National No Rhyme or Reason Day

National-No-Rhyme-or-Reason-Day

Today is National No Rhyme or Reason Day! To help us celebrate, we’ve invited SchoolhouseTeachers.com’s Executive Editor, Bonnie Rose Hudson to share with us some fun activities to do with the kids today. Please help me welcome her to the blog! *** In honor of today being National No Rhyme or Reason Day, we’re going to explore poetry and ways to make it fun for kids with a roundup of helpful websites and articles. Then we’ll enjoy a list of twenty-five words that do not have a true English rhyme with some National No Rhyme or Reason Day Copywork! Poetry4Kids.com Continue reading

Heroes and Heroines of the Past Giveaway

Heroes and Heroines of the Past Giveaway

Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History is a thirty week history curriculum, written with grades 1-6 in mind. A few months ago, members of the Crew reviewed Heroes and Heroines of the Past from Golden Prairie Press. In today’s giveaway, one of you will have the opportunity to win this American history curriculum by Amy Puetz! The downloadable curriculum includes the following e-books, audio downloads, and additional materials: Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 1 e-book (lessons for the 1st half of the year.) Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History Part 2 e-book (lessons for the Continue reading

Homeschooling at the Grocery Store

homeschooling at the grocery store

If anyone can turn a trip to the mailbox into a Nature Study it’s a homeschool parent. I find that even the most mundane outings are candidates for a spontaneous field trip. I am actually one of those strange beings who likes grocery shopping. I like pulling everything thing I can out of my last nickel. Or it could be that for years my grocery trips have been about as close to a shopping spree as I can get. Anybody else get excited about manager’s specials? I always feel like I’m getting in on the fix. Despite my frugal finds euphoria, there are occasions that my shopping Continue reading

Homeschooling When Life Happens

homeschooling when life happens

  Marcy @ Ben and Me — How to Homeschool Successfully and Work from Home As I sit down to write this post, it occurs to me that I should title it, “The Things I’m Going to Attempt to Do This Year to Homeschool and Work from Home Successfully.” Because honestly, I’m not quite there yet. Erin @ For Him and My Family – When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned What do you do when homeschool and life happens? Join us as I explain how we’ve survived the past week of animals dying and ER visits while still managing to learn! Continue reading

Learning to Read Can Be Fun! (Essential Skills Advantage Review)

Essential Skills Advantage Review

When researching language arts curriculum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It seems like there are millions of options to choose from.  Some focus on sight words, others on phonics.  Then there’s grammar and reading comprehension and spelling to think about as well.  It’s enough to make you want to go get a bowl of ice cream and call it a day! Recently, members of The Homeschool Crew were given an opportunity to review an online language arts program that takes all of these different elements and presents them in a fun and engaging way. Learning to read can be fun! Continue reading

A Proven System for Mastering Math Facts (UberSmart Math Facts Review)

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Members of the Review Crew recently got a chance to try out UberSmart Software.  They were given a downloadable software called UberSmart Math Facts to try out with their children.  Up to 8 children could use the program. UberSmart Software came about when David Kocur was asked by his wife to find a flash card program for their children.  He couldn’t find anything he liked so he decided to make his own!  One of his daughters has learning disabilities due to epilepsy and they were told she would always struggle with math facts.  Not anymore!  This program helped her to Continue reading

Homeschool Classrooms Crew Carnival

Homeschool Classrooms

  Lexi @ Lextin Academy – A Tour of Our Homeschool Room did a slight redo of our homeschool room this summer. I moved some things around and did some major cleaning out (and boy did it need it!!!). So, let me take you on a tour of our homeschool room. I cleaned it just for you! It will not look this good again until next summer… LaRee @ Broad Horizons – This is Where We Do School We have a schoolroom, but we tend to do school all over our house too! So I thought I’d just generally show you where we Continue reading

Boost Character and Social Skills with Music (Happy Kids Songs Review)

Happy Kids Songs Review

What was the last song to get stuck in your head? Was it good or bad? It’s amazing how much of an effect music can have on us. Not only can the music itself influence us, but so can the lyrics. I monitor music carefully at our house but I don’t have to worry about monitoring the music from Happy Kids Songs. Happy Kids Songs produces music that touch the behaviors & habits of children 4-8 years old. With adult-quality music and kid-friendly lyrics spanning a variety of genres & styles, the songs from Happy Kids Songs will entertain & Continue reading

Fun Bible Resources for Kids of All Ages (Wizzy Gizmo Review)

Wizzy Gizmo Review

Many of us have a deep desire to flood our children’s hearts with Biblical truths. Our culture is loud with views and standards that oppose the character of God. Consider this verse in Deut. 6:5-6. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up What an important command! This Continue reading