I think a good way to learn history, is to take it in small bites, rather than trying to consume it all at once. Thomas Jefferson Education has a unique approach to learning that makes this possible. I also believe that education can not be force fed if you want the student to retain the information you are trying to teach. Thomas Jefferson Education inspires this by using the seven 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.
As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was given the opportunity to try out "This Week In History". For 9.99 a month, you receive a weekly email full of events that happened on the same date in history. It is also available online through their website. The really neat thing about this is that it is presented in such a way that you want to learn more about each subject listed! It includes various online resources, printables, and activities to go along with each subject.
Some of our favorites were "The Leaning Tower of Pisa", the T-Rex Sue discovery (I lived near where it was found), and the discovery of "Silly Putty".The style that Thomas Jefferson Education uses, even though I did not realize it, is exactly how my daughter has learned best over the years. She is very self motivated to learn and I very rarely hear her say "I'm bored". She will find something to entertain herself that involves learning from nature, devouring classic books, and writing her ideas on paper. This Week in History is an awesome resource to continue to feed her desire to learn more.
The price is a little high for our current budget but I do think with the amount of information and resources it gives you that it is worth the monthly fee.It would be a wonderful addition to any curriculum you use even if you do not solely use the other TJEd curriculum.
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Disclaimer: As a member f the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.