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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Schoolhouse Review Crew - Application Opening Soon!

We will soon be announcing the application process for the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew year!
Learn more about joining the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew
I wanted to take just a moment to give those bloggers who might be interested in joining us some ideas of what we'll be looking for:
  • First of all you must be a homeschool mom or dad. You don't have to homeschool all of your children, but you must homeschool at least one.
  • You must be willing to use the review products with your students for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews. You must be willing to follow our requirements. No, that doesn't mean you must write a positive review. And we don't tell you what to write. But there are minimum requirements for length and certain elements that must be included with every review.
  • You must have an active blog on which to publish your reviews, and a minimum number of followers. By active blog, I mean that you should be blogging regularly, at least weekly, about your family and homeschool. In fact, it will be required that you publish at least one non-promotional post per week while on the Crew. Your blog should have followers --  RSS feed or email subscribers and social media followers. I'm sorry, but we don't accept brand new bloggers who just set up their blogs for the purposes of applying to our team. We need established bloggers who like to write and enjoy the social media aspect of blogging.
  • Are you using social media to promote your blog? Activity on at least one social media platform is a requirement to serve on the Crew. Which one is up  to you -- Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest. You will need to commit to promoting your reviews in social media.
  • You must be willing to check into our Review Management forum. This is where we communicate with our team. We do everything possible to make things easy for you, outside of writing the actual review, but you need to be willing to participate by checking in nearly daily and completing required forms when reviews become available. You will also be required to post your reviews in prescribed windows of time, and link them up here on our blog.
  • Sample reviews are helpful. If you've never written a review on your blog, go ahead and write one for curriculum you are currently using in your homeschool. This will help us see how you approach writing reviews. You will be required to link to a review in the application. You may also be asked to write a review with instructions we will provide to you.

If you can meet these requirements and would like the opportunity to join the Schoolhouse Review Crew 2015, watch the blog next week. You can subscribe here so you don't miss the announcement. We will announce when we are accepting applications  here first!

Here's what a few of members have to say about being on the Crew:

When I first joined the Review Crew, my thoughts were honestly on helping our meager budget for homeschooling our four children.  Over the years, the Crew has definitely filled that initial motivation by providing some of the most high quality homeschool products and curriculum that have been used by each of my children spanning elementary school through high school.  What I did not bargain for was the professional creative outlet it provided for me personally in my writing for both reviews and non-review posts.  Many times when we homeschool, the person we were before being a mom and especially a homeschool mom seems to vanish.  Blogging and being a part of the Crew has changed that.  It has also really given me a much broader knowledge of what is out there allowing me to be a resource for so many other homeschool families in our community!  Got to run, our youngest is hollering to start his Chinese (another great Crew review product).
Dawn Oaks -- Double O Farms

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I love being on the Crew because we all benefit in some way:
  • I get a chance to do something creative and useful, work with deadlines that keep me accountable to someone outside of my family, and apply my love of writing outside of homeschooling...I get to be a grownup!
  • my kids get to try out such a variety of products that it makes it so much easier to find out what works for each of them individually without risking my cash to do it
  • our blog readers get to read our honest opinions before they buy so they can make more informed decisions about how to invest their homeschooling dollars
  •  I get to be part of a wonderful team of reviewers that provide a great network of support
Kelly Burgess -- KGB That's Me

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As a veteran homeschool mom, I have often looked at the Schoolhouse Crew reviews when trying to decide on new curriculum. I never imagined that I would one day be a part of the Crew. Being on the Crew has allowed me to work with so many amazing vendors, grow as a blogger and be blessed with a support system of fellow homeschool moms that is more helpful than I could have ever imagined. This experience has been about so much more than just receiving curriculum in exchange for an honest review (although that is GREAT)!
Adena Foster -- AdenaF

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