What Being On The Crew Means To Me

I have wrapped up my first year of homeschooling, and am now a couple of months into my second year. When I took on this privilege, I was completely overwhelmed. I struggled to know what curriculum to use, where to buy it, how to use it. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off being that I am a full-time, “work-outside-the-home” homeschooling mom.

But around this time last year, I happened upon a blog post that one of the only homeschool bloggers I knew at the time shared.  This post announced that The Homeschool Review Crew was looking for bloggers to join their team. Although I had been blogging for seven years, and have done many product reviews, I never considered myself a homeschool blogger. But I knew that if homeschooling was going to be a part of my life, I needed to make it a part of my blog.

So I applied and to my delight, I was accepted!

What being on the Crew means ...

Can I just tell you what a tremendous blessing being a part of The Homeschool Review Crew has been to our family? First of all, at the time of my acceptance, my husband was unemployed so we didn’t have a lot of money for new curriculum. Being part of The Crew has given us the opportunity to try amazing products at no cost in exchange for my review. There are so many different types of curricula that I never knew existed, as well as different teaching methods that I would have never even considered. We may not be using all of what I have received right at this moment, but I have a shelf full of products available to me at any time.  And since many of the on line curriculum that I reviewed came with a one year subscription, we can go back and supplement our son’s curriculum all year long.

My son has never gotten bored with school. We’ve been able to set some of his core subjects aside, focusing on review products only much of the time while we figure out how he is wired to learn. It’s been fun having him try new products, products I would have never even considered had it not been for my participation on the The Crew.

Here are just some of the amazing products were were blessed to review this past year:

Before I was on The Crew, I was very narrow focused when I looked at curriculum. And, homeschooling for the first time with a middle school age child was daunting. The Crew has opened my eyes to a wide range of curriculum at all grade levels, which work well with our son. My son is truly thankful for online curriculum such as Veritas Press Self Paced Bible, which is one of his favorites.

One of the greatest blessings that being on the Homeschool Review Crew has given me is the friendships I’ve made with other homeschool bloggers. Before The Crew, I felt alone. There aren’t many moms in my situation, and the other members of The Crew have accepted me with open arms, even allowing me to bounce ideas and frustrations off of them in the very supportive Crew Forums, as well as through blogs and Facebook pages.

I cannot imagine what our homeschooling would have looked like without the opportunities The Homeschool Review Crew have given to us. Actually, I cannot imagine homeschooling my son without The Crew!

Are you a homeschooling mom who blogs?
Are you looking for ways to try to new curriculum for FREE?
Are you looking for a supportive community of other homeschool moms/bloggers?

Well guess what? The Homeschool Review Crew is currently accepting applications for the 2017 review year. If you are curious at all, check out the Crew Requirements here.

Why don’t you take it one step further and complete the application by clicking the banner below. You just might be accepted and experience some of the same blessings we have over the last year.


I am hoping to continue reviewing for The Crew this year. I would love to see you as part of the Homeschool Review Crew team in 2017!

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply today!

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