Elementary Writing for Homeschool (WriteShop Review)

WriteShop Review

Regardless of whether you are a good writer yourself, teaching someone else how to write can be quite a challenge, especially if that someone else happens to be your child. Fortunately, WriteShop takes all the pain out of the process. For the past eight weeks, 55 Crew members have had the good fortune to be using Write Shop products to teach their children the writing process. The products they have been using are: WriteShop Primary: Book A Set - for Kindergarten and first grade students. This level is appropriate for the youngest writers, as early lessons can be administered entirely orally. Continue reading

Complete Homeschool Curriculum for Ages 4-14 (Moving Beyond the Page Review)

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  Do you love literature-based learning but struggle with planning it all by yourself? Moving Beyond the Page offers complete curriculum options for homeschoolers based around a multitude of Science, Language Arts, and History topics. The units combine hands-on activities with writing and discussion-based assignments. Explore great books with the Language Arts Packages that include learning guides and books. Choose a physical or online guide and get started right away. Guides from Moving Beyond the page support multiple learning styles including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Manipulatives and hands-on projects engage active learners, while the images in the books and drawing Continue reading

Classical History (Veritas Press Review)

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For years, Veritas Press has been known in the homeschool community for their classical Christian education approach.  The company grew out of their founder’s own pursuit of an educational model which would weave together what is contained in history books with the Bible. Veritas Press History and Bible Flashcards were the first product produced with the goal of helping children learn history in a timeline fashion.  Since those early days, Veritas Press has grown to provide complete learning options from kindergarten through high school. Veritas Press has entered the world of online learning with self-paced and live online courses. For Continue reading

Character Training for Children and Teens (We Choose Virtues Review)

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As parents, it’s safe to say that we want our children to grow up and become both productive and kind adults in society. In order for this to transpire, we need to instill good character qualities in them and teach them to be virtuous. By definition, virtue is the quality of being morally good or righteous. Oftentimes parents may have difficulty in thinking of ways to teach their children how to be virtuous, or maybe even want to make it fun for them. Most important is making those qualities last a lifetime. We Choose Virtues was founded when Heather McMillan saw Continue reading

Christian Study Guides for Literature (Progeny Press Review)

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Literature study guides from Progeny Press, a Christian publisher owned by Michael and Rebecca Gilleland, encompass more than 100 classic and popular works. They strive to provide curriculum that teaches children to think clearly, understand literature, trust the scripture for guidance, and enjoy themselves while they do it. Each literature guide is available in three versions: a physical book, a CD with a PDF ebook, or a downloadable PDF file. Each version has the same content, and copies are permitted for one instructor to use in their own classroom or home. Beyond the ease of printing pages from a digital Continue reading

What On Earth Can I Do? (Apologia Review)

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  Apologia Educational Ministries has been a well-respected name in the homeschool community for years. Their goal is to “help families learn, live, and defend the Christian faith.” Apologia is a reference to the Greek word for defending the faith as described in the Bible (1 Peter 3:15). To that end, they publish science curricula, Christian parenting resources, and a Biblical worldview series entitled What We Believe. The Schoolhouse Crew has had the opportunity to review the newest book in the elementary Biblical worldview series: What on Earth Can I Do? by John Hay and David Webb. This is book Continue reading

Help Your Teens Start Their Own Business (Micro Business for Teens Review)

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Carol Topp understands teens want to earn money on their own steam. An increasing number of teens struggle to find employment through even the “traditional” fast-food sources, and the Micro Business for Teens program helps fill the gaps and gives teens who are goal-oriented a place to start. The Micro Business for Teens curriculum set includes three books designed to get a new entrepreneur on the path to success. Starting a Micro Business gives all the basic information needed to help a teen decide if building a small business is the right step for them. The book begins with concepts as simple as the characteristics Continue reading

Heroes and Heroines of American History (Golden Prairie Press Review)

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According to Golden Prairie Press: To really understand what life was like years ago, history must go beyond words on a page. Recipes must be cooked, games must be played, historical art must be examined, and crafts must be done. Each day there is an activity that brings history to life. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to review the complete history curriculum, Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History,  from Golden Prairie Press, written by Amy Puetz. Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History is a thirty week history curriculum, written with grades 1-6 in mind. Continue reading

Combining the Science of Reading with the Joy of Learning (Logic of English Review)

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According to the Logic of English website there is a significant literary crisis in American today. 49% of American Adults cannot read proficiently. Logic of English has created products that help parents and teachers combat this crisis more efficiently. Continue reading