Winter Olympics Resources Round Up

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  The 2014 Winter Olympics, being held in Sochi, Russia, are just around the corner. From geography to sports science, ancient Greek history to foreign language, the Olympic games are a great time to take a break from the daily grind and homeschool in a fun, hands-on way. Today, members of the Crew are sharing resources they have gathered together for exactly that.   Marcy @ Ben and Me — O is for Olympics (A Collection of Resources for Homeschool) Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement – Winter Olympics: Ultimate Homeschool Resource List Kemi @ Homemaking Organized – Incorporating the 2104 Winter Olympics into Continue reading

A Customized Program for Your Homeschool (Bridgeway Academy Review)

Bridgeway Academy offers homeschooling families a variety of services to make the homeschooling experience a little easier and hopefully enjoyable for everyone involved.  This includes the ability to have an entire curriculum plan customized for your child.  For this review, Crew members either received a seat in a Learning Lab course or the print curriculum Bridgeway English. Learning Labs by Bridgeway Academy offers homeschool students the opportunity to learn from a certified instructor as well as have occasion to interact with other homeschool students from around the globe.  Learning Labs are like an on-line co-op with the subjects offered varying Continue reading

Christian Heroes and Heroes of History (YWAM Publishing Review)

YWAM Publishing produces and distributes books that “focus on evangelism, educational training, prayer, discipleship, and mercy ministries.” In addition to providing quality Christian materials, they also support mission projects around the world. YWAM Publishing is a division of the larger YWAM (Youth with a Mission) ministry. You can read more about YWAM Publishing and YWAM on the “About YWAM Publishing” page of their website. The Christian Heroes: Then and Now series of books share “inspiring true stores of men and women who answered God’s call. Reviewers received a digital copy of Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose, the story of missionary Continue reading

Play to win the most powerful job in the world! (The Presidential Game Review)

Many homeschool families love to have fun and play games as they learn. The Presidential Game is designed to for both. Teach your children the ins and outs of politics as you race to be declared President. Played in teams of Democrats and Republicans, players have to decide whether to campaign or go fundraising. As each state is visited candidates have a chance to earn votes or money for their campaign. Red and blue dots keep track of which states have been won by each party. Aimed at ages 11 and up, The Presidential Game is suitable for kids and Continue reading

Learning for Homeschool, Summer School and After School (Time4Learning Review)

  Time4Learning is an award-winning, automated online learning system that can be used by students in preschool – 12th grade for homeschool, after school, or summer school. Schoolhouse Review Crew members received a six-month membership to Time4Learning’s interactive curriculum for home use for PreK – 8th grades. Time4Learning integrates education with fun. The homeschool program provides a complete language arts and math curriculum which correlate to state standards, and it also includes science and social studies. Subjects are organized into chapters, and an automated system teaches lessons in a sequence created to develop skills. Short, animated lessons are followed by a variety of interactive activities, educational games, printable worksheets, online quizzes, Continue reading

Lapbooking and Notebooking (Hands of a Child Review)

In the homeschooling community, In the Hands of a Child has become a name synonymous with high quality lapbooking and notebooking products together with reasonable prices.  The company began as the dream child of Kimm Bellotto and Niki McNeil in 2002.  Faced with the dilemma of answering the question “What exactly is a lapbook?,” Kimm and Niki began pulling together resources and using their imaginations and a business plan was born!  Now, 11 years later, what began with one lapbook has become a huge line of lapbook and notebook products for kids of all ages. When visiting the In the Continue reading

American History and Draw to Learn (Notgrass Company Review)

Ray and Charlene Notgrass began homeschooling their children in 1990 and in 1999 began producing homeschool curriculum full-time.  Today, Notgrass Company is operated by Ray and Charlene with their son, two daughters, a son-in-law, and a  homeschool graduate friend working together to produce quality educational materials to teach the “heart, soul, and mind” of children of all ages. The Notgrass Company produces curriculum for Art, Bible, Civics, Economics, English and Literature, Government, History and more.  Many of their products are for the Middle School and High School levels, and many are also available as E-Books. For our review of The Notgrass Continue reading

Laura Ingalls Wilder DVDs (Legacy Documentaries Review)

Legacy Documetaries has a mission to “create and deliver content so compelling it entertains, informs, and shapes the lives of our viewers.” The executive producer behind the documentaries is Dean Butler who is, perhaps, best known for playing the role of Almanzo Wilder in the hit television series Little House on the Prairie. Among other projects he’s worked on, two of note are Almanzo Wilder: Life Before Laura DVD, and Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder DVD. Members of our review team were sent one of of these two documentaries to watch and review.   Continue reading

Historical Fiction for Children (Goldtown Adventures Book Review)

Susan K. Marlow began writing stories when she was 10 years old. She obtained an elementary education degree and taught in Christian schools before homeschooling her children. Now over 20 years later she is “back in the saddle” helping homeschooling families by teaching writing workshops as well as writing good historical fiction books for kids. Susan K. Marlow  is best known for her Circle C Adventures book series. Set in California in the 1880’s, this series features a girl named Andrea Carter and her horse Taffy. It has become a very popular book series with an off shoot series for Continue reading

Learn About the Ancient Mayan Culture with Dig-It Games (Mayan Mysteries Review)

Sometimes playing video games is educational. Especially when you play the new game Mayan Mysteries from Dig-It! Games. With this new game your child will take an educational journey back in time through a mysterious Ancient Mayan civilization. Dig-It! Games was founded in 2005 by a professional archaeologist and former middle-school teacher, Suzi Wilczynski, who sought to develop educational games which promote independent learning, creative thinking  and cultural awareness. With the help of Robert J. Sharer, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania with more than 30 years of experience, Dig-It! Games released Mayan Mysteries in Continue reading