After eight years of homeschooling, I feel like I have tried just about everything. Some things I have loved and other things didn’t work for us at all. Since each of my children have different interests and learning styles, some things worked for one but not another.
I found a new resource that I cannot say enough good things about (and NO, I am not getting paid to say that)! I was surprised I had never heard of before. The Old Schoolhouse magazine has a separate website called SchoolhouseTeachers.com. They have over 300 classes available online, many with videos, ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. There are core classes and electives like photography, photo editing, Logic, Introduction to Graphic Design, and even some SAT Prep. I have not had time to check most of them out because there are so many.
There is a fee, either by monthly membership or an annual membership, but it was a lot cheaper than I anticipated. The regular price was only $12.95 a month and there was a Christmas discount off of that when I signed up. Military families can always get 40% off of an annual membership. It definitely seemed worth it to me, especially since that is for the entire family regardless of how many kids you are teaching. You could spend that quickly trying to buy courses or some of the content that is available on the website.
Just for example, they have several of the Drive Thru History lessons with supplemental worksheets. The DVDs usually each sell for around $14, but the ones on the website are free with the membership. So, in my opinion the membership could pay for itself quickly.
Membership also comes with access to many videos from Creation.com, Vision Video, Discovery House, Boat Angel, City on a Hill, and Right Now Media. There are extra resources like planners, schedule builders, printable calendars and info cards, and record-keeping resources. There is even a planner specifically for special needs students (and for that, I offer you a big high-five, SchoolhouseTeachers).
So far, I downloaded the regular elementary homeschool planner and that alone is worth far more than the $10 I spent for the monthly membership. 244 pages of everything I could ever need or want in a planner, plus you can take out whatever isn’t useful to you since you are printing it yourself.
They even have “classes” for parents covering everything from special needs topics to Charlotte Mason, learning styles, and marriage. I am looking forward to starting a six-session lesson called, “It Starts at Home”, featuring Matt Chandler, Gary Thomas, and Kurt and Olivia Bruner. It is about building a legacy of faith in your children (You can watch the trailer here).
All in all, it is a great find that could end up being an all-time favorite find. We shall see over the next few months. Either way, it is worthy of being a “Friday Favorite”.
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