Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Friday, December 7, 2012


Oh me, oh my, hello to all my homeschooling (and non-homeschooling) friends! Happy December to  you!
So, how is your school year coming along? I cannot believe that we are about halfway through already! Yikes!
I'm sure that by now, you have a pretty good sense about what is and what is not working for your homeschool. As for me and our little troupe, well, it finally feels like we are settling into our groove. I will admit, we had a rough start, and I found out early on, that I was less than thrilled with some of the curriculum that I had chosen. Boo. But, just as I was about to sink into that nasty pit of homeschool despair....da da daaa! I remembered that I have what is one of the greatest resources available to a homeschool family today at my keyboarding fingertips!!!

Are you curious yet? I hope so, because I want to share a website with you that has so greatly helped me and my family keep our academic sanity ( And, home life sanity in general too, if the truth were told).

Alright, it can't be too much of a mystery, after all, the title of my post up there says it all. So, without further ado, may I present to you....(drum roll please)

*** SchoolHouse ***

This is also known as the Teacher's Toolbox Members' site for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (which I also love, love, love!)

This site is absolutely amazing. There is a crazy amount of  resources to be found here, and I could write for pages about what you'll find when you click over there. But...I realize that neither one of us has that kind of time, soooo, I'll do my best to give you the highlights. And anyway, you'll definitely want to go and see for yourself what's available on that wonderful site, so I will not spoil your fun ;)

Now, let's get to it.

You'll find that there are over 25 different subjects to choose from, and you can get delightfully lost as you check out each one! There are videos, ongoing lesson plans, worksheets, copywork, checklists, unit studies, lapbooks, language lessons.All created by qualified teachers and experts.  You can even interact with the teachers online, and get answers to whatever questions you might have. That's only the beginning. You can find something new for your studies EVERY DAY.

When you get to the Home page, look at the header and find these titles to choose from:

* TEACHERS - Find past lessons here!

*PRE-K/ELEMENTARY - Click here and find a ton of things like checklists, history lessons, language lessons, music, reading, writing, lapbooks, math, and on and on...:)

*MIDDLE SCHOOL - Find all kinds of great stuff as with the PreK tab, and then add career choices, chemistry, home economics, and much more!

*HIGH SCHOOL - Again, find the same great things as PreK and Middle School, and then add college prep, worldviews and more.

*FAMILY - Here is where you will find info that the family finds useful. A monthly reading list, guitar, voice lessons,  a special needs section, and help choosing  a college.

*DAILIES  - This just may be my personal favorite of these subjects. Find new resources everyday. Math, spelling, writing, grammar,'ll even find a monthly menu. So much to choose from!

*EXTRAS - Members get monthly e-books, back issues of TOS magazine, access to the Schoolhouse Expo's, and....get any or all of the planners...FREE!!! Woohoo! I love so wonderful planners!

*SAMPLES - Just what it sounds like. Look at a few sample lessons and see all that you'll get.

*LIBRARY - Find encouragement in your homeschool journey in articles, find new copybooks, get ideas for a new craft or nature study. Just a taste of what's under this heading.

*SITE TOUR - Find out what's new on the site and hear what parents are saying about it.

Are you starting to see that Schoolhouse has some serious stuff to offer? This is only a small sampling of what's available. You must check this out.
Need further encouragement to give it a try? Here's an incentive for ya. Give it a go and pay only $1.00 for the first month. No, that wasn't a typo, only one dollar. After that, subscribe for $5.95 per month, or pay for the whole year at once for $64.26.

My thoughts:

I love this site. What can I say to describe how I love the convenience, the creativity, the encouragement...I simply don't have enough space or time to tell you what a help this is to my harried homeschool!

The copywork has been a great help, as my girlies have already finished their handwriting books for this year, and I scramble daily to produce lessons for them to practice. And I love that the copywork reflects other lessons that are being offered at the same time, so it all ties together.

We also have made use of the writing activities. The month of November proved to be  a little (okay a lot) busy, and so we are using the idea of gratitude journals that were presented, and working on those for December.

Our other favorites are the monthly craft ideas. We have some artsy girls over here, and they love a good project. Here we had some wintry fun with the snowman scene craft.

If you haven't taken a look at the Schoolhouse planners, you don't know what you're missing. These are full of probably every form, calendar, article, checklist, recipes, and a whole lot more. They are simply super, and I am crazy about 'em :)
Oh, and again, they come free with your subscription. All of them. Simply wow.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, this is a great site, I love it, it's been a huge help, and I recommend it highly to any and all homeschoolers.
Another aspect I should mention is that there are always new and fresh lessons and activities being added and offered, with new teachers joining to bring us quality resources for our studies.

Certainly worth the time to take a look for yourself, don't you think?

Price: Try it for only $1.00 for the first month, then pay $5.95 per month, or pay for the whole year for $64.26

Ages: Lessons, activities, and so much more for PreK - adult

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.

See what my crewmates had to say about this site by clicking on this link - Schoolhouse Review Crew

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