The Blessings of Crew

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It’s funny- whenever I think of Crew all that runs through my head is “How do I love thee, let me count the ways.” Seriously!  I brag about this group all of the time. Don’t know what I am talking about? Let me start from the beginning. I review products for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, on a team of about 200 women affectionately known as the Crew.  I have done so now for about a year and a half and am getting ready to embark on a new season this month. Each month I have the opportunity to ask for and receive homeschool and Continue reading

Unlocking the Potential in Your Children (PeopleKeys Review)

Have you ever wanted to know why your kids do the things they do, and what they’re thinking while they do it? Wondered exactly what motivates them, and wished you had a better understanding of how to help them effectively use that drive? Or, take it even farther, and use their unique personality to encourage, motivate and enable them to be the student – and person – you know they have inside? PeopleKeys has tools that enable you – and your child – the power to peek inside the traits that make them who they are. Crew members have been Continue reading

Bible Study Books for Boys and Girls Age 10 and up (Doorposts Review)

Parents looking for Bible-based materials to help them teach their children good character, and to love, study, and memorize Scripture will find books that fit this purpose from Doorposts. Some on the Crew reviewed Beauty in the Heart, A Study of Godly Beauty for Young Women by Pam Forster, and others used Because You Are Strong, A Study of Godly Strength for Young Men by Daniel Forster. Geared to children ages 10-12 and up, each book begins with basic Bible study skills like using a concordance, doing a character or topical study, and learning about the original Greek and Hebrew Continue reading

Summer Blog Hop ~ August 5-9 ~ 90 bloggers!

It’s that time of year again! The Schoolhouse Review Crew loves doing our quarterly blog hops. Sometimes, we choose a certain them, like last spring’s, 5 Days of Teaching Creatively Blog Hop or last year’s 5 Days of Back to Homeschool Blog Hop. But on occasion it’s fun to just throw caution to the wind and let each blogger choose their own theme for the week. And that’s what we’re doing with this summer series. From August 5-9, 90 members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew will each bring you a 5-day series on everything from Fun Farm Science to Office Schooling, 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

Couponing Made Simple (Christi the Coupon Coach Review)

Christi the Coupon Coach has written a book called Couponing Made Simple with a purpose in mind.  She wanted to help other families learn how to save money by reducing their grocery bills.  As a homeschooling mom of four she knew what a sacrifice it is to spend the time and money on homeschooling and how saving money in other areas could really add up.   So she decided to start saving money by using coupons and decided to share her knowledge with the world through her book.  Her book Couponing Made Simple is available in both a physical form Continue reading

Create a Yearbook for Your Homeschool! (Picaboo Yearbooks Review)

For most, the school year has come to a close and we are starting to plan for next year.  But, before you move on, take a minute to look over the last year of school.  What were the highlights, the accomplishments, the things you don’t want to forget?  Do you have a way to preserve these memories?  This would be a great time to check out Picaboo Yearbooks! Picaboo Yearbooks has been creating beautiful, quality, yearbooks for public and private schools for many years.  This year, they have asked the Schoolhouse Review Crew to try out their yearbooks for homeschools! Continue reading

Life Principles of the Happiest and Most Successful Among Us (25 Truths Book Review)

Schoolhouse Review Crew members have been reading 25 Truths: Life Principles of the Happiest and Most Successful Among Us from Ed Douglas Publications.   Ed Douglas, CFP™ draws from his own experiences as a successful business man, author, financial planner, loving husband and father, and coach to inspire and motivate people to live productive, satisfying lives. His book contains 25 truths that are based upon Christian principles centering on morals, values, character, positive thinking, and perseverance. Each truth is briefly explained and reinforced by scripture, inspirational quotes, personal stories, and examples from others’ lives as well. Readers will see why these truths are so important to follow in order to Continue reading

Historical Fiction for Children (Goldtown Adventures Book Review)

Susan K. Marlow began writing stories when she was 10 years old. She obtained an elementary education degree and taught in Christian schools before homeschooling her children. Now over 20 years later she is “back in the saddle” helping homeschooling families by teaching writing workshops as well as writing good historical fiction books for kids. Susan K. Marlow  is best known for her Circle C Adventures book series. Set in California in the 1880’s, this series features a girl named Andrea Carter and her horse Taffy. It has become a very popular book series with an off shoot series for Continue reading

Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry for High School (Science for High School Review)

Science for High School by Bridget Ardoin is a research-based science curriculum that turns the traditional “read the chapter, answer the questions” method on its head. Or on its ear. Or possibly inside out. . . Bridget Ardoin graduated with a degree in microbiology from Louisiana State University, and has taught high school sciences in both private schools and as a tutor. She began helping homeschooling parents to teach science to their children in the 1990’s and Science for High School is the product of these years of experience. Parents assign research topics to their child at the beginning of Continue reading