Developmental Spelling (Spelling You See Review)

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For years, homeschool families have counted on Steve Demme and his Math-U-See program to teach their children math. Demme Learning has now branched out into the world of spelling. Spelling You See is a brand new program that uses short daily activities to teach correct spelling in a meaningful context. Each activity integrates writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. The five levels of Spelling You See programs are based on research into the five developmental stages of spelling. There are no grade levels in the materials — the student starts at the appropriate developmental stage and moves at his own Continue reading

Practice That Feels Like Play (IXL Review)

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  IXL is one of the first names in homeschooling excellence. Long known for its math practice drills, it has recently added language arts practice drills for grades 2-4 as well. IXL offers state standards and common core aligned math practice skills for grades K-12, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Pre-Calculus is coming soon. Each grade level has a varying number of skills, with grades 2-12 all having over 200 skills included. Students work through skills systematically to achieve mastery, earning rewards and achievements along the way. Parents are emailed detailed reports containing their children’s progress every week. Continue reading

Writing Readiness Activities for PreK – Grade 1 (Fundanoodle Review)

  Brand new from Carolina Pad, Fundanoodle is a brand of writing tablets and learning kits for young learners.  The activities are developmentally and age-appropriate as well as short in duration – perfect for young attention spans.  Within the tasks, children are fine-tuning motor skills, working on hand-eye coordination, exploring both visually and by touch, and problem-solving. The Fundanoodle products are intended to be fun, relaxed, and user-friendly.  They are appealing to children for many reasons including:  the whimsical illustrations, jungle theme, and likable  characters.  Max the Monkey and Alphie the Adventurer love letters and numbers.  These cute, friendly fellas serve as guides through the learning journey. Schoolhouse Review Crew Members reviewed a wide variety of 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

Integrating Cursive Handwriting with Art and History (Classical Conversations Prescripts Review)

Classical Conversations is perhaps best known for its nation-wide network of communities to help parents provide their children with a Christian classical education. Begun in 1997 with 11 students, it has grown to over 36,000 students in 35 states, 5 countries and 3 continents.  The organization has recently published a new handwriting series called PreScripts.  The four spiral bound books in the set combine instruction in cursive writing, copywork from the Bible and history lessons, and art lessons.  Each consumable book stands alone so your student may jump in wherever you you feel they are ready and proceed at their Continue reading

Teaching Writing and the Classics with IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing Review)

Talk to a ‘seasoned’ homeschooler and odds are that they have either used or at least heard about the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).  The company originated after Andrew Pudewa found himself a requested presenter to help teachers learn how to teach writing based on the structure and style in composition seminar taught by Dr. James B. Webster in Canada.  With Dr. Webster’s blessing, he developed a 2 day seminar for educators and eventually started teaching student classes.  Both the educator seminar and student classes were eventually recorded for sale which allowed for a greater reach. The Schoolhouse Crew Continue reading

Literature-Rich Studies for Ages 7-13 (Moving Beyond the Page Review)

Moving Beyond the Page is a literature-rich curriculum that encourages children to think both critically and creatively.  Appealing to multiple learning styles, the units are engaging and challenging.  Children will think independently and “outside-the-box” as they respond to their reading through activities and projects.  Meeting state and national standards, you won’t find gaps within the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum.      Individual Language Arts, Science and Social Studies unit studies are available for 7-13 year-olds. Prices vary among the unit studies.  You have the choice of purchasing only the unit guide in either physical or online format.  Another option is to purchase a package Continue reading

Amish Fiction for ages 8-12! (Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily Book Reviews)

An Amish girl named Lily Lapp has been visiting Schoolhouse Crew families the last few weeks. She’s the star of a new series from Suzanne Woods Fisher, Mary Ann Kinsinger and Baker Publishing Group, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Lily’s books are for ages 8 to 12, and while they’re recommended by the publisher for girls, don’t hesitate to share – there’s enough adventures to interest the boys, too! Schoolhouse Crew members received the first two books in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series: First, learn about Life With Lily, which is full of things to learn and people she loves. Continue reading

Homeschooling Helps for All Homeschool Styles (Joyce Herzog Review)

Dr. Joyce Herzog is an author of many educational products and a gifted teacher. She taught for over 25 years in classrooms of learning disabled students and has been working with homeschooling families for over 20 years. She is a sought after speaker, author, and consultant conducting workshops all across the United States and Canada. Besides counseling, Dr. Joyce Herzog has developed a variety of learning products. These products are designed to provide a unique and appropriate education focusing on the talents and skills of each individual.  Her products fit well with most homeschooling approaches including: Charlotte Mason, relaxed homeschooling, Continue reading