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Monday, August 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Education–This Week in History

Thomas Jefferson Education


This Week in History is a weekly  bundle of online resources that presents daily historical facts and fun. Each day’s resources provide math, science, language skills, geography, current events, the arts and more all tied together to events in history. These daily tidbits encourage kids to explore, learn and excel.

This Week in History is presented by A Thomas Jefferson Education. It is suitable for all ages and grades. The cost is $9.99 a month. This Week in History is accessed in two ways. First, there is a dedicated This Week In History blog feed at Thomas Jefferson Educations website. Second, it is sent by email directly to your inbox using a secure email service. Subscribers have the whole years archives accessible to them and all content is searchable by date, topic and keyword.

ClarkClan Experiences

This Week in History has been fascinating for us. My favorite way to access it is through the weekly e-mail. I love the feature of having it emailed to me. I can access all that weeks content through the e-mail, which makes it very handy for me  to use.

The content is amazing. It has been fun to see what happened on certain days in history. When the e-mail comes through on Wednesday morning, I  quickly scan the content to see what is coming up that week.  There is no extra work involved for me. Everything I need is contained in the e-mail.

Within each day, there is a wealth of information. A brief overview of what is special about that day is first, then there are multiple links to go along with it.  Some of these links are information, some are pictures, music and some are printable games or worksheets. For example, July 17 we learned that Handel’s Water Music  premiered. Then 6 separate links were given to be able to further explore Water Music. Links to Handel biographies, music and even an activity book were included.  Learning activity questions were included to further spark curiosity.

I liked that the History tidbits highlighted came from both popular and obscure items.  We learned what day Disney Land opened for the first time in CA. We learned about San Francisco Trolleys. We also learned a fact about the death of Peter Safar. We had no idea who he was until we read that he was the Father of Emergency and Resuscitative Medicine. Interesting information for kids whose dad and big brother are Fire/Rescue volunteers.


To be honest this is probably not something I would have chosen on my own. Saying that, I feel I would have been wrong in discounting the wealth of information contained in each week of This Week in History. We use it as a fun break during our day and a neat way to add more history into our lives effortlessly.


Many SchoolHouse Review Crew members reviewed This Week In History. Visit the Crew Blog by clicking on the banner above to read what they thought about this program.

Disclaimer:  As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received a year subscription to This Week in History for free from A Thomas Jefferson Education  in exchange for my honest review of their product.  All opinions given are mine and/or my children’s.

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