For my very first review with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com!
This site is full of wonderful classes and resources! There are classes for Preschool through High School and are all on-line, with no limit to the number of students or classes. A big advantage is you can access your school work from wherever there is a computer with internet access or a device such as the iPad, iPhone, or other mobile devices. SchoolhouseTeachers has a mobile edition of their website and it operates smoothly! I used both Internet Explorer and Safari to access SchoolhouseTeachers.com and had no problems with either browser.
The website is easy to navigate and very well-organized. Courses can be found by either subject or grade levels. Everything is alphabetized. When you are looking for a particular subject for multiple grade levels you can easily switch between pages to find what you are looking for. Depending on the amount of lessons in the class they offer different ways to download the lessons and I like that. The smaller classes (a few lessons) every lesson are individually downloaded PDF files. In the larger classes individual lessons are offered for download or all lessons in one single PDF and some offer a ZIP file download option.
- Computer and Technology
- Drama and Speech
- Foreign Languages
- History, Geography, and Social Studies
- Language Arts
- Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
An added benefit to the Yearly Membership at SchoolhouseTeachers are the additional resources! There are educational resources, encouragement articles, planners, TOS Magazine Resources (Including back issues and supplements), e-books, Applecore (a record keeping program) silver plan, family resources, and much, much more. Last but not least as a member of SchoolhouseTeachers you will have access to over 10,000 streaming videos!
It was very hard to decide on what areas of SchoolhouseTeachers to talk about. It would take all night to share everything about it! I narrowed my selection down to Music and Everyday Copywork. I chose Music because that is one of the subjects I have been looking around for, especially for music theory and Everyday Copywork because my oldest girls love to write (most of the time) and we try to do copywork as much as we can.
Music Theory has been one of the hardest subjects for me to find for my kids. One of my girls has expressed interest in playing the flute. She will be the third generation to play it. I still have my flute that I learned how to play on, my mom also played on it, and it will be the one she learns how to play on. 🙂 I purchased the elementary book of the series that I played from in high school figuring it would be a wonderful Christmas gift to give her. While it is a wonderful book it is not intended for such a young player (It will come in handy when she is older).
Here is where SchoolhouseTeachers fits in! I was very excited to see a music section, including music theory designed to include young children! Two Music Theory classes are offered Music Theory I and Music Theory II. Both classes are 16 weeks in length and are designed to complete one lesson a week. The lessons are written in such a way that even a parent with no musical background can teach it. When an activity is offered there is an activity for primary grades and one for secondary grades. Sometimes the activities are separate and sometime they are combined.
Some of what is covered in Music Theory I:
- Musical Alphabet
- Different kinds of musical notes (half notes, whole notes, etc.)
- Time Signatures
Some of what is covered in Music Theory II:
- Expanding on what was learned in Music Theory I
- Half Steps and Whole Steps
- Circles of Fifths
- Key Signatures
We will be completing Music Theory I and Music Theory II classes with our kids!
I don’t have a set curricula for handwriting and piece together handwriting pages, as I need them, from various places. SchoolhouseTeachers has a copywork section called ‘Everyday Copywork‘ as well as ‘Everyday Spanish Copywork’. I was excited to see the Spanish Copywork section. My kids are taking Spanish and it is a perfect addition to our handwriting work! Everyday Copywork has over 150 copywork selections found in both English and Spanish.
When I was in third grade my teacher Mrs. B had us memorize ‘Bed in Summer’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. Even to this day I can repeat the poem by heart. It is in the Everyday Spanish Copywork! I will definitely be working on memorizing this poem in Spanish along with my kids memorizing the poem in both English and Spanish.
For the copywork piece, the poem is written on one page in both English and Spanish. Then there are manuscript handwriting pages where my girls can either trace the letters in the poem or copy the words from the page. For those students who are working on cursive there are pages available for cursive as well.
I am looking forward to using more of their copywork pages and seeing what they add to the copywork pages in the future, including if they add any other languages.
Sweet Pea and ‘Lil Bit doing ‘Bed in Summer’ Copywork.
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SchoolhouseTeachers is very affordable! You get full access to everything for your entire family for $12.95 per month or $139 per year. Until 1/31/2016 SchoolhouseTeachers is offering a 50% discount on their 1 year subscriptions by using the coupon code CREWFOLLOWER. I recommend that you give SchoolhouseTeachers a try and, if for whatever reason, it is not a fit for your family there are no contracts and you can cancel at any time.
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