Back Issues – 2012

2012 Back Issues

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October 2012

You have a lot to do: homeschooling, mothering, caring for babies and toddlers, loving your husband, keeping the house clean, putting meals on the table, and . . . (fill in the blank). How do you do it all? You don’t. In the October issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine discover how to partner with the Lord to keep your home and homeschool running smoothly. Partner with the Lord and TOS Magazine to gain wisdom and bring peace to your home. Don’t try to do it all, and don’t try to do it all alone.Check out the table of contents for support and guidance.

November 2012

Do you want your children to “do school” or learn for a lifetime? In the November issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, you’ll discover ways to develop in your kids a love of learning that will make them lifetime learners. “Learning” is not workbooks, textbooks, and tests; it’s discovering knowledge or gaining skills and finding joy in understanding something new. Check out the table of contents and find ways to give your children the gift of learning. Make learning a lifetime pursuit for your kids, yourself, and your family.


December 2012

Family education: living, loving, and learning together—that’s what homeschooling is all about. In the December issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, you’ll find the help you need to teach your children when you’re at home, when you’re out and about, and when you’re teaching formally or informally. Peruse more than 125 pages within this issue to find ways to improve your curriculum or mix up the learning during this holiday season. Check out the table of contents and make home education a family learning adventure. Read the December issue of TOS Magazine and let the fun begin!

July 2012

Learning opportunities are everywhere, and you’ll find plenty of ideas for fun, summer learning in the July issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Experiment with active learning and then mix up a pitcher of lemonade, turn on a fan, and plan for your next school year.

  • Make history come alive. Transport your children to the court of King Xerxes or onto the deck of the HMS Endeavour with Captain James Cook. Travel back in time with costumes created from items found in your closets, a thrift shop, or the recycle bin. Then follow Cathy Diez-Luckie’s directions to make Pharaoh Narmer’s Royal Crown.
  • Wondering how to make the transition from the long, hot, lazy days of summer to memorizing math facts, doing hands-on science projects, and mastering spelling? Julie Parker will help you easily get back into the homeschool routine with some research and a plan, Valerie Bashan reveals how to plan the times of your life, and Malia Russell lists seven inexpensive electronic tools that can make homemaking and homeschooling easier.
  • Struggling with curriculum choices? Zan Tyler reveals the most important ingredient in the curriculum equation. Molly Green suggests keeping this verse in mind, “. . . I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11) Heather Laurie shares how to adjust curriculum you already have and make it work for your family without wasting time and money, and Dr. Mary Hood provides seven tips for selecting learning materials.

Plus get the scoop on teaching foreign languages from classical to modern, dealing with dyslexia, passing down your life stories through journaling, becoming an adoptive parent, and learning how to seize the day in the July issue of TOS magazine. Browse the table of contents for more learning adventures and homeschool helps.

August 2012

Getting ready for school? Wondering how you’ll give your children an excellent education—without spending a fortune? Read the August issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine to discover how you can cut expenses without sacrificing quality and even find excellent resources and curriculum that won’t cost you a dime.

Here’s a sample of some of the great articles in the August issue that will help you prepare for the new school year:

  • What lesson would you teach your children if you only had one hour to teach them? Discover how Adam Andrews would answer that question here.
  • Keep the English language off the endangered list. Teach your children the basics of grammar with a strong, hands-on visual approach; turn bad examples in everyday life into fun lessons; and make diagramming an intriguing puzzle to solve.
  • Have you made some new school year resolutions? Andrew Pudewa shares his resolutions and reveals what’s really needed at the start of a new homeschool year.
  • If you wait will it be too late? How do you know when to intervene if your child is struggling to read? How do you tell if your child’s difficulties are due to immaturity or a learning disability? Diane Craft will help you answer these questions.
  • Ignore the voices, magazine articles, or books that try to dictate what your to-do list should look like. Kendra Fletcher suggests asking the Lord to help you identify the top five things you must accomplish. Then grab a pencil and jot down the top five things you don’t need to do.

