Using the Jesse Tree as a Celebration of Advent

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One tradition that we have enjoyed as a family during the Christmas seasons is the Jesse Tree. A Jesse Tree is a great way to keep the focus on Christ and His plan for us as we are in the midst of a busy holiday season. In this post I’ll share what the Jesse Tree is, how we use it as a holiday tradition and some resources to help you begin your own Jesse Tree tradition. What is the Jesse Tree? The Jesse Tree is a visual representation of the history of Jesus Christ and His plan of redemption. Instead Continue reading

Celebrate Advent

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With Christmas quickly approaching, some people might find themselves caught up in the frantic nature of the holiday season and longing for a way to better prepare their hearts for the true wonder of Christmas ~ God’s gift to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. However, as Christians we have the choice to embrace the season of Advent which is a time of preparation and waiting which can make our hearts ready to fully embrace Christmas. Ways to Celebrate Advent ~ Advent Wreaths For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time of increasing darkness Continue reading

Homeschooling with a Thankful Heart

Homeschooling with a Thankful Heart

Don’t worry, this is not another list of reasons of “why I’m thankful for homeschooling”.  We all have our personal reasons as to why we are thankful for homeschooling. Some of mine are probably different from yours and more than likely we even share a few of the same reasons. That’s one of the many beauties of homeschooling that’s wonderful to discover as I talk with fellow homeschooling families. Today I want to hopefully encourage you if you find yourself longing to be reminded of why you have chosen this journey for you and and your kids. There are many Continue reading

Thanksgiving Apple Turkeys!

Thanksgiving Apple Turkeys

Can you believe that the holidays are upon us already?  Where has time gone?  As hard as it is sometimes for our family to fit in “fun” into our busy homeschooling days, especially around the holiday season, we do try to make time for a few extra treats before Thanksgiving. For us, that includes making turkeys! Here is a simple project to get you started: apples fruit loops or similar cereal marshmallows- large and small cloves candy corn candy toothpicks Let the fun begin! And after a little creativity and lots of laughter we end up with this… Another easy Continue reading

Blue Ribbon Awards 2014!

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Wow! It’s hard to believe that another Crew year has come to an end already. It’s been a busy, fun, inspiring year with lots of incredible companies sharing their products with our team! Since the beginning of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we have taken time at the end of the Crew year to vote for our very favorite products. It’s not an easy thing to do, choosing a favorite from among so many greats, and trust me when I say, there was crazy competition, with some of these awards won by the margin of just a vote or two. We Continue reading

Books for Children this Thanksgiving Season

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  {This post contains affiliate links} Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. It’s not just the food or the cooler weather. It’s time with family and friends, making memories and filling the house with laughter. We have so much to be thankful for and books are a great way to remind children the meaning of Thanksgiving and start new traditions. I would like to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving books that I have discovered this year. Some are newer that I found at local bookstores and online and others are classics that I found at the library or my Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Craft Round Up

Thanksgiving Crafts RoundUp

The Holiday season can be a whirlwind of activities, parties and commitments. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving sometimes feels as if it is an afterthought. More than ever I think that we should make an effort to develop an Attitude of Gratitude and take some time to Say Thanks. Of course, making memories with those we love goes a long way. What better way to spend some time with the kids than around the craft table? For the past few weeks, my son (Josiah) and I have loaded up our crafting supplies and shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving crafting ideas with friends. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Guides

  15 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for Men 10 Gift Ideas for Techy Kids Ultimate Minecraft Fan’s Gift Guide Holiday Gift Giving for Girlfriends Holiday Gifts for Homeschool Families For the Foodie In Your Life {a holiday gift guide} Holiday Gifts Ideas For Your Video Game Lover Gift Ideas for Encouraging Nature Study Gift Ideas for the Hard-to-Buy-For Tween Girl

Snake Oil Educational Games (Out of the Box Games Review)

Out of the Box Games Review

Anybody ready for some good old-fashioned fun about now? This time of year seems to have us racing from one activity to the other. Family time is precious and we want to make the most of every minute we can spend together. 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. The Schoolhouse Review Crew Continue reading

Understanding the Creation (Purposeful Design Review)

Purposeful Design Understanding the Creation Reviews

Purposeful Design recently sent members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew an award-winning, hardback book, Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation, suitable for all ages. Inside the beautifully illustrated book, author, Jay Schabacker, points readers to evidence that an all-powerful, personal Creator designed our world with precision and purpose for our pleasure. How does he do this? Mr. Schabacker takes readers on a journey through the incredible seven days of creation. Each chapter boasts fascinating facts about what was created on each day. Chapters include: Chapter 1 – The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth, the Foundation of it All Chapter 2 – Continue reading