Friday, December 7, 2012

Schoolhouse Point, Click, Teach

Have you ever heard of Schoolhouse, by your friends at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine? I hadn’t before I became TOS Review Crew member and I was pleasantly surprised and more than just a bit inspired.  

This is an interactive web-site that is chock full of resources, classes, planners, a free monthly eBook and information for the homeschooling family, including an on-line version of TOS, menus and devotionals. As the intro tour explains, this is a great site for homeschooling families
1) that have their full curriculum in place and need some fun or supplemental ideas.
2) that are looking for the whole smash for one or more of thier kids.
It's also a great site for Co-op Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Grandparents and Scout/club leaders!

There are monthly calendars which are a huge help for visual organizers/learners (like me!) who need to understand the big picture, complete with check off lists to keep track of where you’ve been and where you are going. This resource just became that much more valuable because you can actually organize, plan and maximize your school time. Use what you want, ignore what doesn’t fit. Point. Click. Teach.
As far as ease of navigation- you got it!  The tabs up top: teachers, preK-eled, middle school, high school, family, dailies, extras, samples, library and a site tour. They are all loaded with information, but it’s so well done that it’s not overwhelming.
Two sections I especially want to draw your attention to are
1) The Dailies. It is just what it says, daily lessons in numerous areas. Our favs so far are Everyday Astronomy and Everyday Easels, and secondly,

2) The Coursework Tabs- High school, Jr. High and Pre-K/Eled- this is where the courses come in. You have your basic skills and content coursework, along with languages and extra curriculars. Feeche has started the Filmmaking course and Flower has done some of the Figures in history. All of the kids have done some of the map work (Industrial England – a great addition to our WWI read-aloud this week) and I think even Dr. Dh will be taking advantage of some of the guitar lessons.
In addition there is a Teacher’s Lesson Archives, where the entirety of lessons offered by each teacher is accumulated. No matter when you join, you can go back and catch up because the syllabus or lessons done so far are easily accessible and sequentially ordered.

What’s so great about this site? Let me sum up:
  • It’s super easy to navigate.
  • Organizational tools to utilize the site are part of the site (love that!).
  • There is enough rich variety included that it could be a fit regardless of pedagogy, stages and ages of kids and # of kids/household.  In fact, the more kids you have using it, the greater the deal!)
  • Everything loads quickly.
  • There are tons of bonus materials (the planners, TOS e-zine, monthly bonus e-zine, menus, etc).
  • The teacher’s are well known names in the field of education and in the Homeschool Community.

Does this mean I’ve fallen out of love with MP or the other great resources that we are already using? Absolutely not; it just means that life got richer.
The best part of all is that it is affordable; very affordable at $5.95 a month (with the first month just a $1) . With a computer, a printer and The Schoolhouse Teacher, one could Homeschool a house full of children for pennies a day.

The only feature it doesn’t have, imho, is memory work; flash card videos for math, history, language, history sentences set to song, poetry memorization (Horiatis at the Bridge, anyone?).  They could take Living Memory and go from there….but you’ve heard that dream from me before, right? 

Schoolhouse is a great resource from your friends at TOS. It really is as easy as Point, Click, and Teach.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Izzie, Mac & Me said...

Welcome to the Crew! Stopping by from the TOS blog linky. I'm your newest follower.

Cindy @ Izzie, Mac and Me

LaughingLioness said...

Hi Cindy! So glad you're here ; )