Schoolhouse Review Crew Bloggy Convention — Day Three (Ancient History Books Giveaway)

We’re back today with five more of our favorite reviews of 2012. Today, we have a little history, math, and reading, along with a super fun hands-on vendor to share. We also have a GREAT history-themed giveaway!


But first, let me tell you about another physical homeschool convention where The Old Schoolhouse Magazine will have a vendor booth — FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention, May 24-26, in Orlando, FL. Keynote speakers include Todd Wilson and Steve Demme. Other popular speakers include Carol Barnier, Debra Bell, Andrew Pudewa and Heidi St. John! For a list of vendors planning to attend, click here. Click here to register.

Remember, everyone who registers for this convention will receive a one-year membership to absolutely FREE!

And now for our favorite reviews for today!


A Cry from Egypt

A Cry From Egypt was written by Hope Auer and illustrated by Mike Slaton, both recent homeschool graduates themselves.  It is published by Great Waters Press, which also published Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young. Hope Auer has been writing stories and plays since she was very young.  She began writing A Cry From Egypt, the first book in The Promised Land Series, as a school assignment when she was only thirteen and her family was studying ancient Egypt!  This historical fiction book deals with the period before the Exodus, when the Israelites were still in slavery.

Read the Crew reviews of this book.


Heritage History  

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Heritage History has compiled an extensive collection of Historical Books and organized them into collections.  Each Collection has a theme of study, providing a student with a well rounded World History Curriculum beginning in the 4th grade and moving through the High School years.

The Crew reviewed several CD Collections from Heritage History, including:

British Empire

British Middle Ages

Ancient Rome

Ancient Greece

Young Readers

Read the Crew reviews of Heritage History.


Be sure to scroll down to enter our giveaway for a copy of A Cry from Egypt and the Ancient Greece CD from Heritage History! 


IXL Math

IXL Logo is a fun, easy to use, interactive web based math practice site for students in Pre-K through Algebra. Plans are in the works to add more advanced math levels soon as well. IXL is currently being used in more than 150 countries around the world. In the USA, state standards are listed for every state.

XL can be used along with any math curriculum. Students practice their math skills in many different areas, and are rewarded for their efforts with virtual awards as they complete a challenge or master a concept. You can also print awards if you like.

Read the Crew reviews of IXL.

Math learning that sticks with you


Reading Eggs


Reading Eggs is an online program that introduces children to the world of reading through interactive stories and games with fun characters.  With activities for ages 3-7, Reading Eggs helps to spark a love for reading with everything from alphabet recognition to phonics to early reader stories.  Puzzles, games, and songs are used to capture a child’s attention and make the reading experience multi-sensory.  Reading Eggspress (another part of the Reading Eggs World) is geared for older children (7-13) to encourage fluent reading.

Read the Crew reviews of Reading Eggs.


Activity Bags


Are you looking for something to keep your children creative while you school your older ones, make dinner, do laundry? Activity Bags can help! All of the Activities in a Bag follow the same format.  By using simple materials found around the house, you can compile bags (literally, plastic ziplock bags) for your children to work on, largely independently. The Crew reviewed several of the Activity Bag eBooks, including:

Science Experiments in a Bag E-Book 1

Science Experiments in a Bag E-Book 2

Science Experiments in a Bag E-Book 3

Reading Games in a Bag

Travel Activities in a Binder

Math Games in a Bag

Preschool Activities in a Bag 1 

Preschool Activities in a Bag 2

Read the Crew reviews of Activity Bags.





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26 thoughts on “Schoolhouse Review Crew Bloggy Convention — Day Three (Ancient History Books Giveaway)”

    • I am most interested in the history of the United States and the settling of the West. I had relatives that came over on the Mayflower and others that were the first to settle in their area of MT so I find it interesting because of that.

  1. I love the architecture of the Victorian Era (1837-1910). But the history of Ancient Egypt has always been fascinating to me.

  2. I would love to use of these resources with my daughters. When I was taught ancient history it seemed very dry and boring. These books and cds seem like they’d really make it come alive!

  3. The time of revolution and reformation! I also love discovery and exploration. I guess some of that kinda goes together. I also really enjoy Meso-American and Native American studies as well as Asian history, especially in regards to discovery and exploration of Europe. It is like watching this great big world, like big as in going to another planet big, suddenly become smaller. It certainly changes your perspective on the human condition and God’s creation.


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