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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: A Thomas Jefferson Education

A Thomas Jefferson Education consists of helping each student discover, develop, and polish their inner genius.  The most successful learning comes when you have a true love affair with learning and desire to study long, hard, and effectively.  They teach that there are 7 keys to great teaching and when they are applied learning occurs.  They are:

  • Classics not textbooks
  • Mentors not professors
  • Inspire not require
  • Structure time not content
  • Quality not conformity
  • Simplicity not complexity
  • You not them
"TJEd gives you the “how” and the “why” to make the “what” more powerful, more memorable, more relevant to your children."

Over the last several weeks, we have had the opportunity to use and review a subscription to This Week In History.

This Week In History is a daily resource for all ages that will bring your homeschool classroom to life.  You can have a daily adventure in math, science, language arts, geography, and so on all tied to events in history.  This Week in History:

  • relieves fear, stress and burnout
  • energizes your kidschool
  • fills in the gaps
  • cultivates cultural literacy
  • facilitates state or provincial compliance
  • correlates resources for co-ops, classrooms and family learning
  • harnesses the power of technology in a classical leadership education
  • harmonizes with Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Trivium/Quadrivium, IEW, eclectic, etc.
  • delivers new ideas and areas of learning to you and your child
  • instigates discussions and projects that expand wisdom and understanding
  • connects the subject areas–from music to math, from geography to world religions, from hobbies to science projects, etc.
  • motivates you and your students to greater excellence
  • delivers Face to Face with Greatness
  • empowers you to mentor your students in the classics
  • enlivens the 7 Keys of Great Teaching
  • activates Phases of Learning

View a sample week HERE.

This Week in History is provided as a weekly online bundle of resources.  You can choose to access it on the TWIH blog feed at www.tjed.org or you can sign up to receive a weekly email .  The whole year's content is accessible to subscribers any time.  You can search for content by using date, topic, or key words.

A subscription to This Week in History is $9.99 per month.  You can subscribe by clicking here.

This Week in History is one of those really neat resources that I wish I had heard about sooner.  One of the greatest things about This Week In History is that it is a resource that you can use however it best suits your family.  You may choose to do an activity/activities for every day of the week.  You may choose one thing that week and do an in depth study.  You may be a planner and prepare ahead of time everything you want to do weeks in advance, or (if you are like me) you can decide the day before or even that day that that is what you are going to do.  You can choose just to read the information on what happened on this day in history or you can go more in depth and answer discussion questions, view and print worksheets, or even do some hands on activities.  This Week in History provides a wealth of information on many different subjects and people.  Some of them you may know and some you may not have ever heard of.  There is such a variety of topics you will not be doing the same thing twice and there is something that will appeal to everyone.   My 10 year old was absolutely thrilled to see Tim Tebow while my 7 year old loved the stuff on Niagara Falls and my 8 year old was fascinated by the first car Ford ever built. 

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary subscription to TWIH for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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