What curriculum will you use?
Which methodology will you attempt?
How long will you homeschool?
What schedule will you use?
It’s nice to know that there are many resources available, but trying to answer so many questions can make your head spin if you aren’t careful.
One thing I’ve learned in teaching is that there is no reason to reinvent the wheel. My advice? Find a homeschool expert you can trust for good, sound counsel. I have many mentors, but it’s nice to have a “go to” when they are unavailable.
So I receive homeschool magazines. Some in the mail and some online.
One that I really like is The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. This publication is digital and FREE!! Let me tell you a little about The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s November issue and then you can decide for yourself if you’d like to receive their emails each month with a new resource. (You can even download apps to your mobile device at: www.TOSApps.com)
All issues of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine contain encouraging editorials, parenting articles, and practical educational teaching tips. Interspersed among the core articles are stories of real homeschool families who are dealing with homeschool life just like you. This particular issue included a focus on the Amish community and teaching ideas for music, art, and poetry.
I am always on the look out for character building ideas to implement in my homeschool and this issue did not let me down. Not only was there an article called, “Activities to Teach Godly Character,” but there was a biographical section called “Heroes of the Faith.” In this section I learned about a missionary who helped young Chinese girls escape from the slave trade.
When I saw the article written by Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Publishing, I was extremely excited. I had listened to him when I was at the Homeschool Conference this past year and I love his teaching! And because I was reading the article online, I was able to use the available tools to forward the article to a few friends of mine who had also listened to his teaching.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine attempts to showcase different homeschool philosophies such as Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, Classical, and Eclectic. But I think the article that affected me the most was called, “Reaching Beyond Our Family.” This story was written by a single mom who homeschools her children, which include a special needs son in a wheel chair. I was moved by her honesty and it opened my eyes to the possibility of searching for other homeschool families that might be in need.
While the articles in the digital magazine are educational and practical, I must say I miss getting this magazine in the mail. I used to leave the colored pages open on my kitchen counter and I would read five minutes here and there until I finished. Now I can’t do that. I don’t own a tablet or a Kindle Fire, so I can’t download it and then read. So I’m stuck at my desk reading the magazine on my laptop, which isn’t my favorite thing.
I’d also like to see more of a variety of homeschool families featured among the pages. The homeschool movement is not just a white-Christian movement, but it is spreading among unchurched professional households and among Christian families of other races. There are also many military families who live abroad who choose to homeschool.
Overall, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is a fantastic resource for any homeschool family. The practical tips are do-able; and the curriculum reviews are helpful. I do have all of my paper versions of this magazine stacked on my desk so they are right there when I need them. But it is nice that at a hit of a button I have all of the digital issues right there waiting for me in cyberspace.
Have you ever read The Old Schoolhouse Magazine? What did you think?
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.