Friday, September 9, 2016

CHSH-Teach Review

Homeschoolers are known for their abundance of printing. We go through paper and ink (and laminating sheets, of course!) like crazy. There are so many resources online to incorporate into your study. Whether you're needing letter formation practice for your kindergartner or a study of Emily Dickinson for your senior, you can find it. But while the resources are accessible, they're not always easy to find. Who has time to search for hours for a book to teach your little one step-by-step to draw flowers when you have children to school and a house to keep in order? That's when a subscription to the CHSH Download Club makes perfect sense.

Christian HomeSchool Hub, or, is a collection of materials to aid in your homeschooling journey. The site was created by Lynda Ackert, a Christian wife, mother, and educator of 20+ years. Because of her passion for teaching and creating educational materials, she began this homeschooling community online. Her motto is "Every child is a Masterpiece!" offers many freebies on their site, like Abraham Lincoln worksheets and US states nomenclature cards, but the bulk of the resources are found their the download club. It boasts over 50,000 pages of educational material. Fifty thousand. That's a lot of homeshooling resources found in one place! Not only that, but the materials are organized in a way that makes it simple to find exactly what you need. Resources are divided by subject, grade, months, organization, and miscellaneous

There is a vast amount of topics that are included, but I will list a sampling.

  • Bible -- verse memorization, flashcards, puzzles, games, sermon notes
  • Languages -- Spanish, French, Italian, American Sign Language
  • Arts, Music, & Crafts -- instruction, drawing, knitting, embroidery, quilting, carpentry
  • Language Arts -- creative writing, handwriting reading, English, grammar, spelling
  • Math -- numbers, time, money, fractions, Roman numerals, multiplication, charts, graphs
  • Science -- experimentation, classification, biology, astronomy, chemistry, ornithology, botany   
  • Social Studies -- map skills, geography, government, US presidents, time periods, civilizations
  • Electives -- architecture, character studies, social issues, safety education, Jewish history
  • Health -- dental health, digestive system, skeletal system, general health, brain/nervous system  
  • Treasures from the Past -- McGuffey readers, literature, poetry, music, home economics
  • Fun Pages -- coloring books, individual coloring pages, word searches, puzzles
  • Lapbooking & Notebooking Units -- living things, people of the Bible, early America

Since is a whole community of homeschoolers coming together, it offers a wide range of not only topics of study, but styles, as well. There are full ebooks, individual worksheets, flashcards, forms, organizational tips, awards, and more. Individual members can upload content to offer to others. This, along with the forums and blog, keeps the community thriving.

I have found so many resources that I want to incorporate into our schooling this year. Because there are full books included in the download club, we can truly deepen our learning of some of the subjects. My oldest is interested in the Learn How to Play Guitar book. My daughter wants to read the American Girls Handy Book published in the late 1800s. The little ones will enjoy the nomenclature cards and flashcards for various subjects.

While I plan to include some of those full books into our days, the past month I've focused more on the individual pages. I print pages for the kiddos to complete during our annual vacation. I always prepare goody bags for each child to keep them busy and happy during the drive.  Each bag contains a folder with fun learning pages (hey, I've gotta be a good homeschool mom and include some learning, right?)

We've been learning Spanish, so I included some of those, like the months of the year, parts of the body, food, and animals. There is also a full Spanish curriculum with teacher's guide along with many other related pages. The kids always like Bible resources, so I printed games from that section. My oldest is interested in learning about the inner workings of the body, so I made sure to add pages that describe body systems. As always, I found some coloring pages to include, too.

The kiddos were excited to find the pages from There was such a variety that it kept them busy and entertained. I, personally, appreciate the variety and ease of use. The site is very well organized and offers so many materials for teaching every grade. I anticipate making good use of our CHSH Download Club membership over the course of this year.

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