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Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915 Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

 Rebecca Locklear’s Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities is a fantastic resource to use any time of year, especially for summer! Brimming with a variety of activities for multi-age learning, Rebecca Locklear has designed a maritime history unit study course that gives you much insight on what life was like for storm warriors or angels in oilskins. Perhaps you may know them as the U.S. Life-Saving Service, or after 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Blue Book says we have to go out [to rescue people]. It doesn’t say a thing about coming back.”

Keeper Patrick Etheridge, Cape Hatteras
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Artistic Pursuits, Inc. Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Out of all the art techniques we have tried over the years, sculpting has been one we have yet to try. I have very little experience with three-dimensional design, unless you count the salt dough map of our state that we made several years ago. I was excited to have the opportunity to really get hands on with the help of Sculpture Technique, Construct  from Artistic Pursuits Inc.

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Beyond the Stick Figure Art School Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I was excited to receive Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I believe art offers numerous benefits for all ages and stages. Art is one of those subjects that often gets put on the back burner – whether it’s because moms are just too busy, or because art can be messy, or as kids get older, art class takes a backseat to other academic subjects. Art is something where there really are no wrong answers, art provides an outlet to be creative, and usually lends a sense of accomplishment. This is especially important for teens.

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Fermentools Starter Kit Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I usually get to review products such as curriculum, educational games, and books. When I saw the opportunity to try out a Starter Kit  from Fermentools, I was excited to give it a try! I know absolutely nothing about fermented foods, except I’ve heard that they are great for the overall health of your gut. I thought this would be a fun learning experience that would get us in the kitchen to try something new!

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Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Neat handwriting is something I take notice of and appreciate. I can’t help but wonder if our frequent use of technology is taking away the beautiful art of handwriting? I have an older child that can still use some help in that department. When Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC came available to review, I was eager to sign him up!

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Continent Race by Byron’s Games Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I absolutely love using games to teach! Games are especially a fun way to learn geography. If I could do it all over again, I would probably plan our entire homeschool curriculum using only the Bible , maps, several science labs, and board games. You can imagine my excitement when chosen to review Continent Race by Byron’s Games!

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Venturing with God in Congo Product Review

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Reading aloud with my kids is something we have enjoyed for several years. Now that they are both teens, when asked about books we have read aloud over the years, they always mention one of the missionary stories from the past. Many have been from a long time ago, and they still remember! When Venturing with God in Congo published by Conjurske Publications was available to review, I signed up with hopes of another memorable book to read with my kids.

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Mid-Year Check In

It’s a week or two past the half-way point in our 2019-2020 school year! Time to give you a run-down of how things are going!

It’s hard to believe we have completed half our school year already! That must mean we are having so much fun that the time is flying by. I would hope my two teenagers would say the same, but I won’t hold my breath on that one!

Last August, I revealed my curriculum choices for the upcoming school year. You can check out what I chose for my 10th grader and 8th grader in a previous blog post. As always, I make careful, meaningful, and prayerful decisions regarding what we will be learning. I’ve been at this homeschooling gig long enough to know there is no perfect curriculum. It has taken several years for me to learn that the curriculum is not the master – you are. You’re the boss, applesauce!

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com Product Review

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This post may contain affiliate links. That means I may make a commission should you decide to purchase. I always recommend products I love, and this is one of my favorites!

For my first review of 2020, I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from  SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This is my second year as a member of the Review Crew, and my second year using  SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This membership offers a full curriculum for every grade, including many electives, from preschool through high school.  Everytime I go digging around the website, I find something I didn’t see before!

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2019 Blue Ribbon Awards

My first year as a reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew has been fantastic! The opportunity to try new so many new products that I might have never known about and then share my findings to you has been a rewarding experience. Every year, Crew members get to vote on their favorites. Check out all the winners of the 2019 Blue Ribbon Awards voted on by people just like myself, who actually used the products for several weeks, then took the time to tell us all about it!

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