Easy to Use Science! (Fascinating Education Review)

Facinating Education

  Fascinating Education is a unique company offering online science curricula for Middle and High School students.  Currently, the course offerings are Fascinating Chemistry, Fascinating Biology, and Fascinating Physics.  For students who struggle with science, the video-based learning approach is very effective.  These courses provide parents a user-friendly method of engaging their student in science.  The courses promote right brain learning by using a unique audio-visual style and tried and true step-by-step lessons.  The lessons are broken down into thin slices so that even the novice science student can understand the concepts presented. Our Schoolhouse Review Crew has been using Continue reading

G. A. Henty Audio Books (Jim Hodges Productions Review)

Jim Hodges Productions Review

  Many homeschool families have enjoyed the classic G. A.  Henty educational classics.  Jim Hodges Productions provides unabridged recordings as Audio Books for our generation. Recently members of The Schoolhouse Review Crew were privileged to receive MP3 CDs of some of these G. A. Henty classics. Most also included an accompanying study guide in PDF format. If you are not familiar with this author, you may be interested in Jim Hodge’s free audio recording:  How Henty Helps with History, Geography, Language,  and Character . The following selections were reviewed by the Crew: Henty Short Stories Collection The Cat of Bubastes (BC 1250) The Continue reading

Themed Treasure Hunts! (Clued In Kids Review)

Clued In Kids Reviews

The last thirty years have shown an explosion of “screen time” with younger and younger children, and left parents struggling to find a way to keep children entertained. Recently, the Schoolhouse Review Crew had the chance to try out Clued In Kids, a company that provides a fun, educational way for parents and children to spend time without turning on the TV. Parents were allowed to choose from one of nine printable options, including Seasonal treasure hunts Hallowe’en – This is a hunt in a Hallowe’en card! The hunt includes a card, clues, tacks for taping clues to hiding places, tattoos to Continue reading

Christian DVDs Changing Lives Now and for Eternity (New Liberty Videos Review)

New Liberty Videos Reviews

New Liberty Videos is a family-owned company dedicated to producing quality Christian DVDs. They were founded by Brian Barkley, a former Hollywood television editor. The Schoolhouse Crew has had the opportunity to review several of the selections offered by New Liberty Videos. They include the following: Anthem for a Nation – This documentary explores the qualities that made America great, including our God-given freedoms. It is meant to educate and revive the hearts of our country today to walk with God and trust Him to restore our land. The Forbidden Book – This DVD details how the Scriptures were brought Continue reading

Keeping On Homeschooling When You Feel Like Giving Up

keeping on homeschooling when you feel like giving up

I do not know about you, but I find homeschooling hard. I love homeschooling. I truly do. I love that I can have my children with me and educate them at home. I love that I can tailor their schooling to their learning style, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses. I love that we can do so many neat things, and be free to explore the world of knowledge. But more often than not I find myself wondering why I am doing all of this? It seems sometimes that you wear yourself out planning, studying and carving this wonderful Continue reading

Autumn Homeschool Studies

Autumn Homeschool Studies

  Tere @ Teachable Scotts Tots Homeschool – Perfect Pumpkin Pictures and Printable Lesson Plans Smile – O.K. – Say cheese! No, no – Look at mommy! Smile! Run, run, go get little Joey. He just ran off! Everyone at the same time – Smile! Put the pumpkin down! Now, put your hand down. Move your head out of the way of your sister’s face. Look at the camera, look up here, up here! Squash! Mommy, Jimmy just sat in a rotten pumpkin! If any of these sound familiar, you know you have tried to capture a special moment of your children Continue reading

Foreign Language Learning for All Grades! (Middlebury Interactive Languages Review)

Middlebury Interative Languages Review

Hola – Bon Jour – 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.  Designed by linguistic experts, Middlebury has been training the mastery and fluency of world languages with a proven approach, helping educators, diplomats and many more to make deep connections with other cultures through languages from around the world. This program offers full semester courses for grades K-12. All levels are self-paced, so the student can speed ahead or slow down as needed. Continue reading

Online Learning Resource for Grades 3-12 (Standard Deviants Accelerate Review)

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online learning resource that will guide your students through the following courses, using online video and written transcripts: Arithmetic – Grades 3+ Fundamental Math – Grades 4+ Earth Science – Grades 6+ Nutrition – Grades 6+ Algebra – Grades 7+ Biology – Grades 7+ Chemistry – Grades 9+ English Comp. – Grades 9+ U.S. History – Grades 9+ AP Biology – Grades 11+ AP Chemistry – Grades 11+ AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+ AP U.S. History – Grades 11+ AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+ Over the past few weeks members of Continue reading

6 Ideas for Building Homeschool Community

building homeschool community

  From outdoor adventures, to co-ops to online support groups, being proactive as a home educator creates not only solutions, but also delight! In fact, through living by the motto, “If you cannot find it, create it!”,  many home educators (myself included) find themselves initiating a wide variety of activities, events and niche groups that enrich their overall homeschooling experience.   The catalyst for such initiatives is often a “hole” that we perceive in our family’s home educating endeavors or in that of the community around us. To fill that hole, we sometimes come up with our own problem-solving ideas. Just Continue reading

Artist and Composer Study Round-up

Artist and Composer Study Round-up

Kate @ Under the Sky There be dragons! G is for Grotto K is for Konstantin Korovin Marcy @ Ben and Me Google Art Project X is for Xerxes Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity How to Homeschool Art on a Shoestring Budget Playing with Picasso Dripping Paint with Pollock Melanie @ finchnwren 5 Days of American Art: John Singleton Copley’s “Paul Revere” 5 Days of American Art: Grant Woods’ “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” 5 Days of American Art: “Silver of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries” Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement Charlotte Mason Resources: An Ultimate Homeschool Resource List Continue reading