I recently had the chance to review SchoolhouseTeachers.com, which is a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. This site is meant to offer your children, ages pre-K through high school, a complete curriculum. How much for a full curriculum for all of your children? You may think it’s pricey, but it’s actually quite affordable. The Yearly Membership Option is $139. If you sign up during December, not only will you get access to the full curriculum for a year but you’ll also get several extras as well as the chance to give the gift of the curriculum to one of your friends for free. While I was doing the review, I primarily used it for Bookworm who is in 4th grade.
Our Experience with SchoolhouseTeachers.com
For some time now, Bookworm has been asking to study French. I myself studied Spanish for 2 years in high school and 2 years in college. I studied French for one semester in college and had a miserable experience. Because of this, I didn’t want to buy an expensive French language program only to see Bookworm become frustrated with the language. Imagine both my and Bookworm’s delight when we saw that there is a French unit on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Bookworm wanted to get started right away, so I downloaded the program I would need (QuickTime for Windows) and downloaded the first unit. (Even though the class has been going on for a year now, newbies like me can access the archives and start from the first unit.) However, when Bookworm clicked on the audio portion of the first unit, we heard nothing. I tried to figure it out myself but couldn’t. I e-mailed support, and in less than 24 hours, a detailed response was given. That night, Bookworm was able to begin his first lesson. Besides French, Bookworm made a list of other topics he would like to study on SchoolhouseTeachers.com including photography, film making, and keyboarding. In addition, there are several units for musical instruments including recorder and guitar. Bookworm wanted to study guitar, but since we have a recorder at home, that’s probably the first music lesson he’ll be taking. For us, since we already have a curriculum we use, SchoolhouseTeachers.com would make the perfect supplement. In addition to the language courses (including Hands on Hebrew and Spanish) and music instruction, there are also other supplemental classes including art and nutrition that often fall by the wayside but are still important to learn.
Material for Parents on SchoolhouseTeachers.com
There is also plenty of material for parents. I found an excellent resource on time management for parents and there’s also a fun feature called This Month’s Menu that has a tasty recipe given each day. I also enjoyed the monthly reading list (a guide to books for your kids broken down by age range and chosen with a theme for the month). I plan to use this when we go to the library again.
A Complete Curriculum
While I’ve mostly talked about the pre-k through Elementary curriculum, there is also a large middle school/high school curriculum that includes such topics as Logic, Trigonometry, Physics, Scientific Method and Computer Science, just to name a few. If you’re not sure if SchoolhouseTeachers.com is right for you, you can look at the sample pages to get a feel for what the site offers.