Start Here for Members


We’re glad you’re here. This page serves as an introduction to the main features of the site. We’ll show you around and help you feel at home. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to call 1-888-718-HOME (4663) or email Customer Service at

Be sure to check out our site tutorials! is made up of several key areas, all of which are conveniently found on the Menu:

  • Start Here
    • New Members Hub: you’re here!
    • Considering Membership: questions and answers for first-time visitors
    • My Profile: details about your membership, billing information, and password
    • Latest News: the site’s newsfeed where we share information about new classes, new resources, and new content in ongoing classes
    • Join Today
  • Courses
    • Courses by Subject: quickly zero in on courses in a variety of subjects; click the drop down arrows for an introduction to the class and then click the link for more details
    • Courses by Grade Level: quickly zero in on courses by grade level; click the drop down arrows for a introduction to the class and then click the link for more details
    • Quick Links: once you know what classes your student is taking, these links are shortcuts that will take you directly to each class
    • Site Directory: short introduction to each class and sample lessons to preview many courses
    • Achievement Certificates: whether it’s congratulating a child for learning to brush their teeth or for graduating the 4th grade, you’ll find a collection of achievement certificates here to help you celebrate
  • Meet Our Teachers
    • Site Teachers: short bios of our teachers, their backgrounds, and their classes on our site
    • Meet Our Staff: short bios of the staff at
  • Resources & Specials
    • Resources for Members: an abundance of educational resources, encouragement, helpful articles, recordkeeping help, and TOS Magazine resources PLUS your free TOS Planners and your free monthly bonus eBook (see page for details)
    • Earn with Us: learn about our affiliate program and how you can earn by introducing your friends to this site
    • Focused Learning Centers are the place to go when your child is struggling with a skill or you want to find new ways of presenting information
    • High School Help: a complete list of which courses on include suggested transcript weighting information plus tips and resources to help you create a high school transcript

Once you select a class, you’ll find information that includes (as applicable):

  • How to Use This Course
  • Course Details
    • Course Introduction
    • Components
    • Length
    • Ages/Grades
    • Course Outline
    • Transcript Information
    • Download a Preview
    • Watch a Preview Video
  • Course Completion Certificates
  • Links to lessons

Areas of Special Note

There are a few areas we want to make sure you don’t miss!

  • Quick Links: You’ll find this page on the Courses menu. This gives you quick and easy access to the home page of every course on the site.
  • Course Checklists: Printable checklist of all the courses on Schoolhouse Teachers by subject or grade level. You will find these on the Courses menu.
  • Instant download feature: Some of our courses include an instant download feature, which means that instead of printing each lesson in a class individually, you can choose to print one file that contains the entire class. Music Theory I & II are good examples. On their class’ home page, directly beneath the link for the lessons, you’ll see a note that an instant download is available. Click on the lessons as you normally would and you will find links to the instant downloads at the top of the next page. This feature will be rolled out on as many classes as possible in the months ahead.
  • Just for Parents and the Whole Family: You will find a link to this section on both the Courses by Subject and Courses by Grade Level pages. The Just for Parents and the Whole Family page includes courses like Homesteading and Family Fitness that are designed for the family to do together. There are also classes here just for parents, such as ways to help children with special needs, ways to incorporate hands-on learning, how to implement the Charlotte Mason method, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the teaching done? Is it video, audio, or printable? 

All the teaching is done online, and it is all accessible around the clock. None of it is live, as we have customers signing in from around the world and that would cause quite a challenge for people in various time zones! The classes vary in format. Some teachers use almost all video; some use all printable materials. It is due largely to the nature of the course (a foreign language, for example, must have some video or audio) and the preference of the teacher.

Each of our classes includes a Components list under the Course Details tab. Video, audio, and printable portions are all listed. For a quick summary of the components of all the classes on, click here.

What classes do you offer?

You can view a complete list of our courses along with a short summary of each in our Site Directory, available from the Courses tab or at this link.

Do you have every class I’ll need for my family?

Depending on your family’s needs, you can use as the core of your curriculum or to fill in gaps in your current curriculum. We’re providing an extremely broad spectrum for you, and you’ll see our list of subjects grow month by month. That being said, we recognize two things: (1) many families are already using programs they enjoy and are benefiting greatly from, and (2) all families are different. So, here’s our short answer: For a number of families, yes! You’ll have plenty here to keep your day filled and to challenge your children in every way, in every subject you need. For others, it will fill the final gaps or provide the outline for much or most of your day, or supplement your curriculum in subjects you feel you just don’t have a good handle on. If there is a specific course you would like us to add, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Executive Editor Bonnie Rose Hudson at with your thoughts and suggestions.

Do I have to buy textbooks?

No, additional textbook purchases are not required, however many of our lessons refer to books that are generally readily available through the library.

Where can I find specific subjects such as history?

You can find our courses broken down by subject on our Courses by Subject page. In addition, our Site Directory page also shows our courses broken down by subject along with a short summary of each class and the recommended grade levels.

Where can I find all available content by grade level?

The quickest way to find content by grade level is to select Courses by Grade Level from our Courses tab. This will give you a broad overview. When you find a class listed in multiple levels, it means the course either contains instructions for adapting it to multiple grade levels, contains activities and assignments for each grade level, or can easily be enjoyed by a wide range of grade levels (such as music, art, etc.) To see an overview of the breakdown by grade level, please view or print the master course checklist.

Can these classes be taken for high school credit?

Yes. Many of our classes are in-depth and can count for high school credit. Read more about this here.

Can I use in my co-op?

We offer special pricing for co-ops! Visit our Co-ops and Groups page for details.

What are some ways I can incorporate into my homeschool day?

Let’s listen in as Maria* shares how she uses in her day.

