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Here is is mid-May and our official school year is over. The TOS Crew is about to dock with just a few more products that will be reviewed this month. And, today is the last column for the TOS Blog Cruise this Crew year.
Knowing that it is the last opportunity for many current Crewmates to participate, the question we have to answer is:
Please share your favorite homeschool experience in relation to your participation in the Crew this year! (a resource you received, how it helped your child, God’s divine choices for your family, etc…anything goes!)
I could probably write a book on the ways the Crew has blessed our family each year we have been on board. I view this work as a ministry to other homeschool families and am so privileged to serve in this capacity.
I can not say that every single product we have reviewed this year was met with universal enthusiasm or seemed to be something we would continue to use on a regular basis for a long time. But, many of them have been just the ticket for someone in the family.
With a few more products to go, I’m not ready to do a Top Ten list. However, I will share a few of our favorites and WHY they were a blessing.
Speekee ~ This helped get the boys excited about learning Spanish, even Little J! It has also ignited a desire to rekindle what modest ability I had with the language. With the region free DVD player we bought for the purchased DVD set, we can pop it on for the boys while I prep dinner, wash dishes, or while we eat lunch.
Latin for Children by Classical Academic Press ~ After years of ‘trying’ to get some Latin under our belts, this product is one that appeals more to the entire family. We’re already further into the material (lesson wise) than we did with sporadic usage of another program over a 2 year period. The cute skits that incorporate the use of Latin have D wanting to watch the next lesson with his big brothers just in case they have another one after the grammar lesson.
Lanschool ~ This product is one I would have probably not pursued, but am so glad to have ‘met’ through the Crew. Even Mr. O utilized it to shut down the boys if found using the computer when they were not supposed to be using it OR playing games instead of doing school work. (Isn’t it amazing how easily one can be tempted to go on those rabbit trails?) With the snapshot feature, I could even grab ‘proof’ that the offending child could not deny without them knowing I was snagging that photo. Once I get a permanent replacement to my dead laptop, I plan to get Lanschool up and running again. I miss the “control!”
Come Tuesday morning, you can click the button and see what the other participating TOS Crewmates have to share on this particular topic. I know that I am looking forward to reading more posts of how other Crewmates have been blessed during their ‘tour of duty’ on the TOS Homeschool Crew!