The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is a quarterly magazine geared towards homeschoolers. It is delivered both in print and digital version. One issue of their magazine is chock-full of articles on homeschooling such as how to start homeschooling, homeschooling on a budget, homeschooling how-tos, methods of homeschooling, philosophy of education and many, many more.
I don’t remember anymore how I first learned of The Old Schoolhouse, but when I did get to their website, I immediately subscribed to receive their updates. I was happy to see that they had archives of their past articles which I learned a lot from.
Last year, they also launched their digital version. Their digital version is the exact copy of their printed version. It’s just like getting the printed copy itself but you’re reading it on your computer. The digital version is much better, though, because the links to products and other services can be accessed immediately as you are reading your magazine. No need for you to put your magazine down, move to your computer and put a search for a product that you find in the magazine.
In August of 2008, I received an email from The Old Schoolhouse with this subject:
Last Call to Join the TOS Focus Group
Can you write about quality homeschool products?
Of course I was curious and immediately read it. As I was reading, my heart was racing with excitement. They were looking for bloggers who can write about homeschool products. The Focus Group would receive different products and we were to use it in our homeschools and blog about it.
I immediately wrote in to apply for the post. They were only looking for a hundred, and they were located in the USA, so I was just praying to be accepted.
A few weeks later, I received the happy news that I was accepted. Imagine that, there were over 800 applicants, and I was one of the 100 chosen to be a part of it! Furthermore, out of the 100, only five of us were located outside the US.
In the months that followed, I received a wealth of homeschool products. The products varied from physical products, website memberships, and eBook downloads. We also had a forum to communicate with our leaders, Heidi and Alison. Another important thing happened on our forum, we all got to be friends online. Not only did we share our opinions, problems and happiness over the products that we were getting for FREE, we also prayed for each other, supported each other through our personal problems and basically just be there for each other. It’s really been a great ride for all of us. Being members of the TOS Homeschool Crew has been a God-given blessing to us, more than we can imagine.
I only have a few more products to review and my time with the TOS Homeschool Crew is done. This year, TOS is once again searching for new Crewmates. If you are a homeschooler and a blogger at the same time and you’re interested in becoming a part of the 2nd batch of the TOS Homeschool Crew, click below for more details:
You can contact me at mpadrelanan at gmail dot com if you have any questions on applying.