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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

This is a non-paid product review. This is cross-posted at my homeschooling blog.

As a homeschooling mom, I can use all the help (and encouragement) I can get. I pick the brains of several other homeschool parents, and I scour the internet, looking for products and tips and curriculum. Every little bit helps, right?

Recently, I came across The Old Schoolhouse magazine, a Christian resource for homeschooling families.Here is a sample of last summer's issue if you want to take a look. It's a digital magazine- no waiting for the mail to arrive, no additions to the clutter on the coffee table. You can download it and read it offline, or you can read it straight from the website.

You'll find just about everything in The Old Schoolhouse. In the most recent issue, I found encouraging article-testimonials from families who have been homeschooling a lot longer than we have, tips and advice, how-to unit studies, articles on adoption and special needs kids,ads and contact information for many of the homeschool curriculum companies,  reviews and explanations of different curriculum and teaching styles, contests, and a whole lot more. With over 150 pages to look through, it's definitely not a magazine that you'll be finished with after one viewing.

Is it a perfect magazine? No, but, then again, there isn't a perfect anything out there. There are a lot of ads, but those do come in handy when it's time to reconsider curriculum for the upcoming year. And the magazine is a little difficult to navigate at first, but once you get used to the toolbar and the zoom-in feature, it runs smoothly. All-in-all, those seem like inconsequential, personal preference issues and not major problems.

Who should read The Old Schoolhouse? Homeschool parents should read it for the encouragement and ideas. Potential homeschool parents should read an issue or two for inspiration and advice.

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