The Old Schoolhouse has been one of my favorite homeschool magazines so I am excited to share with you all my finds at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
SchoolhouseTeachers.com has something for everyone, covering ages pre-K to highschool. They even have some goodies for adults.
For the Kids
The site covers resources on the basic subjects such as math, spelling, literature, reading and history along with many arts such as music, drama, foreign language, and voice. Most of the subjects include hands-on activities and, of course, there are lots of hands-on sensory learning activities for toddlers.
For the Teachers
SchoolhouseTeachers.com has lots of resources geared towards making teaching easier and more efficient for us moms. There are planners, lesson plans, e-books and more. I am especially looking forward to reading through the many articles on teaching special needs children.
The site is updated regularly with new material, activities, articles, and lesson plans. You can also find a wealth of goodies by looking through older archived lessons and topics.
What We Did
Week 1: A is for Airplane
My busy little toddler and I tried out a fun hands-on sensory lesson from September, learning about the letter A for Airplanes.
The lesson included activities for an entire week. For day one, we made an airplane together. Other days included making different crafts, making the letter A with cotton balls, and lots of creative play. Additional suggested activities and outings included visiting an airport or a museum with an airport exhibit.
We had fun making our little airplane together. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. My daughter was able to help by cutting pieces of tape and taping on the tail by herself. Of course, flying the finished product around the house was her favorite part. Big brother joined in our activity too. He showed his sister the pictures of different airplanes from one of his books, and helped make (and fly) the plane as well.
February Art Techniques: Colored Pencil Drawing
Week 1: Line Drawing
As you may already know, my son loves art. So naturally we tried out an art lesson from the site.
Week one focuses on line drawing, or the outline, as the first step in creating a colored work in colored pencils. In the lesson, the child is guided on how to draw an outline of a bird by looking for outside edges and shapes. Students are encouraged to draw and redraw. I liked what the author said about there not being any mistakes in drawing, just corrections based on the fact that you are seeing more accurately and clearly.
I only read my son the first week’s lesson on how to draw the outline of the bird, but my son, loving art, continued to finish off his drawing by coloring it in. He enjoyed the lesson and looks forward to doing more of them in the future.