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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Curriculum Junkies Wanted ~ Schoolhouse Review Crew Application

Time goes by so fast, I can't believe this is our 18th year of homeschooling! The biggest change I have seen over the years is the amount of homechool curriculum available. I would guess that there is curriculum out there for every teaching & learning style. I have used a lot of curriculum to teach my kids and some of them have worked with all 5 of them & some things haven't worked with one or more of them. My girls and I love trying new methods & curriculum and being part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew has really fueled that fire in our family. I have been writing reviews for the Crew since 2010 and a new year with new vendors is always exciting. If you are a curriculum junkie like me, you may want to apply for 2014 Review Year.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew will be taking applications for the 2014 Review year from October 24 - November 8!

Are you a homeschool blogger?
Are you a curriculum junkie?
Do you enjoy writing reviews?

Then you might be perfect for the Crew! 

Some requirements for being a part of the Crew include the following: 

  • First of all you must be a homeschool mom or dad. You don’t have to homeschool all of your children, but you must homeschool at least one. 
  • You must be willing to use the review products for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews. You must be willing to follow these requirements. No, that doesn’t mean you must write a positive review. But it does mean that there are certain elements that are required. And the deadlines are firm. If you are often late for deadlines, the Crew is probably not for you. 
  • You must have a blog on which to publish your reviews, and be sure you have an active blog with a following. By active blog, I mean that you should be blogging regularly, at least weekly, about your family and homeschool (in addition to your reviews). Your blog should have followers — RSS feed or email subscribers, as well as in social media. The Crew does not accept brand new bloggers who just set up their blogs for the purposes of applying to the team. 
  • Are you using social media to promote your blog? Activity on at least one social media platform is a requirement to serve on the Crew. Which one is up to you — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus are the options. You will need to be willing to promote your reviews there and post a widget or plug-in publicly on your blog, indicating how many followers you have in social media. 
  • You must be willing to check into the Crew's Review Management forum. This is where information is disseminated to the team. The leadership does everything possible to make things easy for us, outside of writing the actual review, but you need to be willing to participate by checking in almost daily. 
  • Sample reviews are helpful. If you’ve never written a review on your blog, go ahead and write one for curriculum you are currently using in your homeschool. This will help the leaders see how you approach writing reviews. 
Why should you want to be a part?
The Crew has been serving the homeschool community for more than 5 years, and I have been a part of that for over 3. We have around 250 review bloggers that take their job very seriously and will expect you will too. The Crew leadership is wonderful in helping everyone not only become the best review bloggers, but also the best homeschooling parents we can be, they go above and beyond what you would expect from them. There is a mentoring program for new members, a social media networking group, and blog/social media tutorials (I use this a lot). Other opportunities include blog carnivals, and writing guest posts for the Crew blog. The friendships you will make are an added bonus!

How can you apply? 
After making sure you meet all of the requirements, if you believe you would to an asset to the Schoolhouse Review Crew and wish to join us, please click over to the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to apply.

Come be a part of The Old Schoolhouse family!

Being part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew has benefited out homeschool tremendously with some wonderful new products, and the friendships and encouragement from all the members has truly blessed my life.

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