2015 Excellence in Education Awards
One of the most difficult jobs you have as a homeschool mom is finding the right ools to teach your children.
It can be a daunting task trying to decide
which curriculum or materials to buy as
you look online, thumb through catalogs,
chat with other homeschool moms, or
stare and compare at a homeschool convention. Add in the restraints of a limited
budget, and the challenge increases.
If you’re glassy-eyed trying to sort
through all the curriculum choices for
your family, the TOS Excellence in Education Awards will provide you with a
great starting point for your search. The
survey for these awards was publicized
through an e-blast and social media, and
975 individuals responded with their
choices for the best of the best in almost
every area of study.
The survey was designed so that indi-
vidual respondents entered the name of
a curriculum or product of choice for
each category. They were not given a set
of choices from which to choose. Con-
sequently, the winners of the TOS 2015
Excellence in Education Awards were
clearly chosen by the respondents, and
the respondents were not constrained
by the crafters of the survey. After all the
data were amassed, category totals were
calculated and the winners determined.
In some categories, we’ve listed sec-ond-place finishers to provide even more
alternatives for you as you consider your
options. If responses varied significantly
among respondents, not allowing for
groupings of responses, only possible
place finishers are presented.
This year we added a new category,
Homeschool Secrets, and asked for readers’ favorite resources that may not be
widely known. We received hundreds
of responses that ranged from advice to
curricula to resources to supply houses.
If you’re looking for something different
for your homeschool, you might find just
what you need in this category.
We'd like to say a special thank you to
all who voted for Schoolhouse Teachers
.com in various categories. Due to the
fact that it is a division of The Old Schoolhouse®, we've decided to remove ourselves from the running for these awards,
but your heart-felt support is deeply appreciated. We are very grateful for those
of you who nominated us for the top
position in several categories.
Liz Koon is a freelance writer/editor, virtual assistant, and project manager. She
also serves as the executive assistant to the
publisher at TOS. She and her husband
Craig have three children (all homeschool
graduates) and two grandchildren. You
can contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Liz Koon