Schoolhouse Teachers ~ Resources at Your Fingertips

 

One of the biggest challenges you can face as a homeschool parent, is bringing together a curriculum plan that meets the needs of your students.  Varying learning styles, wide age spans, time constraints and financial challenges can really up the difficulty. Thankfully we have access to a wealth of resources available online. Accessing those online resources just became a lot easier.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com, formerly Teacher’s Toolbox, from The Old Schoolhouse magazine has been restructured and expanded to meet the range of needs of homeschool families. From preschool to high school; literature to math, Schoolhouse Teachers has something for everyone!

Due to the amount of resources on Schoolhouse Teachers, there is no way I can cover them all. Daily, weekly and monthly resources are provided by some of the most well known names for homeschool curricula. I am going to highlight a few areas and then you can grab a glass of liquid refreshment and browse around!

Daily Grammar – Every day a new grammar lesson is available on the site. From capitalization review to contractions, the concise grammar lessons are perfect for a bit of grammar review. If you use the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool but have a child who enjoys a worksheet, these are perfect. Perhaps you are shifting gears with your curriculum, the daily grammar is perfect to keep your child’s grammar skills in use but not overwhelming them in the process.

Literature – This is a monthly literature study. The current study is focused on The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. Adam Andrews will take your child through a  study of great works of literature. Learning about setting, plot, conflict and more.  Questions are provided so as your child reads through the selection, you can have discussions that bring about understanding and knowledge. It can often be overwhelming trying to balance the needs of older students and a helping hand in literature can help ease that struggle.

Reading List – In the  Schoolhouse Library section, there is a monthly reading list provided by Michele Miller of TruthQuest History. Providing reading suggestions for all ages, the Reading List makes your next trip to the library a breeze. Offering suggestions in economics, art, leadership and more, the Reading List will offer a wide range of learning for your students!

PreK Activities: Read and Play – Not sure what to do to engage you younger learners? Want some ideas to get you rolling? Read and Play takes delightful picture books such as The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and give suggestions to make learning fun. From exploring what is growing in your neighborhood to planting your own little seeds, Read and Play helps the busy mom spend some focused time on her little ones.

Membership to Schoolhouse Teachers also gives you a subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine now provided in a digital format. Not only will you enjoy the current month’s magazine, you also have access to past issues. The digital format is colorful and easy to use.

One feature that I must is the school planners that are available with your membership. There are 5 different homeschool planners. Yes, five!  They are: Parent Planner, Special Learner Planner, Primary, Intermediate and High School. All have special features that make them suited for a specific level of learning. The planners are so much more than lesson plan templates!

Here is a sampling of what you can find in these planners:

*Articles written to the students

*Bible reading plans

*Recipes

*Goal planning sheets

*Task Analysis cards for building life skills

*Chore charts

*Must Know Lists (great for memory work)

And so much more! All five planners are available to download when you subscribe to Schoolhouse Teachers!

 

There is no way I can adequately cover what is available, so please take a moment to view some samples available here. You can also take a site tour.

How much is a subscription to SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

Your first month at Schoolhouse Teachers is only $1. After the first month the subscription price is $5.95; you can stop it at any time. You can pay via credit card or paypal.

Still wondering if this is the resource for you? Head over to the Crew and see what others are saying about the wide range of resources from Schoolhouse Teacher!

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary subscription to SchoolhouseTeachers.com for the purpose of this review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Map Trek ~ Knowledge Quest

When beginning a new book. one of the first things we often look for is a map. While reading a book, we may take a peek at our world map to locate the setting of the book. Naturally, while studying history, we want our maps!  To truly understand the journeys of Columbus, to see the expanse of the Roman Empire and to watch the westward expansion of the young United States, maps provide images to help the information come together and be understood.

It can be a challenging and time consuming task to pull together maps and ones that appropriately represent the time, places, people and events you are studying. Knowledge Quest has a wonderful resource that makes utilizing maps in all your studies so very simple! We have been using Map Trek Complete Collection 6 Ebook set for the past several weeks and I am loving this resource.

Map Trek Complete Collection covers history from Ancient to Modern, includes US Edition Maps and Atlas maps as well. With the complete collection you will have access to over 350 maps. The maps are already set up for easy printing and use. You can print out labeled or blank outline maps which are perfect for having students fill in cities, countries, travels for the time period being studied. If you are teaching multiple students, you can print out as many copies as you need; as often as you need.

If you do map drills, Map Trek is perfect for this! You can print out a blank outline map and have the children complete it from memory. The Atlas maps are designed to print out with just latitude and longitude lines to help your child draw in continents to scale. Wonderful resource!

While using Map Trek, I print out a labeled map and a blank map. As we study a certain time period, I will have the children label a map. After a few days of utilizing the completed map, I give them a blank one to fill in. A little map test. They aren’t always excited about it but their geographical knowledge is better than mine! And it provides a clear image of how location plays into history. While studying Catherine the Great recently, we used a Map Trek Map to help us see her journey to Russia and exactly where she lived. It really helped to solidify what we were studying!

Map Trek Complete Collection can also be used to add to your literature studies.  Reading Chronicles of Narnia? You can quickly pull up a Map Trek map and place Peter and Lucy on the map. Maybe you want to learn a bit about the author of your books. Reading Austen right now? Print out a map and see where she lived. What else was going on during that time period? There really are so many options for utilizing Map Trek!

And I must share this wonderful FREE resource that Knowledge Quest has provided. Curriculum Integration Guide. Knowledge Quest has matched up Map Trek Maps with popular history curricula like Story of the World, TruthQuest, Veritas Press, Ambleside Online and more! Go take a look!

