Fall 2009 Back Issue


Want to be informed on current issues and educational opportunities? Learn from homeschooling experts? As you reach for new school supplies and curriculum for a new school year, reach for homeschooling inspiration in this issue!

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There are few places you can go to find the kind of information, support, and encouragement that you’ll discover inside of TOS—approximately 200 pages worth! Learn how to homeschool with excellence . . .

As you reach for new school supplies and curriculum in anticipation of beginning a new school year, reach for homeschooling inspiration found in the Fall 2009 Issue! Fill your back-to-school time with the best of back-to-HOMESCHOOL information. And you’ll love the Biblical encouragement that will help keep you going strong in your commitment to your family and the Lord.

Want to be informed on current issues and educational opportunities? Learn from homeschooling experts? Are you looking for practical “how-to” information you can begin to implement in your homeschool right away?

Explore exciting learning adventures with your children, including some explosive chemistry experiments kids love! Help prepare your students for college or show your youngsters how to get started with their first entrepreneurial endeavor! Enjoy a special interview with homeschool supporter and singer/songwriter Twila Paris!

Do you know someone who would be interested in earning a law degree from home? Need help teaching writing, math, or science skills? Want to be inspired by families similar to yours, sharing their hearts with what works for them? Need help to stay the course and enjoy the real blessings you know homeschooling can offer you?

There’s a wealth of great articles inside the beautiful 2009 Fall cover:

College Prep—Is Your Child Ready? A little nervous about sending your child off to college? Plenty of advice here to help prepare your child and ease your own feelings of insecurity. In our college-prep focus, you’ll find:

  • College Prep 101: Teaching Responsible Study Habits by Kim Kautzer
  • We Love Homeschoolers! Prominent Colleges Jump on the Recruiting Bandwagon by Claire Novak.
  • Earn a Legitimate Law Degree—From Home?! by Donna Rees.
  • What Is Critical Thinking, and How Do We Teach It to Our Children? by Rebekah Wilson.

Dads—The Most Important-est Homeschoolers by Todd Wilson. How can dads make this the best homeschooling year their wives have ever had? (Warning—Todd’s humor is addicting!)

The Ps and Qs of High School Portfolios by Malia Russell.

Report Cards—Who Needs Them? by Inge P. Cannon.

Third Grade? Time to Think About Calculus by Norman M. Birkett—Really? Find out what course is THE gateway to many of the best jobs in our high-tech world!

Special Feature: Entrepreneurship:

  • Kids and Business: Lemonade Stands to Nanotubes—Amanda Bennett gives us tips and resource ideas to help the young entrepreneurs among us.
  • Encouraging Entrepreneurship by Tiffany Silverberg.
  • Walk Into a Big World of New Opportunities: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) by Brad Voeller.

Essay Writing Made Easy—Language arts specialist, Ruth Beechick, will help you understand the skill and process of writing that all-important essay.

Discover what other homeschooling families do with their days—While the Stoltz family plans high school classes, the Allen family is busy raising goats and learning every day in a hands-on environment that makes difficult concepts more understandable and fun!

The 12 Days of Christmas by TOS staff members—Are you looking for some simple, frugal, delightful ideas for Christmas gifts this year? Twelve TOS staff members explain how to make some of their favorite homemade gifts—brooches, wreaths, candles, trinket boxes, cotton dishcloths, aprons, heat paks, and more!

Real Science:

  • Diet Coke and Mentos: What’s Really Going On? by Dr. Jay L. Wile.
  • The Benefits of Studying Chemistry by David M. Jones.
  • Checkmate . . . An exceptional example of the amazingly designed human brain by Dr. Carl Wieland. Is it really possible for a man to play six to twelve chess games—simultaneously—and blindfolded—and win them all—every time?

Ten Reasons We Homeschool—Top Ten Reasons by Camille Kendall.

Chapel: He Is With Me—Does God really care about our hurts and needs? Learn how God sustained LaShonna through sickness, her father’s death, and her unborn child’s death.

Homeschool Watch Public Schools—Education or Indoctrination? by Pat Marcum.

Homeschool Support:

  • Should Homeschooled Teens Join Church Youth Groups by Meredith Curtis.
  • Oral Presentation by Jennifer Loucks.
  • The Family That Stays Together by Andrea Newitt.
  • Family Youth Night by Nancy Tilford.

Town Square Homeschooling: Growing and Thriving in the 21st Century by Amelia Harper.

Laugh out loud as upcoming issues share Laughable Lines from fellow homeschoolers.

From Our Family to Yours: From a child starting high school to one who is graduating, are we ever really ready?

Editorial: Marital Bliss . . . Sometimes by Deborah Wuehler—Is there such a thing as marital bliss? Well, sometimes. Find out here what makes a marriage glorious.

When We Are Called to Silence by JoJo Tabares—What can the sound of silence contribute to your effective communication? Plenty!

Teachers’ Lounge: What if your high school student wants to go to public school?

Little Artists: Owls by Carolyn Hurst. A fun study and drawing lesson for the younger ones!

Natural Schoolhouse:

  • Food Preservation, Food Storage, and Eating From the Pantry . . . Oh My! by Lisa Barthuly.
  • The Scoop on Poop by Dr. Heather W. Allen.

Tutoring Center—How to Begin Homeschooling.

Homeschool Lab—We complete the magazine with “Product Reviews” in the final pages, enabling you to be better informed when choosing homeschooling products.

You’ll never want to miss an issue!


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