I have been giving the opportunity to review The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s November Issue. When I first began thinking about the possibility of homeschooling our children I decided to find out all that I could before making a decision. Early on in my quest to learn more about homeschooling I came across a print copy of the magazine. I was impressed with all of the stories I read and loved all the products I’d never heard about. The same is still true today.
I was very happy to find that the magazine is now available to everyone in digital format for free! They have even developed apps so that you can download issues to read while you are away from your home. I will admit that I enjoy having magazines in hand while I read them so the first time I read a magazine in digital format it was a little hard for me to get used to. Keep in mind that was several years ago and I have since come to appreciate the ease of use and the ability to customize my experience. I can make the type big or small and if I see a product I like in the advertising I can click on the ad and will be taken directly to the website for the product.
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has a wide selection of articles to interest just about everyone. In this issue alone there were articles like these: Gratefulness or Griping?, I’m too busy for Poetry!, Old-Fashioned Courtesy, 365 Ways to Simplify Your Life, A Chore List That Really Works! and Do the Amish Homeschool? Personally I love that so many of the authors in this magazine focus on values like courtesy that are important to my husband and I. I also like that in every issue there are topics brought up such as poetry which remind me of things I’d like to incorporate in our schooling. As a special needs mom and a military wife I appreciate that there are usually one or two articles that focus on some aspect of one or both of these topics each month.
This month’s article “Reaching Beyond Our Family” particularly touched my heart. I love being a special needs mom; some of my greatest blessings have come from being allowed to be Colby’s mother. I really do consider it to be a privilege to be his mom. That being said it’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Trying to balance everyone’s needs while still looking out for Colby and what he can deal with are a challenge and some days it’s easier to block everyone out then to try and let others in. This article was an amazing reminder to me to continue to let others in and to accept help when offered instead of trying to do everything alone.
For those who have never heard of The Old Schoolhouse magazine there is one thing I’d like to point out. This is a Christian magazine and that is a main focus included in every article. While I appreciate the scriptures that are included and linking of life lessons to things spiritually there may be others who might not appreciate it. I have found support in many of the articles and find ways to apply or supplement my own religious beliefs.
Advertisements are a large portion of this magazine. Again, this is something I appreciate but someone else might not. It can be overwhelming the first time you view a copy of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. I did not realize there were so many home school products, curriculum choices and companies when we were first starting out. I was able to find some great resources through the ads and I still appreciate hearing about new options as they become available. I do have to commend the owners of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine in their efforts to make this available to everyone I think they have found a very good balance in funding it while supplying valuable content as well.
Overall I really enjoy this magazine. I look forward to it. I am inspired by other families who homeschool in ways I am not able to at this point. I’ve used articles to have discussions with Jahnna and I’ve learned different ways of teaching or ways of thinking. I highly recommend this magazine to everyone not just homeschooler’s. I think there is so much that can be gained by stepping outside of our comfort zone to explore new options. I was excited when I first stumbled across The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and I’m just as excited by it now. Go ahead and check it out, leave me a comment telling me if you did and what your thoughts are on it. I’d love to know!
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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.