The Curriculum for Creativity (ARTistic Pursuits Review)

ARTistic Pursuits Review

Do you struggle to bring art education into your homeschool? Does the process of teaching art for you have a primary focus upon creating a set project compared to learning a process?  Wish you could bring an art instructor into your home to help your kids learn? Now in their third edition of program materials, ARTistic Pursuits is an art curriculum which allows parents to easily bring this subject into the home.  Brenda Ellis, an artist and homeschool parent, has written each of the 13 books available for purchase to teach art including four components: The Elements of Art, Composition, Continue reading

Homeschooling Online with Orphs of the Woodlands (Star Toaster Review)

Star Toaster Review

Do your kids find reading boring? Looking for a fun way to encourage your children to read and enjoy a story? You will want to read on. The members of the Schoolhouse Review crew recently had the opportunity to review the fun and engaging online reading adventure from Star Toaster.Star Toaster is company producing online books, geared towards kids grade 4 and above, which offers you more than reading. It offers “an educational journey that combines a reading adventure, an academic treasure, and a rewarding game”.  Orphs of the Woodlands, transforms your children into spies of the WAK Underground. Their Continue reading

Classical Reading and Cursive (Memoria Press Review)

Memoria Press Review

As a family-run classical Christian education company, Memoria Press has provided materials for homeschools and private schools since 1998. All of the Latin, logic, and classical studies produced by Memoria Press are field-tested at Highlands Latin School. Recenty, members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew received the opportunity to review two of their products for young learners. First Start Reading The First Start Reading program incorporates phonics, reading, and printing. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew received the Teacher Book and student Books A-D. First Start Reading works to teach your child a balanced approach to phonics and reading as well as correct pencil Continue reading

Real Life Homeschool Blog Hop

Real Life Homeschool Blog Hop

Sometimes looking over homeschool blogs can make one feel so despondent that you are not meeting the standard.  Homeschool blogs tend to show you picture perfect days and picture perfect school. This week the Crew would like to invite you inside of  their Real Life Homeschools Every Bed of Roses Ben and Me Footprints in the Butter Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Raventhreads Counting Our Blessings Homeschooling for His Glory Ozark Ramblings Chestnut Grove Academy Only Passionate Curiosity Farm Fresh Adventures For This Season Unexpected Homeschool For Him and My Family As We Walk Along the Road Growing in His Glory Continue reading

Homeschooling, Quilting, and Following Our Interests

Homeschooling, Quilting, and Following Our Interests

One interesting thing that happens along the road of homeschooling is that my hobbies and my teaching sometimes collide. Whether that means that an art project my kids are working on becomes something I get into or it means that I start studying something in-depth on my own time, school and my own, non-school time often cross paths. While my kids and I were studying the seven days of creation, I got a quilting idea in my head. I wanted to make a wall hanging for each of the days of creation. Wall hangings are fun because they don’t have Continue reading

Greek Morpheme Lessons (It’s Not Greek to Me) Ready to Teach Review

Read to Teach Greek Morphemes

Does it worry you that your middle school or high school students still struggle with figuring out the meaning of words they don’t know? Do they have to turn to a dictionary or computer every time they encounter an unknown word? Children with a solid grounding in vocabulary skills seem to have an easier time with reading and comprehension across the board. However, many parents often struggle with how to teach vocabulary. Parents looking for a new way to teach vocabulary to their kids can try Greek Morphemes Lessons from Ready to Teach. Members of the Crew got to check Continue reading

Circle C Milestones (Thick as Thieves Book Review)

Thick as Thieves Book Review

Circle C Milestones is where you can find the Circle C ranch and Andrea Carter, a horse-loving 14 year-old girl growing up in California in the 1880s. The third book series in the life of Andi (the first two series share Andi’s ranching life as a six year-old and as a 12 year-old), the Circle C Milestones series is aimed at children over the age of 12. Members of the Crew were delighted to receive the first book in this new series, Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow, along with its accompanying downloadable study guide. From experiencing her horse’s first foaling Continue reading

Planning Your Own Unit Study

Plan Your Own Unit Study

Teaching with unit studies is a great way to include children of multiple ages all at once. It’s also a great way to take a topic children are interested in and teach things they need to know using that interesting subject matter. Although there are packaged unit studies you can purchase (or sometimes find free online), it’s not difficult to pull together your own study on any topic you want to study. Here’s a step by step guide to planning your own unit study. Choose a topic Often unit studies are a great way to follow a child’s passion. Does Continue reading

Everything You Need to Manage Your Homeschool (Lord Heritage’s HomeSchool Office Review)

Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office Review

Do you sometimes forget your reason for homeschooling? Are you having trouble seeing the forest for the trees? Are you overwhelmed with the homeschool record keeping requirements of your state? Or maybe you just wish you had a way to assign lessons to children & adjust them on the fly. If any of these sound like you, you might benefit from Homeschool Office from Lord Heritage. A full featured, Internet-based homeschool administration program, Homeschool Office is based in both God & business-oriented principles. The interface is divided into 5 sections to track almost everything you could think of related to Continue reading

From Homeschooling to Home Business

From Homeschooling to Home Business

Homeschool for our family is a lifestyle. Whether we are at home, running errands, or even on vacation, I try to incorporate meaningful learning experiences for my children. Including aspects of our family business with our homeschool seemed a natural extension to their lessons. Our three children are currently in 5th, 9th, and 11th grades. Cuts By Laser was started by my father over a decade ago, but over the past year my children have been a part of the company’s growth after the purchase of a new laser. My parents have generously allowed our entire family to be a part Continue reading