So, I've been homeschooling since before some homeschool moms were born! I understand trying to provide a quality education but not having funds to purchase quality materials. I had to make due for many years.
We used library materials extensively. We joined other homeschoolers for co-op classes and field trips. Anything we purchased was used. Math "counters" were milk bottle lids. (M&M's didn't work because "B" ate them without counting!" Oh how I envied folks who purchased new materials each year! Oh how I coveted the things I saw in those homeschool catelogs that arrived in the mail!
As the years passed we gradually budgeted and spent more money on our homeschooling, but it always felt like we were spending too much, and yet there was always something (many somethings) that I wished I could buy!
Do you ever fantasize about homeschool materials? Could you imagine having so many choices that you can't keep track of them all? All for free? Well, in exchange for using them and then writing a review to tell people what you thought of the materials?
Some requirements for being a part of the Crew include the following:
* First of all you must be a homeschooler. You don't have to homeschool all of your children, but you must have at least one homeschooled student, preschool through highschool.
* You must be willing to use the review products with your students for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. We feature reviews from people who actually use the product. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews.
* You must have an active blog on which to publish your reviews. By active blog, I mean that you should be blogging regularly about your family and homeschool. We like bloggers who like to write and enjoy the social media aspect of blogging.
* Speaking of social media, activity on at least one social media platform is also a requirement. Which one is up to you - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest. You will need to commit to promoting your reviews in social media.
* You must be willing to check in on our Review Management forum. This is where we communicate with our team. We do everything possible to make things easy for you, outside of writing the actual review, but you need to be willing to participate by checking in nearly daily and completing required forms when reviews become available. You will also be required to post your reviews in prescribed windows of time.
* Sample reviews are helpful. If you've never written a review on your blog, go ahead and write one for curriculum you are currently using in your homeschool. This will help us see how you approach writing reviews.
The Homeschool Review Crew experiences transition all the time. People join the Crew, people leave. People decide not to homeschool. People run out of students.
I'm nearing the end of my homeschool journey. I'll be "aging out", if you will. My last student is a high school junior. The bottom line is that we are trying to grow the Crew. With more folks on the Crew, the vendors can get nice big reviews, with 100 reviewers of their product, even if (for instance) it is a high school product.
We need you! Please consider applying to the Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew. Please let them know you were referred by Diana M. at the Homeschool Review blog! Read more about applying to the Crew HERE. Then fill out the New Crew Application.
I hope you'll be joining us soon!