SchoolhouseTeachers.com – Review

 

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Old School HouseI am excited to announce that I am now an official member of The Schoolhouse Review Crew! One of the first things that I was able to review is a product that I had been contemplating purchasing for a while now, SchoolhouseTeachers.com

AJ and I were given a Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  There is so much to explore, that even after two weeks of using it, I don’t think I have uncovered half of the wonderful classes and programs that are available.

What is SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an online product with downloadable, printable elements as well as online classes. It is a collection of over 100 different courses ranging from math and grammar to film making and violin. Classes are available  for every age from preschool all of the way through high school. There are classes and resources for mom too. Resources for mom include planners,  homemaking classes, and even menus.
 
The classes are done at your own pace, and one membership covers your entire family for all of the courses that you wish to take. It could serve as a full year of homeschool, or a great supplement. 

We used the website on my PC laptop. The site loaded quickly and was fairly easy to navigate. Once you click on the course you want to take, you are usually taken to a page with all of the lessons  hyperlinked and ready for you to start on whatever lesson you are looking for.  A few of the courses I looked at didn’t list all of the courses on one page, in those courses I had to click through a couple of pages to go back to the beginning lessons of the course. It didn’t make the navigation any harder, but it did take longer to get to the lesson I wanted. 

I did most of the site navigation when we used my computer,  but AJ  used her Kindle Fire to watch some of the sign language videos on her own. It was great that she could watch the video lessons and practice even away from the computer. 

Most of the courses require typical school supplies like; pencils, notebooks, and paper. There are a great deal of printable elements in the courses that I looked at, mostly worksheets, notes, and lapbook pieces.   

How did we use it?

With so many different options available I began looking around the site. There are really online learning courses for just about anything you can think of. While I was clicking around I found so many amazing things. I found math lessons that will be a great supplement in a few weeks when we move to a new topic, I found an amazing lapbook for the Gift of the Magi that we will be reading in a few weeks, and then I found the Dailies tab.

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Under the Dailies tab there are numerous daily lessons. There are daily lessons in math, copywork, spelling, geography, and so much more. I really liked this section because the lessons were short and easy. I decided to pick two of the Daily lessons for AJ to work on.

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Daily Puzzlers

The first course AJ started was Daily Puzzlers. The idea is simple. You print off a list of letters and cut them out. Then each day you are given a list of a few of those letters that you will be working with. 
Using different clues you make words with the letter tiles that were printed out. For example, AJ was given the letters : T L E T L I and given the clue “Make a word meaning allow.” Her job was to use the tiles to spell the word LET. Then she was told to add or take away letters to make a new word.
I expected the first puzzle to be simple for her, but it wasn’t. She had a lot of fun, but it became obvious that we need to work on reasoning skills. I had to really talk her through the thinking process for the first two puzzles. The first day we did three puzzles, and she wanted to do even more. The next day I saw a great improvement on her ability to think through the puzzles. I still had to talk her through a few steps but overall she was doing the puzzles mostly on her own.
These Daily Puzzlers help with spelling, vocabulary, reasoning, and thinking skills. The best part is that AJ enjoys doing them. She even wanted to “play the new letter game” over the weekend. Language arts is her weakest subject, so if there is something she wants to do that will help her to improve, I am all for it! She has already asked to keep doing the Daily Puzzlers, so I think it will be an activity that we add as a part of her morning work.

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I printed the letters on pink card stock and used a piece of blue card stock for her workspace. When she is not using the letters they are stored in a Ziploc bag. I then stored everything in a small folder.

Daily Grammar 6/7

The second course I had AJ work on was Daily Grammar for sixth and seventh grade. I had a hard time deciding where to place AJ in the grammar course. She is in sixth grade, but I was afraid the 6/7 course might be too difficult. After looking at the fifth grade course I decide to try out the higher level. 

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The idea for Daily Grammar is brilliant! Each week you have just one sentence. Each day throughout the week you use the same sentence to practice different elements of grammar.

  • Monday – You identify the part of speech for each word in the sentence.
  • Tuesday – You label the functioning parts of the sentence including things like; subjects, predicates, direct objects, and indirect objects.
  • Wednesdays – You identify the clauses, sentence type, and purpose.
  • Thursday – You fix capitalization and punctuation.
  • Friday – You diagram the sentence.
A lot of the topics were difficult for AJ, and admittedly myself as well. The best part is that for each day there is a note page that explains everything in detail about the topic. On Monday you grab Monday’s notes and start identifying the parts of speech. If you come to a word that you don’t know how to label you can go through the notes and figure out your answer.
The first week was very difficult! I couldn’t figure out why some of the answers weren’t making sense. Then I realized that there was a typo on the worksheet. Once we fixed the typo things were easier.

Tuesday’s work was by far the hardest because it contained things that AJ hadn’t learned before.

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We decided to use Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s work as a way to learn new material. We used the answer key and the notes to learn why the sentence was marked the way it was.

It just takes a few minutes a day, and already she is learning so much!

What did we think?

We both LOVE SchoolhouseTeachers.com! It is flexible since there are so many different classes available. We plan to continue to use the website throughout the rest if the school year. I think I could easily use this website as an entire year’s curriculum for AJ. The amount of resources it places at your fingertips is amazing. I am already looking into some courses that AJ can take next year.
The only draw back I see is that there isn’t a way to save what courses you are working on. Each time you log on you have to click through to find the course you want to use. Overall, I feel it is more than worth the price!
Are you looking for an inexpensive supplement to your homeschool?

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Comments

  1. Great review. I’m hearing good things about the Dailies and I think I’ll be looking into those. I like to find things to supplement her regular coursework.

  2. I haven’t even gotten to the dailies tab yet!! This is such a great website, so glad I’ve got a year to learn all about it! 🙂 Great job on the review, and welcome to the Crew!

  3. A great review Katie! Don’t you just love the Dailies?? They are great for adding into morning work!

  4. I didn’t even see the sign language yet. 🙂 I love the dailies as well. So much to use in one space !

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