As a member of the Homeschool Review Crew, I get to take a look at a lot of products that are new to my family. There's one, though, that I've used with the boys off and on for *years*. SchoolhouseTeachers.com first came out when The Old Schoolhouse Magazine stopped printing and became a bi-monthly digital magazine. Well, way back in 2011, if you had a subscription to the print magazine, you received free access to SchoolhouseTeachers.com until the length of your remaining subscription expired. I think I had well over a year of access at that time. When it expired, I didn't renew, but kept an eye on it and thought about it a lot. Then, in 2013, I won a year subscription. The site had grown so much in that time. It was A. Ma. Zing. In 2014 and 2016, I had subscriptions as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. And now, guess what? Yes, this year I've received another Yearly Membership subscription. (Hint: If you are interested in reviewing awesome products...)
Recently, many upgrades have been made to SchoolhouseTeachers. One of my favorite changes is the ease of accessing *all* of the content now. It used to take a few clicks to reach the lessons for classes. They had a "quick links" page, but you really sort of stumbled on it and then had to bookmark the page to reach it quickly. Now, it has it's own tab right on the home page. You can still search by age or subject, but if you know right where you want to go, just click quick links, scroll to the class, and click on lessons. So easy and intuitive.
The page is so pretty now, too. It's so clean and bright. Everything is at your fingertips. I recommend starting in the New Members Hub at the "Start Here" tab (natch!) even though it's tempting to head straight for the course list. You'll find out all about navigating the website here.
Members of SchoolhouseTeachers.com receive lots of great classes and extras. Some of my favorite resources from The Old Schoolhouse are included.
- Access to the over 300 classes on the site, classes for the entire family. Literally everyone from parents to toddlers.
- Streaming videos. Drive Thru History, Bible stories, apologetics, marriage, and lots more.
- A subscription to the World Book E-book Library
- New lesson plans. These plans are being added, a few at a time to help you implement SchoolhouseTeachers classes in your own homeschool.
- Free membership to applecore. An online planner, attendance tracker, and all around record keeper.
- Six of their MEGA HUGE digital Schoolhouse Planners, including Hey Mama!, Special Needs, and High School.
- Past and future Expo webinars.
- All The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine digital back issues. Yes! All of the back issues.
- A print copy of the huge Annual Print issue.
- A certificate gallery to present to students upon completion of courses or goals.
If you feel lost and confused about anything on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, there's a chat feature for quick help. Just click to have a conversation with a real, live representative. You can also download a handy dandy Classes By Grade Level chart. It's a spreadsheet of courses all marked with a nice visual bar of color to indicate Family or grade(s) for PK-12.
There are some terrific teachers on this site. I've worked with Diana Waring, Amy Puetz, Scott Turansky, and Bonnie Rose Hudson personally online before. There are scads of other names you'll recognize from homeschooling blogs and businesses. Just a quick glance through the teacher directory showed me half a dozen other names I know from favorite homeschool vendors. The quality of instructors pays off in the quality of courses.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com has grown from, literally, a handful of courses to over 300 online classes for preschool to high school. They've decided it is time to raise the price. If you subscribe *before* the January 15, 2017 rate increase, you will remain subscribed at the lower rate for the length of your subscription. If you choose monthly for $9.95/month, you will receive that rate as long as you remain a member. If you purchase a year for $90, your rate will remain $90/year as long as you remain subscribed. This is a great time to join. Use codes CHRISTMAS for $9.95/month or CHRISTMASYEAR for $90 for the Yearly Membership. You'll have a ton of learning at your fingertips.
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