When I first joined the Review Crew, my thoughts were honestly on helping our meager budget for homeschooling our four children. Over the years, the Crew has definitely filled that initial motivation by providing some of the most high quality homeschool products and curriculum that have been used by each of my children spanning elementary school through high school. What I did not bargain for was the professional creative outlet it provided for me personally in my writing for both reviews and non-review posts. Many times when we homeschool, the person we were before being a mom and especially a homeschool mom seems to vanish. Blogging and being a part of the Crew has changed that. It has also really given me a much broader knowledge of what is out there allowing me to be a resource for so many other homeschool families in our community! Got to run, our youngest is hollering to start his Chinese (another great Crew review product).
Dawn Oaks – Double O Farms
I love being on the Crew because we all benefit in some way:
I get a chance to do something creative and useful, work with deadlines that keep me accountable to someone outside of my family, and apply my love of writing outside of homeschooling…I get to be a grownup!
my kids get to try out such a variety of products that it makes it so much easier to find out what works for each of them individually without risking my cash to do it
our blog readers get to read our honest opinions before they buy so they can make more informed decisions about how to invest their homeschooling dollars
I get to be part of a wonderful team of reviewers that provide a great network of support
Kelly Burgess – KGB That’s Me
As a veteran homeschool mom, I have often looked at the Schoolhouse Crew reviews when trying to decide on new curriculum. I never imagined that I would one day be a part of the Crew. Being on the Crew has allowed me to work with so many amazing vendors, grow as a blogger and be blessed with a support system of fellow homeschool moms that is more helpful than I could have ever imagined. This experience has been about so much more than just receiving curriculum in exchange for an honest review (although that is GREAT)!
Adena Foster – AdenaF
Thanks to the Crew, not only was I introduced to new curriculum, but my children received materials that opened doors to learning, allowing them to grow spiritually and thrive academically. Being a mom to special needs children, I’ve witnessed a complete turn around in attitude and progress. Watching my son move from “just getting by” to taking the initiative and responsibility for his education, makes both my husband and I thankful for the Crew and the opportunities it’s brought our family.
Sara — A Mama’s Story
Curriculum Junkie? I was queen. The crew helped me to move beyond collecting curriculum to using it. The accountibility portion of the crew is why I have stayed on for four years. The vendor expects us to use the products, not just read about them and look them over. The Crew encourages us all be creative to use the resources with our learning styles and teen boys.. Instead of bookshelves filled with used book store curiosities, I have top of the line resources that I know inside and out. The proof has been in the pudding, as my boys have excelled farther than I expected them to grow.
Angie Wright — Petra School
Being on the Crew has been a blessing in so many ways. First and foremost, I am able to receive the best curriculum for my children. Equally meaningful is the camaraderie, support and friendship amongst the members of the Crew, of which I’m honored to be a part.
Lisa Boyle — Home to 4 Kiddos
Being on the Schoolhouse Review Crew is always such a blessing for our family! We have received products that I never would have thought of but that have turned out to be just what we needed. My kids have been able to do fun and educational things as part of reviews. We’re very thankful for the Schoolhouse Review Crew!
Leah Courtney – As We Walk Along the Road
Being on the TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew is such a blessing to our family. So many times we have been blessed with just what we needed at just the right time. We are so thankful for leaders that pray over us and how the products are distributed. Our homeschool is richer being on the crew and we absolutely love the opportunity!
Bethany – Little Homeschool Blessings
Being a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew has been a huge blessing to my family. My boys have gotten to try out some great homeschool curriculum (most of which we would never have heard of otherwise), I’ve made some awesome friends with the other ladies on the crew, and I’ve learned a lot about keeping an active blog. I can’t wait for another great year, both for my kids to have the opportunity to explore other products and for me to continue to develop my writing and social media skills.
Wendy — Simplicity Breeds Happiness
Being on the crew has blessed my family and I countless times over the last four years. As we struggled to put together a budget for curriculum, the crew has saved me many years by providing a way to teach my kids without spending a lot of money. In addition, the relationships I have formed with the ladies on the crew have been instrumental in my life. Their kindness, encouragement, and expertise, have helped me in too many ways to count. We laugh with each other, cry with each other, pray for each other, and share ideas, advice, and experience. I love being a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew!
Brandy Brockhausen — Kingdom Academy Homeschool
“The Schoolhouse Review Crew has been such a blessing to my family and me. We have had an opportunity to use products for our homeschool that I may otherwise have never heard of. I’ve also been blessed by the many friendships that I’ve made along the way. These ladies are a true treasure.”
Becca — C Family of 6
Why do I love being on The Crew? Experience, opportunity, fun, friends, joy, support, encouragement… I could go on and on. 2014 has been an unbelievable blessing to our family. Being a part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew has made many learning opportunities possible that we would never even have known existed! We have gained fun, experience, growth, and so much more than we could ever have expected. This year with the Review Crew has been beyond our wildest dreams.
Lori H. — At Home: where life happens
We use a boxed curriculum in our homeschool and being on the crew allows me to discover new vendors to help round out my daughter’s education. I truly had no idea there were so many homeschool companies out there and now I have friends seeking my input on homeschooling their own children.
Being on the crew I also get to connect with many other homeschooling families around the world not just on my block!
Kemi Quinn — Homemaking Organized