Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This Week in History by A Thomas Jefferson Education (Review)

"Whatever you want to learn, whatever there is to teach, it starts with history!"

Do you know what happened on this day in history?  No? Well, thanks to the latest product I get to review, I can tell you! 

August 13

“1860: Birthdate of Annie Oakley

Her name was Phoebe Moses and she was born in Darke County, Ohio in 1860 and she could shoot the head off a running quail when she was twelve years old. Once, at the invitation of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, she knocked the ashes off a cigarette he was holding in his mouth.” (tjed.org)

And the story continues, along with links to parenting resources, to the song "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun, and to fun activities about Annie. 
This little tidbit of information about this day in history comes from This Week in History, a daily resource from author Rachel Demille and Thomas Jefferson Education. With your paid subscription to TWIH, which equates to $2.50/wk, you will have access to history, math, current events, biographies, fine arts, music and more.  

A couple of weeks ago, on the birthdate of the author Carlo Collodi, Abbey and I learned some really cool things about Pinocchio; we talked about all the Christian symbolism found in the movie (based on thought-provoking questions that were provided by TWIH); we colored a fun coloring page from the Disney movie.  Finally, she watched the movie itself (found it on YouTube,in its entirety for free).  Did you know the very first Pinocchio looked like this?!

On July 27th,  we learned how to draw Bugs Bunny on the 72nd birthday of that famous grey hare! Abbey’s rendition of Bugs turned out a LOT better than mine!

Guess what we get to make on August 15th?  I can't wait! Oh, I mean, Abbey can't wait. ;-)

A Thomas Jefferson Education is classical in scope, but you don’t have to be that type of  curriculum teacher to enjoy this subscription.  It also flows smoothly with unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Trivium/Quadrivium, IEW, Ecelectic, and more. There is such a wide variety of subjects that I am sure you will find something every single week that will fit into your homeschooling schedule. As with most of the resources that I have the privilege to review, a subscription to This Week in History can be enjoyed with many different grade levels and ages of children, and I think you will find it to be well worth the investment!   

Want to see a sample of This Week in History?  Please click here!  Want to see what other homeschool parents thought of This Week in History? Please check out the TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew


Disclaimer: I received a full subscription to This Week in History in exchange for writing this review. No other compensation was given. 

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