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SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers {Schoolhouse Crew Review}

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I like supplementing our schooling with educational shows, movies, and documentaries.  While going through unit studies, I plan ahead and usually can find what I need at our local library but not always. But when life gets busy and I need to put something on as a substitute  from our normal studies I can’t always plan ahead. This leaves me to search on the net and sift through a few of our subscription services. These services aren’t terrible but  there typically is  a lot of other content to sift through to find the educational material hoped for. Much of the content is not always family friendly or appropriate to browse through with my children around. We’ve happened across things on-line and through these services that have had ads that contained bad language, inappropriate images, and so on.  The ease of being able to move to unsafe destinations is simply unraveling and not something I want my children privy to.

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

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As a home-school mom, I’m constantly on the look out for educational resources to supplement what we are doing or to just change things up when needed. A site I happened to learn about this month that I’m finding to be a huge asset is SchoolhouseTeachers.com! I’m so glad to be sharing my review on the yearly subscription!

I’ve only just started my subscription this month and I’m very impressed with all the features included.  I don’t have to purchase separate memberships for each of my children to use the site. One reasonable affordable fee for everything is extremely appealing when you are on a tight budget!

While easily navigating the site on my PC, I learned that The Schoolhouse Teachers share content daily, weekly, or on a monthly basis offering well over 100 courses! I got pretty excited to see that there were lesson plans and units that are geared to the current season or upcoming holidays! These courses will be saving me time having everything I pretty much need in one place!

Members are offered a plethora of resources for Pre-k all the way through Highschool. They don’t forget Mom either as there’s several different planners than can be printed out. I know in the next few weeks I’ll be printing out a planner for our 2015 year.

The course subjects  are listed as supplement, full semester, or a full year or more! I liked seeing that many feature audio and video appealing to visual learners. Each subject is separated into grade categories making it easy to navigate what courses you may want to use.

If you tend to favor a specific teaching style they have course that are geared toward Traditional, Classical, and Charlotte Mason style. Most I found to be christian-based and as a believer appreciate that I can enforce my families beliefs into our studies.

Once you’ve clicked to see a specific class, there’s a brief run down what to expect and a bio to be read of the teacher who created it. The lessons can be printed and saved in PDF form. I noticed that classes after awhile will be archived but still left up on the site for download. Also these classes aren’t live so you can begin them at anytime which is super convenient if something all of a sudden comes up.


How Are We Using or Planning on Using SchoolhouseTeachers.com?

My daughter is 6 1/2 year old and my son will be 4 next month. Their ages are reasonably close so we tend to do many subjects together especially when it comes to science, nature studies, educational games, geography, and history.

I’ve been navigating the Pre-K/Elementary section of the site. This area has a world of resources. I’ve been weighing all the options and deciding what I’d like my kids to learn in the upcoming months. The great thing is that if I want to chose many courses or fewer I can. It’s all up to me in scheduling the time we want to spend on it.

2014-12-03The Science lessons we been doing as a family. Though we’ve been taking a break from school during the month of December, we haven’t gone completely without. In fact, through the Weekly Science Experiments with Jason Lindsey of Hooked on Science, we found several that perked my kids interests to do! Each of the experiments in this course lists science safety, ingredients needed, step-by-step instructions, and end with a scientific explanation. We’ll be doing many more projects from in this area after successfully conducting the Naked Egg experiment. Kids ages 4 & up could do these lessons!

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I have a lot to choose from for my son Owen! There’s the Animated books by EZ Tales, coloring sheets, stories, games, and many hands-on activities. He’s really enjoying learning and I like that I can find many supplements to use for him while I’m working solely with his older sister. The animated books have been his favorite right now, he’s completely engaged and loves that he can click on nearly everything on each page. I can tell it’s helping him with sight word recognition, memorization, and his computer skills!

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The “Schoolhouse Dailies” section that offers lessons for every day is a total favorite of mine. There’s copy-work, games, spelling literature, geography, grammar, art and much more for all grade levels. This is a great section if you want to include core subjects in daily doses! It’s real treasure trove of resources for children ages 3 through highschool.

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One area that stood out to me under the “Dailies” were the courses in the Ditch the Desk section. These last couple of weeks, I’ve been using lots of the Holiday themed lessons such as the History of the Christmas Tree and Candy Cane from the Dailies! These particular courses had actives for both older and younger kids. My children loved the hands-on-activities. We ended up making salt-dough ornaments to decorate our own Christmas Tree like done in days of old and incorporating The Legend of the Candy Cane story into our literature studies!

