Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Education {TOS Crew Review}


We received a subscription to This Week in History, from A Thomas Jefferson Education, to review for the TOS Crew.  This Week in History was created by Rachel DeMille to inspire children to learn and explore thru history!


Our subscription gives us a weekly email that shares tons of information about what has happened on that particular day in history {This information can also be found via their website, with a paid subscription}. 

This Week in History is filled with daily facts, math, science, language skills, current events, geography and arts, all of this being tied to history. 

For instance, with This Week in History we learned about The Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Here are some of the suggested activities and things we learned:

Tower of Pisa August 9   August 15: Codes, Colors and Magnets, Missourians, and yet another Annie!

Facts about the Tower of Pisa:
I never knew that the Tower of Pisa was a bell tower!
Did you know it took over 200 years to construct the Tower of Pisa?

Hands on Activities:
Make a tower out of Legos, Lincoln Logs, blocks, pancakes, or what ever you have.  Then answer these questions -
  • How tall can you make it before it falls?
  • Why does it fall?
  • Does it lean? Why or why not?
  • Do you have materials that are less inclined to fall or lean? Why are they different?
  • Can you make a 3-D model of the Campanile of Pisa?
Ideas for writing or discussion:
  • Do you know of other campaniles? Are there any examples in your community or somewhere not too far away?
  • What is the purpose of a campanile?
  • Does your home have some system for calling the family together?  (in our house, Mom whistles!)
  • Does your community have a system for calling people together for important events or circumstances?
  • Ask an elderly friend or family member if they have memories of bells, sirens, horns or other sounds in their community, and what those meant for them.
  • Is there a landmark in your area – some building, mountain or other feature – that is especially memorable or iconic?
  • What is the history of your local icon?
  • What is a cathedral?
  • Is there a cathedral near your home?

We also learned about the State of Missouri, Annie Oakley, Silly Putty, Tim Tebow, T- Rex Sue and Meteor Showers {and this isn't even the complete list!}

This Week in History is jam packed with facts, learning activities, links, and pictures.  I thought that this was a great starting point to get kids interested in something that they could further study if they wanted to. 

The goals of This Week in History are to:
  • relieve fear, stress and burnout
  • energizes your kidschool
  • fill in the gaps
  • cultivate cultural literacy
  • facilitate state or provincial compliance
  • correlate resources for co-ops, classrooms and family learning
  • harness the power of technology in a classical leadership education
  • harmonize with Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Trivium/Quadrivium, IEW, eclectic, etc.
  • deliver new ideas and areas of learning to you and your child
  • instigate discussions and projects that expand wisdom and understanding
  • connect the subject areas–from music to math, from geography to world religions, from hobbies to science projects, etc.
  • motivate you and your students to greater excellence
  • deliver Face to Face with Greatness
  • empower you to mentor your students in the classics
  • enliven the 7 Keys of Great Teaching
  • activate Phases of Learning
This Week in History is available for $9.99 per month.


Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.



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