Foreign Languages for Your Homeschool (Mango Languages Review)
On Being Frugal Blog Carnival
Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Eggs! (Egglo Entertainment Review)
Science and Math for Homeschool (ScienceandMath.com Review)
Talking Shapes App for iPad (Talking Fingers App Review)
Chore Planning System (Motivated Moms Review)
Early Elementary Science (Science4Us.com Review)
Beginning Piano Lessons (KinderBach Review)
Homeschool Online Learning (SchoolhouseTeachers Review)
Creative Story Telling with DIY Story Stones

2014 Bloggy Convention! (and Kindle Fire HD giveaway)

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year — homeschool convention season. For the 3rd year in a row, I’ll be highlighting some of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s favorite homeschool conventions — in fact, TOS will be attending 9 conventions this year. So, beginning tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a bit about each of these conventions: GHC - March 20-22 – Greenville, SC GHC - April 24-26 – Cincinnati, OH FPEA – May 22-25 – Kissimmee, FL TPA – May 30-31 – Wichita, KS HEAV – June 5-7 – Richmond, VA GHC - June 12-14 – Ontario, CA AHEC – June 26-28 – Continue reading

Foreign Languages for Your Homeschool (Mango Languages Review)

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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

Creative Story Telling with DIY Story Stones

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Do you ever have those days when your would-be scholars simply don’t want to write?  Their pen-that’s-mightier-than-a-sword becomes a sword.  Literally.  Maybe you don’t.  Your kids probably come to the school table with hair combed and pencils sharpened.  But I have boys.  Boys can find all kinds of uses for a pencil other than its intended use.  So what’s a desperate homeschool mom to do when it’s “one of those days” and her Creative Writing class has a leetle too much creative and way too little writing?  It’s time to shake things up a bit.  One way to bring your students back Continue reading

On Being Frugal Blog Carnival

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  Jennifer @ Royal Little Lambs — Losing Control I needed to lose control. Of my selfishness. Of my finances. Of my demand. Of that blasted Excel spreadsheet with its numbers and formulas and figures in black and white that don’t necessarily add up to God.   Annette @ A Net in Time — First Things First How does one homeschool and watch one’s pennies at the same time? I have to admit, I often struggle with this. There is so much I think.. I can do that with the lad or I can do this with the lad or… Continue reading

Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Eggs! (Egglo Entertainment Review)

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Are you planning an Easter egg hunt this year? If so, make it memorable with Easter eggs that glow in the dark! Egglo Entertainment sent members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew an interactive, glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt program to help our families celebrate and focus on the true meaning of Easter. Members received the following products: 1 box (12 eggs) Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs The book, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (audio download) Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide This program is based on the Scripture from John 1:5, “The Light shines in the dark and the darkness has Continue reading

Science and Math for Homeschool (ScienceandMath.com Review)

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Do your students need help to excel in Science and Math? If so, ScienceandMath.com has some products you will be interested in learning more about. Award winning video lessons, done in a step by step fashion, will help to ensure that your students gain a thorough understanding before moving on to the next step. These videos help your student learn, practice and master the subject at hand. Algebra 1: Volume 1 (DVD) will help your grade seven and up students learn algebra. This DVD and additional PDF download of Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD, assumes that you know absolutely Continue reading

Talking Shapes App for iPad (Talking Fingers App Review)

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Talking Fingers, Inc. has developed an interactive learning program for preschool readers called Talking Shapes. Talking Shapes is a research-proven program created by neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron and funded in part by a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Using pictures as mnemonic devices, it introduces the all 40 English speech sounds (phonemes) by helping children develop a correlation between the shape and sound of the letter. Simple stories are used to introduce sounds and words.  In the program, a story about a group of letters and their correlating phonemes is read to Continue reading

Teaching Math with Lego Bricks

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The first time I realized that I was so caught up in doing things, “the way they were supposed to be” was when I taught in India right out of college. Geared up and ready to go I was excited and ready to make a difference in the world. Of course, when I arrived in the poverty stricken area of the country, I realized that I needed to rely on God for not only the wisdom to teach but also for the resources. No paper, just a chalkboard. No supplies, just whatever I could recycle and reuse, which wasn’t much. Continue reading

Toys and Games for Homeschool

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This week, members of the Crew share a round-up of posts with great ideas for how to add toys and games to your homeschool.   Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling – Play an Educational Game or Review and Drill and Play a Game Beth @ Ozark Ramblings – Math Facts or Fun? Why Not Both! Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity – Top 10 Math Manipulatives for Elementary Kids, Top 10 Educational Toys for Toddlers, and Top 10 Science Toys for Kids Laurie @ Grace-Filled Moments – Top 5 Toys and Games for Homeschooling Boys Dusty @ To the Moon and Back – Educational Toys that Will Last from Continue reading

Chore Planning System (Motivated Moms Review)

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Motivated Moms is a “unique and straightforward chore planning system is for moms who are trying to balance creative endeavors with their desire to have an orderly and organized environment in their homes.”  Originally the brainchild of Deann Polanco and Janet Russell, the Motivated Moms system has evolved from a printed organizational system to both an e-book, digital downloadable and printable system with multiple options and an app available for IPad/IPhone/IPod Touch.  As Motivated Moms has developed over the past nine years, the ownership has been passed on to Susan Cramer, who continues the original vision for Motivated Moms and Continue reading