Hello! My name is Maria and I have five children, ages 4 to 14. While my youngest is still in bed, I’ll check the checklist for the new month to see if there are any new classes I want to check out. I see Adam Andrews is going to do a Literature study on Macbeth this month. I will make a note to grab a copy when I stop at the library this afternoon. I promised my middle son “fun” science today. Let me take a look at Jason Lindsey’s science experiments. There, the tea bag rocket looks perfect. Before I dive into the day, I’d better print Dr. Glavach’s reading lesson for the month. He’s been sharing some great tips on how to help struggling readers, and I’m struggling with my seven-year-old. I’ll read it while the oldest is at piano.

Writing is usually the first class of the day. I’ll give my ten-year-old a writing prompt from Sharon Watson’s Daily Writing. My twelve-year-old is loving Carrie Daws’ Creative Writing, and my fourteen-year-old will work on analyzing this month’s writing selection from Janice Campbell. I’ll give the seven-year-old some Everyday Copywork to practice his handwriting skills while my youngest and I have some fun with Pre-K Read and Play.

I hear the little one getting up. If you’ll excuse me, I have to get some ground turkey out of the freezer. My oldest two are cooking supper tonight with what they learned in Sue Gregg’s Whole Foods Cooking class. Now if I can just remember what shelf I put that on . . .

*Maria is representative of an average user and is not a single actual user.

Do you have a list of the teachers on the site?

Yes, we do! You’ll find a list of our Teachers on the Meet Our Teachers tab or by clicking here.

Can students ask the teachers questions? 

Yes, absolutely! Many of our teachers have included their e-mail addresses in their bios on their course pages. If an email address is not given, you can contact the staff, and we will forward your question to the teacher. Send your question to Bonnie Rose Hudson, executive editor of the site, at Our teachers would love to hear from you! They would also love to hear how their course is working for your family!

Your site says I can start lessons at any time. How do I do that?

More than 95% of the content posted on is available at any time. A few teachers request that their material be available for a limited time only, and this is clearly indicated on the course’s home page. All other lessons are available on an ongoing basis. You will find this listed in one of two ways:

If the class has new content being added to it regularly, you will see two links on the page. One will say, “Go to current . . . lesson,” and the other will say, “Go to all prior . . . lessons.” If you are checking back weekly on the class, you may want to go straight to the current lesson. If you want to go to the beginning of the class, or if you want to choose which portions of the class to do, click on “Go to all prior . . . lessons.” 

If the class has concluded, it means there is no new content being added but that you can still take full advantage of the material posted. These classes will have one link that says, “Go to all . . . lessons.” From there you can choose to start at the beginning of the class or you can choose which topics interest you. 

Which classes offer a video component?

Each of our classes has a Course Details tab that lists the class’ components, length, and recommended ages. Video portions of the classes are highlighted here where available. For a quick summary of the components of all the classes on, click here.

Which classes offer high school transcript information?

Many of our high school classes can be taken for full or partial academic credit. You will find this information on the Course Details tab under Transcript Information. It is also often mentioned in the How to Use This Course tab. This is a suggested weighting given to serve as a guideline only. Parents need to be familiar with their own state laws and requirements. Classes without the academic weighting suggestions may still qualify for high school credit as the parent feels it is warranted. For a list of all the courses that currently contain suggested academic weighting, click here.

How do I learn more about the affiliate program?

You can learn all about our affiliate program through the Affiliate Info link in the footer of any page on the website or by clicking here.

How can I make a suggestion?

We would LOVE to hear from you! You can find all our contact information here.

Is there a way to interact with other members?

We have a Facebook group for members or interested families to come, share ideas, ask questions, and get feedback. Join here.

Do you have articles and encouragement resources on the site?

We have links to all your favorite The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine resources plus bonus encouraging articles and tips on our Resources & Specials tab. We also have some mom-to-mom encouragement in our Just for Parents section. 

How can I contribute to I’d like to be considered.

There are two main ways you can contribute to our site, as a Schoolhouse Teacher or a Star Contributor. The Teachers are responsible for all of their content that is shared on the site. Contributors often work in an on-line team environment to create material. We are happy to discuss both options with you, and we would love to consider your work. For more information on becoming a Schoolhouse Teacher, contact Bonnie Rose Hudson, executive editor of our site, at For information on joining our group of Star Contributors, contact Schoolhouse editor Julie Coney at

Can I use on my Apple or Android devices?

Yes, you can use on your Apple and Android devices or any other electronic tablet that allows Internet browsing. Your back issues of the magazine may also be viewed on an app. Download the Apple app here: or the Android app here:

 I live in Australia (or Chile, or Israel, or the UK, etc.). Can I participate in

Absolutely! You can join from anywhere in the world where you have Internet access and the ability to pay the monthly membership fees through PayPal. We want your ideas, too! You’ll find we have teachers on the site from the US, Canada, and Australia, and our material covers lands and topics from around the world! Note: International memberships are subject to applicable legal restrictions in respective countries.

How do I cancel my subscription?

If you use Paypal, you may simply login to your Paypal account and cancel the subscription there. If you use a credit card, please contact to cancel the payments for you. (FYI: Current members are locked in at their current rate as long as they keep their membership. We would hate for you to cancel now and decide later to come back and have to pay more.)

Can I purchase a membership for a friend?

Yes! One of our staff members is able to help you with that. Contact Kristen Hamilton at for details.

Is there a way to earn a free membership?

Yes. Our Teachers and Contributors are compensated with advertising and a free membership to the site. If you are interested in either of these things and would like to know more about how to write for our site, please contact executive editor Bonnie Rose Hudson at

My question isn’t listed here.

We’re here to help. You can find all our contact information here.

Note: For all Customer Service inquiries, including those mentioned in this FAQ and regarding e-mailing, you may always call us at 1-888-718-HOME (4663).