Q & A with Anne Elliott and Link-up!

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Today I am so honored, as well as a wee  whole lot excited to introduce you to my friend, Anne Elliott. Many of our home school readers probably know Anne from one of two, (or both), places. She and her family are the founders of Foundations Press which publishes fantastic history, Bible and PE curriculum. They also own, and run, Homeschooling Torah (insert SQUEAL here–this is my family’s all-time favorite curriculum!! Oh, and an affiliate link). This curriculum has been one of the biggest blessings ever for us-not just as far as the ease of use/planning and content, but because of the “family” of HT members in our Facebook group–which Anne is very active in (another thing I am very grateful for).

I first “stumbled” upon Anne several years ago. A homeschool blog was advertising all 3 levels of the Foundations Bible curriculum for free. So, I downloaded them. We loved them! This also led me to Anne’s blog. I remember mentally ‘filing it away’ to look at later then forgot. Fast forward to now–I had heard about Homeschooling Torah through some homeschool FB group, and bam! The curriculum was an answer to prayer! I waivered back and forth, even cancelling my subscription a few times in confusion (I have shared with my readers about my spiritual journey here), yet God kept leading and nudging me back to HT. I am SO thankful I listened! If I might add–one does NOT have to be “Torah Observant” to LOVE this curriculum or even use it!

So, today I would like to share with you my “interview” with Anne. At the bottom of the post is the linky for today which will remain open for a week. Link-up your posts (as many as you would like), on today’s topic: All About the Home!

Now, let’s start the interview off with a brief, and oft funny, video!

(video taken from the Homeschooling Torah website–meet Anne and her family!!)

Please introduce yourself:

My name is Anne Elliott. I’ve been married to Kraig since 1993, and we have seven kids — ages 19, 16, 14, 12, 10, 7, and 5. We live in Michigan, where we homeschool our kids, design websites, write homeschooling curriculum, and are working to start a new fellowship nearby. We’re passionate about lots of things, but we most want to get to the ends of our lives and know that our lives made a difference for God’s kingdom.

(Please see their statement of faith here for more information.)

Question #1: What is a ‘Torah Observant believer?’ How would you say it differs from Judaism and mainstream Christianity? (love her explanation and the visual learner in me appreciates the diagram!)

We’re different in a few ways from mainstream Christianity. The most striking differences include:

  • Our family now follows a biblically clean diet (from Leviticus 11). We don’t eat any pork or shellfish, and we watch labels carefully, because those unclean foods sneak into lots of things, like gelatin and frosting on Pop-Tarts and even some vitamins and supplements. It has been a good change for our health!
  • We try to follow the practical instructions given in Leviticus 19. We’re much more careful about sanitation in our home now, and we are more thoughtful about our clothing choices and even how we garden.
  • A huge change (especially since my husband is a former Baptist pastor) is that we now rest and worship on Saturdays (the seventh-day Sabbath), and we celebrate the biblical holidays listed in Leviticus 23 rather than Christmas and Easter. This change meant that eventually my husband resigned as a pastor, and we have had to look for other ways to earn a living and minister. However, God has been extremely gracious to us, and we wouldn’t go back for a moment.

However, being grafted into Israel doesn’t mean we are trying to be Jews. I think of three circles overlapping. (Think of a Venn diagram.) The first circle is everything that Christianity has traditionally taught. The middle circle is what the Bible teaches. The third circle is what Judaism teaches.

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I’m aiming for the middle circle. I want to look at Scripture for the answers to all life’s questions. However, these three circles can overlap. So where the Bible and traditional Christianity overlap, I will look like any other Christian. That’s okay! However, in many areas, the Judaism circle also overlaps with the Bible. In those areas, if a Christian or secular person were looking at me, I would look like a Jew. But I’m really neither! I’m just an oddball, LOL! But I want to be a Biblical oddball, firmly planted in that middle circle.

Question #2: What started you on this journey?

I became “Torah observant” in 2006 when I was searching for real answers to a question about 2 Peter 1:3, which says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him… (NIV).” I had no idea how that could be true, since it seemed to only give answers about how to have eternal life. I didn’t feel like I had any idea what the Bible said about practical daily living, but I had an uneasy feeling that this was because I just hadn’t read it very well. I started a frantic search and reading of the Bible from Genesis 1. The first five books are known as the Torah, but I had been taught that as a Christian, these passages were only written for Israel.

