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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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Weird And Wonderful Creations {Book Review}

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Weird and Wonderful Creations is a 4 books in 1 collaboration from the Made By God series! This engaging non-fiction children’s book gives a up close and personal look at many different types of insects, animals, and plant life! My nearly four year old son and my six year old daughter really like this collection! I do too, knowing they are learning about science, nature, and creator God of all living things through fascinating facts and information. I’ve found this collection to be a great assest in our homeschooling and plan on incorporating it into many different unit studies for both of the kids.

Weird and Wonderful Creations includes:

  • Spiders, Snakes, Bees and Bats
  • Big Bugs, Little Bugs
  • Sea Creatures
  • Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants

There are well over 200 facts throughout the book! I learned a few new things myself. My kids have been going around mentioning things they’ve learned like how Spiders aren’t actually insects! That’s one that even I wasn’t aware of. Each featured animal, plant, or insect has about 6-7 pages dedicated to it solely. The layout is done well with facts and information on every page. The book is very colorful and the photos are excellent in detail offering lots of up close views!

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There are many creatures to learn about in this book such as snakes, spiders, butterflies, Bats, Bee, Butterfly,Venus Fly Traps, Lightening Bugs, Ocra Whales, Redwoods, and more! I asked my children if they had a favorite creature from this book but they said they enjoyed learning about them all. This one has been looked at a lot since it’s arrived.

The reading level for this book is geared toward children in first and second grade. My daughter whom is currently doing first grade work had no problem reading this book. In fact, when we first got it, she picked it up and started reading it all on her own! My son age four had enjoyed having this book read to him and looking at all the pictures. Overall, this is an excellent nature study book and I would highly recommend it to boys and girls!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Educational Insights My First Microscope {Review}

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Educational Insights My First Microscope is well suited for children ages 3-5 years old. It’s a winner of the 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2014 Parents’ Choice Silver Award. It’s a must have to get little ones excited about science and ideal to be used till ready for a more advanced model.

P1160740 This microscope I found to be well made and the colors are perfect for a boy or a girl. The features include 8x magnification, two eye holes instead of the typical just one for easy use, large knobs and buttons perfect for a small child’s hands and grip. The specimen area is wide and large enough to view flat as well as larger items such as pine-cones, leaves, blocks, seashells, a favorite toy, or whatever else. There is a light which requires 3 triple A batteries. Batteries are sold separately. The bottom of the microscope has slip proof feet to keep the scope from going anywhere while in use.

P1160742 My three year old son was able to use this microscope without frustration. He tends not get the whole close one eye and look with the other thing so the fact that this one has a binocular like viewing is awesome. He uses this microscope a lot and it pleases me that his curiosity is rewarded instantly. I don’t have to worry about a more fragile model microscope and tend to just leave this one out for him to use whenever he pleases. All pieces are easy for him to turn on or rotate up or down to adjust the viewing. I would certainly recommend it!

P1160743Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights My First Microscope is available for $18.99 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $21.99.

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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat {review}

prod5115_4_lgEducational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is pretty awesome! It combines imaginative play, science, and exploring altogether in an awesomely clever form. Children will be learning all about magnification and gravity without even realizing it!

P1160730The design is quite clever! Almost the entire underside of the boat is see-through allowing for 3x magnification of anything underwater! There’s no unwanted glare either when searching about. It features an orange buoy wrist strap to put on your child to prevent losing the boat. The bouy has some give and easily could be stretched to fit around my sons wrist. If you don’t favor the strap or buoy, with a little effort you can remove it. The strap has a break-away design for added safety.

P1160731The boat is child sized and quite easy to handle. My son really liked that the propellers on the back of the boat and the steering wheel was movable. The colors are bright and totally kid appealing. The boat is extremely durable and has been able to withstand the handling of my nearly 4 year old son very well.

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I really like it can be used inside as well as outdoors. It’s versatile enough to use in the bathtub, water table, pool, beach, lake, and the kitchen sink. We’ve used it both inside and out, in water and grounded, and it’s still is looking great. We can’t wait to take it outdoors more during the warmer month of Spring and Summer. No doubt it will allows hours of learning and fun! My son often doesn’t want to get out of tub because he’s too busy exploring and rescuing the toys that floated to the bottom.

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It’s really no wonder the Underwater Explorer Boat is a 2014 Parents’ Choice Award winner! I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a way to make water play more fun and educational too!

Interested in Purchasing? Educational Insights Underwater Explorer Boat is available for $10.49 on Amazon.com as of this posting. Suggested retail price is $14.99.

Get Connected: Educational Insights can be found on Facebook,PinterestYoutube and Twitter

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Learning Resources Primary Science Viewscope {Review + Giveaway}

 

 

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There’s no doubt about it, Science is one of my favorite subjects in our Homeschooling! There’s just something exciting about teaching my children how things work and encouraging them to examine the wonders of nature around us. Lately my son age 3 1/2 and my 5 year old daughter are learning that they can see a lot with naked eye but that there’s nothing quite like having an ever closer look! I firmly believe that every budding scientist needs a few tools of the trade to deepen their interest. So when I had discovered Learning Resources released a kid-friendly ViewScope during their 2014 product line, I was thrilled to add it to our science tools collection!

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The Cabbage White Butterfly

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Several days ago after a surprising wind, rain, and hail storm while out checking on my garden I discovered an injured butterfly which at the time I thought was a moth!  I carefully cupped it into one of my children’s nature discovery containers and brought it inside for my children to observe. The poor thing probably wouldn’t be living very long as it had a ripped wing probably a result of either a bird or the storm. After feeling the need to properly identify the insect,  I got to researching on the internet and discovered this was no moth, but instead a Cabbage White Butterfly (which actually is known to be a pest to gardeners).

After taking many pictures and talking to my kids about the butterfly, we let it go. I am opting to do a nature study with the kids on this particular butterfly later this Summer. We are eager to see if we can locate this butterfly in one of it’s other form after checking out the pictures of it as a egg, catipillar, etc on Wikipedia. I did learn these types of butterflies tend to like mustards, dandelions, asters, red clovers, and mints and I am eager to add some of those plants to my yard to lure more.

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