Summer Reading for Middle Grades

Summer Reading for Middle Grades

  Kristi @ The Potter’s Hand Academy — Summer Reading for the Dialectic Stage My middle schooler has suddenly found a LOVE of reading! Really, it’s miraculous. I’m so excited for her, and to make sure that she’s encouraged in her reading, I’ve put together a reading list for this summer I REALLY hope she loves! Michele @ Faith, Family and Fridays — Middle School Reading OK, so I shared our summer reading with you for elementary age kids. But this list, well it was slightly harder for me. …However, in talking with my older girls I realized that some of Continue reading

Science and Math for Homeschool ( Review)

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Do your students need help to excel in Science and Math? If so, has some products you will be interested in learning more about. Award winning video lessons, done in a step by step fashion, will help to ensure that your students gain a thorough understanding before moving on to the next step. These videos help your student learn, practice and master the subject at hand. Algebra 1: Volume 1 (DVD) will help your grade seven and up students learn algebra. This DVD and additional PDF download of Fractions Thru Algebra Companion Worksheet CD, assumes that you know absolutely Continue reading

Homeschool Online Learning (SchoolhouseTeachers Review)

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Members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were recently given a  full Yearly Membership Option to for review. is a homeschool online learning experience unlike any other, brought to the homeschool community by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. SchoolhouseTeachers contains more than 50 subjects, with current or archived content written for Preschool through High School, and new teachers and subjects added each month.   You’ll also find daily printables for math, copywork, geography, spelling, Bible memorization and more, all ready at the click of a mouse for an incredible online learning experience. In addition to the daily, weekly, or monthly lesson 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

See It and Say It Flip Flop Spanish (Flip Flop Learning Review)

Many homeschooling families want their children to learn Spanish but have no idea where to start. With See It and Say It Flip Flop Spanish, Señora Gose has created a program that requires nothing more of parents than to slip some pages into a binder and put a CD into a CD player. Crew members were able to review the complete See It and Say It Flip Flop Spanish program from Flip Flop Learning. This program consists of the following elements: 3 sets of flash cards 4 audio CDs white board paddle complete scripted lesson plans By learning only 160 Spanish words, Continue reading

Theme-based Spanish Instruction for Grades 3-8 (Spanish for You Review)

The most effective way to learn a foreign language is to actually use that language in day-to-day life. Most of us can’t just pick up our families and move to another country for language immersion, so products that help you replicate that environment into your home are extremely helpful to homeschoolers. Spanish for You! was created especially for mixed-age groups in the 3rd-8th grade range. Students learn to write, read, and speak Spanish through materials appropriate for their age, while providing plenty of opportunity for practice communicating. Two full-year programs centered around topic areas, Fiestas (Celebrations) and Estaciones (Seasons), are Continue reading

Classical Logic and Poetry for Middle and High School Students (Classical Academic Press Review)

Classical Academic Press offers curriculum for today’s students, refreshing proven techniques and innovatively combining them with modern education methods. They produce materials for many subject areas, including Poetry, Logic, Bible, and the languages Latin, Greek, Spanish and French. Crew members recently reviewed two course, The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic and The Art of Poetry. The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, accompanied The Discovery of Deduction Teacher’s Edition is a semester or year-long course in formal, deductive logic. Though the topic is generally reserved for college students in modern times, this text is designed Continue reading

Homeschool families — get help with financial aid for college! (College Common Sense Review)

  College Common Sense is a program designed to help families understand the process for finding and obtaining financial aid for college.  Developed by Denise Ames, a financial aid counselor at a university in Texas, College Common Sense is applicable to parents of students of any age.  This program is available in both a DVD/workbook format, which costs $50 + $5 shipping/handling, or a one-year online access to the video and workbook materials, which costs $25. Through the College Common Sense program, users have the option to sign up for a free newsletter, full of helpful college planning tips, as well Continue reading

A Classical Approach to Spanish and Old Testament Bible Study! (Classical Academic Press Review)

Classical Academic Press is a leading name in the classical method of home education, offering resources covering languages, logic, and Bible study.   The Crew has spent the past several weeks reviewing the following Classical Academic Press products: Song School Spanish is the latest product in the Classical Academic Press language course choices.  For $24.95, you receive the Song School Spanish student set for grades kindergarten through third, which includes: Accompanying children’s music CD (42 songs) bound in to each student text Interactive workbook text with lots of activities 30 weekly lessons including review chapters 100+ everyday vocabulary words Gentle Continue reading

Making Science FUN! (Apologia Elementary Science Review)

Over the past several years, the Schoolhouse Review Crew has reviewed several products from Apologia Educational Ministries. Homeschool parents found useful information in The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling and Educating the Wholehearted Child. They were encouraged and challenged by the books How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids and Read for the Heart. In terms of curriculum, Crew members have studied Biblical Worldview with their children. Elementary children used the What We Believe series — Who is God?, Who am I?, and Who is My Neighbor?, while older students studied I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Apologia is known Continue reading