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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Online TOS Magazine Review

I’m very excited to have been contacted by the Product Reviews Director of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine to do a product review of the free online version of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (November/December Issue). This is exciting to me because it means I made it to the second phase in the application process of becoming a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew at! As my thirteen year old son would say, this is “TO-TA-LLY… AWWEESSOOME!”  The following review is my honest opinion of the November/December issue of TOS Magazine, which you can find online at

There are several ways you can read the online issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I’ve used the online version of TOS Magazine in the following ways.  First, you can go to The Old Schoolhouse’s website at where you will find on their homepage a “Magazine” tab link that will give you several more link choices concerning this fabulous magazine which is available to read for FREE with their online version. I love that The Old Schoolhouse website has a link to all of the online issues of the past year, so if you happen to miss an issue or if you’re looking for a particular article that was an inspiration or contained important information that you need to go back to and reference, you can easily find the issue you need by using the “back issues” link on The Old Schoolhouse’s website. You’ll just need to remember the month of the issue that your particular article was found in. Second, you can go directly to the current month’s online issue at so that you can read the magazine from your computer. There is even an option to download the online issue as a PDF file from so that, if you’re like me and have stacks of issues of your favorite magazine because you can’t ever throw them away, you can use this convenient option instead to keep a PDF copy on your computer. Another benefit of the online TOS Magazine is it helps prevent all of the clutter of those stacked issues that I mentioned beforehand. For me, that is a big plus! Finally, you can read at your leisure with the convenient app download option for the iphone, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD located at which will enable you to read whenever and wherever you want to…while waiting in the dental office, while waiting to be called for your doctor’s appointment, or in the quiet still of the night after everyone has gone to bed. I have the Android app downloaded on my phone. I’ll admit I’ve even been found by my husband under the covers at night reading this issue because I had trouble falling asleep! Funny, I know.

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is packed full with lots of goodies for its readers:
  • Inspiring articles from other homeschoolers such as “Having a Holiday Heart: Seven Reasons to Celebrate (Even if you don’t feel like it)” which speaks to how even though seasons of our life may change, God never will, and so He is worthy of being celebrated.
  • Informational articles such as “Collision Between Teachers Union and Research” that dispels some of the myths of homeschooling while showing the positives gained by homeschooling.
  • Money-saving offers such as free shipping codes and percentage off promo codes from curriculum providers.
  • Speaking of curriculum providers, TOS Magazine is packed full of them making it a valuable resource for any homeschooling parent in search of curriculum for their homeschool. I actually lost count, but each curriculum ad contained a direct link to the curriculum provider’s website. And as I mentioned before, TOS Magazine readers will get money-saving offers provided by some of the curriculum providers in their ads.
  • Field trip/family vacation ideas with special rates for homeschoolers. The November/December issue of TOS Magazine has offers from Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Wilderness at the Smokies (Hotel and Waterpark Resort) just to name a couple!
  • Homeschool Conference and Convention ads to keep you posted on the upcoming events.
  • A last minute gift guide and a free ebook download is in the November/December issue of TOS Magazine to help get you ready for the holidays!
  • Tips and activities for your homeschool.
  • And much, much more!

In my honest opinion, the online version of the TOS Magazine has to be the best free homeschooling resource that’s out there for homeschooling families. As a homeschooling mom, the online version of TOS Magazine is a much needed and appreciated resource that speaks to my heart through the inspirational articles, gives me motivation as a homeschooler with all of the articles contained in its pages that are written by other homeschoolers who are on the same journey as I am, keeps me informed of current legal issues concerning educational policy, etc. and their potential effect on homeschoolers, and it is a trusted source I can go to when I’m in need of quality curriculum providers. So if you are a homeschooling mother/family, don’t miss out on all that is available to you in this free resource! Head on over to to read the November/December issue that is available now. Don’t forget about the download apps that are available too at or the list of back issues at

Happy reading!