Connecting With the Dots of Geography

Connecting with the Dots of Geography

   Geography can seem abstract and difficult for kids, but it’s an important subject to teach because of its relevance to history and science. How big was the Roman Empire at its peak? What factors played a role in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg? Why do southern Italy and northern China have such different landscapes and climates even though they are on the same latitude? A knowledge of geography can help to answer all of these questions. Geography also influences the development of cultures and folk arts. This can be pretty obvious when studying the literature or legends Continue reading

Presidents Day Resources — A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents Day Resources - A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents’ Day originally started out as Washington’s Birthday. The holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Did You Know? President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president. Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but Continue reading

Out of the Box Games — Snake Oil Giveaway — 6 Winners!

Snake Oil Giveaway

Since 1998, Out of Box Games has created fun and original party, card and board games that encourage families and friends alike to make the most of time spent together. This award winning company strives to make the games they create easy to learn, fun to play and filled with opportunity for real interaction. Recently, members of the Crew reviewed Snake Potion from Out of the Box Games. In today’s giveaway, 6 of you will have the opportunity to win this fun family game. The Old West was filled with slick snake oil salesmen. The object for Snake Oil is Continue reading

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

Have you ever had something like this happen to you? I am starting what seems to be an endless day of errands and activities. The day itself is miserable. Gloominess seems to hang off of every street pole and tree branch. I am already tired and it’s not even 9:00am. But…I know what will fix it. A nice cup of coffee. My mouth has been ready for it since I pulled out of my driveway. I like my coffee sweet and creamy. I can almost feel it running down through my fingers and toes. I pull up to the drive-thru menu. I ask for a small Continue reading

Living Frugally {a collection of ideas to save you money}

Living Frugally A Collection of Ideas to Save You Money

Have you ever wondered what the word Frugally means ?  It’s defined as an economical use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.  Some helpful synonyms to more fully understand it are: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise and scrimping. When  I first embarked on home educating little did I know I would be having to learn many more skills in order to keep on home educating. This week the Schoolhouse Review Crew would like to share with you some of the things they have learned along the way. Tara from over at This Sweet Life shares some ideas Continue reading

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Overboard I love the holidays. Some people say that my love of them causes me to go way overboard. This is true. I do go overboard, and I love it. Having a mega family is always fun, but having a mega family during the holidays is just plain awesome. There are always tons of decorations, too much food, and way too many presents. My motto is, make memories because that’s what we carry with us throughout our lives. Because I enjoy going overboard during the holidays, I can’t wait until the holiday season to start shopping. I prepare all year Continue reading

Winter Nature Study {A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool}


Winter Nature study is not impossible it simply requires a little bit of foresight planning and a thermos of something warm to drink.  Taking children out to experience the variation of temperature, the winter birds who flit about here and there seeking some shelter and food, or simply visiting the park to sit a while and appreciate the tree architecture in all it’s perfect glory are all a wonderful part of creating memories of Nature Study during any time of the year. Knowledge in one “subject” helps us to understand another. All the information your children are gathering in their Continue reading

Middlebury Interactive Languages Giveaway — 5 winners!

Middlebury Interative Languages Giveaway

Hola – Bonjour – Hallo – Ni Hao   from Middlebury Interactive Languages – foreign language learning for all grades! This immersive approach will captivate your children, and have them excited to learn a new language, in the most user friendly, and effective manner. Recently, members of the Crew reviewed Middlebury and it won our Blue Ribbon Award for Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum! In today’s giveaway, 5 of you will have the opportunity to win your choice of foreign language courses offered by Middlebury.   This program offers full semester courses for grades K-12. All levels are self-paced, so the student can Continue reading

FREE Printable 2015 Grateful Journal — BEAUTIFUL!

Grateful Journal 2015

Crew leader, Marcy over at Ben and Me wants to spread a little gratitude in 2015. Here’s what she has to say: Beginning on January 1, you will begin to see daily posts in social media — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – where I will share one thing for which I am grateful. I would love for you to join me. We will use the hashtag #Grateful2015 to find and encourage each other.Who is willing to join me in being grateful every day in 2015? She is also offering a BEAUTIFUL (and free) printable to help you record those things for which you are Continue reading

Word of the Year 2015 {Link-Up}

Word 2015

Happy New Year! Resolutions. Goals. New Year’s Plans. Call it what you will, but this is the time of year when many of us are reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next one with great anticipation. I recently read that the reason resolutions don’t work is because the focus is on the person we’re tired of being (overweight, procrastinating, unfocused, lazy, disorganized), instead of on the person God wants us to become and the process needed for that transformation. I think that’s why the idea of choosing a word for the year has become so popular. Continue reading