The Beauty of New Zealand (Koru Naturals Review)

Koru Naturals Review

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew often refer to camping out by the mailbox or stalking the UPS truck as way of expressing excitement about an upcoming item for evaluation.    Those delivery drivers may have been feeling some pressure as we recently awaited some pampering products from Koru Naturals.   “Koru” is the Maori word for a new, unfurled fern frond. It symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace to that New Zealand aboriginal culture.  This single word reflects not only the origin of many of the company’s products, but their purpose as well.  Since 2002, Koru Naturals has been Continue reading

Changing Teaching Styles or What to do When Your Little Girls Grow Up!

Changing Teaching Styles

When our girls were little, I found it fairly easy to know what to do with them for our school time. Colors, letters, numbers, and crayons filled our days. We went to the library at least once a week to find copious amounts of picture books, both for science and for stories to read. I was a hands-on teacher, because they needed me to be. We started with activity books from Rod & Staff, and How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We purchased a three-hole punch and several empty binders. Every few weeks we would Continue reading

FREE Printables Round-Up

Free Printables Round-Up

  Free 2015 Budget Calendars A Page from our Book of Centuries Planes, Trains and Automobiles! with Falcons of France Base 10 Game: Roll & Build FREE Chinese Worksheets David and Goliath Tots to Prep Pack Constellation Montessori-Inspired 3 Part Cards What’s The Time? Cards Free Printables Chore Cards and Scripture Copywork Free Printables for Home and Family Homeschool Printables Link Up Free Printables Just for Kids Nature Through the Seasons Journals and Scavenger Hunts Love Notes from Jesus Printable Notecards A Simple Way to Pray for Your Children Printable Prayer Cards Animal Trackers Club Lessons Free Saint Patrick’s Day Continue reading

G. A. Henty Audio Drama (In Freedom’s Cause Review)

In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review

Heirloom Audio Productions has a passion for bringing real history to life. They produce active listening audio adventures. This is a new genre in audio listening. Plot rich with powerful sound effects designed to keep the listener captivated. The full audio theatrical presentation captures the imagination of children. Our crew received the  In Freedom’s Cause Single Package  – a new Audio Adventure based on the book, In Freedom’s Cause, written by George Alfred Henty (G.A.Henty 1832-1902). Listeners will travel through time with young Archie Forbes as he becomes involved with Scotland’s most influential freedom fighters William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continue reading

Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America (IndoctriNation DVD Review)

IndoctriNation DVD Review

“Are the public schools an educational “neutral zone,” or a humanistic program designed to undermine the influence of the Church and the family? Is there any truth to the “salt and light” argument that encourages Christians to send their kids to public school? “ -from the IndoctriNation website Great Commission Films recently sent members of the Review Crew their DVD IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America for our honest review. A little bit testimony and quite a lot documentary, IndoctriNation is a 102 minute DVD intended for Christian teachers, parents, and pastors. The origins and decline Continue reading

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

Readers often feel like blank slates waiting for the story to communicate its plot, themes, and purpose to them. They see reading as interpreting words on paper, and the story as a one-way communication of author to reader. Authorial intent is very important, but young readers need to be encouraged to interpret the narrative in a personal way. Reading can be deeply interactive. We may try to keep our mental and emotional distance from a story, but we can’t ignore how our personality, background, values, interests, and knowledge bring personal meaning to each book. As readers, we are participating in the story whether Continue reading

STEM Resources for Your Homeschool

STEM Resources for Your Homeschool

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are important for student success. These subjects are taught in an interdisciplinary and applied approach as we realize that is how students learn most effectively. Melanie from over at FinchNWren shares about what they use for Marine Biology, a great book unit on To the Laboratory!, and Science and Density: Lava Lamps Jennifer from over at Faithful Homestead shares some STEM Projects from Everyday Items Jennifer over at Chestnut Grove Academy has a Continue reading

Homemaking, Homeschooling, And Raising Boys

Homemaking, Homeschooling, and Raising Boys

When I was growing up I never thought about being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). I always thought I would have a “career” and my kids would go to daycare the minute my maternity leave was over But, God had a plan for my life that I could not see yet (Jeremiah 29:11). After getting pregnant with my first son, we had to consider all of our options. We prayed about our decision and God made it clear that my place was in the home take care of my family.   “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands Continue reading

Teaching Special Learners

Teaching Special Learners

Did you know that ‘special educational needs’ has a legal definition ?  It refers to any child who is currently experiencing a learning difficulty whether permanent or temporary.  Many children will have special needs of some description during their educational journey. They may need extra help in a range of areas, for example: schoolwork reading, writing, number work or understanding information expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying making friends or relating to adults behaving properly in school, at home or social events organizing themselves some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school or Continue reading

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

I feel so much pressure and stress lately when it comes to our home education. I admit it, right now, I feel like its just not going so well for us. And I worry because in a few more months we will have number four, a sweet baby girl, in the house too. It’s been a rougher pregnancy than I am used to. Everything makes me sick. Getting dressed makes me tired. Not so bad really. Due at the end of April – not so far away. But with three kids that are used to being very busy, very active, Continue reading