You may have heard of the book, but did you know A Thomas Jefferson Education is also a website? I could clip in here a lot of info from their website, but I thought I’d post this video instead. It’s long, but it’s got some great points on what does and doesn’t make a GREAT education. A great education is something we’re more than a little passionate about around here… Here you go:
If that’s too long for you, you can see portions of it segmented out by topic on their website.
In a nutshell, the Thomas Jefferson Education encourages us to apply these 7 Keys to Great Teaching:
- Classics, Not Textbooks
- Mentors, Not Professors
- Inspire, Not Require
- Structure Time, Not Content
- Simplicity, Not Complexity
- Quality, Not Conformity
- You, Not Them
One component of their very robust website is This Week In History – this is their monthly subscription program which brings new lessons straight to your email inbox every week. Each email contains pictures, links, and videos that provide “an adventure in math, science, language skills, geography, current events, the arts and so on – all tied to events in history.”
Some of the benefits of this subscription to the homeschool parent include:
- relieves fear, stress and burnout
- energizes your kid-school
- 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
You can view a sample week of it right here. I highly recommend that you do so. I wanted so badly to include a screen shot of one of our current weeks, but there’s just too much detailed content to get in one screen! It’s a pretty packed resource that comes right to you! See what other users had to say about it too.
I actually enjoy forwarding these to my kids – they LOVE getting real email and we can talk about some of the fascinating facts later. I keep all mine for future reference as well. Such a wealth of information right there! (Don’t worry – we keep it to just our immediate family. We’re super careful with copyright issues.)
$10 a month is a little high for a resource like this, it’s true. But I think it’s definitely worth doing for one month to see if you will actually use it. I think you just might be surprised by how much you will.
Be sure to check out what the rest of the TOS Homeschool Crew had to say about This Week in History right here!
Disclaimer: The product was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. All thoughts are my own. I keep a proper disclosure statement available here.