Through my study, I realized (from Romans 11, Ephesians 2, and many other passages) that I had been grafted into Israel and that the instructions in Genesis to Deuteronomy were practical and for my good. In fact, the meaning of the Hebrew word “Torah” is “instruction,” and that gives a good idea of how helpful and beneficial it is.

Question #3: What does this look like in your everyday life?

The first thing is means is that when we read the Bible, we read as if all of it is applicable to our lives. That makes a huge difference! I really don’t fall asleep while “having my devotions” any more (and yes, I used to do that!). My eyes are wide open now, searching for instructions, because if all of it is for my good, then I want to be paying attention. I love that “boring” sections like genealogies, the book of Leviticus, and those pesky “minor prophets” just come alive now. I have no idea why I used to think they were boring! It’s like I cannot get enough of the Word of God. The more I eat, the more I want.

Secondly, it becomes much more natural to talk about Scripture in our home, as we walk and talk, sit and lie down. That used to be a struggle, something that I felt guilty for not doing. Now conversations (even lively and heated discussions!) erupt as we talk about the Torah and try to figure out how to do what it says. Our children watch this and participate in it – and it’s very exciting to see.

Third, we have a strong sense now that we cannot just look into the mirror of God’s Word and then walk away. When it says we should rest on the Sabbath day, for instance, and that the day begins and ends at sunset, we are very aware of the sun setting on a Friday afternoon. In fact, we think about it all the other six days, too, and I think it has affected our productivity and ability to minister, as we ponder what it means that “for six days you shall doall your work.” The Torah is a living, breathing document, sharper than a two-edged sword – and once we start to do what it says, it only becomes more alive and more active. It is beautiful.

Question #4: How do you fulfill the commands in Deuteronomy 6:6-9, but especially verse 7?

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

 

One of the most fascinating studies my husband and I did since coming to Torah was to study through the book of Deuteronomy, specifically looking for instructions on parenting. You can read more about what we found because our findings motivated us to set up an entire publishing company, Foundations Press.

 

We had been homeschooling our children since the very beginning (and our oldest son is now 19 years old), but our study of Torah made us realize that the Bible can indeed become our primary textbook for every single subject in school.

Question #5: Is this a ‘works based’ salvation issue? Many have compared this lifestyle to the “Galatians Judaizers.” How do you answer these claims? What makes us different?

Paul wrote a scathing letter to the Galatians about those “Judaizers” who had traded the gospel of Jesus Christ for another gospel. The thought that I could be one of them really bothered me!

One thing I noted was that the book of Galatians is a continuation of the story in Acts 15, where men came together in Jerusalem and asked this very question of the Apostles, with James at the head. However, the question they were asking was, “Is it necessary to keep the law of Moses to be saved?” (See Acts 15:1.)

You see, during the first century, if a Gentile wanted to convert to Judaism, he had to go through a very long process of study and education on how to follow all the Rabbinic traditions that eventually were written down in the Talmud and Mishnah. At the end of this process, a man would undergo circumcision as a sign that he would now submit fully to the yoke of the rabbis.

Was this what new Gentile believers in the Jewish Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) must do?

No! This was the firm answer given by the Apostles. Rather, James said that the Jewish believers were to welcome their new Gentile brothers, eating with them and sharing life with them, even if they weren’t sure how to obey the Laws of Moses perfectly.

However, one verse (that I had ironically never seen before) stood out to me. After James stood up and gave four rules that would be the starting point for all new Gentile believers, he continued with an amazing “discipleship program” for the early church: “For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath” (Acts 15:21). The Apostles’ plan was for all new believers – both Jew and Gentile – to be united each Sabbath day in their reading and study of “the law of Moses.” The Torah was the original discipleship plan for local churches!

If we were to believe that the Law of God saves us, we would indeed be falling into terrible heresy and denying the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, who shed His blood for our sins. However, as Paul says in Romans 6, we are not to continue in sin so that grace may abound. Instead, we are to come together in our local assemblies and learn from the Scriptures, which have been given to us as our instruction manual in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).

I’ve written more on this topic at http://anneelliott.com/2015/01/definition-of-righteousness/.

Question #6: Share some of your favorite resources for learning more.

My favorite resources are my Bible, a journal, and a pen. J Seriously, until a woman has read through all the Bible, for herself, in her own Bible, and preferably from the front to the back, she should probably be very careful about getting instruction from others.

The believers in Berea (Acts 17:10-12) knew their Scriptures so well that when Paul (!) came to town, they were able to check his teaching against the Word of God to be sure it matched. That is my goal!

