Columnist for Practical Homeschooling Magazine
Born and educated in New York City, Samuel Blumenfeld has written eight books on education, including several that are considered homeschool classics. His latest book is The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection.
Homeschooling Articles by Sam Blumenfeld
George Washington: Our First President's First Term The highlights of the first term of our nations first president
The Road to an American Independent Nation The process that led the 13 colonies to become the United States
Party Politics in the United States Although George Washington tried to discourage the creation of “party spirit” (meaning political factions), it was inevitable that politicians would line up against one another along ideological lines.
The Presidency The importance of the American presidency.
Why Homeschoolers Should Learn Public Speaking Why public speaking is a skill homeschoolers need to have.
Who Wrote Shakespeare? Who wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare?
A Novel Suggestion How reading novels benefits our homeschool curriculum.
Politics and Homeschoolers: A Primer Understanding the political process.
The Fun of Going to an Antiques Auction Find out how to own a piece of history.
The American Almanac: A Great Learning Tool What is an almanac and how can we use it in homeschool?
How History Was Taught Back Then How history used to be taught in U.S. schools.
Why Homeschoolers Should be Book Collectors You're already collecting books. Why not do it for cash?
The Purposes of Education The four-fold purpose of education.
Why We Celebrate Veterans Day The meaning of Veterans Day and why we celebrate it.
The Benefits of Reading Biographies Biographies can help your children face life's challenges.
The Truth About Independence Day Why Independence Day is worth celebrating.
The Real Meaning of Easter It's more than a parade, a season, or a bonnet.
What Schools Teach: Then and Now
Before Compulsory Education: The Private Academies Before public education, how did kids get taught?
Teaching Kids to Enjoy Classical Music Developing an appreciation for classical music in our students.
Intelligent by Design Is the universe the result of random processes or was it designed? A look at intelligent design.
It Pays to Know Your Legislator Why you should get to know your state legislator.
The Benefits of Cursive Writing The case for skipping manuscript handwriting and teaching cursive from the start.
19th Century Communists & the Origin of American Public Education Learn what 19th Century American communists had to do with the founding of the public schools.
The Glory of the Alphabet The alphabet - foundation of modern western culture.
How Harvard Became Liberal
America Started with Educational Freedom
Colonial Education: The Free Market in Action Education in the 13 colonies
Forgotten American History: Puritan Education
Forgotten American History: The Great Awakening
Forgotten American History: The Spanish-American War
Forgotten American History: God's Providence in the American Revolution
Forgotten American History: The Barbary Wars
How to Get the Most Out of Homeschool Conventions Sam tells vendors and attendees how to get the most out of homeschool conventions.
How and Why to Teach Shakespeare Why study Shakespeare?
Learning Greek It's Greek to him.
Never Bored Again Slackers or just bored?
The History of Geometry Education Sam takes us on a tour of the history of geometry education. Here's looking at Euclid!
Teaching Long Vowels Teaching your little one to read the traditional intensive phonics way - learning the long vowels.
Teaching Blends Teaching your little one to read the traditional intensive phonics way - meet the blends and digraphs.
Teaching the Alphabet Sounds So many sounds, so few letters. Sam's the man with a plan for making sense of it all.
Teaching the Alphabet The first step in reading is to learn the names of the letters. Learn how to teach this foundational skill.
Teaching Arithmetic Find out what counts about how to teach arithmetic.
Getting Started in Arithmetic Mr. Blumenfeld kicks off a new column on how to tutor, by tracing the history of arithmetic.
How to Tell Real from Phony Phonics? How to tell whether a program will really teach your child to read, or just pretend to.
The Benefits of Teaching History at Home What you can learn that the schools will never teach you.
A World Without Public School What would really happen if we repealed the compulsory attendance laws?
The Exodus Continues As the schools get worse, more parents are considering homeschool.
The Importance of Rote Learning Rote learning is still important.
The Meaning of Educational Freedom The case for abolishing compulsory attendance.
Learning from The "Old Dead Guys" Learning from those who lived before us.
College At Home Save time, money & more!
The History of Public Education The untold history of public schools.
Homeschoolers and Vouchers Should homeschoolers get involved with proposed voucher systems?
Homeschooling and Charter Schools Charter Schools: Would they put the "home" back in school or the "school" back in home?
Why the Internet will Never Replace Books
Uncle Sam Wants Your Child on his National Database From the number of your child's cavities to his private religious and political beliefs, the new national educational database is just a teensy bit too intrusive, don't you think? And it's online now. It's a good thing you homeschool.
Dyslexia: The Man-Made Disease Sam Blumenfeld squares off against The Cat in the Hat.
The Whole-Language Boondoggle Sam Blumenfeld explains why "look-say" reading never works.