Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SchoolhouseTeachers.com {Homeschool Review Crew}

Here we are, the start of another year on the Homeschool Review Crew. Because it's been awhile since I wrote a review about SchoolhouseTeachers.com, I am pleased to share with you some of the awesome things that have been added since then.

High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {SchoolhouseTeachers.com}

Once again we are blessed with a Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com. There is an amazing amount of resources available on SchoolhouseTeachers; there is no way anyone could use them all! I can spend hours discovering new stuff!

There are lessons and resources for everyone, grades preschool through twelfth grade, as well as resources for parents. Even your young adult children might find useful information and resources (for example, there are resources on building a lasting marriage; do you think I can get my oldest son to look them over? Hmm).

I find the site fairly easy to navigate. You can browse by grade, or by subject. You can easily navigate to planning helps, the video library, World Book (!), and other resources via the bar along the top of the screen.

The course directory offers a list of the courses available: Art, Bible, Drama and Speech, Foreign Languages, Geography, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, etc. To find this directory, you'll click on "Planning" then "Course Information." Then you click on the subject, say, "Art," and it will list all of the Art courses, description of each course, and suggested grade level.
If you search by grade, you'll be taken to a page, which looks like the picture above. Click on one of the pictures, and it will take you to a page listing all the resources available for that grade and subject.
Notice! If you know "Drive Thru History," you'll have access to American and World History lessons! Great resources for students who like to learn using videos (which we use a lot of in our home school, and always have).
You'll be taken to a page which tells you how to use the course, as well as giving an introduction to the course. In the upper right corner, you'll be informed of length or course, what's included (videos and printable worksheets, in this case), and age/grade level. When you click on the "Go To Class Lessons" button, you'll be taken to the class.
The lessons are laid out. (Notice you can bookmark the course here.) In this case, you'll click on the video to be viewed. When you do that, you will be taken to a page, in which the video is embedded. There is also a link to download the worksheet for the lesson. Each episode of Drive Thru History is approximately 30 minutes. There are twelve lessons total.

Another course that looks interesting to me is A Century of Art. This is done in nine weekly lessons, for middle school age children. It looks like an excellent introduction to art history, and is another course I've bookmarked for my youngest.
SchoolhouseTeachers also offers foreign language courses. Languages offered are: Spanish, French, Biblical Greek, Latin, Latvian, as well as ASL and ESL.
I think my youngest and I will be working on this one together, and maybe we'll persuade my daughter to, as well.
There are Focused Learning Centers, which will direct you to courses, lessons, and articles which will be helpful in teaching your child in particular ways your child may be struggling, or using a specific teaching method. There's a hands-on learning center, and a Charlotte Mason center. Perhaps you have a child with special needs. That center contains a list of articles which will prove helpful in teaching your special learner.
There is a video library, which pulls together all the videos available for all the courses, and puts them together in one handy location. These are great, especially if you have fast, unlimited internet. (Ours tends to be somewhat persnickety sometimes)
I think my favorite new resource on SchoolhouseTeachers is the access to World Book! My dad was a World Book sales man 30-40 years ago...back when they would sell sets of encyclopedias to homes. Yeah, those good ol' hard copies! (We still have the set my dad gave me when I got married the first time, back in 1984!)
There are great advantages to the electronic version, though. Information can be added in, almost as it happens, like a newspaper. They can also include videos.

So, you can use World Book for researching history. You can also use it for current events. Such a handy resource for your students when they have to write research papers, etc.
Join during SchoolhouseTeachers.com's 2018 Fresh Start New Year Special and save! Sale ends January 31, and is for new members only.
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You can read my previous reviews: for 2012; and for 2015. Be sure to click the banner below for the current Crew reviews, because I am sure my Crew mates will share some of the other resources available through SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

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