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

Literature Study for Homeschool (Hewitt Homeschooling Review)

Hewitt Homeschooling Review

Have you been searching for a literature curriculum that uses classic books and poems to teach writing skills and literacy analysis? Well, look no further than Hewitt Homeschooling to fit the bill. Hewitt Homeschooling has been around for many years in the homeschooling circle. They strive to serve parents with students from kindergarten through highschool with an emphasis on combining excellent academics with character development, by instilling a strong work ethic, and to develop a spirit of community service within the next generation. Firmly believing that reading great literature and then writing about it going hand in hand in preparing 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

Developmental Spelling (Spelling You See Review)

spelling you see review

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