SchoolhouseTeachers offers everything you need to homeschool your kids including online classes, printable lessons, educational games, streaming videos, planners, e-books, tips from other parents, encouraging articles, and more! It’s also a great resource to supplement whatever you’re already doing in your homeschool.
We’re very eclectic homeschoolers and for the most part I encourage my kiddos to pursue whatever interests them, so when I first signed up I encouraged my oldest two to look around the site with me to see what looked fun.
Boo, my six year old free-spirit, didn’t see anything that caught her interest right away so she wandered off. Nevertheless, I’ve found plenty of hands-on activities for her, and lessons that she can participate in along with her big sister, which she likes.
Artist, my eight year old, is another story! She loves to learn, (especially science) and was seeing so many things she wanted to check out that I ended up logging her in on her computer so she can browse on her own and click on
ALL THE THINGS. She’s currently soaking up every known fact about puffer fish so she can quiz me later and laugh maniacally over how much more she knows than I do. 😉
My favorite feature of SchoolhouseTeachers last month was their roundup of Christmas related lessons and activities because Christmas is just the best!!! Only 354 days until next Christmas! Oh, I’m sorry am I not supposed to be that obsessed with Christmas? I actually plan to take down my Christmas decor by mid-January this year, rather than waiting till Easter, so give me a break.
*Ahem* Anyway…I printed out a few Christmas themed spelling and vocabulary word lists with word searches, crossword puzzles, and other festivity! The lessons also included copywork that we skipped because I didn’t care for it, but since everything I’ve come across so far at SchoolhouseTeachers is self-paced and geared for picking and choosing what works for us, that wasn’t a problem. I also printed out a snowman math game that was a huge hit with Artist…even though she pretends to hate math. 😉
This week we decided to kick off our return to school after Christmas break by jumping into an elementary art series focusing on twelve famous artists (and by drinking the absolute maximum amount of coffee allowed while pregnant, because — oy to the vey! ).
The series starts with Michelangelo and had a very brief introduction to him and his artwork, as well as one example to look at. My girls were interested enough that I think they would have been happy to learn more, but the sources listed for extra info for the lesson were library books and I’m way too un-planning-ahead-ish to have checked them out before the lesson. (Plus I’m the worst homeschool Mom ever and just can’t handle libraries…I wouldn’t remember to return the books till after I’d amassed fees equal to 3 times their total value.)
Anyhoo, per the lesson’s suggestion I taped paper to the bottoms of some chairs so my girls could see what it’s like to do art lying on your back like Michelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel! Even Smiles participated in the project and they all thought it was super awesome. 😀
They’re already begging to get to do the next lesson which is on Picasso and includes cutting out shapes and creating cubist pictures. I’m sure they’ll all have a blast with it, and I’m looking forward to showing my girls how very different Picasso’s artwork is from Michelangelo’s because Boo sometimes feels that since her masterpieces don’t turn out anything like her big sister’s it means they’re not as good. Discovering that all famous artists have their own unique style should be a huge encouragement to her!
For Smiles, there’s a course called “Letters, Numbers, Shapes, and Animals” that has educational videos I can distract her with guilt free while I
engage my older two in enthralling, marvelous lessons drink my coffee in peace. 🙂
I expect to get a ton of use out of my membership this year. As soon as Artist finished her required schoolwork today she asked if she could get on SchoolhouseTeachers and proceeded to find a lesson about chordates and copy down key pieces of information to read to us all over lunch. (Yes she’s a little quirky. No, I wouldn’t change her for the world. ) She’s also informed me that she plans to use the site to learn French and guitar and “at least a little bit of everything,” which is just over 200 different classes, so we’ll see, lol.
The Yearly Membership is typically $139, but through the end of the month you can use the code “CREWFOLLOWER” to get 50% off!
FYI it doesn’t benefit me in any way, shape, or form for you to purchase a membership, but I do think it’s pretty awesome, and 50% off is a fantastic discount — just saying. If you’re intrigued but want more people’s opinions, there are a bunch of other Crew reviews you can check out. 🙂
And while I’ve been busy blogging, my girls took all the cushions off our massive couch and turned them into a giant “mush mound” that I’m afraid they’re about to start leaping off like crazy little hooligans, so I should probably go intervene…or pretend I haven’t noticed quite yet, cross my fingers for the best, and go make myself some coffee (decaf unfortunately, I’ve already hit my limit for the day – pregnancy problems, ugh).
I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! And that your coffee is strong and plentiful. 😉