The Crew year is officially over. I can’t believe how fast this year flew by, or how many amazing products I had the chance to use with my kiddos thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
Recently, all of the Crew members took the time to vote for their favorite products, and the results are out today! Luckily for me, there were a lot of categories, because I have SO many favorites. Some didn’t make the final cut when it came to the official awards- but these products are Blue Ribbon Winners in my home!
Adventus MusIQ Online Piano Lessons: Bug and Mr. Man are still using this program. Bug has progressed through the first two levels, and now is pretty darn proficient at reading music and can play actual songs with both hands. This is an affordable piano program that we LOVE because it plugs right into the key board and self corrects as he plays. We’ll be purchasing a subscription for it for years to come. Love, love, love.
Bridgeway Academy Learning Labs: Bug loved his Middle Ages class through Bridgeway. It was our first adventure with distance learning, and it couldn’t have been better. The class motivated him, helped him work independently, and taught him a huge amount. With the way classes are scheduled now, we can’t use them in Germany, but if they schedule morning classes we’ll be in them…. otherwise I have it on my wishlist for the states.
Handwriting Without Tears: I had my reservations about this program teaching all capital letters first, but the simple truth is it taught my reluctant to write child to form letters correctly in record time. We still use the workbook, app, and wood pieces almost daily.
Logic of English: What’s not to love about LOE? We are currently using their Foundations program to teach Mr. Man, the Essentials program with Bug, the Advanced Spelling list for Me, and the techniques with kiddos I tutor. This program works, efficiently, and logically. For spelling, phonics, grammar, reading and handwriting, this is my top pick.
Time4Learning: This is the product I didn’t know I needed. I purchased extra subscriptions for the boys. It’s perfect, because while I work one on one with each of them, the other kiddo is still working on the computer. Grades Pre-K to 3rd are animated, interactive, and tons of educational fun.
The Homegrown Preschooler: My copy is dog eared and well loved. This book is like pinterest, but easier to use and full of fantastic ideas for working with a toddler or preschooler at home. I read it often, and come back to it for crafts, learning, and fun.
Moving Beyond the Page: I love using this program for unit studies. Each revolves around a book and includes varied hands on activities. It’s the real deal, and tons of fun.