Some online tools I use include:

However, even the Ethiopian eunuch sometimes got really confused when reading the Old Testament. We see that God provided Philip to him, to sit next to him and explain the Scriptures (Acts 8:26-40). The disciples of Jesus didn’t understand that He was the Messiah, so Jesus went on a walk with them and explained it all to them (Luke 24:13-49). When Apollos was a new believer, he got really confused, so Priscilla and Aquila invited him over for dinner several times and patiently straightened out his theology (Acts 18:18-28).

When I get confused, some of my favorite resources include:

Question #7: Anne-you have shared with us before that your husband was a Baptist pastor prior to this. What brought him to these beliefs and what is his advice for those of us still in the church but questioning much of what we have been taught?

My husband was a Baptist pastor for four years after we started to rest on the Sabbath, not eat unclean foods, celebrate Biblical holidays, and study Torah diligently. I think that taking the time to prepare four sermons a week and study for various other types of ministry were a gift, because he had time to actually dig into the Word and see what it said.

He was very careful and slow to change his theology. In fact, he spent several years trying to refute “Torah observance.” He prefers to preach expository sermons, which means he tends to preach verse by verse through an entire book of the Bible, rather than teaching on just topics.

One year, he was teaching on the minor prophets in Sunday school, the book of 1 Peter on Sunday mornings, the book of Acts on Sunday evenings, and the book of Psalms on Wednesday night! Over and over again, he was convinced by the plain teaching of Scripture that

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold,

Yea, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

And in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:7-11).

You can hear more of his story at:

So if you’re still attending church on Sunday?

  • Be patient. Does your pastor teach from the Bible? If so, give thanks! Open your Bible each week and study along. The Holy Spirit is alive and moving wherever the Word is read.
  • Be submissive. If your husband hasn’t “seen the light” (in any area, not just Torah), then follow the advice of Peter, who tells us women to keep our mouths shut and to work on our own flaws first. LOL! You can be reading your Bible each day, but be sure to get the log out of your own eye before trying to get the speck out of your husband’s or pastor’s eye. See 1 Peter 3:1-6.
  • Ask questions. Paul suggest that women ask their husbands theology questions before running off to their pastors or to the Internet. See 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.
  • Prepare for change. If God leaves you to leave your church someday (and He might), then think about how you will learn and grow. Leviticus 23:3 says that we are to assemble with others. The writer of Hebrews warns us not to give that up, especially when the world seems evil and that all is falling apart (Hebrews 10:25). Paul reminds us that we need weekly fellowship and teaching from others or we could fall prey to lies and deception (Ephesians 4). Ask God for wisdom and guidance, so that you can obey Him completely.
  • Wait. The Spirit of God is moving in a mighty way in our world today! The future is bright and exciting. It is humbling to think that we are living in a time when prophecies are being fulfilled before our very eyes. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22).

Question #8: What is your current ministry?

We are passionate about helping families, strengthening marriages, teaching parents, and training up the next generation of children for His kingdom. We write and publish homeschooling curriculum, as well as Bible study and training materials for adults.

You can hear more of our story at http://homeschoolingtorah.com/interview-with-hebrew-nation-radio/ .

My husband is also passionate about starting new Torah-following congregations throughout the United States and providing training materials and encouragement to the men wanting to start these local groups. We are currently living in Michigan and working to start a new fellowship outside Lansing.

Question #9: Any last words of advice or anything else to share with our readers? Where can we find you on the web?

In this age when information flies at us faster than we can take it in, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. When you’re not sure what to do, I urge you to follow our Master Yeshua’s example. Go off into a wilderness place (which might be that bathroom, for young moms!), and get alone with God. Pray, and ask Him for wisdom. This is a prayer He promises to always answer (James 1:5). Open the Bible and read with an intent to do what it says. Give it time. Allow the Holy Spirit to tailor your education to your exact needs, patiently waiting for His still, small voice to speak to you.

And after giving you the advice to stay away from too much Internet (LOL!), you can find me online athttp://anneelliott.com and you can follow me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elliottanne

I really hope y’all enjoyed both this interview, as well as the one with Christine Miller of Nothing New Press. These two ladies have really blessed me with their stories, advice, resources, prayers and friendships.

Now, for the linky!! Link-up as many posts as you would like! Today’s topic is All About the Home (linky is open for a week; we also have more topics for Wednesday and Thursday-see the graphic above) and we want to hear all about anything to do with your home. Be it homemaking posts, homemade goodies, your life…it’s all wide open!

 

 

 

 

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Small Talk~a Book Review

It has often been said, “out of the mouth of  babes” and this book is a collection of just that. From the back cover:

Sometimes God uses the smallest voices to teach the greatest truths.

