Product Review

  Do you have a homeschool product or curriculum for review? I have nearly 30 years of experience in the homeschool community as a homeschooled homeschooler, 6 years of experience homeschooling my own children, and over 10 years of experience writing/editing/developing/reviewing curriculum. I’ve written product reviews both independently and as a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, and I’d love to help you get your product in the hands of those who need it through a free product review on my blog. With any product I agree to review, I do use that product with my own family for a reasonable…

Our Top Pick Review Products

As we approach the half-way point of the school-year, and as I have wrapped up my stint with the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I thought I’d go back and let you know which products made the daily cut, the ones we are still using on a daily basis. I must say that I loved many of the products we reviewed, but we all know that there is just so much time during a school day and not all of our ambitions and intentions get checked off the lesson plan. So, in utmost honesty, I’m disclosing which ones we continue to use.…

Primary Art of Language Review: a reading and writing program for K-2nd grade

  Primary Arts of Language, produced by The Institute for Excellence in Writing is a reading and writing program for K-2nd grade. This program is absolutely immense! So let me break it down for you and review it in chunks. Primary Arts of Language Reading The Primary Arts of Language reading program, written by Jill Pike,  is based on Anne Ingham’s method of blended sight-sound. Basically, it’s a mix of both phonics and sight-words that is very multi-sensory and layered. One of my favorite parts of this program are the stories that help to anchor the special sounds. Every letter…

Dayspring Christian Academy Review

  Thanksgiving is a big deal at our house. We place a huge emphasis on the holiday, beginning our traditions at the very beginning of the month of November. Thus, after watching the video preview of The Pilgrim Story online course produced through Dayspring Christian Academy, I knew it was something I wanted to try even though my children were considerably younger than the recommended 3rd through 6th grade.   I began going through the course with my kids in the afternoons once or twice a week. My daughter, age 4, was only moderately interested, but my first grader was…

Kinderbach Online Review

My children love music, and my son especially has been wanting to learn an instrument for over a year now. Kinderbach has been a perfect fit for my kids. Kinderbach is an online music program for young children, ages 3-7. The creater and teacher, Karri Gregor is excellent with young children and has a real passion for communicating music to them. Using fun interactive video lessons, colorful characters, entertaining stories, and corresponding printable activity sheets, children learn note reading, rhythm, singing, and composition. Both my kids (ages 4 and 5) absolutely loved this program and literally squealed with delight when it…

ZooWhiz review

I love getting the opportunity to review online programs with my children. Not only does it provide a fun, yet productive break from our “heavy” learning, but it also frees me up to devote some one-on-one time with the other child while they are still relatively dependent on me for learning. Not to mention the great computer skills they learn in the process! One of the programs I recently was able to review is ZooWhiz, an Australian-based online learning tool for children 5 to 15. ZooWhiz covers math, reading, language and word skills, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and some phonics with…