Writer’s Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine (TOS), a publication of The Old Schoolhouse®, LLC. TOS is available, worldwide, in an open-access format via online browser, as well as via mobile device applications (apps) in the Apple Store, on the Android Market, and on the Kindle Fire. TOS has acquired a valued reputation as the quarterly (125-150 page) publication homeschoolers can trust. Please query us with a well-structured article proposal that includes a catchy lead, a summary of the article (including approximate length and sidebar ideas), and appropriate details. Links to clips and portfolios are of assistance as well. Here are some helpful tips for success.

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All queries and other submissions are subject to the Terms of Submission posted on our website. Queries should be submitted electronically using the forms provided on our website. We strongly discourage multiple submissions of query letters (sending the same query to several publications at once). Queries submitted to TOS should be written specifically for our publication. Your article must be an original article that has not been published elsewhere previously, including on your blog or website. As compensation, contributing authors will receive $50. Maximum word count per article is 800. Your article cannot promote or sell any product. You must write about your expertise, not your product. Your biography, which will be placed beneath your article, free of charge, may promote your product, website, book, etc. With our new interactive digital format, readers will have instant access to your company/website/blog, via hyperlinks. You are welcome to purchase an ad that promotes your company/resources; to learn more about advertising opportunities, please contact our Advertising Department at

Below is a list of the themes and special features for each 2016 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. If you would like to contribute an article about any of these topics, or if you would like to suggest additional topics that you would like to write about, please use the Query Submission button at the bottom of this page to share your ideas with the TOS editorial staff. 

2017 Themes for The Old Schoolhouse Digital Magazine

Winter 2017

Publishing January 1, 2017
Deadline November 18, 2016

• Theme: Unit Studies/Lapbooking
• Theme: Math
• Theme: Language Arts –Writing
• Theme: HisStory — Current Events on the Elementary Level
• Theme: Protecting Children from Porn
• Theme: Dad’s Corner — Making Life Work on a Tighter Budget
• Theme: Special Needs
• Theme: College Prep/Higher Ed — Budgeting for College
• Theme: Organization

Spring 2017

Publishing April 1, 2017
Deadline February 26, 2017

• Theme: Carschooling
• Theme: Math
• Theme: Language Arts–Grammar
• Theme: Foreign Language
• Theme: HisStory — Celebrating Exploration!
• Theme: College Prep/Higher Ed– Making a Marketing Plan for College; Pros & Cons of having a job in high school
• Theme: Protecting Children from Porn
• Theme: Dad’s Corner–College Conversations
• Theme: Special Needs– Autism and College
• Theme: Science: Biology of a Beehive
• Theme: Beekeeping/ Entrepreneurship
• Theme: Life After Homeschool –Several articles from people who have gone on to attend college, stay at home, start a business, get married
• Theme: Homeschooling and the Single Parent
• Theme: Raising up Future Moms & Dads
• Theme: Organization– Combining Multiple Ages while Homeschooling
Directory: Local & State Conventions

Summer 2017

Publishing July 1, 2017
Deadline May 27, 2017

• Theme: Charlotte Mason
• Theme: Math
• Theme: Language Arts–Literature Based Learning
• Theme: HisStory–
• Theme: College Prep: Testing for College
• Theme: College Prep/Higher Ed–Alternatives to College; Staying Healthy in College
• Theme: Protecting Children from Porn
• Theme: Summer Travel–Health & Safety; Museums to visit while traveling
• Theme: Dad’s Corner–Training for Character
• Theme: How to Begin Homeschooling
• Theme: Organization– Making a Travel Bag for Every Age
• Theme: Special Needs–At Home After Homeschool (Support for families)
Directory: Travel/Family Time
Directory: Back to School/Higher Ed

Fall 2017

Publishing October 1, 2017
Deadline August 26, 2017

• Theme: Delight Directed Learning
• Theme: Math
• Theme: Language Arts– Spelling Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful
• Theme: HisStory–Living History Days/Historical Reenactment
• Theme: Music
• Theme: How the Homeschooled Homeschool
• Theme: College Prep/Higher Ed–Dual Enrollment/Scholarships
• Theme: Entrepreneurship– Teens and Business
• Theme: Homeschooling When Both Parents Work Outside the Home
• Theme: Supplementing Your Household Income
• Theme: Learning Outside the Box
• Theme: Organization–Packing a Take-Along-To-Do Bag
Directory: Educational Toys & Games

2016 Themes


Theme: Math—Preschool Math

Theme: Language Arts—The Reluctant Writer

Theme: Reading – American Literature

Theme: HisStory—Lessons from the US Constitution

Theme: Science—Everyday Chemistry

Theme: Organization for Artistic Endeavors (keeping supplies where they need to be)

Theme: Special Needs—Adopting Special Needs Children

Theme: Creativity – Music

Theme: Foreign Language—Community resources

Theme: College Prep – Paying for College

Theme & Directory: Educational Toys & Games
Theme & Directory: Special Needs—Sensory Learning/Music Therapy

Directory: Home for the Holidays

We will acknowledge receipt of your query within 45 days and make a decision to accept or decline the proposed article as quickly as possible. The review process normally takes between four and six weeks but may take longer at times. Our editors will contact you if we decide to accept a queried article. Publication of accepted materials may take from three months to more than a year, based on our needs and publication schedule. Terms of publication vary based on article length and content.At TOS, we slate authors’ work for future issues as far in advance as possible, sometimes as much as two years before the issue will be published. Therefore, if you are interested in submitting a query, please do so immediately, so that your query may be carefully reviewed and considered prior to upcoming submission deadlines.An expanded Guidelines for Writers, which provides a variety of detailed information for TOS authors and potential authors, is available upon request.Click here to learn how to submit a query. 




"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

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