Monday, November 16, 2015

Blue Ribbon Awards
Review Crew
It has been an amazing year of products for me as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Every calendar year, as our reviews for the year finish (mid- November), the reviewers are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite products of the year (in various categories). The votes are tabulated and the vendors are notified of the results.

The results of our voting will be posted today, and in advance of my learning of the outcomes I wanted to post my and my son's personal favorites. We are only allowed to vote for products we reviewed, so even though there were reviews of products for phonics or elementary math, for instance, we won't be listing any of those. 

With all the "test" products we worked with through this year, in addition to the change of grade level over the summer, maybe the true test of which products were best for our family is in the question, "Which products are you still using?"  Well, daily we are still using Middlebury Interactive Languages, Fascinating Chemistry When Worlds Collide, The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and Koru Naturals. Still being used regularly or periodically in our home school: IEW Student Writing Intensives C, IEW Student Writing Intensives C, Fix-It Grammar, and CTC Math. Passed/passing along to my (adult) daughter to enjoy: In Freedom's Cause, Maestro Classics, Apologia Educational Ministries: Field Trip Journal and Brinkman Adventures. Still benefiting immensely from having used Cursive Logic.
So, first I'll list the major categories  and my favorites (linked to my review), and at the bottom I will list the rest of my reviews for the year with links.
  1. My Favorite Writing Curriculum: IEW Student Writing Intensives C
  2. My Favorite Vocabulary Program:  Dynamic Literacy
  3. My Favorite Grammar Program: Fix-It Grammar
  4. Our Favorite Penmanship Program: Cursive Logic 
  5. My Favorite Literature Curriculum: When Worlds Collide (Sharon Watson)
  6. My Favorite History Curriculum: Home School in the Woods 
  7. Our Favorite History Supplement: In Freedom's Cause
  8. Our Favorite Science Curriculum: Fascinating Education 
  9. My Favorite Math Curriculum: CTC Math 
  10. Our Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum: Middlebury Interactive Languages 
  11. Our Favorite Fine Arts Product: Maestro Classics 
  12. My Favorite Elective Curriculum: Apologia Educational Ministries: Field Trip Journal
  13. Our Favorite Christian Education Supplement: Brinkman Adventures
  14. Our Favorite High School Product: Middlebury Interactive Languages
  15. My Favorite Parent Product: Koru Naturals
  16. My Favorite Planning Product: Apologia Educational Ministries: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner
  17. Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed: Homeschool Planet
  18. Our Best Online Resource: Fascinating Education
  19. My Best e-Product: Introduction to Poetry
  20. Our Favorite Book, Novel or Audio Drama: Brinkman Adventures
  21. Our Favorite Video:
  22. My Teens' Choice: Middlebury Interactive Languages
  23. My All Around Favorite Product/Vendor: Middlebury Interactive Languages     
My favorites were not all the Crew favorites, so check out the Crew Blue Ribbon winners.

 My other 2015 Crew Reviews:

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