and I kept getting more and more giddy with each new click as I watched everything I need unfold on my computer screen and iPhone.

My First Reaction:

My initial reaction when I first took a look at SchoolhouseTeachers.com from The Old Schoolhouse magazine was, “Wow!  This is a one-stop shop.”  I have seen other sites making attempts at providing a full curriculum or curriculum extras, but this site does it right.

It is more than possible to teach entirely from Schoolhouseteacher.com with a subscription every year. It’s affordable and comprehensive, especially when you consider that you may find yourself teaching solely from the site and not from expensive curriculum.

I tend to get frustrated with curriculum packages because I am creative and have an idea what path I want my children to walk down.  I grow weary of teacher guides that have every last word spelled out for me to read.  The SchoolhouseTeachers.com allows for my creative modifications to their solid foundation of lessons and lesson supplements.  However, there are plenty of complete lessons available on the site as well for those who prefer following along with what has already been provided.

My Next Thoughts:

My second reaction to the site was the realization that this had to have been put together by a homeschooler or a group of homeschoolers because only fellow homeschoolers truly understand what other parents need to get through each day.

I kept thinking of additional subjects to look for, thinking there is no way one site could cover everything.  Yet, I kept discovering that they were there.  It was obvious that this teaching site was created, not only by teachers, but by homeschoolers who have been there and know what other homeschoolers need.

My First Discoveries:

Of course, I immediately went to the “Extras” tab and began downloading my free e-book, which is provided each month to members with a new ebook to download.  I then made my way to the Planners, and was I ever pleasantly surprised.  There are planners there for everyone.  There are even planners intended for the children to use directed at their grade levels.

I particularly loved the “Dailies” tab as it was easy to click on every morning to grab all of the lessons needed for the day.

What Age-Range/Grade Level Does the Site Cover?

There is a section for pre-K through Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Middle School and High School.  Some of the Dailies are above or below my children’s levels, but I easily adapted them to become less or more extensive to fit their needs.

Time for the Kids' Reaction:

After looking over the site to see what it had to offer, I set out to try it out with my three little critiques who can turn my excitement for learning and lesson planning into frustration and disappointment at times.  My children are 7th grade, 5th grade and 1st grade, so I focused on both the elementary level tabs and the Middle School tab.

The part I enjoyed most are the “Dailies”.  A homeschooling parent can literally cover every subject necessary and never buy curriculum by dropping by the “Dailies” tab.  My kids and I had a blast learning about the planets, and I loved that there was a section set aside to learn about what happened on this day many years ago in history.

We also enjoyed the hands-on activities provided in the lessons.  I printed off some activity sheets for my youngest, and we all had fun following the recipe to mix up the "clay" needed for the astronomy lesson about venus.

Just to make sure it was as comprehensive as it looks, I sat down with my children and created a lesson plan that covered every core subject.

The true test - My 12-year old skeptic:

My 12 year old son absolutely despises text book and traditional curriculum offered to him, but I saw his eyes perk up when I mentioned to him that there is a complete Film Making course offered by a professional filmmaker available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  The best part is that I could just hand him my Droid tablet, have him open up his laptop, or if I dare my iPhone, and let him watch the course himself.

There is a page that list some fantastic teachers known to the homeschooling community, and elsewhere, as experts in their field.  Click on their subject and receive complete lessons you can download.  Some are in video format that you can watch right there at the dining room table on your iPad or laptop.

The other videos on the site were fun and informative as well.

And, There's More Extras:

To my surprise, there was even a month’s worth of recipes and menu items – Perfect for homeschooling parents like me who get so busy teaching that I forget to prepare lunch till we’re all starving.

I got excited when I saw there was a Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe that would make great gift-giving idea that the kids can handle making.

Even more exciting is that they have recordings from the Homeschool Expo seminar to listen to so, if you missed the Expo or just need a refresher, you don’t have to feel like you missed anything.

If you’re not near a printer or you don’t want to print out the lessons, I found that it works well to read it on the computer or on my iPhone.  It worked great using my iPhone, very convenient.

The Cost

Pay $5.95 per month or purchase an entire year’s membership for $64.26.  Give it a try at a special price of just $1 for the first month, and if you order the one-year special, you will also get a free tote bag along with a back issue of The OldSchoolhouse magazine.  I find this price to be incredible seeing as how some of my current curriculum begins at higher prices for just one course or book.  This site at www.SchoolhouseTeachers.com covers every subject for every child in your family at this one low price.

For more on SchoolhouseTeachers.com and what others have to say about it, visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew and read more.

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.



  1. Great review of the site! You convinced me to go back and explore it more :)

  2. Very thorough review - enjoyed it! Blessings!

  3. Loved the review. Just came over to say hi!

  4. Great review. Made me realize I missed some things too.