When the voting for the TOS Review Crew favorites was announced, I decided it would be unfair for me to vote since I have only been on the 2011-2012 Crew for about four months. I was delighted to see that several of the materials I was privileged to review and actually loved made it to the top without my vote. The items I have included below are the ones I actually used and indeed I would have voted for these myself! You can see all of the winners in this post, and you can also look for the TOS Homeschool Crew Blue Ribbon Award on each vendor’s website.
Favorite Reading Instruction Product: Reading Eggs This product has been life-changing for us. My little girl is reading her own story problems in Math U See on her own for the first time. She is eight years old and Reading Eggs has helped her when nothing else worked. I didn’t actually review Reading Eggs as part of the crew, but I was definitely influenced by the reviews of others! You can read my review of Reading Eggs here.
Favorite Writing Product: Write Shop Primary This product has also been absolutely perfect for my eight-year-old daughter. It is a nice gentle approach to writing and was exactly what we needed. I was able to meet Kim Kautzer, owner of Write Shop at convention this past weekend, which was very cool. You can read my review of Write Shop Primary A here.
Best e-Product: Heritage History I love the products I have reviewed from this company and have purchased two more curriculum sets in addition to the set I received to review. I had the opportunity to meet the folks behind Heritage History (Teresa and David) at the Long Beach Great Homeschool Convention and Teresa got me quite excited about notebooking through the student book in the fall. And then there’s the fact that my husband confiscated the Kindle this week and took it with him on a business trip because he got caught up in the reading for the Middle Ages. These curriculum sets for your e-reader are a fantastic value! You can read my review of the Heritage History Middle Ages Curriculum here.
Favorite Social Studies Product: TruthQuest History The extra essays from a Christian worldview tie together the literature selections in this series and expose God’s grand scheme from Creation through Today. You can read my review of Truthquest History here.
Favorite Middle School Product: Write with WORLD This junior-high writing program is a very solid program I personally love. My daughter is not as thrilled with it as I am, but we are working through it and learning together. I think she will come to see the value of this material in time. You can read my review of Write With World here.