Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Best Homeschool Review Crew Products 2017

One of my favorite things about the Homeschool Review Crew is taking time at the end of the year to look back over the amazing products we have reviewed and loved.  Every year, the crew members are asked to vote in a variety of categories, the votes are tallied, and the Blue Ribbons are awarded!  I didn't vote in a few categories because I didn't review something in that subject (foreign language) or I don't have children in that age range (high school) so you won't see those represented in my post, but you WILL find them among the winners and in the posts of my fellow crew members who are also sharing their "favorites" this week!

I reviewed 30-some products this year, and we enjoyed almost everything, but these are our overall favorites.  In no particular order . . .

ArtAchieve is a fun art program that teaches children to draw and explore artistic concepts using real art from around the world as the basis for the lessons.  It's self-paced and a great way to explore different mediums with guided instruction.  You can expand into unit studies for the country represented by the art, or you can use this program as a supplement to your geography program.  There's really so many ways to use it.

The Pencil Grip, Inc
This year I have reviewed Thin Stix 6 pack and their Creativity Pack - which has metalix and neon colors too!  These are fun, easy to use, dry quickly, and are relatively mess-free, making them great for last minute projects or preschool art.  They are a staple in our home, and a favorite of everyone, particularly my two and four year olds!
Winner - Kid's Choice

We also reviewed their safety scissors and pencil grips this year.

I was unsure about reviewing a math program (I usually only review supplements) but I was surprised with the results of CTCMath!  We tried it a few years ago, and it wasn't a huge hit at the time, so I was thrilled with my oldest son's response.  He does well in math, but "hates" it.  Both of my elementary age kids use it as their core math, and my 4 year old uses the K level on and off as well!
Winner - Favorite Math Curriculum 

Heirloom Audio
This company has been turning G.A. Henty's historical fiction books into audio dramas, and they are truly a great listening and learning experience.  This year we reviewed In the Reign of Terror (about the French Revolution) and Captain Bayley's Heir (American West) and they're fantastic as always!  They also include a study guide, which make them a great tool for in-depth studies.
Winner - Favorite Audio Book or Audio Drama (Captain Bayley's Heir)

Let's Go Geography
Let's Go Geography is a fun K-4 geography program that includes videos, mapping, craft ideas, coloring pages and note booking pages.  You can pick and choose activities based on your needs and the ages of your children, and it is suitable for a classroom or co-op environment as well.  It's very flexible, and enjoyable.  While it's a full geography program, we now use it as more of a supplement, but it's great for that use too because you can 'pick and choose' the order of studies.
Winner - Favorite Social Studies

Let's Go Geography

Super Teacher Worksheets
Super Teacher Worksheets is a resource for homeschool parents and teachers.  I'm not usually a worksheet person, but there are some wonderful treasures here.  I use it as a supplement for just about every subject, but I really love their labeled and blank maps for map drills.

Brinkman Adventures
We have reviewed these in the past - this year we reviewed Brinkman Adventures Season 4.  These are missionary stories told through radio dramas that are appropriate for the entire family.
Winner - Favorite Christian Education Supplement

Reading Eggs
We received a subscription to Reading Eggs and Math Seeds and Eleanor really enjoys playing on them!  It's a great supplemental tool for Pre-K and early elementary.  There are sections of the website for younger (pre-reading) and older students (comprehension) as well.  She still asks for this often.
Winner - Favorite Reading Curriculum, Favorite Preschool Product, Best Online Resource

So there you have it.  Our overall favorites!  Obviously we enjoyed many more products that we reviewed, and we voted for many of them in different categories, but I just couldn't list everything.  Then of course there are plenty of winners we didn't review this year.  So be sure to check out the FULL list of winners on the crew's website!

Homeschool Review Crew Favorite Products for 2017

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