I know for me, personally as a mom, God has often used my own children to teach me a deeper lesson of His truth. As I interact back and forth with them, I am amazed at many of those lessons. Be it their simple faith, or their direct disobedience, there is much to be learned from the life of a child.

Mrs. Becker has composed a memoir of interactions between herself and her children, many of those teaching deeper truths. Examples of chapters include: rest, beauty, Jesus, sin, love and listening. Each of those chapters comprise a “lesson” learned from her kids about what matters most, (in her opinion), on each of those areas.

I identified a lot with this book, as I said earlier in this post, because often times I learn far more not only from my own children, but those I serve in our church Nursery. It’s amazing the childlike faith one can come to understand when spending but a moment with these sweet kids. The book will be a treasury of memories for her children in the years to come, as they grow older and she has captured much of their childhood in this book. Overall, I give the book 4 out of 5 stars because I believe it is well written, relevant and a sweet memoir for when they are older.

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Q & A with Christine Miller and New Linky Series!

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Many of us in the homeschool community know of, or have heard of, Christine Miller from Nothing New Press. They are involved with reprinting, updating and expanding the amazing History stories of H.A. Guerber; as well as their All Through The Ages History Through Literature Guides. Christine also blogs, shares fantastic Scripture Art and Bible studies at A Little Perspective.

Today I am blessed to share with you another very important aspect to Christine’s life. Her faith. (Click here to see her full statement of faith). As a newbie to the Homeschooling Torah curriculum this year, I was fortunate enough to get to know, (and ask lots of questions of), both Anne Elliott and Christine. (Psstt…watch for another interview soon…this time with Anne!) Christine’s responses are in quotes and italics.

What is a “Torah Observant believer?” How would you say it differs from Judaism and/or mainstream Christianity?

“A Torah observant believer is first, and foremost, a child and worshiper of God and believer in the salvation freely given by Yeshua (Jesus) our Lord; then one who believes in the truth and applicability of the whole Scripture, Old and New Testaments, from Genesis to Revelation. Therefore no part of Scripture is passed away or obsolete, but the whole of it living and active across all times and cultures, including the present time. Torah observance can be shorthand for someone who celebrates the feasts of the Lord, rests on Sabbath, and abstains from unclean foods, commands found in Torah but discarded by modern Christianity. But there are Ten Commandments commanded in Torah; those Ten being explained by 613 commandments found in Torah, and also expounded on by the prophets, Yeshua (Jesus), and the apostles. The Torah observant believer is constantly learning and growing in the meaning and application of his obedience to the Ten by learning and considering the whole wisdom of God brought to bear on it. It differs from Judaism in that the counsel of the New Testament is accepted and acted upon, and differs from modern Christianity in that the counsel of the Old Testament is accepted and acted upon. A Torah observant believer may also be seeking to disentangle the traditions of men of both Judaism and Christianity that have been added to the commandments, in opposition to God’s command in Deuteronomy 4:2.”

What started you on this journey?

For this question, Christine shared a guest blog post, one in a series of 4. Continue clicking at the bottom of each post to read more.

What does this look like in your everyday life?

My everyday life is not that radically different from my life before, as I have always been zealous for living for God by His ways, and zealous for learning His word to apply His ways to my life. However, we did not keep feasts or Sabbaths, or discern between clean and unclean food before, and we do that now. I also wear tzitzit and skirts exclusively in my dress.

How do you fulfill the commands in Deuteronomy 6:6-9, but especially verse 7?

“6-‘and these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7-you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8-you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9-you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.'”

“verse 6-I read and study God’s word everyday to keep it fresh on my heart.”

“verse 7-our children are grown and no longer live at home, but every time I have an open door to talk to them about what I am learning, I do so. I encourage them to follow along with me in my studies. I send Scripture Pictures every month to the grandchildren to keep in special albums made for them, and encourage them to look at them and meditate on them as often as they can. Anyone who knows me knows that the things of God’s word are the things that come out of my mouth day and night-this is who I am and it is hard for me not to talk about it!”

