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When My Twelve-Year-Old Outsmarted Me

(First published by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, March/April 2014)

By Michelle Miller
TruthQuest History,
Children’s Preservation Library

“One of the best lessons in teaching history came from my own twelve-year-old son!”


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The Nuremberg Trials...and Homeschooling?!

(First published by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Fall 2011)

By Michelle Miller,
TruthQuest History,
Children’s Preservation Library

Israeli intelligence swooped in, smuggled Eichmann out of Argentina, and set him before the world in a dramatic Jerusalem trial (1961)... His defense? Eichmann...was, in his mind, simply a good citizen going with the national flow.... read more



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Not This Morning!

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

“CLEAN, NOW!” I hissed too loudly, and as I flapped around in deepening panic, my fingernail accidentally grazed two skin cells off my daughter’s apparently quite-delicate elbow, and she howled, “Mommy, you hurt me!” Was the “man with the camera” already dialing Social Services on his iPhone? He certainly would, I decided, after seeing my reflection in the dining room mirror. I made ladies resc... read more


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.History Backwards? Michelle Shares a Freeing New Way of Seeing History

(First published in TEACH Magazine)

How is it possible that all those years I sat in school as a Christian girl—even when in Christian school—it never occurred to me that I had it backwards?! I seemed to be doing the right thing; my teachers were pleased and grades were good.

Yes, I was going with the program. Day after day, year after year in my history classes, I learned of famous people and their deeds, as had my teachers before me. So did you, most likely. We may not remember the details now, but one thing was pushed deeply and unforgettably into ou... read more


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How Would Jesus Teach--True Confessions and Trust

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

True confessions… I can be a real dolt sometimes. Want an example, on a big issue? We call Jesus the Great Teacher, right? If asked why He deserves that title, I would have said, with a roll of my exasperated eyes, “Because what He taught was true and important, duh!” Gradually, though, a dawning realization pressed into my cast-iron skull: is He also the Great Teacher because He t... read more


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Pit-Stop Mama

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Everyone should have a girlfriend like Gina Snyder! She helped shape me as a young mother. Being from Carolaaahna, Gina might have been an auto racing fan, but she pooh-poohed my “home-is-a-pitstop” parenting style.

During that pre-dawn of my homeschooling journey, I had believed Education to be so scientific that only “experts” with specialized training and materials could teach our belo... read more


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Secret Power

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

Just 48 hours ago, my father died. It was now The Dreaded Time…the private viewing. But I discovered a surprising joy. Through bleary eyes, I saw my now-adult sons. The abstract concept of family instantly became real, warm, and solid. You see, our family has long homeschooled, so we have had many vivid seasons together…

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Dare I?

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

Boys, are they real?” I remember wondering as a schoolgirl. Imagine my intimidation when, years later, the obstetrician said, “It’s a boy!” …Insecurity loomed. “Michelle,” it whispered. “Sure, you can manage elementary homeschooling; anyone can. But, it will certainly be impossible in junior and senior high! High! Did you get that word, Michelle? Can you h... read more


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Breathless!

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

Can you imagine cooking . . . without food? Painting . . . without paint? Swimming . . . without water?

That would be frustrating. So futile. You would go through the motions, but there would be neither a real outcome nor hope of one. There would be no significance, meaning, or reward for the effort. In fact, it would be so preposterous, you would know better than to attempt it. You would wisely wait unti... read more


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Knowing How to Know

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

Picture yourself at Macy’s, the big one in New York City, with all the different departments, levels, and record-breaking square footage. We can have that same “overwhelmification” in homeschool bookstores, catalogs, websites, and convention halls. So many choices! All the bright colors and claims. So many options! Too many? But it only feels like too many choices if we don’t know exa... read more


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Hammering Away!

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

There he is! Super Official Conscientious Homeschool Dad. Out in the driveway pulling on the front end of the car. Jerking on the back end. Trying to streeeeeetch the family van. Now he is above, grabbing the metal roof, trying to increase the vehicle’s height. He grunts and heaves. He sweats and slaves. But to little avail.

Maybe he lacks the right tools! He races to the hardware store—several of them, actually, in case the next one has a niftier tool than the last. He organizes and labels all his new gadgets, then gets back to work.

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Are You Wonderful Enough to Homeschool?

(First published in Homeschooling Today)

Ever wondered if you’re “wonderful” enough to homeschool? Well, allow me to reassure you….because you must be homeschooling for better reasons than got me started! You see, as a teen during the 1970s, I absorbed the cultural mantra (in spite of our family’s strong Christian values) which had me D E T E R M I N E D to distinguish myself with a terrific career and flashy inde... read more


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How Can I Know if a Book is Living?

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

It cherishes you, that’s how. Enough said. Article done… Really, that’s all we need to know! But a terrible thought assails my mind … What if you have never been cherished by a book?

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Border Guards and Basements

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

It’s not everyone who has a mountain named for them…in their living room! But there loomed Mt. Michelle. My long-suffering family navigated the narrow paths around it, hoping to preserve their illustrious basketball careers by avoiding injury. This mountain was not composed of the usual soil, granite, ice…or laundry, but was books!

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Our Good-Book-Collecting Journey

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

I growl when my husband calls me fickle, but when he’s not looking, I (sometimes) admit it. I say that only God’s direction for our homeschool will do, but I can be hoping for human “permission” when His guidance—and even what I see in front of my own face—doesn’t "make sense…"

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Forts and Stables

(First published online by Homeschooling Today magazine)

I win! That is, I would win any contest for having the two children who are most unalike! He is Napoleon, Jr. She is Miss Mellow. Now you understand my crazed appearance! But we have found common ground for teaching these two: great literature! …They even “live out” the story together, for while the book is being read, they are “building” the story-world with their historical mini-figures, toy furniture, wooden blocks, etc.

He is building elaborate palisades and dungeons with Kapla pieces, Safari Toobs, and Lego/Playmobil bits. She is putting togethe... read more


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Mommy Maneuvers

(First published online by Homeschooling Today magazine)

When it comes to reading, I’ve got some tricks…for while we do looooove living books, I can’t always get the kids to dig in quite as promptly, shall we say, as I would like. Their good intentions are often turned aside by the cat’s goofy tail, the inanity of our chickens, the lure of the basketball hoop, the siren call of the Lego loft, or any particularly-fat snowflakes meandering past the windows…

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Labcoats and Literature

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Planner 2011)

A team of brilliant, yet frazzled, scientists has labored for years, in my story. Stained labcoats sag on their now-haggard frames. Frustrated hair-pulling has given them the Einstein updo. Still, they toil to determine and duplicate the countless molecular compounds crucial for human health which must then be reassembled into a “carrier” that will be simultaneously palatable, digestible, transportable, and marketable. Or, they could have simply admired the banana…which is all of the above!

We may chuckle, but we must ask: what is it with us? We proud huma... read more


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U.S. Wars--A Timeline of Conflict

(First published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine)

Michelle offers a concise summary of American wars and their dates.

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Thoughts on the Classical Method with TruthQuest History

The 'article' below comes from two online posts made by Karen Glass. We have had many requests to post them publicly, but please remember Karen's goal was only to stir meaningful, friendly discussion. Mrs. Glass has not yet had a chance to write a formal article on this topic, but she has graciously allowed us to copy the posts here. We have also copied Michelle Miller's note which introduced these posts online in response to a specific question about TruthQuest History and four-year history cycles. Please forgive the cyber-nature of these writings...

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