Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Hello, friends! Today, I wanted to share with you a great resource that I was recently given. I had the pleasure to review The Old Schoolhouse Magazine for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  More specifically, I read The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, November 2012.

As a homeschooling mama, I was so excited to find plenty of resources that I can integrate into my homeschooling as well as insightful and encouraging articles. Some were written to provide a look into other homeschool rooms but others speak to the Mom behind the homeschool and for this, I was truly grateful.

One article that I really enjoyed was by Denise Mira entitled: Refuse to be a Victim: Avoiding the Self Pity Trap. From the title, I was a bit unsure as to what the article would be about but as I began to read the article, it really spoke to my situation. There are times that I feel confident in the fact that though we have fewer bucks to work with, staying home and teaching my kids has been one of the best decisions we have made. But, there are other times when I consider what others have to work with and how life had once been a bit less stressful financially for the Mathis household. Therein lies the trap! The article reminded me that it is not what is in my hand, it is what I do with that hand that matters!
For this season of our life, we have experienced miracles of provision and support. We have become wiser financially and more grateful for what we have. My children understand the value of money and the importance of gratitude. These are irreplaceable lessons that would be much harder to teach in other circumstances. So, for now, we appreciate what we have and are grateful for this season knowing that God is taking care of us. As Denise Mira wrote, “How you live today determines how you and your children will live tomorrow... Plant that measly little seed and watch it flourish!”  So, we refocus and reprioritize realizing that we are planting seeds for tomorrow. We embrace this season and look forward to what tomorrow brings.
The beauty of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is that no matter what style of classroom you lead, you will find wonderful resources and inspiring stories. There are articles for Charlotte Mason and Classical homeschoolers, relaxed styles and highly structured styles. There are fantastic articles for integrating the arts into your home and resources to remove some of the intimidation! There are tips for those who are homeschooling struggling learners as well as those who enjoy using unit based studies. Other great resources include how to simplify and organize your life, how to be frugal, and how to make your classroom more effective. There are wonderful product reviews from people who have used the products as well as answers to some of those tough legal questions that are so important for homeschooling families.

This magazine has quickly become a favorite read as it is written by those who have been there and who are currently enjoying all of those special homeschooling moments. J  The magazine is available in a digital file that can be easily read online and to make it even easier, just download the App at to access it from your Kindle, Apple or Android devices. One of the great blessings is the fact that this fantastic resource is free!

So be encouraged, inspired, and maybe even taught something new by checking out the Old Schoolhouse Magazine. It might remind you that homeschooling can be done! It just might require a bit more chocolate to survive. Happy blogging!

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


  1. I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog to see the details!

  2. Welcome to the TOS Crew! I am following your blog now :)

  3. Thank you I {heart} Recess! I am honored that you thought of me. :)

    Thanks for the welcome Mary! I am excited to join. :)


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