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

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

I feel so much pressure and stress lately when it comes to our home education. I admit it, right now, I feel like its just not going so well for us. And I worry because in a few more months we will have number four, a sweet baby girl, in the house too. It’s been a rougher pregnancy than I am used to. Everything makes me sick. Getting dressed makes me tired. Not so bad really. Due at the end of April – not so far away. But with three kids that are used to being very busy, very active, Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Resources

Valentine's Day Resources for Your Homeschool

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:3.  Love is not just a feeling,  true love shows itself in action.  Valentine’s day is an excellent time to help our children learn how to express love and to let those we do love know just how deeply we do love them.  Today the crew have a wonderful basket of love to share with you. Jennifer from Chestnut Grove Academy has some practical Valentine’s Day Activities (Recap) for you. If you have tots at home you can also find Colors for Tots – Continue reading

Connecting With the Dots of Geography

Connecting with the Dots of Geography

   Geography can seem abstract and difficult for kids, but it’s an important subject to teach because of its relevance to history and science. How big was the Roman Empire at its peak? What factors played a role in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg? Why do southern Italy and northern China have such different landscapes and climates even though they are on the same latitude? A knowledge of geography can help to answer all of these questions. Geography also influences the development of cultures and folk arts. This can be pretty obvious when studying the literature or legends Continue reading

Presidents Day Resources — A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents Day Resources - A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents’ Day originally started out as Washington’s Birthday. The holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Did You Know? President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president. Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but Continue reading

Out of the Box Games — Snake Oil Giveaway — 6 Winners!

Snake Oil Giveaway

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. Recently, members of the Crew reviewed Snake Potion from Out of the Box Games. In today’s giveaway, 6 of you will have the opportunity to win this fun family game. The Old West was filled with slick snake oil salesmen. The object for Snake Oil is Continue reading

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

Have you ever had something like this happen to you? I am starting what seems to be an endless day of errands and activities. The day itself is miserable. Gloominess seems to hang off of every street pole and tree branch. I am already tired and it’s not even 9:00am. But…I know what will fix it. A nice cup of coffee. My mouth has been ready for it since I pulled out of my driveway. I like my coffee sweet and creamy. I can almost feel it running down through my fingers and toes. I pull up to the drive-thru menu. I ask for a small Continue reading

Living Frugally {a collection of ideas to save you money}

Living Frugally A Collection of Ideas to Save You Money

Have you ever wondered what the word Frugally means ?  It’s defined as an economical use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.  Some helpful synonyms to more fully understand it are: thrifty, chary, provident, careful, prudent, penny-wise and scrimping. When  I first embarked on home educating little did I know I would be having to learn many more skills in order to keep on home educating. This week the Schoolhouse Review Crew would like to share with you some of the things they have learned along the way. Tara from over at This Sweet Life shares some ideas Continue reading

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Overboard I love the holidays. Some people say that my love of them causes me to go way overboard. This is true. I do go overboard, and I love it. Having a mega family is always fun, but having a mega family during the holidays is just plain awesome. There are always tons of decorations, too much food, and way too many presents. My motto is, make memories because that’s what we carry with us throughout our lives. Because I enjoy going overboard during the holidays, I can’t wait until the holiday season to start shopping. I prepare all year Continue reading

Winter Nature Study {A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool}


Winter Nature study is not impossible it simply requires a little bit of foresight planning and a thermos of something warm to drink.  Taking children out to experience the variation of temperature, the winter birds who flit about here and there seeking some shelter and food, or simply visiting the park to sit a while and appreciate the tree architecture in all it’s perfect glory are all a wonderful part of creating memories of Nature Study during any time of the year. Knowledge in one “subject” helps us to understand another. All the information your children are gathering in their Continue reading