My first year homeschooling I was overwhelmed, confused and sometimes felt as though I was out of my element. I remember my very first FPEA Homeschool Convention. I remember walking into the vendor’s hall and being blown away with all the different curriculum choices there were. There was one booth that my eye caught and I was hooked.They had this cute canvas brown and pink bag that I just had to have.
Who was it is? Why it was The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS).
After signing up for my subscription and getting my bag and the current issue, I rushed back to my hotel room and started reading the magazine. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the articles . I was thankful that I had a subscription to this magazine that was going to give helpful insight to curriculum, encouragement, and was faith based. A few years later TOS decided to offer their magazine monthly and completely FREE to everyone. They brought out FREE APPS and went completely digital. I was giving the privilege to review The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s November Issue.
In this issue, there are over 150 pages of helpful tips for all types of homeschoolers. Each monthly issue of TOS is a little different. This month they talk about Teaching Manners with Charlotte Mason, Classical Education using Music, and Poetry, getting Help with Children with Special Needs, Struggling Learners, using Unit Studies. There are even articles on how we can use the Bible to teach. “Framed”, on page 49, talks about how important language is to God and how He uses it in the Bible. There are lessons on how to teach our children to give Excellent Reports by studying Moses’ story to name a few. Another good thing is that each issue is broken up into different homeschooler categories. For example, you have the Factual Homeschooler, the Charlotte Mason Homeschooler, the Joyful, the Ordinary, the Struggling, the Unit Study, the Classical, the Inspired, the Seasoned, the Veteran, and the Artistic Homeschooler and each section has different articles for that area of study. There are also Activities to Teach, Heroes of Faith, then Academic Spotlight which this month is on Music, Educating with Toys, a “Special Feature: The Amish”, then get some advice from the Tech Homeschooler, encouragement to “Finish the Race”, and also read tips from the Organized Homeschooler, the Frugal Homeschooler, and the Littlest Homeschool. Then check out the TOS Lab for product reviews, and lets not forget to mention all the advertisements.
I really enjoyed reading this magazine, especially with an encouraging article from Debbie Lott “Learning with Lotts”, hearing how their school day looks and how she is able to incorporate reviewing products into their day was insightful for me. As I sat here wondering how I could incorporate doing reviews and still homeschool, it was nice to be able to get a little insight into someone else’s day and how they make it work for them. It has been a blessing to read through this issue and gain so much spiritual encouragement. Getting helpful hints from “But I Can’t Teach My Child Music!” showed me how easy it can be to bring more music into our day. I have always been interested in the Amish and being able to read more about their culture and even getting to try “The Amish Funnel Cakes” on page 116 was a great find. I hope you enjoy this magazine as much as I did.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.