“verse 8- this is a very important verse with bearing prophecies concerning God’s people. Those who are His, are ‘marked’ on their hand and forehead, (‘between their eyes’), by the actions of their hands and the thoughts of their minds, just as the antichrist’s people are likewise marked on their hands and foreheads.” (For more of Christine’s thoughts on this subject, click here for part one of four-keep clicking through to read more)

“verse 9- the command to write the words of God on the gates, I believe, refers to the gates of the city, as all cities at that time were enclosed by walls with gates in them. We do not have gates to cities in America, but I believe when Yeshua (Jesus) returns and proper leadership restored at all levels, we will see this again. I do not have a traditional mezuzah on the doorpost of my house, but as the command is to write God’s commandments, we have a ceramic Ten Commandments plaque posted at our front door right at the doorbell, and also other plaques reiterating the Greatest Commandment on the inside of the house, posted at the doors going outside.”

Is this a ‘works based’ salvation belief? Many have compared these beliefs to the ‘Galatians Judaizers.’ How do you answer these claims and what makes it different?

“This will help clarify as an introduction (be sure to read the next post in the series, linked at the bottom): The righteousness that is of faith.

“Even the Pharisees misunderstood Moses about this point: that the Torah preaches a gospel of salvation by grace through faith and not works, from the opening chapters of Genesis. Yes, beginning in Creation Week! Paul comes right out and even says that Israel was completely ignorant of it! (Romans 10:3). I have revealed how Torah does this in countless places through all five of its books, in my book, The Law of Love. But the key to understand Paul’s letter to the Galatians, is to realied that there is a distinction between justification, or right-standing before God, which can never be had by works of the law, and sanctification, or right living, which can only be had by works of the law. Galatians clarifies that justification–salvation, right-standing–cannot come by works of the law. But elsewhere, Paul makes an equally strong case that those who have been truly justified, will not walk after the manner of the flesh, but will increase in sanctification or right behavior, i.e., obedience to commandments–for example, as in 1 Corinthians 6.” For more on Christine’s study on Galatians, read her blog post here.

Could you share some of your favorite resources for learning more?

“I don’t follow a lot of people, preferring to focus in on the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking though His word.”

She did list a few: Brad Scott @ Wild Branch Ministry, Tony Robinson @ Restoration of Torah and Batya Wooten’s books, such as Redeemed Israel.

What is your current ‘ministry?’

“Learning and sharing what I am learning in my daily and weekly Bible studies, and illustrating the whole word of God in Scripture Pictures as beautifully as I possibly can :) I also serve as a homeschooling mentor in several homeschooling communities.”

Any last words of advice or anything else to share with our readers? Where can we find you on the web?

“If you are experiencing opposition to your walk, don’t despair or even censure or bear feelings of resentment toward those who may be persecuting you. But count it all joy. If my family and circle never resisted my walk, I would never have had the motivation to dig deep into Scripture to answer their questions and objections. God taught me more than I ever planned on, and moreover, gave me an open door to share with many others. Your fruit might look different than mine, but trust me, there is fruit and a blessing at the end of your road.”

“I blog daily at A Little Perspective  and my books are available at Nothing New Press.

Check out Christine’s bio and background here.

Thank you SO much Christine for all of your service to the homeschool community, sisters in Christ, and anyone else blessed to come in contact with you.

Now, for the linky series! I have been blessed to come into contact with a lot of sweet homeschool families through our FB group for Homeschooling Torah. Many of them have amazing advice, yet may be hard to find. With that said, starting the week of 1/25/15, please watch for our linky series from some amazing mamas. Feel free to add yours when we go live!

 

 

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New Linky Series!!

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I am beyond excited to announce a new series coming to the blog. Some of y’all have read my posts about searching for the roots of my faith. By no small coincidence, several people came into my life recently who describe themselves as “Torah Observant Believers” or “Messianics.” This linky will help you, the readers, understand and interact with us. Who are we? Why do we do what we do? Are we basing our salvation on Christ, on “works,” or is it something much deeper? How do we teach our children?

We will kick off this series sometime this month, (dates to be announced soon), and will start with interviews with two of my favorite “online mentors.”

The first is Anne Elliott of Foundations Press and Homeschooling Torahd (affiliate link-see my disclosure policy). A couple years ago I stumbled upon Anne’s Bible curriculum at Foundations Press, all three years offered free at that time which was shared by another homeschool blog. That led me to her personal blog and I read a few articles there. Fast forward to last year. I had been really praying hard over curriculum, everything was hit and miss and I was very discontent with our schooling. Somehow, I was led to Homeschooling Torah and it has been an enormous blessing for my whole family and is now our ‘main’ curriculum. Through their member FB group I really got to know Anne and ask her multiple questions. She has been so patient with all of us and is a godsend.

