“For great education to occur, students must choose to study long, hard and effectively because they genuinely love it! It must be their passion and their delight. When students are deeply in love with studying, they learn in “the flow” and they absorb massive amounts of information, knowledge, understanding, connections and wisdom in a very short time.” ~ Thomas Jefferson Education website.
That is a statement that I would wholeheartedly agree with. My children learn the most when they LOVE what they are learning. If they don’t love it; I might as well be telling them to chew off their own arm: for that is how pleasurable their learning will be.
A Thomas Jefferson Education want you the parent to experience the joy of helping each of your children to discover, develop and polish his/her genius. This is the essence and very definition of great education.
A Thomas Jefferson Education encourages parents to apply the 7 keys of Teaching:
1.Classics, Not Textbooks
2.Mentors, Not Professors
3.Inspire, Not Require
4.Structure Time, Not Content
5.Simplicity, Not Complexity
6.Quality, Not Conformity
7.You, Not Them
to help them educate their children to their full potential. To read more about the 7 Keys to Great Teaching, click here.
This Week In History; the Thomas Jefferson Education’s subscription program, delivers new lessons to your email inbox each week. Each week full of pictures, links and videos to help you educate your children to their full potential. The program costs $9.99 a month; can satisfy the learning levels of grades K-12 and delivers the following benefits to you the homeschooling parent:
relieves fear, stress and burnout
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
What we enjoyed about the This Week In History:
You can use it as little or as much as you choose. There is no requirement to do ALL the activites or lessons for the week. As we lazily wound our way through summer, this student led method of learning was enjoyable for us. I let Hunter read through the Week of History and we dug deeper where we wanted to. I see us using it weekly if not daily as the school year begins in a few weeks.
Each week appears as a blog post when you log in to the site. It makes it easy to read and easy to focus on. You weren’t distracted by weeks and weeks of archives to scroll through, you get the week you need to currently explore.
We enjoyed how each daily fact has pictures and additional links and resources to help you better understand each fact. I liked how there were suggestions for discussion, writing or hands on activites. This week, there is a link to make your own silly putty. Who can resist hands- on learning like that?
We have always been a more of a Charlotte Mason styled homeschool…. or maybe we are a little unschooled, and this year we will change our educational game plan completely, so I would most assuredly call us an Eclectic Homeschool…. and This Week in History certianly delivers many opportunities for learning that blends with our style of learning. I recommend it highly, both as a supplement and a stand alone history source. The price for the quality of information is well worth it.
If you would like to view a sample week Click here. Follow the link below to see how Schoolhouse Review Crew Members used This Week in History by Thomas Jefferson Education, in their homeschool environments.
The creators of This Week in History a subscription program from A Thomas Jefferson Education supplied Schoolhouse Review Crew Members with a on year subscription, for the purpose of this review. No other compensation has been recieved. All opinions were formulated by our use of the program in our homeschool environment.