Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The End of an Adventure - TOS Homeschool Crew

In 2008, I was blessed to be accepted into the first The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s Crew program.  I had the privilege to review homeschool products while taking my first steps in the world of homeschooling.  During the 2nd year, (2009-2010) I didn’t return but in the middle of the year (in February 2010 to be exact) I was  asked to come back and continue my journey with the crew.    In 2010-2011 I was back on board but this time as a First Mate. 

A wind of change has blown in my sails.

Next year, I am not returning on the TOS Homeschool Crew for various reasons.   I had originally applied but realized afterward that I needed a break so I informed the ladies leading the crew not to consider me after all.   

I don’t know where God is leading me at this point.   I had made wonderful contact with companies here in Canada and will continue to review with specific publishers in the US as well.    I will also continue to seek out and find new products to reviews.  I am also a regular blogger on the Woodall’s blog which is specialized on RVing. 

I am also studying to complete a certificate in Social Media at Algonquin College.  It is a distance education certificate so technically anyone anywhere in the world can take it. 
Some crew mates had listed the various products they have reviewed during the past three years.  I’ve decided to do the same.

2008-2009 Crew Year

Digital Version of the Old Schoolhouse Magazine
The Schoolhouse Planner
Homeschool Library Builder
MediaAngels – The Missing Link: Found book
Let’s Make a Webpage ebook
Rhyme to Read
Little Man in the Map
Spears Art Studio Grades K-8
Trigger Memory Systems – Times Tales and Clean N’ Flip
Salem Ridge Press
Math Mammoth
Peterson Handwriting
Crayola Art Studio
All About Homophones
Heads Up
WriteShop Story Builders
One Year Adventure Novel
Rocket Phonics
Bible Story Songs
Math Tutor DVD
Cadron Creek – Further Up and Further In (Narnia)
One 2 Believe – Noah’s Ark
Homeschooling ABCs – Knowledge Quest
WriteShop Primary
Tapestry of Grace
Homeschool in the Woods – New Testament Lapbook
Memoria Press – Prima Latina and Latina Christiana I

2009-2010 Crew Year (jumped on board in March 2010)

Homeschool in the Woods – Olde World Style Maps (World and US)
Math Galaxy
All About Reading – What Am I?
Travels of Wiglinton and Wenks
Terrestria Chronicles - Books 6 & 7
Time4Learning – PreK program
TV Teacher – Alphabet Beats lower case letters
Lesson Planet
Ideal Curriculum
Cerebellum Corporation

2010-2011 Crew Year

TOS Planner
Talking Fingers – Read, Write & Type!
Soli Deo Gloria – Young Hearts Longing for God (Psalms)
Collectorz Book Collector
Wits & Wagers Family
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids
Ten Marks
City Creek Press – Times Alive!
Curiosity Files – The Blue-Footed Booby
Kid Scoop
Zeezok Publishing Z-guide to the movies
Science Weekly
Yesterday’s Classics – coming on May 4th
Monki See Vol One DVD and book – coming on May 9th
Go Trybe K-5 – coming May 11th
Talking Finger  Wordy Qwerty – coming May 20th
Eagle Wings considering God’s Creation – coming May 25th

As I wrap up the last few reviews, I am considering what a blessing it has been to be part of the crew for these three years.   I have discovered wonderful homeschool products along the way, made wonderful friends in the US and abroad which I hope to meet one day, re-discovered a love for writing which made me explore more opportunities of reviewing books and products and new adventures opening to me.  I am grateful to have been part of the crew and wish all my former crew mates a wonderful time whether they are returning or not.   I will miss you all on the board but hope to see you around facebook, twitter and other places on the blogosphere.   Farewell for now and I hope to see you all one of these days!  In the meantime, let’s have a group hug.

HUGS from Canada !


  1. Ooo, great idea to list the products we've reviewed! I'll have to do that sometime as I'm not returning either. Hope you have fun on your new adventures!

  2. Ah, great job, Isabelle. You really have reviewed so many products considering that you were not in the U.S., which some of our vendors preferred.

    I'll gladly return that group hug and I am pleased to call you my friend. I'll keep checking in with you here to see what new roads you travel down! :)

  3. Sounds like great things are in store for you, Isabelle.;0) I'll be seeing you around, I'm sure. Hugs~!

  4. You will be missed, but it sound like you have many wonderful things in store for you. (((hugs)))

  5. I should make a full list like this and put it on a static page. I'm just dreading doing it.

    Wishing you a wonderful time this next year as you find what God has in store for you.

  6. Wow, you reviewed a lot of great things. So great to get to know you! Will keep reading your blog. Hugs!!