Writer's Guidelines and Upcoming Themes

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 (, via our free apps (, and biannual print magazines for Summer and Winter. As the trade magazine for homeschooling, 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 (How to write successfully for TOS).

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. Queries submitted to TOS should be written specifically for our publication. Your article must be an original article that has not been previously published elsewhere, including on your blog or website. As compensation, contributing authors will receive a cash payment, agreed upon between both parties. 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 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 upcoming issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine from 2018 through 2020. 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.

Upcoming Magazine Themes

Summer 2018 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: July 1st
Deadline: CLOSED–All Slated

• Feature Articles: The Truth About Common Core
• Theme: Language Arts - Grammar
• Theme: Hands-on Math
• Theme: Geology
• Theme: Gifted Students
• Theme: NASA
• Theme: Careers in Flight
• Theme: Science
• Theme: HisStory: American Folklore
• Theme: Homesteading/Off Grid
• Theme: Homekeeping in the Summer
• Theme: Writing
• Resource Guide: Summer Learning and Fun
• Resource Guide: Higher Education and Post High School Opportunities

Fall 2018 (Digital)

Publishing: September 1, 2018
Deadline: June 30, 2018 (or could close sooner)

Feature Articles: Science - STEM & STEAM: What’s All the Fuss?
• Theme: Language Arts - Literature
• Theme: High School Math/Prep for College
• Theme: Physics and Chemistry
• Theme: Identifying the Special Needs Student
• Theme: Foreign Language
• Theme: Frugal Moms (freezer and low-priced meals, bulk cooking), Holidays, Last-minute Gifts
• Theme: HisStory: Thanksgiving History
• Theme: Science Technology: Augmented Reality
• Theme: Homekeeping in Fall
• Theme: Art and Music
• Resource Guide: Gifts Your Active Learner Will Love

Winter 2018 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: December 1, 2018
Deadline: September 30, 2018

Feature Articles: The Troubling History of Public School Education
• Theme: What's an Unschooler? Delight-Directed Learning
• Theme: Language Arts - Spelling
• Theme: Special Needs
• Theme: Teaching Elementary-Ages Math
• Theme: HisStory: Historical Inventions
• Theme: Preschoolers
• Theme: High Schoolers Keeping their own Records
• Theme: Time Management
• Theme: New Resolutions
• Theme: Organization
• Theme: Homekeeping in Winter
• Theme: Beating the Winter Blues
• Resource Guide: Organizational & Educational Resources for your Home & Homeschool

Spring 2019 (Digital)

Publishing: March 1, 2019
Deadline: November 30, 2018

Feature Articles: The World is Your Schoolhouse
• Theme: The Evolution Agenda in Public Schools
• Theme: Language Arts - Reading Clinic
• Theme: Careers Using Math
• Theme: Special Needs - Early Symptoms & What to Watch for
• Theme: Foreign Languages - Teaching Spanish
• Theme: HisStory - Early America & the One Room Schoolhouse
• Theme: Becoming a Writer - Your Child Has a Story Inside
• Theme: Homesteading - Gardens & Outdoor Buildings
• Theme: Travel and the Homeschooler
• Theme: International Homeschooling: Stories from Around the World
• Resource Guide: Travel/Adventure/Field Trips

Summer 2019 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: June 1, 2019
Deadline: March 30, 2019
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Feature Articles: Oceans! Discovering Careers in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Marines, etc.
• Theme: Will Homeschooling Remain Legal?
• Theme: Language Arts - Fun Ways to Teach Grammar
• Theme: When to Start Formal Math
• Theme: Middle School Electives - Ideas, Lists
• Theme: Teacher Tips! Homeschooling Multiple Ages/Grades
• Theme: Homesteading - Canning, Dehydrating and Storing
• Theme: Your Child & Social Media
• Theme: Working While Homeschooling: Moms Who Wear Many Hats
• Resource Guide: Don't Forget the Electives!

