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

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

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

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

Organize Your Life in 7 Minutes a Day (The 7-Minute Life Daily Planner Review)

7-Minute Daily Planner Review

If there is one thing that is true for homeschoolers it’s that life is busy. Very busy. Keeping on top of your child’s educational needs while managing your home,the rest of your family, and life can can put a lot on your plate and make you feel really frazzled. To-do lists and detailed calendars, while wonderful, are many times not enough for a homeschooling mom to keep track of all that is going on. And goals and dreams seem to be lost in the day to day of keeping on top of homeschooling details. The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner Continue reading

G.A. Henty Audio Drama (Under Drake’s Flag Review)

Under Drake's Flag Review

Get ready for a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas! Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew recently had the opportunity to review the audio drama, Under Drake’s Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions. Based on the novel by G.A. Henty, the exciting, fast-paced dramatization comes in a two-CD set providing two hours of entertainment for ages six and up. Henty’s stories usually have a strong focus on Christian themes with an emphasis on strong morals and values, and Under Drake’s Flag is no exception. Sail with Ned and his friend Gerald as they journey on the sea with Sir Francis Drake, Continue reading

A Proven System for Mastering Math Facts (UberSmart Math Facts Review)

UberSmart Math Facts Review

Members of the Review Crew recently got a chance to try out UberSmart Software.  They were given a downloadable software called UberSmart Math Facts to try out with their children.  Up to 8 children could use the program. UberSmart Software came about when David Kocur was asked by his wife to find a flash card program for their children.  He couldn’t find anything he liked so he decided to make his own!  One of his daughters has learning disabilities due to epilepsy and they were told she would always struggle with math facts.  Not anymore!  This program helped her to Continue reading