Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 Review Crew Favorites (Blue Ribbon Awards)

We have officially completed our first year on the Schoolhouse Review Crew! Amber and I had an immensely enjoyable time this year trying out curriculum and products we would never have thought to consider. We have been talking about our favorites for the past couple of weeks, and it has been hard to decide.

2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards

Last week the members of the Review Crew voted in the Blue Ribbon Awards to select our favorite review items from the year in numerous categories. You can view the final results on the Review Crew blog.  Below are how Amber and I chose to vote in the majority of the categories (some did not apply to us), with links to the review.

I hope you enjoy this look back at the review year!

Our 2015 Review Crew Favorites:

Favorite Reading Curriculum - Star Toaster 
Favorite Writing Curriculum- Institute for Excellence in Writing
Favorite Vocabulary Program - Ready to Teach: Greek Morphemes
Favorite Spelling Program - Institute for Excellence in Writing: Phonetic Zoo
Favorite Literature Program - Writing with Sharon Watson: Illuminating Literature

Favorite History / Social Studies Curriculum - YWAM: George Washington
Favorite History / Social Studies Supplement - Dig-It! Games (specifically Mayan Mysteries)
Favorite Science Curriculum - Funtastic Unit Studies
Favorite Science Supplement - Living Waters DVD
Favorite Math Curriculum - CTC Math
Favorite Math SupplementSimply Fun: Shape Whiz

Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum - Middlebury Languages (High School German)
Favorite Fine Arts Curriculum / Product - Maestro Classics: The Nutcracker
Favorite Elective Curriculum - Apologia Field Trip Journal
Favorite Christian Education Curriculum - GrapeVine Studies
Favorite Christian Education Supplement - Heirloom Audio: With Lee in Virginia

Favorite Middle School Product - Star Toaster (Amber ADORED this website)
Favorite College or College Prep Product - Ready to Teach: Greek Morphemes
Favorite Parent Product - Institute for Excellence in Writing: TWSS

Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed - Ready to Teach: Greek Morphemes
Best Online Resource - Star Toaster
Best e-Product - Brookdale House: Drawing Around the World Europe

Favorite Book, Novel, Audio Book, or Audio Drama - YWAM: George Washington
Favorite Video - Living Waters DVD
Just for Fun - Dig-It! Games (again, specifically Mayan Mysteries)

**Teen's Choice (Amber's Choice) - Dig-It! Games (Mayan Mysteries)
**All Around Crew Favorite (My Choice) - Writing with Sharon Watson: Illuminating Literature

Some of Amber's selections were quite a surprise for me. I had no idea that Mayan Mysteries held such a special place in Amber's heart. Nor did I ever expect a biography of George Washington to be one of Amber's favorite items all year long!

We waffled back and forth about voting in the Favorite Middle School Product or the Favorite High School Product categories since Amber qualified for both. In the end, Amber decided she loved Star Toaster: Orphs of the Woodlands better than any of the high school specific products, so we voted in the middle school category.

We're looking forward to another Crew year coming up and can't wait to tell you about them all!

1 comment:

  1. What a great list of resources. You all had a wonderful year with the crew.
    Blessings, Dawn