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

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

Internet-based Homeschool (SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review)

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were recently given a  full Yearly Membership  to SchoolhouseTeachers.com for review. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an internet-based homeschool resource and the curriculum arm of  The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. SchoolhouseTeachers offers more than 100 classes, with current or archived content written for Preschool through High School. New teachers and subjects are added often. Some classes last a few weeks, while other last for an entire year or more. Some high school classes include academic weighting for transcripts. Classes may include written or video classes and assignments. Classes are not offered live, so you may access them at Continue reading

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

Practice That Feels Like Play (IXL Online Review)

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Many times, it isn’t enough to just do the work in order to learn new skills. You know what they say…”Practice makes perfect!” IXL gives students the opportunity to practice Math and Language Arts skills in order to master them. IXL offers distraction-free online learning for students who need a little extra time to grasp new concepts, or maybe just want to test their own skills. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew received 1 year of access to IXL’s Math and Language Arts learning. With over 3,000 Math skills ranging in grades from Preschool to Precalculus, and topics such as Continue reading

Christmas Book: If He Had Not Come (David Nicholson Book Review)

If He Had Not Come A Classic Christmas Story

David Nicholson heard the story, If He Had Not Come, when his children were young and in Sunday school.  He loved the story so much, he decided he wanted to make it a tradition to read it to his children every year. The story was originally written by Nan F. Weeks in 1938 and included in an anthology called Christ and the Fine Arts. Now Nicholson’s children are grown and he even has grandchildren and he took it upon himself to reintroduce the story to a new generation of children and families!  He added to the book new illustrations, as Continue reading

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