The last 12 months has brought on quite a bit of change in our family. We went from being a family of 4 to a family of 6. We went from having only teenagers in the house to having 6 year old twins. We moved…because the addition of 2 little people in our already crowded house made for a pretty chaotic existence. And just 6 short weeks ago, we made the decision to homeschool the twins.
Homeschooling is one of those things that I never thought I’d do. We’ve always had our kids in Christian school and we’ve been quite happy with that decision. Our decision to homeschool had nothing to do with the school and everything to do with our littles. They were extremely behind academically. There was a lot of stress involved with going to school and because of some behavior issues, one of the twins was spending part of every day in the principal’s office. Needless to say, this wasn’t a good thing for anyone. Since my husband and I both work from home, we decided to adjust our schedules so that we could homeschool.
Since I didn’t have the foggiest notion of what to expect as a homeschooling mom, I reached out to friends who homeschool and I also scoured the internet for good homeschooling resources. I was surprised by the amount of information I found.
Two of the most comprehensive resources I found were put out by the same people: SchoolHouse Review Crew and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (November/December issue). While I’m sure all the issues are great, I started with this one since it was the most current.
I was pretty excited to find that The Old Schoolhouse Magazine comes in digital form AND is available as an app to download on iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD. I tend to read everything on my iPhone, iPad or Kindle Fire so this is right up my alley.
The first thing I noticed when I checked out The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is that it’s not some quickly thrown together magazine. The November/December issue has 180 pages (including the cover). This magazine was packed with extremely helpful information for homeschooling families including Reading Strategies That Work, Creative Letters for Pre-School, 2013 Excellence in Education Awards (Readers Chose the Best Curriculum), Writing a Great Essay and Introducing Your Child to Classical Music. After reading through this magazine, I ordered a few books to supplement my homeschooling efforts. I also found some resources that I know will be helpful to my kids in high school (even though they’re not homeschooled). Last but not least, I discovered that some of the authors have blogs that I think will be beneficial to our family as we embark on this homeschooling journey.
The Table of Contents makes it easy to find the information you want and need. Here are some of the categories included: The Classical Homeschooler, The Unit Study Homeschooler, The Engaging Homeschooler, The Artistic Homeschooler, The Tech Homeschooler, Teaching Godly Character, Phonics and Reading and the list goes on and on.
Even if you’re not a homeschooling parent, there is information in here for you. Teaching Children to Serve is a beneficial read for all parents (and is extremely important in this me-focused culture). They also included a Last Minute Gifts Directory which was full of education tools and toys. Many of these items would make a great gift for both homeschool and non-homeschool families.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine includes practical tips for teaching and training your kids and also includes helpful information to help with the “school” portion of homeschool….and best of all, it’s FREE! With all the useful info in there, I’d gladly pay money for it.
Product: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Age Range: Homeschooling Families or Moms
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars