The Beauty of New Zealand (Koru Naturals Review)

Koru Naturals Review

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew often refer to camping out by the mailbox or stalking the UPS truck as way of expressing excitement about an upcoming item for evaluation.    Those delivery drivers may have been feeling some pressure as we recently awaited some pampering products from Koru Naturals.   “Koru” is the Maori word for a new, unfurled fern frond. It symbolizes new life, growth, strength and peace to that New Zealand aboriginal culture.  This single word reflects not only the origin of many of the company’s products, but their purpose as well.  Since 2002, Koru Naturals has been Continue reading

Changing Teaching Styles or What to do When Your Little Girls Grow Up!

Changing Teaching Styles

When our girls were little, I found it fairly easy to know what to do with them for our school time. Colors, letters, numbers, and crayons filled our days. We went to the library at least once a week to find copious amounts of picture books, both for science and for stories to read. I was a hands-on teacher, because they needed me to be. We started with activity books from Rod & Staff, and How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We purchased a three-hole punch and several empty binders. Every few weeks we would Continue reading

FREE Printables Round-Up

Free Printables Round-Up

  Free 2015 Budget Calendars A Page from our Book of Centuries Planes, Trains and Automobiles! with Falcons of France Base 10 Game: Roll & Build FREE Chinese Worksheets David and Goliath Tots to Prep Pack Constellation Montessori-Inspired 3 Part Cards What’s The Time? Cards Free Printables Chore Cards and Scripture Copywork Free Printables for Home and Family Homeschool Printables Link Up Free Printables Just for Kids Nature Through the Seasons Journals and Scavenger Hunts Love Notes from Jesus Printable Notecards A Simple Way to Pray for Your Children Printable Prayer Cards Animal Trackers Club Lessons Free Saint Patrick’s Day Continue reading

G. A. Henty Audio Drama (In Freedom’s Cause Review)

In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review

Heirloom Audio Productions has a passion for bringing real history to life. They produce active listening audio adventures. This is a new genre in audio listening. Plot rich with powerful sound effects designed to keep the listener captivated. The full audio theatrical presentation captures the imagination of children. Our crew received the  In Freedom’s Cause Single Package  – a new Audio Adventure based on the book, In Freedom’s Cause, written by George Alfred Henty (G.A.Henty 1832-1902). Listeners will travel through time with young Archie Forbes as he becomes involved with Scotland’s most influential freedom fighters William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continue reading

Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America (IndoctriNation DVD Review)

IndoctriNation DVD Review

“Are the public schools an educational “neutral zone,” or a humanistic program designed to undermine the influence of the Church and the family? Is there any truth to the “salt and light” argument that encourages Christians to send their kids to public school? “ -from the IndoctriNation website Great Commission Films recently sent members of the Review Crew their DVD IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America for our honest review. A little bit testimony and quite a lot documentary, IndoctriNation is a 102 minute DVD intended for Christian teachers, parents, and pastors. The origins and decline Continue reading

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

Readers often feel like blank slates waiting for the story to communicate its plot, themes, and purpose to them. They see reading as interpreting words on paper, and the story as a one-way communication of author to reader. Authorial intent is very important, but young readers need to be encouraged to interpret the narrative in a personal way. Reading can be deeply interactive. We may try to keep our mental and emotional distance from a story, but we can’t ignore how our personality, background, values, interests, and knowledge bring personal meaning to each book. As readers, we are participating in the story whether Continue reading

Homemaking, Homeschooling, And Raising Boys

Homemaking, Homeschooling, and Raising Boys

When I was growing up I never thought about being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). I always thought I would have a “career” and my kids would go to daycare the minute my maternity leave was over But, God had a plan for my life that I could not see yet (Jeremiah 29:11). After getting pregnant with my first son, we had to consider all of our options. We prayed about our decision and God made it clear that my place was in the home take care of my family.   “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands Continue reading

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

I feel so much pressure and stress lately when it comes to our home education. I admit it, right now, I feel like its just not going so well for us. And I worry because in a few more months we will have number four, a sweet baby girl, in the house too. It’s been a rougher pregnancy than I am used to. Everything makes me sick. Getting dressed makes me tired. Not so bad really. Due at the end of April – not so far away. But with three kids that are used to being very busy, very active, Continue reading

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

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