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In ancient times, a lamp or torch was hung on a lamp stand so that its light could reach farther. As we write, select, and sell the best homeschooling products we can find, we seek to make your homeschooling path brighter and easier to find.

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  • 1 (800) 705 7487
  • 1 (301) 963 0808
  • 10-4pm Eastern Time, M-F

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  • Lampstand Press
  • 1135 N. Eastman Road
  • Kingsport, TN 37664

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Marcia Somerville
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  • Speaking information
    Marcia's speech topics
    • Beyond Books: Variety & Customization in Our Teaching Methods
      • Length: 45-60 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • As a homeschooler, you actually have the opportunity to give a more varied and broad education to your child than do traditional schools. Why? Reading is not the only way that we learn! In fact, some students learn better by hearing, or doing. In our homeschools, we can custom design our teaching methods to the ways that our kids learn best! Do you know how you learn best? We tend to teach from what's easiest for us, and thus get stuck in teaching ruts without even realizing it. How do you know what kind of learner your child is? And, once you do know, how do you teach to that kind of learning? These are questions that Marcia will answer in this information-packed session that will expand the possibilities for instruction that only a homeschool can offer!
    • Co-ops: What They Are & How to Build Them
      • Length: 1–2 60-minute sessions (each hour includes 10-minute Q&A)
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • Come hear answers to a variety of questions related to co-ops. Marcia Somerville has been leading co-ops for over 16 years in various settings, has been involved in other group study contexts, and has helped co-op leaders around the country work through difficult situations.
      • Session 1: In this overview of co-ops, parents new to the idea can get answers to a host of questions: What exactly is a co-op? What makes it different from "drop and shop" resource centers or university model schools? What are the benefits and costs of involving my children in co-ops? Do co-ops benefit younger children? Are older kids going to suffer unless I enroll them?
      • Session 2: Are you thinking, "I have caught the vision and I want to start a co-op. Where do I begin?" From her personal experience, Marcia Somerville details important first steps to starting a co-op, common pitfalls and how to avoid them, and sound principles to build on. She reminds women of the importance of involving their husbands in the first stages of starting a co-op, and explains how co-ops provide opportunities for the sanctification of parents as well as children. Much time is left for questions in this helpful, practical session.
    • Cravings and Conflict
      • Length: 45-minute speech, plus Q&A
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Encouragement, Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: Mothers, Parents
      • Conflict is a part of life. Homeschooling doesn't generally make conflicts less frequent; rather, our close proximity to our spouses and children often provides extra temptations. Add in the fact that we really have to accomplish quite a bit every day, and you can have a recipe for constant strife! Conflicts often seem painfully difficult and confusing. However, there's a simple biblical principle at work in all conflicts. In every case, one or both of the combatants is craving his own way. Marcia speaks from James 4:1 ("What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?") and demonstrates that most conflicts can be managed better when those involved admit their cravings and work towards glorifying God by focusing on understanding and seeking to meet the needs of others, rather than selfishly focusing on their own desires. Marcia give practical ways that parents can use these principles with children, and spouses can use them with one another, as families seek to glorify God in the homeschool setting.
    • Cross-Eyed Parenting
      • Length: 45-minute speech, plus Q&A
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: Mothers, Parents
      • Though we may start homeschooling with noble goals of discipling our children and leading them onward in godliness, it is easy to quickly grow weary in welldoing. We can become too busy to feed ourselves before attempting to feed our children. We can be deceived into thinking that our successes and failures rest on our own shoulders. We can develop habits of speech and action that are harmful to our children. In short, we are as much in need of sanctification and growth as are our students! Sound familiar? Come learn the releasing truth of how a daily practice of preaching the gospel to ourselves can inform many common situations in our schools and reveal one of homeschooling's best-kept secrets: we are as much sanctified by the process of homeschooling as are our children!
    • Elements of Writing Instruction
      • Length: 1–2 60-minute sessions
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • No matter what curriculum we choose, there are basic elements in teaching our children to write. By starting with a general, overarching set of goals and principles, we can see clearly where we want to go with writing instruction and thus use our curriculum more effectively. In two sessions, Marcia Somerville simplifies and clarifies the goals parents should adopt when teaching their children to communicate effectively in written form.