Fall 2019 (Digital)

Publishing: September 1, 2019
Deadline: May 30, 2019
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Feature Articles: Careers in Art & Photography
• Theme: Trades, Apprenticeships, Colleges
• Theme: Language Arts - When My Child Just Won't Write
• Theme: Teaching Manners and Respect in Today's World
• Theme: HisStory - Bringing Art History Instruction to Life
• Theme: Homesteading - Harvest Ideas for Families
• Theme: Young Learning - Toys & Inventive Minds
• Theme: Discount Field Trip Hacks - Live Theater, History Societies, Zoos, Symphony, Museums, and Arts&Craft Fairs
• Theme: Special Needs Homeschooling - Keep Them Home
• Resource Guide: Online Learning/Web or App-based Classes

Winter 2019 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: December 1, 2019
Deadline: August 30, 2019
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Feature Articles: Sky Careers: Meteorologist, Pilot, Storm Chaser, Astronaut, Airplane Mechanic, Air Traffic Controller, etc.
• Theme: Can I Pull My Child Out of Public School?
• Theme: Preschool - Preparing for Math Skills & Reading
• Theme: Homesteading: Quilts & Crochet Projects for Winter
• Theme: High School - Transcripts, Credits, Portfolios for Life
• Theme: Customizing The Courses Your Homeschooler Takes
• Theme: Making Math Meaningful
• Theme: Providing the Finer Arts - Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Creative Media/Film-making
• Theme: Giving My Homeschooler a Classical Christian Education
• Resource Guide: I Love a Rainy Day! Arts/Crafts Projects and DIY

Spring 2020 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: March 1, 2020
Deadline: November 30, 2019
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Feature Articles: Engineering Careers: Civil Engineer (bridges, roads, buildings, etc.) Cartography (maps, atlases), Mechanical Engineer (gas/steam/wind turbines, internal combustion engines, refrigeration/air-conditioning systems, elevators/escalators, etc.), Petroleum Engineer (oil extraction)
• Theme: Should My Autistic Child Be Homeschooled?
• Theme: Schooling Year 'Round: Reasons
• Theme: Language Arts: Spelling, Grammar & Phonics
• Theme: History - Our Rights: Teaching the Constitution
• Theme: Scope & Sequence - What Should My Child Know, and When?
• Theme: Ready for Math - Elementary Methods
• Theme: Foreign Language Learning

Summer 2020 (Print and Digital)

Publishing: June 1, 2020
Deadline: March 30, 2020
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Feature Articles: Jobs with Animals (Ecologist, Environmental consultant, K9 Police Officer, Marine scientist, Wildlife/Conservation Officer or Park Ranger, Veterinarian/Vet Assistant, Research scientist (life sciences), Zookeeper, Dog Groomer, Pet Store Owner, Animal Care Taker, Animal Rescue, Animal Trainer, Farrier, Farmer, Ranch Manager, Animal Control Officer, Bee Keeper, Marine Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, Animal Photographer, Entomologist, Herpetologist, Field trials officer)
• Theme: Why Homeschool? History to Present (current reasons based on past history's revelations behind the creation of the public school system to begin with)
• Theme: Creative Electives: Homeschool YOUR Way and Teaching to a Child's Interests
• Theme: The Working Homeschool Mama (whether inside the home or not)
• Theme: Homeschooling Through Difficult Times (staying the course during crises)
• Theme: Six Day Creation Worldview
• Theme: The Home Cook: 30 Day Meal Planning
• Theme: Arguments for Algebra (and Beyond)

We will acknowledge receipt of your query within 45 days and decide 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’ works for future issues far in advance of the publishing date. Therefore, if you are interested in submitting a query, please do so immediately, so that it may be carefully reviewed and considered prior to upcoming submission deadlines. Click here to submit a query.

Thank you for your interest, and the Production staff at The Old Schoolhouse® looks forward to reading your query!


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