I am very excited to announce that I was recently added to the 2018 Homeschool Review Crew, which is a division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Seven months ago when I created Homework and Horseplay I had no idea how many opportunities it would bring to my family. I am extremely thankful to join this great group of homeschoolers. I look forward to sharing more reviews with all of you this year. For my first task as part of the Review Crew I was given a Yearly Membership to to review.

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 What is is an online resource with downloadable, printable elements as well as online classes and video components. With the Yearly Membership you have unlimited access to over 300+ courses for all ages, grade levels, and subjects. 

High-quality, Self-paced, Online Homeschool Resources {} has recently expanded their site to add some fantastic new features. Members now have a video library available to them, which grants access to hundreds of streaming videos. The video library has many different categories to chose from including: Kids, Art, Geography, History, and so many more. The way the video library is organized makes it so easy to find exactly what you are looking for in just a few seconds.

Another new feature, which I found invaluable, is the World Book Resource Library. My youngest son is a struggling reader. I found additional reading supplements to use over Christmas break with him. The Early World of Learning section not only has “easy reader” books, but also games and printables to go along with the lessons. My son really enjoyed exploring the different options while I worked with his brother and sister on other schoolwork.

How did my family use

I focused on using the Literacy Center with my youngest son, Jack. In the Literacy Center, separated all of the different levels of reading into the following categories:

  • Teach Your Child to Read in 101 Simple Steps
  • Pre-Readers
  • Emerging Readers
  • Early Readers
  • Growing Readers
  • Fluent Readers
  • Comprehension Skills

Each of these categories have topics of study listed below them to help you decide which area your child should be focusing on. For example, under Early Readers there is a tab that says:

I can match words and sentences to picture.

When you click on this sentence a whole list of coorresponding lessons and activities pop up. I love that with just a few clicks I was able to find all kinds of options for my son to work through. 

What courses did my family select?

Since we already have a full school day, I did not want to add too many courses to my children’s work load. I selected the Studio Art for Teens course for Julia to work on over the next few weeks while we are on break from our homeschool partnership.

Studio Art for Teens

This course consists of 15 lessons:

  1. The Line
  2. Shape
  3. Texture
  4. Color
  5. Space
  6. Form
  7. Further Explore Element of Color
  8. Overlapping
  9. Center of Interest
  10. Variety in Art
  11. Balance
  12. Positive and Negative Space
  13. Contrast and Chiarascuro
  14. Harmony
  15. Assemblage

This girl has a natural artistic ability that I envy. Julia just started this course, so she has only completed Lesson 1 (The Line). I think her sketching is amazing though. Studio Art for Teens Line DrawingStudio Art for Teens Lesson 1 Studio Art for Teens Lesson 1 CompleteAdditionally, Studio Art for Teens includes thematic lessons that can be completed in any order. When I first selected this course for Julia I planned to only use it during her Christmas break, but I think it is a great addition to our regular school week. I love that this online course includes downloadable lesson plans, so the student can easily see what is expected and when. Julia will be able to read the lesson on her own, and then complete the drawing assignments while I read aloud to her.

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Homework and Horseplay’s final thoughts…

Overall I think is a great resource. However, as a secular homeschool family I did have to sort through the materials more than I would normally care to. After browsing for a few days I did find some great materials that I look forward to using in the future. Just this morning I discovered Friendly Chemistry and Friendly Anatomy are included as part of the high school homeschool courses. My oldest son is currently using Friendly Biology, and we have been very happy with the program. I can’t wait to explore these next two levels on

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Bloco Birds of Prey Review

Welcome to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing my Bloco Birds of Prey Review. We received this product from Timberdoodle a few days ago, and Jack could barely wait for Julia to get back from Detroit so they could get to work! Poor guy spent a lot of time just checking out the box.

Bloco Birds of Prey Unboxing

What does the Bloco Birds of Prey Construction Set include, and how do you build it?

Bloco Birds of Prey Unboxing

Inside the box you will find:

  • Picture instructions
  • Plastic connectors
  • Foam sheets of puzzle pieces

Before you start building you will need to remove all the puzzle pieces from the foam sheets. This will take a little bit of time unless you make it a group effort like we did.

Bloco Birds of Prey Prep

Some of the puzzle pieces have smaller sections that need to be popped out. We found using the tip of a pencil made this a lot easier to accomplish. Once all the puzzle pieces are removed, you simply follow the step-by-step picture instructions provided. 

Bloco Birds of Prey Instructions

What is the recommended ages for this product?

The Bloco Birds of Prey Construction Set is part of Timberdoodle’s 3rd Grade Curriculum Kit, and recommended for children ages 6-12 years. My children are 10 and 12, and I feel like this was a perfect age. Even with the picture instructions, children on the younger side may have a hard time completing this project on their own. A few times my son struggled getting the connector pieces in their proper places.

What are the pros and cons?


  1. You can change the bird’s wing position. My children especially liked the bald eagle with his wings extended out as if he were in flight.
  2. You can build three birds at once. A lot of constructions kits need to be completely taken apart to build the other projects, so this was a pleasant surprise. 
  3. The picture instructions were easy to follow. Without pictures, I think this would have been a hard project to complete. 

Bloco Birds of Prey: Eagle


  1. All 6 birds cannot be built and on display at the same time. A few of the birds share the same body, and you simply change out the head. My children would like to have all of the designs on display in our school room.
  2. The eagle is a little heavy, which causes it to split in half. It is easy to fix this, but my children were a little frustrated when they tried to do a stop motion project with the birds. 

Homework and Horseplay’s Final Thoughts…

My children absolutely loved the Bloco Birds of Prey Construction Set. As soon as we were done building they asked me to research if there were other sets available. I highly recommended this product, and will be purchasing other Bloco constructions kits for Christmas gifts this year.

Bloco Birds of Prey Completed BuildDisclosure:
This product was provided by Timberdoodle for review, but our opinions are 100% our own.