{TOS review}

One of the first homeschool resources I was ever introduced to is The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (TOS magazine). That was more than 10 years ago and to this day, it remains the most comprehensive resource, on and off-line, that I have seen during my “vast years” :-) of homeschooling. Although the print magazine has since moved to an online publication and is FREE to all, older print editions are still available for purchase.

While still successful with its magazine, TOS Magazine continued to create and offer more material that would not only benefit the homeschool teacher, but also provide learning material for the homeschool student. One item that was created is the Teacher’s Toolbox. Online access to The Teacher’s Toolbox was a perk for all magazine subscribers that provided useful teaching tips, unit studies, planners, and more to make the experience of homeschooling easier.

Again, in an effort to continue offering the best resources to the homeschooler, TOS Magazine launched earlier this year. What is offered at this online location is something for everyone — from the beginning homeschooler to the seasoned homeschooler as well as the students they teach.

Although The Teacher’s Toolbox has since been retired, the launch of brings you everything that was available through The Teacher’s Toolbox, plus there is so much more that has been added. Let us take a look at a few of the benefits of this great online resource for the teacher that also has activities for students from preschool to seniors in high school.

There is material for just about every subject: college choice guidance, economics, lapbooking, special needs, writing and technology, just to name a few.

Schoolhouse Dailies
You and your children may begin your day with Schoolhouse Dailies where lessons on a variety of subjects are available and presented as unit studies. Everything is planned for the teacher from the scope of the lesson, to how to present the material, to a list of supplies needed to complete the study. You just merely need to choose which lesson interests you and your students.

This Month’s Menu
For the homeschool teach who cringes whenever she is asked “What’s for dinner?” there is a monthly menu of foods that you may mix and match to create meals that make mouths water.

School House Extras
A few cool things offered in this section are the TOS Magazine in digital format that is sent directly to your E-mail box monthly. Members also gain access to all of the webinar recordings from the SchoolhouseEXPO.

Schoolhouse Library
As a teacher, I am always looking for reading lists. Well, they are on the site too. If you are looking for monthly craft fun for your children, then those are also available. Think additional resources and they are in here.

Those are just a few of the simple things that are offered. What really has set this new location apart is that ii offers instruction from noted people in their educational field. The line-up of professionals currently available on the site are Joey Hajda teaching chemistry, Terri Johnson of Knowledge Quest teaching geography, Malia Russell of Homemaking 911 teaching home economics and Adam Andrews of Center for Literacy Education teaching literature. Those teachers and more are available to you and your students for the price of the membership.

One of the problems that might occur for the user is that there is so much information. That isn’t really a bad thing, but it can be overwhelming. Material is continuously being added like the “math for younger students; worldviews instruction for middle and high schoolers, from renowned apologetics teacher Alex McFarland; Janice Campbell with classics-based literature-to-writing instruction, and much more,” which is coming September 1. You may keep abreast of what’s new at anytime.

I found that it is a great tool for planning upcoming lessons that I have already planned. There is so much I am able to pull from the website to enhance my lessons.

With the upcoming school year or even if you have already started, the planners will be really helpful. They are not only available for the teacher, but also for the student.

I guess I could really go on and on (and I could because there is just so much), but I am not I am going to refer you to the sample pages where you may see more of what is offered. There are also some videos that will walk you through the site.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY“> is available for $5.95 per month. If you’re still not sure, then how about this? The first month is only $1. Learn more.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: The product featured in this review was provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own.
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