      • Session 1: What are the elements of all good writing? What constitutes a well written sentence, paragraph, or essay? How much fiction should my child write? Should my child type on a computer or write by hand? Using PowerPoint slides and simple, straightforward language, Marcia outlines the process, from kindergarten through 12th grade, of teaching any child to write well.
      • Session 2: This session, which focuses on grading writing, builds on the previous one, and cannot be given as a standalone. Using the information she shared in Session 1 about sentences, paragraphs, transitions, reports, and essays, Marcia discusses how to actually grade our students' writing. The session includes practice in grading writing samples and gives general help about knowing where to start when evaluating our children's papers.
      • NOTE: Session 1 can be given alone in any given convention, but Session 2 builds on Session 1 and can't be given without Session 1 preceding it. Also, handouts are an essential part of this session; the conference must assume responsibility for providing handouts for audience members.
    • Embracing Humility: Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves and Our Teenagers
      • Length: 45-60 minutes
      • Type: General, Workshop
      • Topic: Spiritual, Parenting
      • Audience: Parents
      • Many parents do not know how to win their teenagers' hearts. Often, they are unprepared for the changes that puberty brings, and they can feel threatened or disrespected when their youths begin to question their faith and things they see in the family and the world. Parents can react by becoming overprotective, authoritarian, fearful, or permissive. How do you gain your child's trust so that you may help him through this crucial phase of life? A big key is gospel-generated humility. From her experience as a mother who has successfully raised six young adults, Marcia will share wisdom that she has gained.
    • Gaining a Vision for Teaching High School
      • Length: 45-60 minutes (flexible; may include Q & A)
      • Type: General, Workshop
      • Topic: Vision casting, Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • Marcia Somerville explores the issues of homeschooling high school. She addresses common hesitations shared by both veteran homeschoolers and newcomers, and takes a biblical approach to sorting out the conflicting messages and emotions that many parents feel in making this monumental decision. The session is uplifting, non-threatening, and envisioning.
    • Love is Patient
      • Length: 45-60 minutes
      • Type: General, Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • "I wish someone had told me, back when we were slogging along, that God's main purpose for me in homeschooling was to learn to love." So said a friend of Marcia as they reflected together on what younger homeschooling moms most need to know. This outburst, coupled with counseling courses that Marcia Somerville was currently taking, inspired her to write a series of blog posts following the structure of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 to refresh homeschooling moms with gospel-centered truths about the main reasons that we do what we do.
    • Meeting with God: A Toolbox Approach
      • Length: 45 minute session, plus Q & A if time allows
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: Parents
      • We home educators teach academic subjects systematically; why not similarly equip our children to have daily, excellent quiet times with God? Marcia Somerville explores a variety of approaches to meeting with God each morning. Her own experience with her six very different children led her to adopt a "toolbox" approach. She taught her children a variety of ways to approach God each day, and then allowed them to choose the tools that worked best in various seasons of their lives: praying the Psalms, chart-based Scripture studies, praying the Lord's prayer, Kay Arthur's Principle Approach, and more. Marcia provides a list of techniques and explains most of them in this highly practical, informative session. She prays that this information will give you the tools you need to lead your children in establishing rich, daily times of meeting with God!
      • NOTE: This session builds on, but is not dependent on, "The Nearness of God Is My Good." If both are chosen for the same conference, please place this after "Nearness."
    • Teaching with Tapestery of Grace™
      • Length: 45-60 minutes (longer is better)
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • Do you hear about "Classical Education" and feel simultaneously intimidated and inspired? Marcia Somerville would like to help you with both! Come find out that you truly can deliver a classics-based, apologetics-oriented education to every student in your house — and love the process all the way! Tapestry of Grace, an award-winning, humanities curriculum puts you and your students of all ages on the same weekly topics so that you have time to be the teacher, not just the administrator of your school. More than a vendor workshop, this session will explain what sets classical education apart, how to build independent learners while holding meaty discussions that shape their Christian worldviews, and more.
    • The Nearness of God is My Good
      • Length: 60 minutes (can be shortened to 50)