The next “mentor” and interviewee is Christine Miller of Nothing New Press. Many of us in the Homeschool community know Christine and her company due to their republishing of Guerber’s History books. Christine also creates Scripture Pictures and has fantastic Bible Studies over at A Little Perspective. I was blessed to get to know her better, and ask questions of her, through our Homeschooling Torah FB group.

Each of these ladies has had a huge impact and I can’t wait to share their interviews, as well as begin this new series each week. When I was starting out, there were SO many Christian homeschool blogs, but very few that shared my current lifestyle. It is my prayer that by linking them all in one place here, it will be a huge help for other ladies on the web.

Can’t wait to have you join us!

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com-a TOS Review Crew Review

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

 

Do you ever find your homeschool days dragging on? Being pulled in twenty different directions with multiple kids? Searching for ‘something’ although you aren’t quite sure what that is? Have you wanted to enliven your school year with some affordable classes, yet your search has left you empty handed…or with empty pockets?

Today I am inviting you into our multi-age classroom by sharing our review of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, a brilliant site brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine creators! But first, here is a quick video overview of this program, for those audio and or visual learners like myself. We were given the Yearly Membership option for review.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a fabulous one stop shop for curriculum choices for any age–including goodies for parents! With over 100 courses to choose from, a membership fee that includes whole family usage as well as a co-op option, and classes streamed anytime/anywhere, you can’t go wrong in investigating it. Matter of fact, they offer a FREE 30 day trial…that INCLUDES a FREE Welcome Basket! Courses are offered for levels Pre-K all the way up to 12th, PLUS several listings for “family courses” such as Nutrition, Family Fitness, and Whole Foods Cooking to name a few. Courses may be one year long, or a semester. As a bonus for the parents? Supplements and resources available to help–including their fabulous downloadable planner!

Normally, the membership costs $12.95 per month or at a 10% discount by purchasing the yearlong option at $139….however, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is currently running a big special right now and through Christmas Day at 11:59pm ET.

You will receive 40% off the monthly membership ($7.77/month) or 50% off the Yearly Membership ($64.26/year). Homeschool families who join at this rate will keep it forever as long as they maintain a continuous membership.

We used this program with children at 4 different levels developmentally and academically. A is 5 and has amblyopia and dystropia, fancy words for “really bad eyesight.” Programs like this are very beneficial for her-she can ‘hear’ whatever she may have trouble seeing. E is 7 and our diva of the bunch. She is VERY independent and learns better “doing school” with supervision vs hours of teaching. Even after we finished reviewing the item, she continues to log in and “do school” on her own! L is my 14 year old book loving, creative writing, joke cracking, computer science loving son. Finally, B is my 16 year old, caught between wanting to be grown up and wanting to stay a kid, text book loving, no nonsense down to earth, anime and Japanese culture loving son. Phew…can they be more different?

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Little A, our sweet 5 year old

Little A always wants to try everything that big sister is doing…and quite often, big brothers. We have found that by allowing her to “sit in” and “do” school with the olders, it has really pushed her along academically. Her first choice was Beginning Sewing. A is still learning to read, so I had to help her with some of the instructions. The video “teacher” was a huge blessing. In the very first lesson, she explains, and shows, what some sewing tools are and explains the sewing machine on the video content. The lessons are also downloadable and able to be printed off-it includes the patterns. A also joined in with big sister E to do several others. Her take? “I LOVE it!”

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E learning all about bugs!!

E also chose Sewing, but then became distracted by the “Bug Science” course. I’m not sure if it was the title that caught her eye or what, but she is my Science gal! She raved about this course all day and kept going back to do more…in the SAME day! She also “previewed” several other courses. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is definitely a hit with her!

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L, my computer geek 14 year old

Torn between several options, this wanna be Computer Science major decided to see what the Filmmaking course was all about. Scheduled with 36 weeks of content, this makes a perfect year long course. His brother B decided to join in and do this one as well–he has high hopes and aspirations to break into the Anime film industry. Both boys really enjoyed the course, although L prefers a more “animated teacher,” perhaps why I bore him to tears. They were intrigued with the content and began work right away on the first assignment, even discussing it with me and each other. SchoolhouseTeachers.com provides multi-focal instruction, which is able to draw out anyone from the various learning styles.

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Big B, my 16 year old Junior

Overall, we are very blessed to have been given the opportunity to review this product and plan to incorporate it into our homeschool…permanently. Especially for B, my high schooler who was “bored” by many of the electives available on the market. SchoolhouseTeachers.com not only gives him more choices, but the College Choice Guidance course gives ME peace of mind. It’s something we can do together and will help keep us on track when it comes time to send each of them to college.

 

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