Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Thomas Jefferson Education: This Week in History {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

“All men who turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.”—Sir Walter Scott

How do you define a great education? Good grades and high test scores? Memorizing and regurgitating facts and dates?

Discovered and articulated by Oliver and Rachel DeMille, Thomas Jefferson Education is an educational philosophy and a methodology by which great individuals throughout history have been educated.

Thomas Jefferson Education focuses on seven principles:
  • Classics, not Textbooks
  • Mentors, not Professors
  • Inspire, not Require
  • Structure Time, not Content
  • Quality, not Conformity
  • Simplicity, not Complexity
  • YOU, not Them


A few weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to use and review This Week in History, from A Thomas Jefferson Education. I'll admit, I enjoy learning about events that occurred in years past, on "This day in history," like people's birthdays, and anniversaries, etc.

This Week in History is a daily resource that brings your home school to life, and is suitable for all ages! Whatever you want to learn, whatever there is to teach, it starts with history!

With a subscription to This Week in History, each day’s resources are an adventure in math, science, language skills, geography, current events, the arts and so on – all tied to events in history.

For example, today (August 14) is Tim Tebow's birthday!....Yes, I admit; we are Florida Gator fans. Well, This Week in History gives us some information about Tim Tebow: who he is, the fact he was homeschooled, won the Heisman Trophy while playing football for University of Florida, and he is unashamed of admitting he is a Christian.

“I have so many things to work on, and so many ways that I fail. But that’s what grace is all about. and I constantly wake up every morning trying to get better, trying to improve, trying to walk closer to God.”~Tim Tebow

Each day provides opportunity for a mini unit study, using resources such as web links to information, videos, etc., coloring pages, puzzles, and games. You can see sample weeks.

We're enjoying using this resource, mostly as a supplement to our core curriculum. I like that I can have the boys check things out, if I am busy with something else, like taking their older brother to work, or their sister to the grocery store, or whatever.

For just $9.99 per month, you have the world of learning available to help you lead and inspire your students to explore, learn and and excel!

This Week in History is provided as a weekly online bundle of resources that you can access in either of two ways:
  1. On the dedicated This Week in History blog feed at TJEd.org
  2. Via an email sent directly to your inbox using our secure email service
The content is searchable by date, topic and key word, and the whole year’s archive can be accessed by subscribers at any time. 

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about Thomas Jefferson Education~This Week in History.

Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.
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