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Thursday, August 2, 2012

SchoolhouseTeachers.Com Review

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I'm sure all of you know I review products as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  That "Schoolhouse" is the Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and one of their newest offerings is SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a subscription based site (pay by the month- $5.95 or by the year-$64.96).  And you can try it for the first month for just $1! 

So what do you get for your money?  So much, it will be hard to list it all, so I'll let them do it for me:

1. Members-only access to lesson materials in these subject areas: Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, History, Home Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Reading, Writing . . . and so much more!

2. The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine delivered straight to your inbox, monthly.

3. All The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine digital back issues—easily searchable, a fantastic feature that enables you to go directly to articles of interest.

4. The Homeschool Minute™ weekly E-Newsletter.

5. Download all five Schoolhouse Planners—the Parent version (hundreds of pages), all Student planners (3 versions) and the Special Needs planner.

6. 12 E-books from the Schoolhouse Store—one per month during the first year of membership.

7. All available TOS Expo-To-Go recorded sessions—including all future recordings, for the duration of membership.

8. After 12 months of uninterrupted membership, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to the “Totally TOS” section of the Schoolhouse Store.

Those lesson materials they refer to in #1?  They are brought to you by some of the biggest names in homeschooling- people like Diana Waring, Terri Johnson, and Malia Russell to name a few.  Imagine having Diana Waring plan your history each week!  Or the Hands of a Child team giving you weekly lapbook lessons.  And as you can see from the list above, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

The pros:  The people providing the instruction on SchoolhouseTeachers.com are really the best of the best.  There's everything from traditional studies like math or grammar to more creative things like voice lessons.  And from a purely financial perspective, it's a great deal if you will even use a small portion of the contents.  For example, if you've priced planners, you know that many of them are almost equal in price to the yearly cost of SchoolhouseTeacher.com and all they offer for that price is the planner, not all the other things.  And I know recorded sessions from our state homeschool convention are $7 each, but here you'll get the same speakers and topics for free.  Plus a free e-book every month AND a $25 gift certificate at the end of one year.  It's really a LOT for the money.  We had used it already before our short summer break.  It came in very handy as we were doing American History.  We had just gotten to Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart and the geography lesson for that week was about their flight routes!  Then the History lesson was on Betty Green- a pilot for MAF.  It was God's perfect timing!  Now, I've been using the planners and some of the site activities to prepare for our upcoming school year.

The cons:  If you are highly structured, you might find it hard to loosen up your schedule to incorporate the different topics that are covered each month.  But, then again, you'd probably benefit immensely from the planners :-).

The bottom line:  SchoolhouseTeachers.com has so much to offer, you can't go wrong. Especially with the first month costing you only a dollar.  There's a short video that explains the site in even more detail if you follow the link above.   As for me, I'm looking forward to using some of the summer Shakespeare lessons with my 9th grader this fall.  Who knows, maybe he'll be able to grasp the Bard after all! 

Click here to subscribe to SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  If you want to see what my Crew Mates thought, you can read more reviews via the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog.

Legal Disclaimer:  As a reviewer for the Schoolhosue Review Crew, I receive my membership to SchoolhouseTeachers free of charge.  The opinions expressed are my own, and I volunteered to do this review.
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