Click through the table of contents for advice on creating a last will and testament, doing well in college, spawning creative kids, getting your children to eat well, and much more! Stuck inside? Make silhouettes with Pat Knepley’s art lesson. Plus don’t miss Deborah Wuehler’s editorial that explores the question: “What are parents for

September 2012

Life can be like a race. You jump out of bed and hit the ground running and stop running only when you crawl back into bed at the end of the day. The September issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine will help you run your daily race more efficiently and successfully, with less stress and fatigue.   

  • Are you juggling too many balls? Wearing the woman, wife, mom, and home educator (and sometimes employee or business owner) hats can be a challenge. Denise Mira shares a non-negotiable lifesaver to help you make it through the daily grind. Rea Berg will help you learn how to slow down and schedule time for play and time to simply “be.” Margie Gray offers advice about how to manage a job and school.
  • Take a trip around the world . . . from your pantry to the ethnic grocery store! From anise to zatar, make grocery shopping an international adventure with Alicia Klepeis’s unit study.
  • Challenged by great book studies? You don’t have to be an expert to get started. Andrew Pudewa reveals how to dive in and get your students talking about great books.
  • Are your teens old enough to work? Discover the ins and outs of child labor laws with attorney Antony Kolenc.
  • Do your kids avoid writing like they avoid the plague? Try Right Brain Writing. Diane Craft reveals how to help reluctant writers learn to write and even to enjoy writing!
  • Does it make you shudder to think about inviting someone over? Take the stress out of entertaining with tips from Lacy Langley. Teach your kids how to be hospitable with ideas from Jessica Hulcy. Discover what hospitality means for Karen Mains, author of a best-selling book about hospitality. Follow Molly Green’s recipe for frugal hospitality.

Make your life less of a race and more of a stroll with the help and encouragement you’ll find in the September issue of TOS Magazine.


April 2012

Looking for adventure, homeschool encouragement, and advice?

You’ll find it all in the new April 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find inside:

  • Are you afraid that all the years of tears, trials, and tired days and nights will never bear fruit in your children’s lives? Deborah Wuehler shares the way through the difficult battles of the will and how to train your children to be like Jesus on page 14.
  • Challenge your child to step away from the gaming console for a while and learn the skills to write a game or other application. On page 134 Andy Harris shares a powerful , fun, and free way to learn computer programing.
  • From the highest peaks to the highest waterfalls or the charming festivals and well-preserved historic sites, discover really awesome things to do in the Smokies. Check out pages 86 through 98 to learn how to make the Smokies your virtual classroom and enjoy a great family vacation.

And that’s not all! Check the table of contents for even more homeschool help—over 160 pages designed to help you teach your children..

May 2012

Trying to decide how (or if you should) use technology in your homeschool?

The May 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, is filled with articles that will help you determine the role that technology should play in your homeschool.

Take a look . .

  • Computers: enriching experience or massive time waster? On page 58 Leigh Bortins reveals why she believes the best tools for giving children a quality education are the simplest ones: books, papers, and your time. Malia Russell poses the question, “Computers: Tools or Traps?” in her article on page 130.
  • Want your children to learn useful life skills like planning, budgeting, designing, scheduling, presentation, organization, communication and maybe even getting up early? Encourage them to put their book learning to use by starting their own business. Read Andrew Pudewa’s article on page 126 to learn more.
  • Got a camera? Turn it into a learning tool. Turn to page 120 to discover ways to use a digital camera for science, history, social studies, current events, language arts, writing, and even math! Then gain ideas for creating a homeschool photography course for your hobby-oriented or career-minded student on page 118.

And that’s not all! Check out the table of contents for articles on neuroscience, starting a Lego robotics team, or exploring the challenges of western landscape painters by creating a large scale landscape, and other useful articles in the 156 pages of the May issue.

June 2012

Get ready for summer with the June issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Mix up the learning in your homeschool with fun hands-on activities, and make summer a time for less structure and a lot more fun!

