Thursday, May 26, 2011

Three years of adventure and discovery

My adventure with the TOS Homeschool Crew is officially completed.

It has been a marvelous journey but my attention is called somewhere else.   I will continue to review books/products on Canadianladybug Reviews! and will pursue my certificate in Social Media as well.   Homeschooling is a priority in our family and already I look forward for next year where I will have a preschooler, a grade one, a grade 2 and a grade 5.    I intend to plan a schedule that will be adequate for us over the summer.

I have also marked in BOLD PURPLE the products that I particularly loved and consider like gems for homeschoolers.

2008-20109 Crew Year
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
Monki See Vol One DVD and book
Go Trybe K-5
Talking Finger - Wordy Qwerty
Eagle Wings Considering God’s Creation


It is funny how you feel when you finish something.   I have mixed feelings about this.   Part of me feel relieved while the other part is sort of sad at the same time.   The crew was demanding at times in our life.  As a member of the crew you need to use the products as part of your homeschool.  So sometimes you had to put aside some of the other things so concentrate on a specific product.    It was fantastic to discover homeschooling products that could make our homeschooling adventure more fun.    There were also the deadlines to meet.  Not too bad if you are organized but when systems like Blogger goes down it can cause some stress,   Fortunately, Meeting the deadlines were not a problem for me.  

The kids enjoyed the experience as well.  My oldest is more aware of what reviewing is.  Maybe one day he will start his own blog and review products.  Who knows…  

I am grateful for having being part of the TOS Homeschool Crew over the past three years.   When I least expected God has provided with curriculum that were simply a blessing.   When I started this adventure I was embarking on our 2nd year of homeschooling.  I was brand new at the whole thing and didn’t know what to expect.    I have discovered products and something to do for fun – reviewing products.    Without my participation in the crew I don’t think I would be doing this.  

I have no clue where my journey is bringing me. I will continue reviewing books and products for sure but this time I will be the one contacting the companies. I already have some wonderful relationships with some. We are blessed with wonderful books and products on a regular basis. But to be honest, I think I will have more time to dedicate to this blog – Life at Oak grove. Looking forward what the weeks, months and years to come has in store for me and my family!

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