Saturday, May 15, 2010

TOS Year in Review

My year with The Old Schoolhouse Crew is coming to an end. It has been an amazing year of learning new skills, trying lots of new homeschool products, and making new friends.

Just a little over a year ago, I wasn’t even a blogger. I started this blog when I “tried out” for the Crew in April 2009. Since then, not only have I learned about blogging, memes, carnivals, and widgets (!), but I’ve even started a second blog at that focuses solely on speech and language topics. I am “challenged” in technology, so this has been a great learning experience for me, in addition to (hopefully) developing my writing skills.

I was honored and blessed to be part of the 2009/10 Crew. Emily and I have kept very busy testing and reviewing over 50 items in the past year.  It was exciting all year wondering what products we would receive next. We had to be very flexible in our curriculum this year, putting plans on hold at times, to fit in all the review items. Although many of the review items were not ones I would have chosen to buy, and a few weren’t useable for Emily’s grade level, I found something to like about every single item. And I found many jewels that I would never have discovered on my own.

Probably the biggest blessings of the year were the relationships formed with the Crew. The Crew board was a wonderful place for chatting, for homeschooling support, for silliness and laughter, for prayer, and more. I will miss that.

I don’t know yet what the next year will hold. I plan to do some more reviewing of books and other items, although not nearly as much as I did this past year with the crew. I will continue with both my blogs and plan to work on writing more Super Star Games this summer.

I will continue to monitor the TOS Crew blog to see what next year’s Crew is up to!

I will be posting about my favorite products of the year in a few days.


  1. Debbie --

    What a great post! And yes, I think the biggest blessings were on the Crew board. Getting to know you this year has been fabulous :)

  2. Debbie, it has been great getting to know you! It is sad that the year has ended. I will keep visiting you and reading your posts!!

    Mrs. White


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