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

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

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

GPALOVEMATH Online Math for Grades K-5 (GPA LEARN Review)

GPA LEARN Review

GPALOVEMATH is a web based math program by GPA LEARN.   They have math programs designed for Kindergarten through 5th grades.  Each level has a different animated character to coach your child.  These “Learning Coaches” guide your child through supplemental math lessons and practice drills. GPALOVEMATH philosophy is to LEARN, ENGAGE & MOTIVATE Each grade consists of over 150 lessons and 10,000 problems.  The lesson format is as follows: Instruction — Practice — Quiz Completing 4 to 5 lessons a week will complete a grade in approximately 10 months A unique feature to this program is it’s fun motivational rewards system.  Continue reading

Empower the Mind! (The Critical Thinking Company Review)

Critical Thinking Company Review

Do you want your children to learn discernment?   Is learning how to put all the pieces together important in teaching your children?   Then you’ll be delighted to learn about our latest review product. Over the past few weeks our blogging team has been delighted to review a number of products for The Critical Thinking Co. These are the products we have been looking at: Alphabet Song Game (Windows software download) (Gr. Toddler – 1) Sing along and play to learn letter names and shapes… for FREE! Math Analogies Beginning (Windows software download) (Gr. K-1) Math Analogies Level 1 Continue reading

Mother Should I Trust the Government? (FreedomProject Education Review)

Freedom Project Education Review

FreedomProject Education is an accredited classical academy with a philosophy firmly based on Judeo-Christian values as presented in the United States Constitution.  Common Core-free classes are provided in a live, interactive online setting for students in grades K through 12.  In addition to their commitment to presenting classes free of the CCSS, Freedom Project Education is on the front lines of educating families about and opposing the implementation of the Common Core. Crew members were given the opportunity to participate in FPE’s online course  Mother, Should I Trust the Government?  This course was recommended for students ages 13 and up Continue reading

Digital Science Online (Visual Learning Systems Review)

Visual Learning Systems Review

Digital Science Online is an multisensory online science program by Visual Learning Systems.  They offer two programs, Elementary Edition for grades K-5th and Secondary Edition for grades 6 – 12th.  These digital programs are available with an annual subscription. Digital Science Online consists of educational videos on a wide variety of science related topics.  Each video also includes clips, animations, images, assessments, student activities, and teacher’s guides.  The student activities consist of quizzes, tests (pretest and posttest), writing activities, hands on experiments or other application and vocabulary exercises.  Activities vary by subject matter and grade level.  A wide variety of Continue reading