Saturday, April 4, 2009

Welcome!

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats

I am a homeschooling mom of seven. We've been homeschooling from the beginning and currently have children in 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade. Yes, I will be graduating my oldest in June! Crazy.

My husband is the senior pastor of our church and that keeps us busy. We tend to be a more artsy family and love theater, music, movies, and pop culture. My oldest just built a recording studio in the basement. My husband and I can be found gaming in our spare time. I'd say we are rather eclectic, and that is definitely reflected in our homeschooling!

In the fall of 2008, I was chosen to participate in a project through The Old Schoolhouse Magazine that involves reviewing home education products. Known as TOS Crew, we receive and review products and then share them with you via our blogs. There is also a Crew hub blog, where you can find many reviews on the same products. The hope is that this will be helpful to you in discovering new products and determining which may work well for your family.

I was about a year or so into my personal blog, but had no plans to transform that into a homeschool oriented blog. I thought maybe it would be wise to create a seperate blog, for the purpose of collecting all the reviews in one place.

And thus, Hearthside Homeschool Reviews comes to life.

Why the name? Several years ago, my children and I decided to name our "school" and chose the name Hearthside Academy. Hearthside fits better than Academy, as we have always been a more relaxed homeschooling family. My desire has been to teach my children how to learn, so that they would have the tools to dig deeper into whatever interests them and carry this throughout their lives. One of my favorite educational quotes is by William Butlet Yeats; "Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." My prayer is that somewhere in our homeschool journey, they will find that spark that burns within them and drives them to fulfill their purpose and passion in this life.

My hope is that these reviews may in some way be helpful to you, as you also walk this path of home educating. I am a self-professed curriculum junkie and am excited to share some of my passion and purpose with others. I admit to being biased to my own interests and preferences and know that some of the products I love, others may not. Some I dislike intensely, others may love. But hopefully within these reviews will be enough information to help you determine if something would be an encouragement, a help, a resource for your family. And if so, leave a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear from you.

I've decided to bold pertinent information, to make it easier for you to determine if it's applicable to you! I've also placed the label section in the sidebar. If you're looking for reviews on a certain subject, that's the place to start. I'm hoping to add to the Homeschool Helps section in the future, as well as adding in reviews of my favorites. So keep checking back, I want this to be a place that's helpful to YOU!

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