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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Blog Walking

A fellow TOS Crew member at Beyond the Silver and the Gold suggested doing a blog walk. If you are like me and are new to this whole blogging thing you probably don't know what that is. Each week 10 different blogs are chosen and I am going to visit & follow each blog, read their posts and comment on their articles. I am so excited to get to know my fellow crew members.

Here is my list of 10 for the week. Would you like to join me on my walk?

1. Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning
2. Surviving The Testosterone
3. Family Style School
4. School Around The Table
5. 1628 The Story of The Goebels 5
6. Morris Family Madness
7. Homeschool Musings
8. Homeschooling (and then some!)
9. Heartfelt Homeschooling
10. Following Him home

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I am so excited that I get to be a part of the 2010-2011 TOS Homeschool Crew. This is the 3rd year for the The Homeschool Crew and it is run by The Old Schoolhouse magazine. The Crew has over 200 reviewers. We will recieve homeschool products throughout the year to use with our children and then we get to write a product review. My reviews will be posted on this blog to share with you all.

I have used many different homeschool products in our 15 years of homeschooling and love to recommend the ones we like with other homeshool families. I am new to blogging and writing reviews, but I am looking forward to the adventure.

You can visit the official TOS Homeschool Crew website and read other reviews at

We have been homeschooling since 1995 and we just completed our very first e-book. The three children that we are still homeschooling were so excited to take a week off from their regular work to try something new. We used the Expedition Australia from the Download N Go Series by Amanda Bennett and The Old Schoolhouse magazine. This E-Book can be purchased at for just $7.95.

In Expedition Australia you get to create a lapbook. This is a very good hands on activity for all ages and really helps in the retention of the material learned. This e-book makes lapbooking easy, it provides you with enough worksheets to fill in and cut out for your lapbook. This freed up some time for me to enjoy the study with my kids.

Through our journey we compared our time and temperature differences
discovered wild animals, native people, their culture, and the words they use. We traveled around the globe to see how many miles away from Australia we are. My girls were so impressed with this E-Book that they want to make a lapbook for other continents and countries.

The research that went into this e-book was very well done. The websites we were directed to had a wealth of information. There was plenty of reading and lots of pictures for the little ones. Although our library didn’t have all the books on the additional reading list available, we didn’t have a problem finding other resources to use.

This E-Book is recommended for K-4 grades, which was perfect for us. My three daughters are 5, 7 & 9 years old. There is plenty of information included for their learning levels. My 9 year old always has to go above and beyond what is required of her, so she did some additional research on her own which made her lapbook even more different and personal than her sisters. At $7.95 this purchase is well worth it. My girls had a well deserved break from their curriculum and it provided me with a week to enjoy learning with them.

Can I have a lollie?

I just finished using When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Firefighter e-book from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine with my daughters ages 7 & 9 and they loved it. The e-book is recommended for ages 4-10. You will need to do some oral reading with the younger children but my 9 year old devoured it.

The book not only talked about firefighting but included information on building codes and the use of appropriate material for house building in different weather conditions to lessen the chances of house fires. Even though my girls are not really interested in firefighting they were excited to learn about it. They were very impressed with the cost of the equipment, and how much the firefighters get paid. The book includes a list of requirements to be a firefighter, we also researched some of our local requirements as well.

As a parent I loved the fact that it contained copy work in both print and cursive, coloring pages, and puzzles. This book in the Wanna Be Series is only $8.95 and can be purchased at
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