What can I say but -WOW !!! I am totally enthralled by the new SchoolhouseTeachers.com site. For only having been open for about 3 weeks, this site has A LOT of great resources.
Although this site was originally a brainchild aimed to help home educators get great resources at a small price, it has become so much more. This would be an excellent resource for any parent, teacher, grandparent, or Sunday School director. Don't let the small price tag fool you: the Ultimate Membership at $5.95/month or $64.26/year (10% discount) comes with thousands of dollars of great educational ideas, resources, e-books, and links.
****Updated 9/30/2014***** The price has gone up, but don't worry, there is SO MUCH on the updated SchoolhouseTeachers.com that you'll never run out of things to learn about!
If this had been around when our children were Elementary age- I never would have had to buy any curriculum. (Those of you who know me well- don't laugh! The library would have loved me even more if I hadn't needed to Inter Library Loan ALL those books I didn't have money to buy!)
The monthly contributors to the lesson plans include some of our all-time favorites- like Diana Waring for History (need I say more?) or Andy Harris for technology (the first man ever to explain Google earth so I could understand it!)
You'll recognize several other key figures in the Home educating field like Adam Andrews (Teaching the Classics) or Terri Johnson (Knowledge Quest.) I personally love the down-to-earth Home Ec style of Malia Russell of homemaking911.com. She tells it truthfully and full of grace!
Just in case you're wondering if a membership would be worth it for your family- yes, there are things on here for all ages- consider this: The free E-book for March is "Sensational Sunflowers." It's a whole unit study about sunflowers- what they are, how to grow them, lab sheets for recording their growth, copy work for both printing and cursive, and a word search to keep your children entertained during that last 5 minutes before supper is ready! If that isn't enough about sunflowers to whet your appetite, there is a half page of links to find out even more about sunflowers. My two favorite things about sunflowers? The heads follow the sun (like we should be following the Son,) and they're edible (seeds or flower petals.)
So why not join SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and find out your favorite things about sunflowers?
If you're needing some encouragement, there are recorded sessions of the 'Expo-to-Go' that The Old Schoolhouse has done in the past to listen to whenever you can fit it in. Some of these sessions would be awesome resources for either private or public school teachers as well.
I am especially looking forward to each month's lessons from Diana Waring. We have always loved her curriculum. (She is one of a very few authors that this extremely frugal Mama will pay to have her own copy of the curriculum from.) She will feature a monthly "Life Lessons from Christian Luminaries." I love having our girls study something useful and inspiring!
So- are you ready to take the plunge? Get inspired? Be refreshed? Then head on over to SchoolhouseTeachers.com and enjoy the most frugal way to home school I've seen outside of only using your Bible and the McGuffey Readers!
Carol : )