Writer's Guidelines and Upcoming Themes

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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

Fall 2019

Published: September 1, 2019
Queries Closed
Advertising Closed

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, Music, Museums, Fairs
• Theme: Special Needs Homeschooling - Keep Them Home
• Resource Guide: Higher Education and Trades
• Resource Guide: Smart Gifts: Educational Toys and Games

Winter 2019/2020

Publishing: December 1, 2019
Queries Closed

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
• Resource Guide: Homeschool Business Owners

Spring 2020

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)
• My Story: Why I Don't Regret Homeschooling or Being Homeschooled (accepting articles from parents currently home educating their children AND from students who are currently or were previously homeschooled)
• 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

Publishing: June 1, 2020
Deadline: February 28, 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)
• Theme: Homeschooling Methods and How They Have Changed in the Last Decade

Fall 2020

Publishing: September 1, 2020
Deadline: May 31, 2020
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Feature Articles: Careers in Cooking: Executive Chef (manages the kitchen staff, prepares work schedules, creates menus, and computes food costs), Cruise Line Chef, Pastry Chef (responsible for baking breads, pastries, and desserts), Food Production Manager (Hospitals/Schools/Prisons/etc - manages the production of quality food in large food service operations), Private Club and Resort Manager (manages all of the departments and all of the employees in country clubs and private dining clubs), Dietary Manager (nutrition-focused food service professional), Restaurant Owner/Manager (owns and manages and independent restaurant), Catering Director (promotes and organizes banquets and catered events), Agriculture or Food Science Technician, etc.
• Theme: Why Are Colleges Recruiting Homeschool Grads?
• Theme: Teach Us to Cook, Easy Recipes, Kids Cooking, Meal Prep
• Theme: Freezer Meals, Thanksgiving Ideas
• Theme: Easy Science Experiments (Multiple Ages)
• Theme: Unit Studies or Fun Articles on Bubble Gum & Chocolate (History, Experiments, Recipes, Science)
• Theme: Homeschoolers and the DMV
• Theme: Driver Training
• Theme: How to Prepare a Transcript for High Schoolers
• Theme: Timelines and History Charts

Winter 2020/2021

Publishing: December 1, 2020
Deadline: August 31, 2020
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Feature Articles: Is College Necessary? What about Trades & Internships?
• Theme: Gun History (WW2 weapons, Trojan horse era swords, Flints, Black Powder, Musket, Civil War Weapons, Long Bows, Cross Bow, Battle Axes, Melee weapons: Hand or fist weapons and fans, Edged and bladed weapons, Picks and pickaxes, Axes, Clubs and blunt weapons,Pole weapons and spears. Ranged weapons: Thrown, Bows, Sling, Blowgun. Gunpowder weapons:Composite projectile. Flexible weapons: Whips, Sectional and composite, Chains and ropes. Defensive weapons: Armors, ie: Shields/Swords
• Theme: Logic, Latin and Cursive: Lost Arts?
• Theme: Music Grows Your Brain
• Theme: Homeschoolers & Horses
• Theme: Nina, Pinta & Santa Maria (early America unit study(s) and lesson plans)
• Theme: Homeschoolers and the DMV
• Theme:Preparing for the High School Years
• Resource Guide: Homeschool Business Owners/Working While Homeschooling

Spring 2021

Publishing: March 1, 2021
Deadline: November 30, 2020
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Feature Articles: Plant Professions - Careers Involving Plants, Florist, Landscaper (Landscape Designer), Arborist, Forestry - Ranger, Plant Geneticist, Agriculture Engineer, Horticulturist, Herbalist, Bio-engineer, Topiary artist/ designer, Hydroponic/Aeroponic farmer, Tree service (Lumberjack), Paleobotanist, Plant taxonomist, Greenhouse/floriculture, Greenskeeper (Golf Course), Agronomist, etc.
• Theme: Gardens and Greenhouses Make Money - Stories
• Theme: Raising an Entomologist (Insects!)
• Theme: Book Reports: Why Do Some Kids Hate Them?
• Theme: Nature Studies & Journaling (Unit Studies, Ideas)
• Theme: What is Notebooking? Who Keeps Notebooks and Why?
• Theme: Chickens! Coops and Broods! Tell Us Your Stories
• Theme: Spelling & Phonics: Give Us Hands On Ways to Teach
• Theme: Special Needs Homeschooling: Share Your Experiences, or Teach Parents What They Need to Know


Summer 2021

Publishing: June 1, 2021
Deadline: February 28, 2021
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Feature Articles: Rescue Careers and Volunteering for Community. Hometown Heroes. High School Age Homeschoolers or Grads Going Into Service Careers Which Impact Community
• Theme: Unit Studies and Lesson Hacks Focusing On Math
• Theme: Virtual Careers for At-Home Moms, Working from Home and Homeschooling Simultaneously. How To Become a Virtual Assistant. Selling Ads in a Homeschool Magazine (Real Stories)
• Theme: Drowning in Busy Work? Hacks & Helpful Ideas Not To
• Theme: Unschooling: Why it Works for Us. Give Us Your Testimony. Show Us How Your Kids Are Doing Now
• Theme: Staying Sane When Your Kids Are Constantly Bickering. Character Training. Teaching Siblings to Love Each Other and Get Along
• Theme: - How Is It Working for You?
• Theme: Second Generation Homeschool Parents – Continuing the Legacy


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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