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: Mothers, Parents
      • For many years, Marcia Somerville failed to enjoy a strong devotional life because she did not really believe that the nearness of God was her greatest good. She also battled with the sin of craven fear. Now, out of her experiences as a homeschool mom, Marcia shares transparently about her struggles in these areas and how God has granted grace and victory. She includes a strong exhortation on the primary importance of a strong devotional life for homeschooling moms, and lists practical steps to establish and deepen it. "Very encouraging" is the most frequent response to this talk!
    • Tips for Teaching a Houseful
      • Length: 50-60 minutes is ideal
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Mothers
      • Are you trying to teach elementary, junior high, and/or high school students at the same time, perhaps with one or two toddlers underfoot? With six grown children graduated successfully graduated from her homeschool, Marcia Somerville's been there and done that—and has many practical tips to share. Marcia explains some overarching principles that will encourage you to make a quiet home as the foundation of your homeschool. She'll help you to look at your children's development in three areas (academic, social, and emotional) and think of your children's development in terms of stages, not ages. Following the chronological development of the average large family, this session covers the full range: birth to 12th grade.
    • Working With the Stages of Learning (Not Against Them)
      • Length: 45-60 minutes
      • Type: General, Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • Understanding the basic stages of learning that your child passes through as his brain develops gives you a better opportunity to teach effectively. Some curricula will rush children into lessons for which their bodies and brains are not ready. This can cause needless frustration and waste hours of your precious teaching time. Other times, we think we need to give our kids lessons earlier than we do. Again, waiting works with their bodies for maximum efficiency and greater enjoyment for both teachers and students. Marcia will explain these stages in simple terms and then highlight the best teaching strategies for each one. As a bonus, she'll throw in some parenting tips for each stage as well!
    • To see the full details of any speech, just click on the title. For a printable list, click here.
    • If you would like to schedule Marcia Somerville as a speaker for your upcoming event, and would like more information about her availability and travel requirements, please contact Lampstand Press at 1-800-705-7487. (International 301-963-0808)
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  • Marcia Somerville
  • President of Lampstand, Founder and Author, Speaker
  • Marcia's Story
    Marcia Somerville, wife of Scott Somerville, is a homeschooling mother of six and the author of the Tapestry of Grace curriculum.
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Scott Somerville
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    Scott's speech topics
    • Biblical and Classical Education
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • During the Industrial Revolution, people analyzed the steps of traditional craftsmanship and built factories that could churn out mountains of products on an assembly line. America's public schools use this industrial model. Schools segregate children into "grades," break time up into "periods," and divide education into "subjects." The goal of academic mass production is a secular citizen who can work, pay taxes, and vote. This method of education is cheaper than older ways of teaching, but there is no evidence that it is better. In this session, Scott and Marcia Somerville explain how homeschoolers can take advantage of the biblical and classical models of education.
    • Gifted and Special Education
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education
      • Audience: Parents
      • The special education laws are paved with good intentions, but they do not always lead families where they want to go. Scott Somerville has been advising homeschool families with exceptional children since 1992. In this workshop, he explains the history and logic of the federal special education laws, and helps families find their way through the maze.
    • The Hidden Treasure in Your Home
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: General Session
      • Topic: Motivational
      • Audience: Parents
      • Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. There is treasure hidden in your home, and homeschoolers have given up almost everything to be able to take hold of it. Scott Somerville puts the sacrifices and rewards of homeschooling into eternal perspective.
    • The History and Future of American Education
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Education, History
      • Audience: All
      • The Massachusetts Puritans enacted the first compulsory school law in 1647 to make sure that every citizen of their new commonwealth could read the Scriptures. Today, second-graders in public schools can't do a book report on a Bible story. How did we get here from there? Where do we go tomorrow?
    • The Homeschool Father
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting
      • Audience: Fathers
      • The father's role in a Christian homeschool is unlike any job in a secular educational setting. In this workshop, Scott teachers fathers how to serve their families better through loving, knowing, speaking, and leading biblically.