  • What should be on your to-do list? On page 128 Kendra Fletcher reveals reasons why you should ask God that question.
  • What can you do this summer that will make your school year go more smoothly in the fall? Implement summer training with Malia Russell’s advice on page 126.
  • Don’t just devour ice cream; study it with a fascinating unit study on page 92 that provides fun activities in ten subject areas. Learn which famous Greek leader loved snow flavored with nectar and honey, and then use the recipe on page 96 to make your own ice cream.
  • Do your kids love to paint—but you just can’t have the mess right now? Andy Harris shares a method for mess-free painting in his article on page 116.
  • Head outdoors with Angie Wright and see what your kids might learn on page 28. An outdoor learning adventure could even teach your kids art, language, Latin, writing, drawing, history, geography, and Bible, too!

Even if you shelve the books for the summer, your kids can keep learning, and so can you, with TOS magazine.

January 2012

Do you feel let-down after the holidays or struggle to get back into the homeschooling routine? This issue can help.

Check out publisher Gena Suarez’s video, which invites you into her home!

  • Get a prescription for January blues or homeschool discouragement.
  • If you move frequently, find helpful tips for making the most of your itinerant lifestyle and coping with constant change.
  • Boost your confidence to teach math and motivate your students.
  • Peruse our special drama section to find ideas for making drama and play-acting a part of your home education.
  • Spice up your schooling with exciting ideas for making history come alive. You’ll also find suggestions for a Revolutionary War unit study.
  • Learn how to improve your relationship with your child and successfully prepare him for life after school.
  • Investigate adding public speaking and/or debate to the subjects you teach.
  • Discover the ins and outs of military enlistment and how to train modern-day warriors.
  • Look for the new monthly column The Tech Homeschooler to help you learn about new technology and how to use it.
  • Look for our new Storytime section with a serialized story written by Rebekah Wilson.

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February 2012

Take a look at some of the topics covered in this issue:

  • Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute discusses how to evaluate the results of research.
  • Jessica Hulcy and Pat Knepley say you should never be tempted to cut art or art history.
  • How classic literature can play a prominent part in your curriculum.
  • Mark Hamby connects the Spartan legacy with teaching self-discipline.
  • Dr. Ruth Beechick shares the best method for teaching your children.
  • Tips to eliminate writing brain freeze.
  • Thomas Meloche offers five things you can do to help your children achieve brilliance.
  • Deborah Wuehler reveals how she has survived 10 years of burnout.
  • Heather Laurie discusses how to teach a nonverbal child to read, Kathryn Porter explains how to deal with behavioral expectations, and Rebekah Wilson shares how a service dog can make life easier for an autistic child.
  • Dave Ramsey helps you get on the path to debt-free living.

Digital extras and interactive features:

  • Hear from publishers Paul and Gena Suarez in their monthly video.
  • Find articles by clicking on links in the table of contents or using the search feature.
  • Share your story or opinion at the Teacher’s Lounge.
  • Take a video tour of the Cerdas homeschool.
  • Gain tips for helping children enjoy learning in Diana Waring’s article and video.
  • Jump directly to an advertiser’s website or click on links in articles.

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March 2012

Whether you’re looking out your window at snow or watching the first tender shoots pop up from the ground—spring is on its way.

Read the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine to get ready for spring and spring gardens—plus teaching geography, great literature, and more!

  • Novice or experienced gardener? You’ll find plenty of advice for planting a garden. Don’t have much room for a garden? Even maintaining a few houseplants or window boxes can give you a springboard to related academic pursuits. Discover how to make gardening a character-training experience as your children literally reap the fruits of their labors.
  • Rejuvenate your homeschool with teaching tips that will help make learning (and teaching) fun again: teaching preschoolers the Bible, developing a love for literature and using books as stepping stones for unit studies, making geography a fun adventure, and other great ideas!
  • In Part II of his Google Earth article, Andy Harris shares features that are so cool, you won’t even need to tell your kids they are learning.

With almost 150 pages, you’ll find just what you need to leave winter behind. Then experience the magazine with all the video extras, hyperlinks, and interactive features!

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