I am part of the TOS homeschool crew. Been doing it now for 2 years. I find it at times terribly hectic, sometimes immensely disappointing when I don't get a review I want due to location, not needed, not enough time or whatever, I overall find it hugely helpful in our homeschool journey.
BUT.. It's also helpful to you my readers. (and to just homeschoolers in general as they research products for use in their own homes).
The positives of doing reviews:
- access to products I might not have otherwise considered
- sharing my opinion with others when I like a product
- being able to show another angle to using a product that others might not have considered
- being pushed to be a better reviewer/writer/designer
- delight from student involved
- not having to pay for good quality materials
The negatives of doing reviews:
- being tied down to a specific product whether it works for you or not for a four to six weeks.
- sharing opinions that are less than positive
- working hard to write things well
- resistance from the student involved
- missing out on reviews you'd like to do based on location
- getting picked for reviews you'd rather not do
I have been so blessed by the crew. I've met some crazy nice people. Had some lovely on-line chats, and been introduced to possibilities I hadn't considered before. It's a great part of my life. Though at times it is hectic like when I have four reviews due in a week and half and I'm like ACK!!! How I am going to do this...but God is good and he always makes a way. :)
Reviews that have been a blessing to us.
My son's favourite reviews
Chess. Hands down. Chess is it. He loves it and frequently takes his board with him. In fact he's even downloaded a chess game on to his tablet so he can play with friends in the car. :) Makes my heart smile.
His second favourite? Veritas Press. I frequently hear.. "MOM! Can I do my history now?"
I have to agree with my son, I enjoy Veritas Press. I think I'm learning as much as he is, though I can't sit with him or he wants my help, so I just make sure I'm in the area. :)
Then comes let's see.. the helpful learning ones... Reading Kingdom. My son SO enjoyed this program and he learned to read better so it's a double win.
Birdcage Press was just fun for us. Playing games and learning about history. Being inspired to look things up when we wanted to know more.
Bible study Guide for all ages. We still use this. Good product. My son learns more and this is a good thing.
Science4Us.com was a good fit in teaching my lad some more independence in choices. He was disappointed when he finally made it through the program. "MOM! Why can't they have more for me???"
It's good to explore new mediums and ways of going art as you learn about peoples around the world.
LOTS of us are taking part in a five day blog hop on "back to school" check us out won't you? Perhaps this list will get you started.
Amy @ Counting Change... Again (your decision)
Shawna @ Tenacity Divine
Adena @ AdenaF (give some credit)
Jenn @ Simblissity Cottage
Emilee @ Pea of Sweetness (keeping children on task)
Kathy @ Kathys Cluttered Mind
Sara @ Embracing Destiny