Blue Ribbon Awards – Our Choices

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If you have been following our adventures for a while, you know that at the end of each Homeschool Review Crew year we vote for our favorite products from all of those that we reviewed during the year. We enjoy sharing our favorites with you over again so that is what we are doing today. When I announced it was time to vote, more than one of the girls hollered “I LOVE THIS PART!”

We truly enjoy these products. Each of these we are either still using or have completed. We would recommend these products to our friends to use (and have often with some of these). When people ask for ideas for curriculum, these are the companies we share.

All three of the giggly girls had input with choosing these companies. And later this week the results of the Homeschool Review Crew will be posting. I’ll let you know when those post so you can read about what the final results were across the board, including categories that are not included here because we didn’t review in that category OR we didn’t care for the product that we did review.

Drum Roll Please . . .

Reading Curriculum: Talking Fingers

Writing Curriculum: Writers In Residence

Spelling Program: Talking Fingers

Penmanship Program: Homeschool Copywork

Literature Curriculum: IEW Poetry Memorization

Literature Resources: YWAM: Clara Barton

History/Social Studies Curriculum: Homeschool Legacy

History/Social Studies Supplement: The Cat of Bubastes (However, it was a close call between that, Beric the Briton, and The Dragon and the Raven.)

Science Curriculum: Apologia Astronomy

Science Supplement: NotebookingPages.com

Math Supplement: Times Tales

Foreign Language Curriculum: Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids

Fine Arts: ARTistic Pursuits: Construct (We are using other books by this company, as well.)

Christian Education: Science Shepherd

Christian Education Product:The Familyman Christmas Treasury

Elementary Product: Apologia Astronomy

Middle School Product: NotebookingPages.com

Parent Product: Hey Mama! Planner

Best Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed: Jolly Phonics & Jolly Grammar

Best Online Product: Homeschool Copywork

Best Book/Novel/Audio Book/Audio Drama: The Glass Castle

Just For Fun: 3 Seeds and Commissioned, both by Chara Games

Personal Favorites:
Miss E: The Cat of Bubastes
Miss L: NotebookingPages.com
Miss J: Talking Fingers
Mom: Working It Out from Everyday Education

Be sure to check out the Homeschool Review Crew post with all the winners from the Crew voting and other families’ favorites. When that post goes live, I’ll put the link here.

Thank your for joining us for our Middle School Monday post and seeing what our favorites were with this year’s Homeschool Review Crew.

At Home.

 

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10 thoughts on “Blue Ribbon Awards – Our Choices

  1. Kym Thorpe November 21, 2016 at 10:11 am Reply

    So many wonderful things you got to review! We had a very tough time choosing our favorite between the three Heirloom Audio stories as well, and in the end Beric the Briton edged out the others.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome November 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm Reply

      I really enjoyed Beric, as well. I enjoy hearing about which Heirloom was a favorite with other families. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Annette Tinholt Vellenga November 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm Reply

    some good choices there Lori. Tried commenting earlier but when on my tablet I wasn’t allowed to post. Go figure.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome November 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm Reply

      Tablets give me issues with commenting, as well. Thanks for coming back and trying again. 🙂

  3. Carol Emmert November 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

    I think a lot of us were conflicted over which Heirloom Audio was our favorite! In the end, Arlene picked Beric the Britain.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome November 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm Reply

      I think if it had been just me voting, I would also have chosen Beric. I really enjoyed that one. Of course, I really enjoy all of them and learn so much!

  4. Annette Tinholt Vellenga November 21, 2016 at 9:27 pm Reply

    I thought I had commented, but perhaps not… the day has sort of run together. 🙂 I should have talked about ArtAchieve….I’m really thinking I should get the Cat of Bubastes though, I think the lad would like it as audio as well.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome November 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply

      Miss E really, really enjoyed Cat of Bubastes. I am wishing we had asked for ArtAchieve because some really awesome art work came out of the students using it.

  5. Stacie Lewin December 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Those were hard decisions to pick for those Blue Ribbon Awards. My all time favorite those is Heirloom Audio. I love their audio dramas. My daughter really liked Talking Fingers. That was a really good typing/reading program.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome December 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm Reply

      I agree – Heirloom Audio has definitely gotten lots of playtime here. My oldest keeps them in her room and listens to at least one a week. And yep – all decisions were hard for me but the girls knew what they wanted so much easier than I did.

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