Friday, October 3, 2008

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Here it is, that time of year again- Back to School! At our house that doesn't mean the kids are finally out of the house, it means they are finally home again. After a busy summer, it's time to refocus on homeschooling. One good way to recharge after a long summer is to immerse yourself in a great homeschooling magazine, so I am excited to have the opportunity to review The Old Schoolhouse magazine.

The Old Schoolhouse magazine is now available in a digital version, delivered straight to your email. At a little less than $17 a year for the digital format, it's an inexpensive and convenient way to stay up to date and encouraged in homeschooling (and the publishers often offer free e-books with a subscription, which is an added bonus). You can either read it online or save as a file and read at your convenience.

The magazine had a lot more to it than I would have expected. There were many articles; ranging from personal experiences in homeschooling, to lesson ideas, to various philosophies of home education. The current edition covers Charlotte Mason philosophies, Relaxed Homeschooling (including a great interview with Mary Hood), Theories in History, and Intelligent Design. There are articles concerning adoption, help with teaching reading, art lessons, a unit study on Flight, information for those teaching gifted children, contests, reviews-it is a full magazine.

There are also a good number of advertisements, which I actually appreciate in a homeschool magazine. I love knowing what's out there and available, whether it's new to the homeschool market or just new to me. One thing I really enjoy about the digital format is the capability to simply click on an ad to go to their website and get more information. For me, this is the major selling point of the digital version of the magazine.

TOS magazine is an unabashedly Christian publication and there is a lot of spiritual encouragement to be found within it's pages. There is also a lot of educational wisdom, so I believe those who homeschool for non-religious reasons but are not opposed to Christian philosophy would also find much to benefit them.

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