    • Your House, Your Rules
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting
      • Audience: Fathers
      • Authority is a gift from God and is supposed to be a blessing. So how come we have so many conflicts with our children? Looking at our household laws in the light of Scripture makes fathers better leaders. Our parental authority will bear better fruit when grace informs how we make and enforce our own rules.
    • Homeschooling Grows Up
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: General Session
      • Topic: Encouragement
      • Audience: All
      • Every homeschooler knows the question, "But what about socialization?" Every homeschooler knows the answer, too: "No problem here!" But critics demand proof. Today, the first generation of homeschoolers has grown up, and there are enough graduates to begin to see how they are doing in real life. In 2003, HSLDA commissioned Dr. Brian Ray to conduct the world's largest survey of adults who were taught at home. This workshop discusses the encouraging results of this research.
    • How to Lead Teens
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting
      • Audience: Parents
      • The word "teenager" is not in the Bible--so where do Christian parents get the wisdom (and patience!) they need to raise their teenaged sons and daughters? In this encouraging workshop, Scott brings biblical truth and his own experience to bear on the task of raising teens.
    • Precision Parenting
      • Length: 45 minutes
      • Type: General Session, Workshop
      • Topic: Encouragement, Spiritual
      • Audience: Mothers, Parents
      • The Bible tells us to admonish the unruly, help the weak, encourage the fainthearted, and be patient with them all (I Thessalonians 5:14). As parents, we sometimes fall into the trap of admonishing when we should be encouraging, and then we get frustrated because it doesn't work. It is easier to be patient when we remember which is which! In this talk, Scott Somerville turns to the Gospel of Luke to show how Jesus patiently admonished, helped, and encouraged the people He met. Every parent can benefit from this practical, biblical talk.
    • Principles for Principals
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: All, Fathers, Parents
      • Fathers love to see their children thrive in the homeschool environment, but they often reap what others (their wives) have sown. Nobody knows this better than Scott Somerville, whose wife has taught their six children "forever." Come hear Scott share the principles that have changed him from a homeschooling couch potato to a real principal.
    • What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew about Homeschooling
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Encouragement, Marriage, Motivational, Parenting, Spiritual
      • Audience: Fathers, Parents
      • Scott Somerville dared to ask 100 homeschool moms for their personal "wish lists," and was relieved to discover there is hope for homeschool husbands! These women weren't asking the impossible, nor were they looking for a whole new man; instead, they wanted their husbands to show their love in some practical, pastoral, and personal ways. Scott combines information with motivation for life-changing results!
    • What's the Matter With Magic?
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Worldview
      • Audience: Teens
      • Using his action/adventure novel Olympus: It’s Not Just a Game as a springboard for this talk to teens, Scott explores the lure of fantasy worlds and suggests that magic is NOT “harmless,” even if it’s only fiction. In the book, a multiplayer video game thrusts two Christian homeschoolers into the virtual world of “Olympus,” where hardware and software blur the line between fantasy and reality. Without imposing his own convictions on other families, Scott helps Christian teens—and their parents—think through the categories of “fiction,” “fantasy,” “magic,” and “occult” in light of God’s word.
    • Your Home Is Your Castle
      • Length: 50 minutes
      • Type: Workshop
      • Topic: Dealing with Social Workers, Legal
      • Audience: All
      • Under the English common law, "a man's home is his castle." Our Founders wrote this into the Bill of Rights in the Fourth Amendment, which says, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." Police respect the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants, but most social workers think the Fourth Amendment doesn't apply to them. The Constitution really does protect your home, and HSLDA has won a number of cases where social workers violated homeschoolers' rights. In this workshop, HSLDA attorney Scott Somerville explains your rights under the Constitution.
    • To see the full details of any speech, just click on the title. For a printable list, click here.
    • If you would like to schedule Scott Somerville as a speaker for your upcoming event, and would like more information about his availability and travel requirements, please contact Lampstand Press at 1-800-705-7487. (International 301-963-0808)
    • (Hide Speech Topics List)
  • Scott Somerville
  • General Counsel, Treasurer, Author and Speaker
  • Scott's Story
    Scott Somerville went to Harvard Law School with five children in 1989 and graduated with honors (and a sixth child) in 1992.
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Dana Caywood
  • Dana Caywood
  • Vice President

