Saturday, August 4, 2012

TOS Crew -

A few months back I joined the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew which means I am part of a team that reviews homeschool products, curriculum, etc. I am very excited about this. Here is my first review...

When I saw I knew right away it was something I really wanted to try out. I am not the most organized person in the world and having things already done for me is a wonderful thing.

Here is a little background about it from the website -- was created with the vision to provide quality homeschool materials from the best teachers in many subject areas. We offer daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans and activity ideas.The site has daily lessons on many subjects to assist you with your daily homeschool. Some of our Teachers will provide weekly or monthly activities that you can use at your convenience with your own lesson plans. You also will receive daily historical information, daily menu ideas, and tons more.

Photobucket is available to you for $1 for the first month and it is $5.95 per month after that and with all that is included you can't go wrong!

There are so many options to choose from and for all age levels. They range from geography and history to economics and literature. And new content is added monthly and often weekly or daily. It is hard to know where to begin! I suggest you begin where I did with the site tour of both the Teacher Lessons and Daily Studies.

There are daily features such as Everyday Explorers, writing, grammar, crafts and even daily recipes. And during the Olympics you can learn about a different sport each day with activities to go along with it. So much fun! But I am going to focus on my favorite part of Schoolhouse Teachers which is This Day In History in which you click on the month and select the day. There are two facts for each day so if I select July 30 I will see...

1935: First Penguin paperback book was printed on July 30, 1935, marking the introduction of modern paperback books.

1864: The Battle of the Crater is fought in Virginia.

And then there are assignments for each fact that look like this.

Fact 1
  • Who wrote Penguin Number 1, the first paperback book printed by Penguin?
  • Where was the book published?
  • What is term that refers to the main character in a book?
  • What is the term for the enemy of the main character in a book?

Fact 2
  • During what war did the Battle of the Crater take place?
  • Why was it called the Battle of the Crater?
  • Read about this interesting battle and its outcome.
There are then printables which is more information on each fact so for Fact #1 I can print a page entitled "Books, Books and More Books". Some of the days have mapping assignments or learning more about a certain person in history. There is no planning involved because you just look at the calendar and select that day.

If you want more history Diana Waring presents a series on Life Lessons of Christian Luminaries and for August it is David Livingstone. What you will help your student learn this month is:

  • How David Livingstone needed uncommon perseverance as a child.
  • How God sent David Livingstone to India instead of China.
  • What David Livingstone felt was the best way to end slavery.
There is a brief lesson online that can be printed out and then suggestions for further reading and internet links for additional research.

This website is a wonderful resource but not only for homeschool Moms. It would be helpful to anyone wanting a little extra learning at your fingertips and for a reasonable price. I can't begin to cover all that is included but if you want to learn more you can read more reviews from our team.


Disclaimer: I was provided free access to in exchange for an honest review of its contents.

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