Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com : A TOS Crew Review

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Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Welcome back to another year with the TOS Review Crew - my 12th!  Today I get to introduce you to one of my FAVORITE homeschooling resources -  the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

This annual membership gives you unlimited access to over 450 courses for grades K-12th.  In addition, you get a treasure chest full of handy resources to help you homeschool effectively including planning and record keeping, streaming videos, and plenty of support for you as a parent.

This easy-to-use site offers full curriculum in their new School Boxes section.  With a few clicks, you can access lessons for a full program including curriculum guides, PDF lesson plans, checklistsstreaming videos, and other resources that are available immediately.  All in one place, and all organized for you by grade level.  You can also customize the subjects and grade levels you need for your student.

Here's a quick peek inside the  9th Grade School Box Literature lessons we've been enjoying.  Easy-to-use and comprehensive, the School Boxes can get you started homeschooling right away.

If you're more eclectic and like to put together your own program, like me, you'll love the VAST library of Individual Courses.  The courses are organized by grade level and by subject, to make it easy to find what you are looking for.  This is the way we use the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership

I love the selection of High School Electives I can access here.  From Architecture to Graphic Design to Foreign Language to Starting a Micro-Business, SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers the best selection of courses to inspire our high school students.  The courses include downloadable PDFs and interactive online content, many have video and/or audio components too.

My Senior (pause a moment...how did that happen?  Ok... back to the review) has been working on the 8 week (.25 credit) course "Starting a Micro Business for Teens" designed by Carol Topp.  Let me show you what is included:

Each lesson plan includes a downloadable PDF lesson plan to help get your teens started creating their very own micro business.  Lessons cover everything from brainstorming to find your idea to building a working business plan.  I love that she was able to follow her interests with this self-paced course.

My tester used this information to start her very own FB business called - Sewn by Selah ❤️.  Most of the courses on the site offer a printable Certificate of Completion, and information on how to document the course on your student's transcript.

 There's more!  Not only do you have access to all these great lessons, but you get unlimited access to other amazing resources as well.  

The SchoolhouseTeachers.com Video Library is packed with hundreds of videos from Creation.com, Drive Thru History, City on a Hill Productions just to name a few and you get access to RightNow Media too.  Many of the videos include interactive content and lessons as well. This is worth the subscription alone!

Plus,  planning and record keeping forms and schedules, the Applecore Record Keeping System, scope and sequence schedules, and everything you need to know about transcripts and college planning - all included in your membership.

Not just academics either, they offer a ton of resources to help you as well - menu planning, ebooks and expos to help you homeschool more effectively, access to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (be sure to check out my husband's article in the Fall 2020 edition!) and even a forum to connect with other homeschooling families.

Trust me, this is one homeschooling resource you don't want to miss!  

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Monday, January 4, 2021


I'm not ready for "back to school" time yet!  A quick stop at our Cali home, and then off to adventure...

First stop, the sweet Dow Villa Inn in Lone Pine, CA - home to over 400 movies!  John Wayne and all the old Western movie stars stayed here.

We had a bit of a view out our hotel room window... that's Mt. Whitney, highest point in continental US. 

It was a sleepy little town, and Covid made it even more so.  But, we needed a break to unwind and refocus for the upcoming year, and it was the perfect spot!

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year!

 Goodbye 2020 (you were good to me...) and Hello 2021!

We celebrated with our dear friends - with the same fun tradition that we have been doing since 2013!  (read about the beginning here).  

We take simple gift bags and fill them with fun treats like party hats, poppers, chocolate and confetti and give them all a time label.  It helps the night keep lively, and even our grown-up kids get excited to open them!

We passed the evening eating chili, playing games (we learned a new one...Secret Hitler) and enjoying a fun time with a house-full of our favorite people!

While 2020 had it's challenges, I'm so grateful for the blessings we experienced!  Truly beauty from ashes...

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours 🎄

And our Christmas Letter...

Our reflections on 2020…  

It’s quite wild that Renita and I would experience such unexpected beauty at this time. It was miraculous in the situations that kept happening…ones that we were powerless to orchestrate ourselves. 