  • What I do:
    Oversee product questions, corrections, and changes, choose replacement titles for out-of-print resources, and read and review all Tapestry resources and the Forum.
  • Birthday:
    December 20
  • Secret Skill:
    I have no secret skills. All of my skills have been made public.
  • Dislikes:
    Steaks with gristle. That so many Americans buy cheap products from Asia. Clothing styles for teen girls.
  • Loves working here because...
    I love working with fellow Christians, laboring together to further God's kingdom!
Heather Melton
  • Heather Melton
  • Customer Support Supervisor

  • What I do:
    I help customers with manual orders, upgrade forms, affiliate credits, and questions about the Tapestry of Grace curriculum or website.
  • Birthday:
    March 20
  • Secret Skill:
    Organization - I can be a bit obsessive sometimes
  • Dislikes:
    Negativity, sweet tea, cold weather, and traffic
  • Loves working here because...
    It's a great working environment! Everyone is fun, friendly, and helpful!
James Caywood
  • James Caywood
  • Operations Manager

  • What I do:
    Order management, creation and shipping, vendor and service provider relations, oversee maintenance on all software and hardware, building maintenance and general supervision.
  • Birthday:
    June 5
  • Secret Skill:
    I am known to tickle a few ivories.
  • Dislikes:
    When people feel that they can't be themselves, Bees, Not having something to do. I have to be busy.
  • Loves working here because...
    I can work in an environment where i can practice the commands which God has given us.
Kendra Mehl
  • Kendra Mehl
  • Editor

  • What I do:
    Edit the upper level literature sections, format the pages of the curriculum, and generally try to make the curriculum look good.
  • Birthday:
    July 14
  • Secret Skill:
    Teaching waltz
  • Dislikes:
    Bad grammar, miscommunications, and being cold
  • Loves working here because...
    I get to do something I love that helps other people. And the people here love Jesus and are kind, fun-loving, and encouraging!
Alex Holt
  • Alex Holt
  • Technical Director

  • What I do:
    It's my job to know as much as possible about the technology we use so we can serve you better! I also make edits to the website, maintain our office's technical equipment, and answer all your tech-related questions by phone, email, and tickets!
  • Birthday:
    May 3
  • Secret Skill:
    Button-pushing! I have a natural affinity for it.
  • Dislikes:
    Large crowds, bad drivers, awkward situations.
  • Loves working here because...
    I get to work with fun, Christian people who share my beliefs and values, and I get to help some of the most appreciative and grateful people I've ever met!
Christy Somerville
  • Christy Somerville
  • Staff Author

  • What I do:
    Revise and develop the Tapestry literature track and supplements; answer questions about literature, and sometimes record seminars to help busy moms teach it!
  • Birthday:
    December 1
  • Secret Skill:
    Horseback riding.
  • Dislikes:
    Anything that's gone bad in the fridge. Miscommunications. Typos. Miserably hot July days.
  • Loves working here because...
    Working here involves my favorite God, my favorite people, and my favorite activity: finding specific ways to bless others.  What's not to love?