Next month, I’m taking advantage of The Literature Kits! These focus on a different book each month and offer hands-on activities, history, geography, science, Bible, language arts, recipes, and more pertaining to each book. We’ll be starting The Lion,the Witch, and the Wardrobe by author C.S Lewis.  My daughter is very excited about our future literature lessons. Others currently archived that we’ll be going through include classics such as Charlotte’s Web!

I plan on doing many more courses over the span of the year from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and certainly will be sharing our journey. Above is just a glimpse of how I have been using the courses and of those that I plan on starting soon. I can’t recommend this site enough. I have a feeling our 2015 school year is going to be pretty amazing!


Cost? A Yearly Subscription  to SchoolhouseTeachers.com is $139.00 per year saving you 10% of what a membership would be per month at $12.95. It’s an amazing resource that will save you time, money, and more!

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Back to Homeschool Celebration!

P1150690-001We officially started our 2014-2015 Homeschool on the 2nd of September. The kids were pretty excited to have some close (also homeschooling) friends over to celebrate and I was too! I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for things to celebrate. And what better a thing than the education of our kids right?

P1150698These girls have been friends since their first birthdays, believe it or not! They decided all on their own to give blowing up balloons a try at our get together. This was obviously after both their mommies wanted to chat instead of blowing up many more! They were both very proud and learned a new skill.  Honestly, we are always learning something whether we are having days full of curriculum or just just picking up a new talent!

2014-09-05The boys both age 3 and about two weeks apart in age are almost impossible to get a picture of together. It seems they are both always on the move. Who can blame them? The world is a pretty exciting place to make your mark on! They have quite different personalities and it’s super fun to see them play so well together! They’ve been pretty excited about school starting back and I know my son keeps stating he’s a big boy now and that learning is fun. That’s music to my ears.

10615008_10152655431835569_711718092_oThe playdate celebration was great. There were banana muffins, coffee, tea, crackers, juice, and lots of giggles and laughter. The kids had a lot of fun with each other and us mommies got time to talk about keeping our goals flexible and to expect not everything to work out. You have to learn to accept that truth earlier on or you’ll be second guessing everything, even your decision to homeschool. It helps to have others be there to encourage you throughout your school year! I highly recommend another homeschool mom to hold you accountable and if possible getting connected with a local or online support group!

Did you do anything special to celebrate the school year or the first day back? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks to Kindred Spirit Mommy for taking quite a few of these pictures with her awesome camera! 

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Learning Resources: Primary Science Color Mixing Set {review & giveaway}

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The Primary Science Color Mixing Set has been my families favorite newly released product by Learning Resources this year. I will continue to state to anyone that there’s nothing better than learning hands on (especially when it comes to my kids)! This set has made a great impact on my 3 and 5 year son & daughter. Their interest in colors all around them has peaked. They’ve been going around wondering what would happen if you mixed this or that color together to see what the end result would be. It’s truly a fabulous art & science set all combined into one! And if you ask me, it doesn’t get any better for learning and teaching preschool to kindergarten aged children about primary and secondary colors than with the aid of this set!

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Educents: Preschool Rocks Bundle {Our Experience with the “I Can Read the Alphabet” PDF that’s included!!}

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This week my son Owen has been enjoying  our homeschool time quite a bit with the work and activity sheets from  I Can Read the Alphabet by Crayons and Curls. This fantastic packet is just one of nineteen in a Preschool Curriculum digital download Bundle that can be found for a bargain of a deal  right now at Educents.com!

This packet has been such a great hit with my son! He’s totally learning so much and I’m loving the whole hands-on approach! What’s included is a mini-book for the letters of the alphabet, 12 worksheets to use as review or assessment, (6 Capital and 6 lowercase worksheets), flashcards to use as review, assessment or as a game and play dough mats.
Retail price of $5 and 57 pages are included.

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Number Construction by Learning Resources {Review & Giveaway!}

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The Number Construction set by Learning Resources makes number know how a blast! My children age 5 and 3 have always learned brand new concepts quite well with a hands-on approach. Sets like this one are usually a must have in our home and I am sure a must for any classroom!

My son age 3 and well into learning many preschool concepts has benefited quite a bit from the Number Construction set. There were no issues snapping the pieces together or detaching them once I separated them from each stack. I let my son have his own way with the pieces and he happily all on his own started building numbers. He also learned he could make more than just that! He was making swords, alphabetic letters, and more. I say a product like this is great for imaginative play and developing those fine motor skills as well as the
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