"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~

Thursday, August 9, 2012

This Week in History

Parents often get so concerned with “what” to teach that they neglect the “how” and “why.” These make all the difference between success and failure. Understanding them creates happier, more empowered children. ~TJEd~

For the past 4 weeks our family has been learning about inventions, inventors, people who have made some great contributions in our world, and many other things. This provision was made possible through Thomas Jefferson Education. I had heard of TJEd a year ago when I was looking up homeschooling methods and philosophies. I did not fully understand at the time what I had read so I didn’t think much of it. Having the opportunity to do a review for them gave me a reason to poke around their website to learn more about them. To learn more about TJEd  take a look at their about page. I gleaned more understanding as I read their 7 Keys of Great Teaching. I came across some videos that were eye opening and helps you understand more of what they believe. My hubby saw me looking at the videos. They captured his interest so he wanted to know more. They were so eye opening that our 12 year old son even sat to listen to a few. Here is one to get you started…

For review we were given a full year subscription to This Week In History. This Week In History “is a daily resource that brings your homeschool to life!” For $9.99 per month you will gain access to weekly resources of what has happened on a particular day in history. There are current events with colorful photos and information about each one. You will also find links for activities, further reading, study questions, and a video at times. Each day you will not only cover history but sometimes there is a little geography, math, science, and even art. Topics of interest can be turned into a Unit Study if you plan ahead before the day begins.

How do we have access to the weekly happenings? Each week we were sent an email on Wednesday for anything that happened in history on any of the dates for the next 7 days. You can also go to TJEd blog to read them as well. Members even get access to the whole year’s archive. To learn more about This Week In History click here. You can also view a sample week while you are there. Just click on any date above the pictures.

We looked forward to the weekly emails to see what will we learn about next. Whenever we came across something my son was interested in we would take time to dig deeper and have a little discussion about it. I like not having to remember to go to the website each day because the information is right in my inbox. Seeing it there helps me to not forget to see what’s going on that day in history. There have been times I had planned to use other websites to do this same concept but I would often forget to check on it. I like how Thomas Jefferson Education has this set up. This is something the whole family can use. Knowing our history is a very important part in our education and we should continue learning all we can. My hubby LOVES history and I’m seeing that same love develop in our son. Heck I’m starting to like it myself!

There are several ways to keep up with the latest happenings at TJEd. Check them out on youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. Be sure to head on over to the crew blog to see what other members thought of This Week In History.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received 1 year access to “This Week In History” at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.

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