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I have embarked on an exciting new homeschooling adventure by joining the Homeschool Review Crew. For my first review, I had the opportunity to try out SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I received the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership to use with my family.
I’ve always been hesitant to use an online curriculum as I prefer books over monitors. I was delighted to find the SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses can be used online or printed. While deciding on a class, I tried the options of browsing by grade and subject. As my kids learn at their own pace I’ve rarely used a grade level to select curriculum. Looking at the Scope and Sequence feature under the Planning tab, I found many courses cover varied grade levels. The list of elective classes is what really caught my attention.
Having both middle and high school students, I often feel challenged to find interesting and affordable elective courses. I let my middle school son select a course and he quickly chose Photography.
The Photography class page was easy to use. It provided a clear outline of the course and transcript information. Weekly lessons were easy to download and print. Not only do the lessons provide instruction on developing and growing skills as a photographer, but they also include links to other SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses. For example, a student could go deeper by learning about the history of photography or could study the work of selected famous photographers. It took extra time to navigate the additional studies, but it was worth it. I felt I had more control in building a course unique to my students’ interests.
My son is several weeks into the class and is really enjoying it. He’s learning the functions of the camera, elements of composition, and principles of design. Each week he experiments with what he has learned. He is quick to notice the changes when instructed to take pictures from different distances and times of the day.
I was really excited when I discovered Schoolhouse Planners were available. I’m not naturally organized, but I wish I were. Planners can be downloaded for the homeschool parent as well as high school students.
As my kids are getting older they need to learn how to manage their own schedules and responsibilities. The homeschool student planner is the perfect tool to help my teens get organized. In addition to calendar pages, there are forms to help with goal setting, tracking community service, book logs, college planning, and so much more. There are instructions for using the planner in a word processing program, or pages can be printed and placed in a binder.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers so many helpful resources in addition to the hundreds of courses covering preschool through high school. Members can design courses to meet each child’s needs. It can be used as a complete curriculum, or to select specific courses. My family will be adding additional courses to our homeschool. I recommend SchoolhouseTeacher.com and encourage you to check out how it could meet your family’s homeschooling needs.
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