Announcing — The 2013 Blue Ribbon Awards!


Wow! It’s hard to believe that another Crew year has come to an end already. It’s been a busy, fun, inspiring year with 86 wonderful companies sharing their products with our team! We are so grateful for the honor of getting to know all of these companies through these opportunities, and today we’d like to share our choices for the 2013 Blue Ribbon Awards! This year, we are handing out 38 Blue Ribbons, to a total of 28 companies! Since the beginning of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we have taken time at the end of our year to vote for our Continue reading

French for Homeschool (French Essentials Review)


Foreign language is a staple in schools these days. Not just public schools but homeschools too.  French Essentials is one such language program. They help students learn French from native speakers.  The program is designed for homeschoolers.  Crew members have received a full year or full package of the French Essentials to review. There are 10 modules in the program which equate out to 2 years of High School French classes. You don’t have to be in high school to take these courses though.  They recommend their courses for grades 2-12. The younger grades of course are not going to Continue reading

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Apologia Science Review)

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Apologia Educational Ministries has long been known to homeschoolers for the many products they provide. Their elementary science series, written by Jeannie Fulbright, is an award-winning creation based curriculum. Our crew members got to reviews the latest book in the series, Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. Aimed at students in grades K-6, this book contains lessons on simple machines, atoms, molecules, electricity and much more. Written in a conversational style with full color pictures, the book is full of experiments and activities that parents can complete with their children using items mostly found at home. The text can be Continue reading

Practice That Feels Like Play (IXL Review)


  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

A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Carole P. Roman Book Reviews)

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Award-winning author, Carole P. Roman, shares her love of culture and history in her latest non-fiction series for kids. This innovative series introduces children from Pre-K to age 8 to different countries and cultures around the world. Carole P. Roman with Away We Go Media gave Schoolhouse Review Crew members the wonderful privilege of reviewing four of the books in the If You Were Me series:   If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico If You Were Me and Lived in…France If You Were Me and Lived in…South Korea If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway   These 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ softcover Continue reading

Build a new electronics project every month! (EEME Review)


Interested in having engineering lessons come straight to your door? If so, look no further than EEME. This program provides monthly hands-on project kits that will teach kids about electronics in a fun, hands-on way. The monthly kits arrive with everything you need to complete each project and the lessons are accessed through videos on the EEME website. Interactive quizzes are also included to reinforce understanding in the concept being taught. The program works by way of monthly subscriptions. EEME offers two plans, starting at $18.95 per month. You can learn more about their subscriptions here. Recently, Crew members were Continue reading

Learn to Sew Clothes for Your Dolls! (Rosie’s Doll Clothes Patterns Review)


  Have you ever wanted to sew your own doll clothes but you did not know where to start? Over the last few weeks several members of the Schoohouse Review Crew were able to learn how to sew doll clothes right in the comfort of their own home with the help of Rosie’s Doll Clothes Patterns. Rosie’s product is a complete six-week step-by-step video course on how to sew clothes for your very own 18 inch doll. Each week you will learn new sewing terms all the while learning new tips on how to make cute clothing for your doll’s Continue reading

Interactive Online Learning Grades K-12 (Vocabulary Spelling City Review)

vocabspellcity is an interactive online learning experience for grades K-12, with both free and premium memberships. The Schoolhouse Crew has had the opportunity to review the Premium Membership level, which includes: Vocabulary, writing, spelling, and language arts activities Access to ALL games and interactive Flash Cards Student progress tracking Automated testing and grading Personalized learning with assignments for differentiated instruction Student logins with no commercial ads You can learn more about the features by watching the videos on this page. Kids learn through fun games like HangMouse, Word Scramble, Complete the Sentence, Letter Fall, Flash Cards, and more. Parents can Continue reading

A Customized Program for Your Homeschool (Bridgeway Academy Review)

Bridgeway Academy offers homeschooling families a variety of services to make the homeschooling experience a little easier and hopefully enjoyable for everyone involved.  This includes the ability to have an entire curriculum plan customized for your child.  For this review, Crew members either received a seat in a Learning Lab course or the print curriculum Bridgeway English. Learning Labs by Bridgeway Academy offers homeschool students the opportunity to learn from a certified instructor as well as have occasion to interact with other homeschool students from around the globe.  Learning Labs are like an on-line co-op with the subjects offered varying Continue reading

Diary of a Real Payne (Barbour Publishing Review)

Barbour Publishing presents a part epistolary, part narrative juvenile fiction novel, Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story by Annie Tipton. The story follows the sometimes misunderstood misadventures of 10 year old Emma Jean Payne (EJ for short). Diary of a Real Payne is the first in a series about this fun and precocious protagonist. EJ dreams of leaving her boring little hometown of Spooner, Wisconsin and doing very big things with her life. But the biggest thing going in her life at the moment are attending a small town school, shopping at small town businesses, and visiting small Continue reading