I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was blown away when I entered the SchoolhouseTeachers.com world to review their yearly membership.
I felt like I Alice dropping into Wonderland: amazed and a little overwhelmed.
Where would I start?
I wanted to see EVERYTHING! Every photo, every course, every video, and every lesson plan was beautiful and professional-looking.
I decided to investigate high school online classes first. I picked out several courses including Spanish I, an online elective, They Lived for God, and American History: Columbus to 1914 with Socratic Method.
Next, I headed to a focused area.
Since I’m a history buff, I chose history. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. So many choices, so little time.
Focused Area: History
For younger children, my favorite course was American History in Picture Books by Cindi Allison because that’s the way I taught my children when they were little. Using classic picture books like Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac, and The Babe and I by David A. Adler, we explore history by reading picture books and engaging in hands-on fun. I am planning to do this course on Grandma Day with my grandsons.
Delving into Classical Archaeology with Regan Barr, I was excited because so much of what we believe about ancient cultures is based on archaeology, but it has limitations, too. This course doesn’t just focus on history, but how archaeology is used to learn about history and what the limitations of archaeology are. The reading was interesting with lots of color photographs. Review questions and ideas for further exploration were at the end of each unit. My favorite part was digging into Pompeii, a fascinating trip to the past when a volcano explored rapidly freezing an entire city in time. We can also read about it from Pliney the Younger. This material stirred up a greater hunger to learn more!
Remembering my sweet grandsons, I decided to head to the Preschool Playground to get more ideas for Grandma Days.
Starting with All About the Alphabet, which was adorable. Each day presents a new letter with lots of words and activities to help children remember the letters. Another section was the Read & Play where several children’s books with Bible and hands-on learning activities accompany a popular children’s picture book. After reading Corduroy by Don Freeman, it was time to make a paper plate bear and cut out a pocket for Corduroy. We also enjoyed The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper and made a little activity booklet and conductor’s cap. What fun!
My final stops were the World Book and the video library.
When I was a little girl, my parents purchased an entire World Book Encyclopedia for our home library. It was such a blessing to be able to look things up without heading to the library. You can access the entire World Book Encyclopedia as part of your SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership. They even warn you that the content is not Christian, but secular and encourage families to be vigilant about the content, as if they were in the public library. I really appreciate that!
My Family Loves Videos!
This was so exciting! So many great videos at your fingertips in one place including our favorites like Drive Thru History and Torchlighters! I have to confess to you—my family spent hours and hours here! My grandsons watched so many cute Bible cartoons. My kids and I watched so many Drive Thru History videos, as well as videos on Christian heroes and apologetics. The video library was the favorite in our house. I like it better than Amazon Prime because the content is wholesome and biblical.
Blessing for Homeschool Co-ops
One of my favorite things about SchoolhouseTeachers.com, since I lead a homeschool co-op is the co-op discount! Yes! I couldn’t believe it! All the families in the co-op sign up for just one price! That would be so easy to include the membership fee in the yearly co-op registration fee. Now, here’s what that means: if one child is involved in the co-op, the ENTIRE family gets access to the site. The cost is only $27.00 a quarter and renew automatically. Check it out here. That’s a great deal!
Wow! This is going to be a great year, having access to this site. I may have to give up cooking and cleaning so I can teach all these classes!
My Personal Plan
Here are some classes that I will be using this year:
Would you like to check out more reviews about the SchoolhouseTeachers.com yearly membership? You can hop over to the Review Crew Blog and read more here.
And how about my overall rating? I give SchoolhouseTeachers.com’s yearly membership a five-star rating. It’s an amazing, overwhelming value for the money.
Until next time: Happy Homeschooling!
For His Glory,