Word of the Year 2015 {Link-Up}

Word 2015

Happy New Year! Resolutions. Goals. New Year’s Plans. Call it what you will, but this is the time of year when many of us are reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the next one with great anticipation. I recently read that the reason resolutions don’t work is because the focus is on the person we’re tired of being (overweight, procrastinating, unfocused, lazy, disorganized), instead of on the person God wants us to become and the process needed for that transformation. I think that’s why the idea of choosing a word for the year has become so popular. 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

Christmas Recipes Round-Up

Christmas Recipes

Some of our favorite memories of Christmas revolve around the foods that we’ve shared with friends and family.  Special tastes tantalize our taste buds and scrumptious smells tickle our noses.  The Schoolhouse Crew is no different. Certain foods just bring Christmas to life and we wanted to share some of our very best with you as you prepare your Christmas memories.  We’ve included recipes that form the basis of our family traditions — some that we enjoy around the kitchen table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, some that we share at cookie swaps and get-togethers with friends, and some Continue reading

Giveaways Galore!

IEW Giveaway

We had an awesome, rocking “It’s a Crew Christmas” Facebook party last night! I hope you were able to make it, but if you weren’t, we don’t want you to miss out on all the fun! There were some “flash giveaways” that you missed (they were pretty awesome, too — sorry), but there are several giveaways that will continue through until Friday night at 11:59pm ET (December 19). There are also a bunch of downloads in the “Gift Bag” we handed out at the party that you can still grab through 11:59pm ET TONIGHT! Just click on the banners below Continue reading

Internet-based Homeschool (SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review)

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Reviews

Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were recently given a  full Yearly Membership  to SchoolhouseTeachers.com for review. SchoolhouseTeachers.com is an internet-based homeschool resource and the curriculum arm of  The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. SchoolhouseTeachers offers more than 100 classes, with current or archived content written for Preschool through High School. New teachers and subjects are added often. Some classes last a few weeks, while other last for an entire year or more. Some high school classes include academic weighting for transcripts. Classes may include written or video classes and assignments. Classes are not offered live, so you may access them at Continue reading

Join us for our first annual “It’s a Crew Christmas” Facebook Party!


  We are so excited to invite you to our first annual “It’s a Crew Christmas” Facebook party! Please join us at 9pm ET tomorrow night, December 16, on our Facebook wall for fun, fellowship, and Christmas gifts! We’ll also be announcing the 3 winners of our Christmas Fire Giveaway — if you have not yet entered to win one of 3 Kindle Fire Tablets, be sure to click over and do so before 11:59 pm ET TONIGHT! See you tomorrow night! RSVP for the party here, so you don’t miss the notifications!

Fun Christmas Crafts


Each year, I find that sometime after Thanksgiving my homeschooling Mom brain turns off for a break, and I’m ready to spend the whole month of December doing Christmas crafts and Christmas related learning. The children are ready for more fun school then too, so each day in December I try to allow time for the children to make a Christmas craft or a new ornament for our tree. It just feels right add some Christmas fun into our regular routine. So, I wanted to take the time to share with you some of the fun ideas and crafts that we’ve done and that I’m planning Continue reading

A Collection of Christmas Stories (35 Christmas Picture Books)

35 Christmas Picture Books

In our family, holidays come with lots of traditions. One of our favorite traditions for the Christmas holiday is the special books that only come out at this special time of year. We don’t have a lot but I like to add to them each Christmas. I thought I would share with you the books that we love to read, and also the books that are on our wish list. Not all of our list are strictly Nativity books, but they are all fun stories that add to the merriment of our holiday.   B is for Bethlehem a Christmas Continue reading

20+ Christmas Resources for Your Homeschool

20+ Christmas Resources

Christmas brings warm fuzzy feelings to our hearts but it can be really chaotic too.  It is often hard to maintain our school schedules. Some of us choose to take the month off, others like to have a little light fun activity and still other homeschoolers like to continue their routines, which ever type of homeschooler you are there are many resources here for you to choose from. Last year my favorite study with the kids was on Reindeer. It was such a big hit that I have a feeling we will be doing more with it this year.  It Continue reading

Christmas Kindle Fire Giveaway — 3 Winners!

Christmas Fire Giveaway

The Crew is on hiatus from writing reviews until January. So while we have a little time on our hands, we thought we’d bless our awesome readers with a super cool Christmas Fire Giveaway! Twenty of our team members and The Old Schoolhouse have joined together to sponsor this incredible giveaway with 3 winners! We are excited to be giving away not one, not two, but THREE Fire HD Tablets! One person will win a Fire HD 7 Tablet, and TWO people will win a Fire HD 6 Kid’s Edition (in your choice of lime green, blue or pink). Fire HD 7 Tablet ($139 Continue reading