The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has always been a blessing since I have started homeschooling my children. When I read some of the articles it feels like I am talking over the backyard fence, in the middle of my crazy homeschool days, with a woman who shares my life experience. I find encouragement when reading from veteran homeschoolers or just perspective when reading about what a day looks like in someone else’s home.
I found several of the articles especially helpful and practical in The Old Schoolhouse’s November Issue. After reading them I was able to identify at least one or two changes I could implement this week! The layout also made it easy for me to read and many included bullet points with clear action steps.
“Homeschooling a Struggling Learner”” was one of my favorites. Though I don’t have a child with a learning disability or that is struggling, I do have a large family. Like most moms, I have children that are scattered on the learning curve. This article was very helpful and practical to me. I loved how it listed tips and ideas that would help me manage the seasons when a particular child is struggling more than the others.
I also really enjoyed “Lessons from Moses”! I loved how she used a biblical story to teach a practical aspect of homeschooling. I loved how she linked this part of academics to further growing our children’s character!
What I like the most about the November issue is the diversity of topics covered. It would be very unlikely for a homeschool mom to pick this month’s edition up and not find a number of articles she would enjoy reading and find helpful!
I can tell that the Editors are very intentional in being inclusive of people of different interests and life experiences. One change that would help further this effort would be to have authors of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
As a Black Dominican it is difficult for me to ignore the lack of racial diversity among the contributors to the Old Schooolhouse. Blacks are the fastest growing segment of the homeschool population in the United States. Making the magazine more racially diverse in nature would make it more appealing to a much wider audience.
As I homeschool and raise my sons and daughter I would love to hear from other women of color and how they homeschool. What does their day look like? Teaching my children about their heritage and instilling a sense of pride in their history and their people is important. I would love to hear about creative ways of including this in their education.
Just having a more racially diverse group of contributors and seeing pictures of homeschool families of color would make this edition even more relatable to me. I would especially love to show my children pictures of kids that look like them in a magazine that I love so much and have followed for so long!
I would recommend this month’s issue to any of my friends, even those who don’t homeschool. The magazine is always free and available as an app (Android, Apple and Kindle). If you want to improve your homeschool methods, need encouragement in your journey of parenting or just want to learn more about the Amish: “The Gentle Souls”, this issue is for you!
Jannelle is currently serving her first year with The Schoolhuse Review Crew.
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