At Home in Dogwood Mudhole (A Book Review)

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“A tradition is something you do once and discover a joy so deep that you do it again, Christmas after Christmas, to keep on savoring it and make it last. ” – Franklin Sanders {At Home in Dogwood Mudhole} Many dream of escaping modern life and returning to a simpler time, when a person’s hard work put food on the table and a sense of satisfaction in the soul. Franklin and Susan Sanders didn’t just dream, they reached for a new reality – moving to a farm in Dogwood Mudhol, bringing their children – and future grandchildren – along for Continue reading

A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Carole P. Roman Book Reviews)

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Award-winning author, Carole P. Roman, shares her love of culture and history in her latest non-fiction series for kids. This innovative series introduces children from Pre-K to age 8 to different countries and cultures around the world. Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media gave Schoolhouse Review Crew members the wonderful privilege of reviewing four of the books in the If You Were Me series:   If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico If You Were Me and Lived in…France If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway   These 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ softcover Continue reading

Diary of a Real Payne (Barbour Publishing Review)

Barbour Publishing presents a part epistolary, part narrative juvenile fiction novel, Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story by Annie Tipton. The story follows the sometimes misunderstood misadventures of 10 year old Emma Jean Payne (EJ for short). Diary of a Real Payne is the first in a series about this fun and precocious protagonist. EJ dreams of leaving her boring little hometown of Spooner, Wisconsin and doing very big things with her life. But the biggest thing going in her life at the moment are attending a small town school, shopping at small town businesses, and visiting small Continue reading

Christian Heroes and Heroes of History (YWAM Publishing Review)

YWAM Publishing produces and distributes books that “focus on evangelism, educational training, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.” In addition to providing quality Christian materials, they also support mission projects around the world. YWAM Publishing is a division of the larger YWAM (Youth with a Mission) ministry. You can read more about YWAM Publishing and YWAM on the “About YWAM Publishing” page of their website. The Christian Heroes: Then and Now series of books share “inspiring true stores of men and women who answered God’s call. Reviewers received a digital copy of Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose, the story of missionary Continue reading

Homeschool Mom’s Bible (Zondervan Review)

Up now on the Crew review list is a brand new product focused on homeschooling Mom’s.  This time it’s not for the kids! Zondervan has come out with a new Bible titled, The Homeschool Mom’s Bible.  It is available in both NIV and KJV as well as an E-Bible.  It also comes in hardback or leather. The KJV and NIV versions of the Homeschool Mom’s Bible are $34.99 while the leather editions of both Bibles are $49.99 with the E-Bible costing $14.99.  Crew members received only the NIV and KJV Bibles to review but the other editions are available on Continue reading

Gospel Planting Adventures! (Seed Sowers Book Review)

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been reading a book authored by one of their own.  Seed Sowers: Gospel Planting Adventures is the brainchild of Gwen Toliver.   In additional to homeschooling her own family, since 2010 she has been serving with Wycliffe Associates where she’s been surrounded by retired missionaries and Bible translators from every corner of the globe.  According to Gwen “ Most of them possess this amazing wealth of spiritual knowledge and mission field experience that [would] be lost if it’s not recorded for future generations. Only a few had written or told their stories.”  Thus began Continue reading

Teaching Safety Habits to Young Children (Greene Bark Press Review)

Greene Bark Press, Inc. is a family-owned company established in 1991 to publish books they feel are “original, colorful, imaginative” and promote the essential developmental skills of reading and language.  In spite of the advance of technology and electronic devices, Greene Bark Press believes in the power of the printed book and the positive benefits of reading with and for children.  They also offer products from other publishers and manufacturers who hold similar beliefs, like Melissa & Doug and International Playthings. The Schoolhouse Crew has had the opportunity to review one of their sturdy board book titles geared for ages 3-8: Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again.  It Continue reading

The Homegrown Preschooler and Global Art (Gryphon House Book Reviews)

Gryphon House publishes and distributes high quality books and resources for educators, parents, and caregivers of young children.  Among their titles, you will find many award winners.  There are hundreds of free activities on their website that you can enjoy with your children.  It is just a sampling of the fantastic resources this company offers. The Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review two products from Gryphon House.  224 pages, paperback Pre-K $29.95 Early childhood experts and homeschooling veterans, Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards authored, The Homegrown Preschooler.  This book provides parents with 200+ easy activities, recipes, and organizational tips to facilitate Continue reading

Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day! (Circle Time Book Review)

Many times, homeschooling parents have one common lament: there’s not enough time to get to everything I want to do each day! Often it is the group time that is sacrificed for those things that *must* get done: phonics, math, grammar, etc. Sadly, it is the time spent together as a family that led many parents to homeschooling in the first place! Kendra Fletcher has found the time that you thought was lost. She calls it Circle Time. In Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day!, Kendra will walk you through strategies to help you plan your Continue reading

Couponing Made Simple (Christi the Coupon Coach Review)

Christi the Coupon Coach has written a book called Couponing Made Simple with a purpose in mind.  She wanted to help other families learn how to save money by reducing their grocery bills.  As a homeschooling mom of four she knew what a sacrifice it is to spend the time and money on homeschooling and how saving money in other areas could really add up.   So she decided to start saving money by using coupons and decided to share her knowledge with the world through her book.  Her book Couponing Made Simple is available in both a physical form Continue reading