Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Schoolhouse Teachers - TOS Review

Schoolhouse Teachers is the newest offer from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. This website has gathered some of the best known educators out there as contributors. These amazing contributors have written lesson plans for various topics including;
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Figures in History
  • Filmmaking
  • Geography
  • High School Math
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Lapbooking
  • Literature
  • Special Needs
  • Technology
  • Writing 
They publish new lesson plans monthly for all these areas (various grade levels) and the previous lessons are archived, just in case you missed some or want to catch up on a topic.

Schoolhouse Teachers also has a 'daily' section - these are simple lessons that are great for staying on top of things.
  • Daily Grammar lesson
  • Daily Math Lesson
  • Daily Writing Lesson
  • Ditch the Desk
  • This Day in History
  • Every Day Easels- fun art projects with mini art lessons
  • Every Day Explorers- for US & Canada
  • Pre-K Activities
  • Summer Shakespeare 
  • Summer Olympics
Membership also gets you free access to the Schoolhouse Planners - there are three different versions, all as PDF's so you can pick and choose what you want in your planner. When you combine this with access to the schoolhouse library, summer reading lists, teacher lesson archives, monthly ebooks, unit studies, TOS back issues and more, it truly becomes amazing value for money.

Subscription to Schoolhouse Teachers is $1 for the first month and $5.95 a month after. If you purchase a years subscription you get a 10% discount making it only $64.26.

There is so much content here - I can guarantee you will fall in love with this site. The girls absolute loved the Ditch the Desk activities, their favourites of these were the ocean themed activities 

and the story lessons, this included a discussion and acting out the story.
 I really appreciated the daily math and daily grammer sheets - these provided really easy lessons.

But my favourite has to be the Everyday Easels - you spend a week looking at an artist, their pictures and doing loads of hands-on activities. Here the girls explored the use of colour to influence emotion.·
You can see what my crewmates thought over at the TOS Blog

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free subscription to the website so I could provide an open and honest review.

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