As a homeschool parent, there are plenty of resources available to me. But sometimes, a product comes along that I didn’t even think I needed until I started using it. Such was the case with CHSH-Teach.com. As part of the Review Crew, we received the CHSH Download Club for one year. There was so much material there, I feel like I only scratched the surface!
About CHSH Download Club
You can join the CHSH Download Club two different ways. The first is with an annual subscription for $25 per year, or $99.99 for a lifetime. Guys, this is seriously a bargain!
Some of the great material that I found:
For 4th – 8th Grade
Newberry Medal Book Units
These units contain comprehension questions for the book, vocabulary, and extended activities as well as an answer key for parents. Some of the many books included, just to name a few, are:
- Number the Stars
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Out of the Dust
In addition to the Newberry Medal Book Units, there are also other literature units:
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Downloads and Resources
- Beverly Cleary Book Resources
- Judy Blume Book Resources
Oh, did I mention that they also have many, many downloadable books available from authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and many more!
But that’s not all. There are also comprehensive resources for writing, grammar, spelling, math, science, social studies, health, and skills review!
For 1st – 3rd Grade
CHSH has all the same subjects available as those for 4th – 8th grade, but there are other resources particular to the basic skills kids this age are learning.
There are full downloads of all the McGuffey Readers, The Phonetic Reader, The Beacon Second Reader, and the Arithmetic Reader for 2nd Grade.
There is also phonics word work, sight word resources, suggested reading lists by level, and leveled book chart for grades 1 – 12.
For 9th – 12th Grade
Although there is not quite as much material available for 9th – 12th grade, there is still plenty.
There is also English Composition and Language Arts, Social Studies (including World and American History), Math and Science.
How We Used CHSH Download Club
I’ll admit, I was really overwhelmed by all of the material available! In the end, we started using the Character Trait Studies (Volume 1) Weeks 1 – 20.
This program is designed for younger kids, so I used it with Cuddle Bug and PB & J Girl. The character traits covered in the first 20 weeks are
For each week, CHSH offers a list of books that have characters with these traits. Since many of the books suggested were Christian, I didn’t have a lot of luck finding them at my local library. However, the sheets for each character trait are not specific to a particular book, so you can use any book that might have a character who fits the trait.
We next went to Week 1, and we were able to find one of the suggested books, Junie B. Jones: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten. The book is about 120 pages long, so we read it as our night book for about a week and a half. Then the girls completed the sheets for “Grateful.”
The next trait was “confident.” The girls and I read Meet Caroline (one of the American Girl books) for this one.
These sheets are given by week, but as far as I can tell, you can jump around in weeks and character traits with no difficulties. The recommended schedule is to complete one character trait a week, but when we also had to read the book, we took longer, about 1.5 weeks each.
Our Thoughts on CHSH
As I said, this is a very rich resource. There is SO MUCH material available. I plan to continue with the character studies, and I also plan to use more materials here. I know I’ve only scratched the surface.
If you want to find most of your homeschool resources in one place, or if you’re on a tight homeschool budget, you can’t go wrong with CHSH’s Download Club.
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