Learning to Read Can Be Fun! (Essential Skills Advantage Review)

Essential Skills Advantage Review

When researching language arts curriculum, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It seems like there are millions of options to choose from.  Some focus on sight words, others on phonics.  Then there’s grammar and reading comprehension and spelling to think about as well.  It’s enough to make you want to go get a bowl of ice cream and call it a day! Recently, members of The Homeschool Crew were given an opportunity to review an online language arts program that takes all of these different elements and presents them in a fun and engaging way. Learning to read can be fun! Continue reading

Boost Character and Social Skills with Music (Happy Kids Songs Review)

Happy Kids Songs Review

What was the last song to get stuck in your head? Was it good or bad? It’s amazing how much of an effect music can have on us. Not only can the music itself influence us, but so can the lyrics. I monitor music carefully at our house but I don’t have to worry about monitoring the music from Happy Kids Songs. Happy Kids Songs produces music that touch the behaviors & habits of children 4-8 years old. With adult-quality music and kid-friendly lyrics spanning a variety of genres & styles, the songs from Happy Kids Songs will entertain & Continue reading

Fun Bible Resources for Kids of All Ages (Wizzy Gizmo Review)

Wizzy Gizmo Review

Many of us have a deep desire to flood our children’s hearts with Biblical truths. Our culture is loud with views and standards that oppose the character of God. Consider this verse in Deut. 6:5-6. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up What an important command! This Continue reading

A World of Study One Unit at a Time

A World of Study One Unit at a time

When our family first starting homeschooling 9 years ago, I jumped headfirst into a traditional textbook/workbook approach to school. We in essence were just doing school at home. Our older children had already attended the local public school for a couple of years and were used to this style of schooling. I was quite frankly afraid that I would mess something up and create a big gap in their learning by doing anything else. It was in January of that first year that I began to realize that school should be excitement about learning and exploring things that intrigued us Continue reading

Classical Christian Curriculum (Roman Roads Media Review)

Roman Roads Media Review

Roman Roads Media is a company renowned for publishing Classical, Christian curriculum for homeschoolers.  Their products combine technology resources with high quality instruction to help your child love learning.  Our Schoolhouse Review Crew recently was given the opportunity to review several products from Roman Roads Media.  The different products range from comprehensive humanities / world history genre to American History, to Economics, to Latin and are available for a wide range of ages.  Parents will enjoy the curricula as much as their children! Old Western Culture: The Greeks is a full year course which is divided into four units: The Continue reading

Mathletics Online Math Resource (3P Learning Review)

Mathletics Online Math Review

The next set of reviews we have in store for you are coming from 3P Learning.  They have given TOS Crew members a full year subscription for two students to their Mathletics online math program. The Mathletics program is designed as a supplement to whatever math you are already using and can be used for grades K-12. Mathletics has 7 key points that will really help you understand what they are all about. Engage Target Diagnose Assess Report Fluency Mobile Engage The definition of engage is “occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention)”.  Mathletics does all of those things Continue reading

Homeschool Grammar for Grades 4 and Up (Analytical Grammar Review)

Analytical Grammar Review

You don’t need to be afraid of grammar and literature any longer.  Analytical Grammar is here to help you every step of the way with tried & tested curriculum that your children will actually enjoy. Plus, you won’t have to teach grammar all year to get results! Authors, Robin Finley and Erin Karl are women “on a mission” to make sure that grammar is more than just another worksheet completed, and literature is much more than a fill-in-the-blank exercise.   The TOS Review Crew has been enjoying their systematic approach to language mastery with their family of products. Analytical Grammar – Continue reading

Curiosity Quest Giveaway

Curiosity Quest Giveaway

Curiosity Quest is a fun educational program for the entire family that explores those things its viewers are curious about. In each show, host Joel Greene ventures on a quest to answer viewer’s letters of curiosity.  Each curiosity quest takes the audience on location for an unscripted, hands-on, educational experience. Back in April, members of the Crew reviewed two DVD Combo Packs, each highlighting 3 episodes. In today’s giveaway, 5 of you will have the opportunity to win both Combo Packs! In the DVD Combo Pack: Swimmers of the Sea, viewers are given a glimpse of salmons, sea turtles, and penguins. And in the Continue reading

Summer Studies Round-Up

summer studies

  Lexi @ Lextin Academy — Summer Studies Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy – Earth Science Unit 4 – Seasons: Summer (preK-3rd) Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy – Fun Summer Holidays to Celebrate Michele @ Family, Faith, and Fridays – Summer School- Seriously? Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road – Fun Ideas for Summer Homeschooling Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break – The Benefits of Summer School Dawn @ Double O Farms – Learning in the Summer Lori @ At Home: where life happens – Math and Water Balloons? Marcy @ Ben and Me — Road Trip Kentucky: 10 Summer Field Trip Ideas Marcy @ Ben Continue reading

Free Printables Round-Up

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  Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement – Free Printables for your Homeschool Dusty @ To the Moon and Back – Life Cycle of a Caterpillar Chart and Mini Book to Color Dusty @ To the Moon and Back – Nature Journal for Preschoolers Dusty @ To the Moon and Back – Nursery Rhyme Rhyming Words Pack Tara @ This Sweet Life – K-2 Ocean-Themed Learning Pack Tara @ This Sweet Life – Pirate Learning Pack Tara @ This Sweet Life – Community Helpers PreK-K Learning Pack Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler – Number Words cheat Sheet Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler – My Home Town Pamphlet Dawn @ Continue reading