Butterflies, Birds and Frogs: Nature Study for Your Homeschool

Butterflies, Birds, and Frogs -- Nature Study for Your Homeschool

Nature Study (Noun) is the practical study of plants, animals and natural phenomena as a school subject. It is also a very popular subject among home educating families.  Today the Schoolhouse Review Crew would like to share some of their resources with you. “Knowledge in one “subject” helps us to understand another. All the information your children are gathering in their nature study lessons, and the habits of observation they are acquiring, will form an excellent foundation for their future education” – Charlotte Mason Companion page 259 Chareen from Every Bed of Roses shares some thoughts on is Winter Nature Continue reading

Arts and Crafts for Elementary Kids


I don’t know about you but one of the things I enjoy about children is their ability to whole-heartedly participate in artistic pursuits with joy and abandonment. For our children the focus needs to remain on enjoying the process of artistic expression. Art and craft at home is an immensely diverse and intimate human activity that each and everyone of us can embark upon and enjoy.  The biggest challenge we have is to tackle this subject without over burdening our students but allow them to explore their own personal creative expression. Pablo Picasso said it best – “Every child is Continue reading

Homeschooling vs. a Job


In this corner, we have homeschooling! Staying home, keeping house, being in charge of the education of your children, and being the manager of your home are all important things in life and many of us believe that they are God’s will for our lives. In that corner, there’s a job. Working outside of the home and bringing home a paycheck might be truly necessary for survival. Are these two things are totally at odds with each other? Believe it or not, these two things don’t have to be in opposition. For the last 9 months, I’ve done both! I Continue reading

Teaching Special Learners

Teaching Special Learners

Did you know that ‘special educational needs’ has a legal definition ?  It refers to any child who is currently experiencing a learning difficulty whether permanent or temporary.  Many children will have special needs of some description during their educational journey. They may need extra help in a range of areas, for example: schoolwork reading, writing, number work or understanding information expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying making friends or relating to adults behaving properly in school, at home or social events organizing themselves some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school or Continue reading

A New Year’s Homeschool Round Up

Happy New Year 2015 Homeschool Round-Up

 New Year’s Day is one of my daughter’s favorite holidays. The New Year’s Eve day is the one celebration where our daughter is permitted to stay up past midnight, eat plenty of snacks and watch fireworks which are her absolute favorite. She get’s pretty excited about the celebration to mark the new year that takes place in our home so taking some time to focus on it is alright with her. All the New Year’s traditions, songs, foods, and history are quite interesting so I’ve gathered together some resources on the New Year’s day past and present for you that Continue reading

Putting Experience Based Learning on a Traditional Transcript

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We began our journey many, many years ago. . . with three main goals in mind. The first goal was to show our daughters Jesus Christ through our lives, the second goal was for us, as parents, to have the biggest influence in their formative years. We felt then, and still do, that God had called us to educate our children at home, to raise them up to follow Him. Our third goal may seem unusual in light of the first two, but if you’ll read on, I think you’ll see how it has worked out beautifully in our journey. Continue reading

Foreign Languages for Your Homeschool (Mango Languages Review)

mango languages review

Mango Languages offers online courses for learning foreign languages. Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given access to their Homeschool Edition. Accounts were set up to allow reviewers to link up to five family members including a parent account to track progress. The program is intended for ages 6 through adult and offers all levels of coursework. Mango Languages homeschool edition currently offers 52 foreign languages for English speakers to choose from, and they are still adding more. You may learn more than one language at a time.  Once you choose a language, this is the starting screen. On this screen, you can 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

Visiting the Crew Family

We’re back with more great reviews to share! Becky from Purposeful Homemaking shares about a book that made an important impact on her homeschool mama heart. This book was honestly the turning point for me in homeschooling. After one year of it I just wasn’t sure if I could do it too much longer. After reading this book though, I knew it was about more than just teaching academics to our children and God confirmed in my heart that we were making the right choice. No longer was I going to say to my son, “next year you’re going to Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the Homeschool Crew and Toydle!

The Homeschool Crew is teaming up with Toydle to bring you a very special CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY! Be sure to check  back in January, when we’ll be featuring more information about Toydle, along with Crew reviews. We don’t want to give away all the details, but it is important to note a few fun facts about Toydle: *Toydle makes forts for kids! *Toydle is all about fun and quality! *Toydle makes serious toys that will last a lifetime! *Toydle forts are manufactured in the USA! *Toydle forts come with a money-back guarantee! And the most important thing . . . Toydle Continue reading