You can also experience a sample of Map Treks. Knowledge Quest has a Map Trek Sample Pack (scroll to bottom of page) available so you can truly try before you buy. 47 pages of maps from 4 Map Trek E books that you can easily download and use to see if this is the map collection for you!

Pricing:

Map Trek Complete Collection 6 Ebook Set – World and American History – Download Version – $47

You can also purchase the Map Treks separately if desired for $14.95.

Last Thoughts:

*Great resource for all ages and all family sizes.

*Easy to download and to print.

*Options for various map uses.

*Works with any history curricula; so no new maps needed if your history plans change.

*Affordable.

*Owned by a homeschooling family.

Want to see what others are saying? Head on over to the Crew. You can read more reviews on Map Trek Complete Collection and Time Maps as well.

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary download of the product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The opinions/thoughts expressed in this post are my own.

Heritage History

We love studying history through living books. Quality literature has the wonderful ability to make the people and events of the past become interesting and real. By reading and studying about the past, we can gain insight and understanding that can have a lasting impact.  History textbooks tend to be dry and leave out a substantial amount of facts and give a very limited view.

There are a few hurdles that sometimes deter families away from using living books in their studies. They are unsure of how to put together a course of study using just living books, cost of programs that are already set-up and scheduled for you, purchasing the living books or their library system not having the needed books available.

Heritage History can be a help and solution to these hurdles. We were recently able to review a Heritage History’s British Empire Classical Curriculum. When you first visit  Heritage-History.com , you may assume that it is just a collection of old, out of print books. This assumption would be a huge mistake!

Taken from the Heritage History website: The British Empire collection covers the history of the British Empire, from the earliest days of the Hanoverian dynasty to the turmoil of the First World War. It tells stories of the rise of British rule in Indian and Asia, the conflict with the French in America, the exploration and colonization of Africa, the opening of trade with China and Japan, and the discovery and settlement of Austrialia and New Zealand. Most regional histories cover pre-colonial history as well as history under British rule, so the collection provides a fairly thorough overview of world history with an emphasis on the colonial era.

The British Empire CD contains 57 classical children’s history books  that cover this time period of history.  Some of those books are Struggle for Sea Power, Boy’s Book of Battles, Our Island Story, Tales from Irish History, Story of Japan, War Inventions, English Literature for Boys and Girls, and so much more! These books are categorize according to three levels: green/elementary, brown/intermediate and red/advanced.

The CD offers the book in 3 formats. You can choose to read from your computer, print a PDF copy or download the books to your e-reader. The books are in MOBI and epub format so they will work on any e-reader. Such a wonderful feature to have the choice on how to access the books.  While we do not have an actual e-reader we do have an e-reader app on a phone and British Empire books have worked wonderfully on it.

Contained on the Heritage History’s British Empire CD is not only  57 books but a study guide that can be printed or read on screen.  This is a great resource for those who need a bit of guidance in how to make her history course of study flow. In the study guide you will find beautiful color maps, timelines, era summaries, and list of prominent characters. For those of you who may have limited printing ability, a pre-printed copy of the study guide is available for purchase or you could even chose to purchase a download copy of the study guide. We were able to review the pre-printed study guide and it was fabulous. We are limited to a black and white printer. It would have not done these beautiful maps justice. We love maps here and I can’t imagine not using these in color!

The study guide also gives a description of each book so you can easily decide which books you want your students to read. The books are divided into “core” reading and “supplemental” reading.  Along with the color maps, black and white outline maps are provided to aid in map study. Accountability forms are also included to help with tracking of what your students are reading.

Our Thoughts of Heritage History’s British Empire CD and Study Guide:

I really enjoyed the British Empire CD. While you can read the books straight from the computer, the ease of reading via our e-reader app was lovely. My older girls could easily take it with us while running errands or read in bed at night. We are frequent patrons to our library system but it is getting harder and harder to find quality literature; it is being replaced by dumbed down series fiction. It is nice to have a resource in the time period we are studying and not worry about finding core or supplemental reading. It is all there and easily accessed.

I loved the printed study guide. With a busy schedule, it is nice to be able to open up and have a simple plan to follow. While it is included on the CD, I prefer having the printed, color copy of the study guide. I think the study guide is really helpful if you are new to using living books as your history curriculum. It helps you to have a base to pull from and keep you on track.

Purchasing Information:

Heritage History has 5 CDs that cover World History: Young Readers, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, British Middle Ages and British Empire.  Each of those has a study guide to accompany the CD. You can buy them individually for $24.99 each. Pre-printed colored study guides are $24.99. A download version of the study guide is $12.99.

You can also purchase the 5 CDs together for $99.99. This is a $25 savings!

And it is the perfect time to buy! Heritage History is having a Spring Sale! Buy 2 cds and get a third cd free!

Heritage History has a great amount of information on their website and I would highly recommend checking it out to see if this curriculum would be a valuable resource for your family.  Here are a few pages I think are helpful: FAQs, User Guide(really good information), Self-Publishing, and Classical Curriculum FAQs.  There is also study aids at Heritage History that provide resources for historical characters, maps, historical images and war & battlesCombining Curricula is also a great informational page to read if you are currently using another living books curriculum.

We really enjoyed the British Empire CD from Heritage History. I hope that we can add a couple more CDs as we continue our history studies. After browsing around Heritage History, please make sure to stop by TOS Review Crew. Other families reviewed varying  Heritage History CDs so please see what they have to say as well!!

 

**Disclaimer: As a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.