We enjoyed supernatural favor and stayed in a “never-before-available” beautiful lodge-room due to a rare opening at Hume Lake for our wedding that was truly a treasure of treasures, complete with some amazingly dear friends who were miraculously able to come from different parts of the country on VERY short notice. A number of people said it was the prettiest place they’d ever been… What a gift it was to bless others so greatly on our wedding day!

Our wedding spot at Hume and our private “reception area” were nothing short of miraculous with perfect weather and near smokeless-ness in the midst of the worst  wild fires in history across California.

We miraculously experienced the blessing to be “officially" married at Yosemite Chapel (where Don’s dad was married) there in Yosemite Valley where we felt the Lord was saying we would be married months before, but we got it at a fraction of the cost, complete with pictures, lots of sweet fellowship, prayer and laughter… and a very special friendship with the pastor.

On our honeymoon, we were given a beautiful lodge room in Yosemite Lodge (complete with a fan) instead of a dismal cabin. We were given an unasked for gift  - the best place at the breathtakingly beautiful Awanee Hotel in Yosemite to eat our prime rib dinner when the restaurant was closed..probably one of the prettiest places in the world to eat together under the stars.

We escaped a miserable “cabin” in Tahoe with no fee and miraculously stayed at the extraordinary Fireside Inn, complete with wonderful weather, a spectacular sunset Lake Tahoe bike ride, a beyond belief room and an amazingly sweet patio spot to read together.

We "just happened" to be at Tahoe at the exact same time as my brother and his wife, Ken and Jen, and were very blessed by their company and a delicious dinner in a really wonderful place.

And there is sooo incredibly much more.

Through fire, plague and drought, we experienced the lovingkindness of God in ways so powerful that we were–and are - stunned. 

I remember how just weeks before I met Renita (that too is ridiculously miraculous), I gave up the hope of ever experiencing Jacob’s reaction in scripture where the greatest thing he could ever imagine happened–Joseph, his beloved son, was not only alive, but also ruler over the known world– he would not only see him, but also live with him and his family the rest of his life.

The Bible says , “Jacob was stunned.” (Gen.45:26) Though we had both given up hope of experiencing anything wonderful again, God brought the reality of this verse back with goodness so great that it completely stunned both Renita and I – overflowing to the extreme.  

Life is full of wonder and surprises” We saw this phrase carved on a log bench in Idyllwild shortly after Renita got the word “Wonder” from the Lord for our year. To make sure we didn’t miss His message… the Lord placed 20x15 foot billboards to remind us as we drove away with the word WONDER prominently displayed.

No word more characterizes our year than that very word! WONDER. God performed wonder after wonder of extraordinary unexpected beauty as we walked into what He had for us. It was–and is– the most astonishing journey either of us have ever taken. 

It has been deeply given as a gift by the Lord of Wonder.

“Oh Lord, you are my God, I will exalt you, I will give thanks to Your name, for You have worked wonders, PLANS FORMED LONG AGO IN PERFECT FAITHFULNESS.”–Isaiah 25:1

We pray this for you this upcoming year - God of Wonder - move again and again….  


 Don & Renita 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Our 1st College Grad!

The UMHB Spring 2020 Graduation was a bit delayed due to COVID, but FINALLY, we got to cheer like crazy for our Summa Cum Laude 4.0, Double Major BA!

They re-enacted their first "Parent's Weekend" pose!  So proud of these roommates that worked so hard and made a friendship for life. 

On to that Master's degree (another graduation coming soon!)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

It's beginning to look like Christmas...

 We had a wonderful escape to Big Bear Lake, CA!  Have I mentioned that I love living in 2 states ❤️

The mountains, cooler temps, and Christmas lights made the perfect introduction to the Christmas season... I can't wait to go back!

God is Good!

Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com: A TOS Crew Review Sneak Peek!

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Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

I'm back for another great year!  Here's a sneak peek to one of my favorite resources - the
Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com!  

This is a fabulous resource for grades K-12 - with over 450 self-paced courses, it's a "one stop shop" for everything you need to homeschool!

In addition to scope and sequence lists, and well-designed lesson plans, they have a full video library and World Book resource sections.  Drive Thru History (a long time family favorite!) is included in your subscription!

The Lesson plans are well organized by grade and subject.  The Electives section is one of my favorite places to find what my high school students need!

Need help with planning?  The Planning Tools will help get you organized and streamline your record keeping.

Be sure to stay tuned for my upcoming FULL review!

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