Table of Contents HEM May-June 1997
Peaceful Unschooling - by Charlotte C Monte
The writer explains how her local support group helped her move from a structured, lesson based teaching model to a more relaxed, unschooling approach to learning.
Dealing With Doubts - by Janet Keip
The writer's experiences with unschooling, and facing the questions and pressures of those unfamiliar with a relaxed approach to learning.
Add These Women to Your List! ("Famous People Who Didn't Go to School") - by Susan McMinn Seefeldt
Women who were homeschooled: role models for girls of all ages. Includes biographical sketches of more than a dozen famous women who learned outside the traditional schools.
In Defense of Workbooks - by Joanne Billmers
The writer explains her children's preference for the structure and organization of workbooks.
One Who Chose College - by Diane Huff
The writer details her daughter's experiences in going to college after homeschooling.
Make Learning Fun: Help Children Experience Life in a Natural Way - by Katie Fawcett
Persuasive arguments for a more relaxed approach to learning.
A Visit with Mary Hood - by Janine Calsbeek
An interview with Mary Hood, author of The Relaxed Home Schooler
Sending the kids to school: when and why? - by Rosemarie Kowalski
The writer examines her reasons for not sending her kids to school, and details the learning they're doing at home.
The Forest Floor Theory of Love - by Odds Bodkin
A professional storyteller explains why telling or reading stories to your children is important: "Loving moments are like leaves. Gradually, over the course of childhood, they fall, one by one, from the parents. And like other leaves, they turn to soil on the forest floor. That soil is the love and tenderness from which new parents grow someday."
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
How Homeschoolers Can Help Prevent Education from Becoming the Next Scapegoat
An explanation of the current political moves in education, and how homeschoolers can help counter misinformation and maintain educational freedoms.
News Watch - by Linda Dobson
Education President, Wall Street Journal, Israel, Australia, and Japan, Goals 2000
Linda Dobson reviews the news: President Clinton, Goals 2000, Wall Street Journal and homeschooling around the world
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
RIBBET! - It's spring. The season of frogs.
Becky Rupp reviews resources for science, biology, frogs, history, geography, resources, curricula, reading, writing, philosophy, music and more
So Many Books - by Joan Torkildson
Children's book reviews: Loaves of Fun, Two's Company, Westward Ho!, The Seven Silly Eaters, The Story of Religion
Movie Reviews - by Joanna Payne
Movie Reviews: Dennis The Menace Benji, Cry Freedom
Homeschooling Online - by Helen Hegener
Reviews of educational websites: NASA, Exploratorium, Franklin Institute of Science and others
Older Kids - by Cafi Cohen
A primer for older kids on volunteering, and the valuable lessons that can be learned in service to others.
Reflections - by Kathleen Creech
The Door is Wide Open -- Come Out and Play
Kathleen writes: "Along the way, I found out something about parenting, and something about living. It's about more than just raising healthy children... it's about raising a healthy you."
Talk About Learning - by Earl Gary Stevens
Time For Family Baseball
Earl Gary Stevens explains the rules and the reasoning behind his support group's weekly games of family baseball.