Thursday, May 24, 2012

TOS Review Crew Fav List for 2011-12

In the next week I'll be posting my final review for this 2011-12 school year.  This was my second year on The Crew, and it was infinitely more manageable than the first year because I knew what I was doing a little bit more than my inaugural year.

One of the fun things at the end of the year that The Crew gets to do is vote on our favorites.  You can read the whole post at TOS Review Crew website.

I've also posted links to each of these products that I reviewed so you can see what I thought.

Favorite Reading Instruction Product:  Reading Eggs / My review
Favorite Writing Product:  Write Shop
Favorite Language Arts Product: Progeny Press / My review of PP's Across Five Aprils
Favorite Social Studies Product: TruthQuest History
Favorite Science Product: Amazing Science / My review
Favorite Math Product: Math Mammoth
Favorite Online Math Product: Math Rider / My review
Favorite Foreign Language Product: Visual Latin / My review
Favorite Fine Arts Product: Artistic Pursuits
Favorite Christian Education Product:  Apologia: Who Am I?
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Favorite Preschool Product: Before Five in a Row
Favorite Elementary Product: All About Reading
Favorite Middle School Product:  Write with WORLD / My review
Favorite High School Product: Excellence in Literature / My review
Favorite College or College-Prep Product:  Excellence in Literature
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Best Online Resource:  Reading Eggs
Best e-Product: Heritage History
Best Homeschool Resource: Apologia: Educating the Wholehearted Child
Best Book, Novel, or Magazine: Apologia: How to Have a HEART for Your Kids / My review
Best Children’s Book: Amazing Animals by Design / My review
Best Game or Toy: Northstar Games: Wits and Wagers and Say Anything / My review
Best Hands-On Resource: Pitsco Education
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Best Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed: eMeals / My review
Best Customer Service: K5 Learning / My review
Most Adaptable Resource: Creek Edge Press / My review
Most Family-Oriented Resource: Northstar Games: Wits and Wagers and Say Anything
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Kids’ Choice (favorite of CHILDREN ages 0-12):  Reading Eggs
Teens’ Choice (favorite per the TEENAGERS): Pitsco Education
All Around Crew Favorite: Visual Latin

I had some favorites that did not make the cut.  Levi and Luke both loved Reading Eggs, and it certainly deserves a win, but I have to credit Ooka Island as really jumpstarting Levi's reading this school year. Shortly after our trial subscription ran out, we were able to use Reading Eggs, and Levi continued to blast through that program's reading skills. He is now reading Magic Tree House books (still could use some help decoding longer words, but I'm not complaining right now!).

My favorite science product was Classical Astronomy Finally, star charts that make sense to me!  I love the idea of learning useful astronomy and doing more than learning about "just" the planets.  This product was great, too, because we involved the whole family and dragged Daddy out to look at the starts (that makes is sound like Dave is totally uninvolved in our home schooling -- which is not the case).  We are planning a camping vacation this summer, and I plan to purchase a monthly guide so we can watch the heavens as we camp!

My Levi's favorite fine arts product was Kinder Bach (since we did not review Artistic Pursuits this year). It was a program that he grew to love and even request as time when on!
 
Each winning vendor has received this wonderful award to display with pride:
 
Congratulations to our winning vendors! We hope you will sail with us again! Many Crew Members are blogging about these awards as well. Click here to see the Crew Blog Posts.

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