10 Kindergarten and Preschool Lessons from Our First Homeschooling Year

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Last September, we embarked on an adventure: homeschooling our oldest. He was five turning six in November, which made it mandatory for him to be enrolled in school where we live. His sister was three at the time and, as such, we thought of her as our preschooler. I worked with her through some preschool materials because she showed interest. The main reason we decided to homeschool our children is time. I could not wrap my mind around my children spending seven hours away from me every day in the name of education. I speak several languages and have a Continue reading

Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Eggs! (Egglo Entertainment Review)

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Are you planning an Easter egg hunt this year? If so, make it memorable with Easter eggs that glow in the dark! Egglo Entertainment sent members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew an interactive, glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt program to help our families celebrate and focus on the true meaning of Easter. Members received the following products: 1 box (12 eggs) Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs The book, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (audio download) Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide This program is based on the Scripture from John 1:5, “The Light shines in the dark and the darkness has Continue reading

Talking Shapes App for iPad (Talking Fingers App Review)

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Talking Fingers, Inc. has developed an interactive learning program for preschool readers called Talking Shapes. Talking Shapes is a research-proven program created by neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron and funded in part by a research grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Using pictures as mnemonic devices, it introduces the all 40 English speech sounds (phonemes) by helping children develop a correlation between the shape and sound of the letter. Simple stories are used to introduce sounds and words.  In the program, a story about a group of letters and their correlating phonemes is read to Continue reading

Beginning Piano Lessons (KinderBach Review)

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  The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner – Beginning Piano Lessons! When’s the best time to start music instruction?  According to KinderBach,  3-7 years old is an ideal time to introduce your children to the joy of  making music. Research shows that learning to play the piano provides long-term benefits for your preschool age child. KinderBach requires no previous piano experience from you to teach, and your child will be playing simple songs like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Happy Birthday” within the first month.   The program includes online lesson access, available on DVD as well.  Additionally, printable worksheets, lesson plans and the all 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

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

Teaching Safety Habits to Young Children (Greene Bark Press Review)

Greene Bark Press, Inc. is a family-owned company established in 1991 to publish books they feel are “original, colorful, imaginative” and promote the essential developmental skills of reading and language.  In spite of the advance of technology and electronic devices, Greene Bark Press believes in the power of the printed book and the positive benefits of reading with and for children.  They also offer products from other publishers and manufacturers who hold similar beliefs, like Melissa & Doug and International Playthings. The Schoolhouse Crew has had the opportunity to review one of their sturdy board book titles geared for ages 3-8: Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again.  It Continue reading

The Homegrown Preschooler and Global Art (Gryphon House Book Reviews)

Gryphon House publishes and distributes high quality books and resources for educators, parents, and caregivers of young children.  Among their titles, you will find many award winners.  There are hundreds of free activities on their website that you can enjoy with your children.  It is just a sampling of the fantastic resources this company offers. The Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review two products from Gryphon House.  224 pages, paperback Pre-K $29.95 Early childhood experts and homeschooling veterans, Kathy Lee and Lesli Richards authored, The Homegrown Preschooler.  This book provides parents with 200+ easy activities, recipes, and organizational tips to facilitate Continue reading

Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day! (Circle Time Book Review)

Many times, homeschooling parents have one common lament: there’s not enough time to get to everything I want to do each day! Often it is the group time that is sacrificed for those things that *must* get done: phonics, math, grammar, etc. Sadly, it is the time spent together as a family that led many parents to homeschooling in the first place! Kendra Fletcher has found the time that you thought was lost. She calls it Circle Time. In Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Homeschool Day!, Kendra will walk you through strategies to help you plan your Continue reading

Fun Physical Activities for Young Children! (Dr. Craft’s Active Play! Books Review)

Homeschooling with toddlers and preschoolers in the house can be challenging, to say the least! Coming up with creative ways to keep them occupied, engaged, and out of trouble can test the patience right out of the best of us. Dr. Craft’s Active Play understands this challenge and has designed Active Play! Fun Physical Activities for Young Children with your youngsters in mind. This spiral bound book and award-winning DVD set contains 52 age appropriate physical activities that are: created for toddlers and preschoolers to play together easy to lead, fun to do inexpensive, using easy-to-get equipment designed for children to develop fundamental movement skills and Continue reading