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

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

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