Homeschooling Through the “Whatevers”

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We all have hiccups and bumps along this homeschool journey. A seasoned homeschooler understands that to maneuver through those hiccups and  bumps and provide your children with an education can be tricky. Tricky but doable. Your homeschool day might not be as fruitful as you would like. The laundry may never ever get done and supper might come from a box or a bag. No judgments here. I have used many a box and bag in my day. What happens when the hiccup becomes a “ big belly whopper” of a crisis; an illness, devastating diagnosis, or loss of job? Barbara Johnson, funny lady and author, Continue reading

Homeschooling: A Season in Your Life or a Lifetime Commitment?

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For many homeschooling moms, homeschooling will be a season of their life. For others of us, like me, it is going to be a lifetime commitment. My husband and I knew going in that when we adopted our oldest son “The Batman”, this was going to be a lifetime thing on our part. “The Batman” was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and is also on the Autism Spectrum. We did NOT, however, realize at that time that we would end up becoming a homeschooling family! In the beginning, “The Batman” went to something called “pre-primary impaired (PPI)”, which Continue reading

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

Beginning Chess for Kids with DVD (Chess House Review)

Over the last few weeks, members of our crew have been playing a new game with their families!  Knights, Rooks, Kings, Queens, Pawns, and Bishops have been bringing hours of fun into our homes as we learn how to play Chess, thanks to Chess House! Chess House offers products for every chess player from the beginner to the advanced player.  They offer beautiful chess sets, DVD’s, and training materials of all kinds.  They even sell life-sized chess game pieces! Now, you may know how to play chess, but are feeling a bit overwhelmed with how, exactly, you would teach your 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

Algebra and Geometry DVD Interactive Math (VideoText Interactive Review)

VideoText Interactive is just that – interactive.  Whereas traditional video-type mathematics curricula use video to supplement textbook material, VideoText Interactive uses interactive video as the textbook and print material as the supplement.  This unique approach lends itself not only to more interaction between student and teacher / parent but also to more mastery of concepts.      The crew has been using and reviewing both the Algebra: A Complete Course and the Geometry: A Complete Course. The Algebra program covers pre-algebra, algebra 1, and algebra 2.  The Geometry program covers Geometry, Trigonometry, and Pre-calculus.  Successful completion of both courses will give students Continue reading

Sneaking School into the Busy Days

Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road — Squeezing in School on Busy Days More often than not we are rushing. Rush to go out the door. Rush to finish up school. Rush to get to gym or basketball or dance or swim. And there are days that in the midst of doing it all, it’s just hard to get to school. So what do we do on those days? Lisa @ Chicken, Bunnies, and Homeschool — How I sneak in extra school Sneaking in extra school on long car journeys can be “downloadabley” easy and free! Nicole @ 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

Reading with Phonograms and Cursive Handwriting (Logic of English Review)

  Logic of English offers an approach to reading instruction that is based on the fact that 98% of English words can be understood if the student learns just 74 basic phonograms and 30 spelling rules. It teaches reading, spelling, and writing all at the same time using multisensory activities that appeal to all types of learners. Some of the Schoolhouse Crew reviewers have been using one of the two complete language arts curriculums Logic of English offers — either Essentials or the first book in the Foundations series. Other reviewers have been using the Rhythm of Handwriting program. The Essentials program is designed for 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