Aug 2, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Schoolhouse

Put out by The Old Schoolhouse, Schoolhouse (formerly the Teacher's Toolbox) is an amazing resource for homeschooling families. Updated monthly, weekly and even daily, it is a source for, oh, just about everything. I'll try to explain in a coherent fashion...
There are four main sections: Teachers; Dailies; Extras; and Libraries. The Teachers section has monthly lessons on topics like: geography; history; film making; chemistry; economics; special needs; career exploration; lapbooking; technology; writing; just to name a few. These are complete lesson plans with printables, assignments, and discussion questions. Although the lessons are dated, they are permanent on the site so you can access and use them at any time. The best part, though, is that these lessons are put together by people who are experts in their field, people whose names you will recognize, people like Diana Waring, Teri Johnson, Malia Russell, Matthew Glavach, and Kim Kautzer.
The Dailies section is updated... wait for it... every day. It contains quick, fun, usually printable lessons in grammar, writing, math, hands-on Kindergarten, art, preK, geography, this day in history, Shakespeare, and the Olympics.
The Libraries contains copywork, reading lists and articles on arts, crafts, nature study, reading, spelling, and homeschool life.
The Extras are the best part. It contains back issues of The Old Schoolhouse magazine (going back to 2007), bonus ebooks (you get access to more ebooks with each month you are a member... ebooks like, the Curiosity Files and the I Wanna Be a...), Schoolhouse Expo MP3s and, best of all... ALL of  the Schoolhouse Planners.
Some of these are still "coming soon", but there is plenty there to keep you and your students busy while you wait. We have kept ourselves entertained with the Dailies section alone! I liked the fact that, even though there is a lot of "stuff" on this site, it is incredibly easy to navigate. I loved the daily lessons in grammar, math  and writing, especially that I could print off pages for my kids to do to keep them brushed up on these skills since we have been out of school. If we were in a hurry, or low on ink, we could do them straight off the computer as well.
You can check out sample pages here, get a site tour here, read what other Crew Members have to say here, or just explore it all for yourself for a month for only $1.

DISCLAIMER: I was given a free subscription to this site for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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