Thursday, March 09, 2006

Review: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

I was asked to review The Old Schoolhouse Magazine recently, and had a lot of fun doing so.

It's not hard to see why The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is one of the most popular homeschooling magazines in the country. It's thick, and it's not full of fluff. Articles range from the practical to the humorous to the challenging to the downright inspirational. They keep readers informed on what's happening in the wide world of homeschooling (conventions, must-read books, trends, legal info), provide practical helps, teaching tips, and curriculum reviews, and tell the stories of homeschool parents, students, graduates, and others on this joyous (and tumultuous) journey. The tone of the magazine is highly relational: these writers aren't distant experts dispensing wisdom from the towers of knowledge, they're homeschoolers just like you and me. TOS connects families across the U.S. and all over the world and joins them in one exciting conversation.

Perhaps that's TOS's greatest strength. They're doing more than publishing a magazine: they're actively creating a community. Most author bylines include email addresses, Web sites, and blog URLs (many of which send the reader to, a huge blog community created by TOS), which allow the reader to interact, follow up, and link hands with their compatriots around the world.

- Rachel Thomson



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