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

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

Literature-Rich Studies for Ages 7-13 (Moving Beyond the Page Review)

Moving Beyond the Page is a literature-rich curriculum that encourages children to think both critically and creatively.  Appealing to multiple learning styles, the units are engaging and challenging.  Children will think independently and “outside-the-box” as they respond to their reading through activities and projects.  Meeting state and national standards, you won’t find gaps within the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum.      Individual Language Arts, Science and Social Studies unit studies are available for 7-13 year-olds. Prices vary among the unit studies.  You have the choice of purchasing only the unit guide in either physical or online format.  Another option is to purchase a package Continue reading

Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing for High School Students (Writing with Sharon Watson Review)

Whether teaching writing skills to a high school student or reviewing existing skills, the process of teaching writing skills can be daunting.  Sharon Watson, a veteran homeschooling mom, co-op teacher, and literary workshop facilitator, has taken the dread out of polishing up those writing skills.  Schoolhouse Review Crew members have had the opportunity to use and review two of Sharon’s premium curriculum items:  The Power in Your Hands:  Writing Non-Fiction in High School and Writing Fiction in High School.  Through the Writing with Sharon Watson curriculum, students find a conversational-style instruction that turns writing from a subject of dread to Continue reading

Where Students Learn to Write (Essentials in Writing Review)

Essentials in Writing is a complete language arts curriculum with a primary focus on composition. It was founded and created by Matthew Stephens, a former middle school English teacher. Students will learn to become confident, effective writers by watching Mr. Stephens present brief lessons in a step-by-step fashion and completing worksheets and assignments after each lesson. Members of the crew reviewed Essentials in Writing curriculum for grades 3-11, and grade1. Each reviewer was sent one of the following products:   In first grade students will learn basic grammar, capitalization and punctuation rules, and how to write complete sentences. They will also learn about paragraph structure, writing Continue reading

The Deals at SchoolhouseTeachers.com and Econobusters.com Continue!

The awesome deals for SchoolhouseTeachers.com and Econobusters.com/Molly Magazine continue this week! If you haven’t read the wonderful reviews of SchoolhouseTeachers from our new Crew members, you can click over now. Maybe you found a little extra cash in your stocking Christmas morning and are wondering what to spend it on? Well, if you have been contemplating trying out either of these useful websites, now is the time!  This special promotion won’t last much longer! You can join Schoolhouse Teachers for one year for just $49! And, you’ll also receive a ton of freebies! If you’re like me and happen to already have a Continue reading

On the first day of Christmas Giveaways . . .

This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Becky L., the winner of the Isabel Writing Bundle!    On the first day of Christmas Giveaways, ONE winner will receive . . .  the Isabel Writing Bundle from New Millennium Girl Books!   To enter, use the Rafflecopter below! And be sure to check back every day from now through December 22 for more awesome giveaways! This Bundle includes all 3 New Millennium Girl Books:   Isabel’s Secret $7.95 Isabel is a spirited eleven- year-old girl who lives on Angel Ridge Horse Ranch in Colorado. Her Christian motto ever since she was three years old Continue reading

Get Help Teaching from More Than 25 Homeschool Experts!

     Prepared lesson plans. Online content. More than 25 subjects, written for Preschool through High School. All ready at the click of a mouse. That is SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the lastest product brought to the homeschool community by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Included in SchoolhouseTeachers.com are real live teachers for most every subject, providing lesson plans for students of all ages. These are the cream of the crop in homeschool publishing. All you have to do is log on to find daily, weekly or monthly lessons from more than 25 experts, including: David Chandler for High School Math  Terri Johnson for Geography Kim Kautzer Continue reading

What’s new at SchoolhouseTeachers.com? Check it out!

   What’s new at SchoolhouseTeachers.com? Check it out! Teresa Evans will keep your children engaged with Everyday Games that teach math and reading! Everyday Games will make its debut on December 3. Check out a sample of math games now! Thanksgiving may be over, but the blessings we receive during this holiday season are not. If your children have not already begun to create a Gratitude Journal, now is the time to initiate that project, and Kim Kautzer will show you how to get started in the November Writing Lessons. Plus, Kim’s lesson will include a wonderful list of ideas Continue reading

IEW’s Primary Arts of Language

Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) is a well-known and well-respected name in the world of homeschooling.  Though many naturally think of their resources for older students, IEW also offers Primary Arts of Language (PAL) for the youngest readers and writers in the family.  The Schoolhouse Crew recently reviewed this program geared for kindergarten through second grade, covering reading, writing, and spelling.   It is broken down into two separate programs: Primary Arts of Reading and Primary Arts of Writing, but should be done concurrently.  There is an informational recorded webinar online that can answer many frequently asked questions and Continue reading