As you may or may not know, I have been a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew since this time last year. The purpose of the Crew is to review educational products from different companies who want to target the homeschool audience. We are a large number of mom bloggers, so there are enough of us that we don’t have to review every single product. These reviews are usually a bit more intense than the other reviews I do because we are required to use them for 6 weeks with our child (or children). I noticed that by looking at the awards offered for the number one reviewed products this year that many of the top ones I didn’t even get to review! So, maybe I’ll have to pick those next year if I get the opportunity!
But today I’d love to award the Blue Ribbon to my favorites that I did review this year.
First, I’ll list the reviews with their links so you can read about them if they interest you:
SchoolhouseTeachers.com– a website with numerous courses on it
KinderBach– online preschool music (My 4-year-old’s favorite!)
Motivated Moms– ebook and app daily chore planner (actually tells you what to do each day!)
Talking Shapes– preschool app to learn about letters
Amazing Science DVDs– fun science demonstrations (My 8-year-old’s favorite!)
If He Had Not Come– Christmas book about Jesus
Egglo– glow-in-the-dark Easter Eggs, with a book and curriculum for having an outreach at your church
Curiosity Quest- fun DVDs that bring you on a fun and educational field trip
Philosophy Adventure- an interesting approach for studying high school philopsophy (my 13-year-old son’s favorite!)
Kinder Cottage Books– reprints of old books
Happy Kids Songs– song downloads to teach about different character qualities
7-Minute Planner– a comprehensive planner for moms
Under Drake’s Flag– CD story about Sir Francis Drake
Purposeful Design– a “coffee table” book about God’s creation
Snake Oil Party Potion Game– fun word game to encourage creativity
Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids While Loving the Little Ones at Your Feet by Kendra Fletcher- ebook encouraging moms of preschoolers
Go Science DVDs – A group of kids take part in science experiments in these Christian-based DVDs
And I award the Top Ten Blue Ribbons to. . .
Spelling You See – innovative approach to teaching spelling. I’m still using this with my 8-year-old.
UberSmart Math Facts– a simple math flash card program. We’ll get back to using this soon. It’s so helpful to have daily drill on math facts.
CTC Math – Online math program that teaches. Two of my kids are still using this.
Brinkman Adventures – a homeschooling family records these adventure story CDs about missionaries around the world. When they make new CDs, we want to listen to them!
Micro Business for Teens– a course for teaching teens how to start and run their own businesses. I will have my future teens do this when they get older.
My Student Logbook– a simple, but wonderful way to keep track of schoolwork and assignments throughout the year. My 11-year-old daughter uses this daily.
Trident Case – strong cases for iPads (and other devices). I love this case–it’s still on my iPad.
HomeschoolPiano – online piano courses, with a jazz influence. A wonderful course. My oldest wants to go through it as soon as he has time.
Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate – a book for homeschool moms. I need to read this again–it was really good!
IXL Math and Language Arts– an online website to practice math and language arts skills. This was the review that surprised me the most. I was extremely pleased with IXL! Four of my kids still love using it daily.
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