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Table of Contents HEM May-June 1999


Homeschooling Information Nights - by Sue Patterson
Advice on coordinating a homeschooling information event for your local community.

Colorado Case Inspires National Support - by Shay Seaborne
"The outrage over Shelly's case and HSLDA's apparent indifference to her plight really made it apparent that we needed something more. Something different. Something better."

Learning from Life - by Amy Ann Richards
Lessons learned when a toe is smashed, necessitating a trip to the doctor's office.

Hooked on Classics - by Katherine A Jones
When was the last time you heard a Generation X-er extolling Shakespeare?

Research and Common Sense about Reading - by M Roth
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures and helping a beginning reader can be too.

Helping Homeschoolers Go to College - by Barb Henry
More and more colleges are beginning to understand that homeschooling is not going away and that it is necessary to review their admissions policies to allow creativity and flexibility to enter into the admission equation.

Explaining Unschooling to an Admissions Office - by Kitty O'Neal
The school asked for grades and attendance records. Because they don't keep grades, 12-year-old Kitty wrote this letter to the school officials explaining why. The letter made such an impression that she was admitted immediately, without having to wait for the random draw.

Freedom and Adult Education in America - by Charles D Hayes
As adults we can demonstrate by example that an education is not something you get, but is something you take.

Preparing for College: An Insider's View - by Maggie Bryson
As far as getting ready socially to enter the world of higher education, I feel that homeschoolers have an advantage.

When Everything is a Mess... - by Katje Sabin
We grit our pacifist teeth when our son goes crazy over WWII fighter planes, knowing it will most likely lead to a healthy interest in aerodynamics or history.

The Wonderful, Wacky World of "Unpreschooling" - by Celeste Land
Basically, unpreschooling families need the same things as any other homeschooling family: information, support, and encouragement. The difference is in the details.


Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
High School Graduation and Homeschoolers
Public school students are being required to pass a state-mandated graduation test to receive a high school diploma. This column will discuss ways state-mandated graduation tests are likely to affect us as homeschoolers, provide relevant information about the tests, and suggest what ways we can minimize the damage such tests could do to homeschooling.

NewsWatch - by Linda Dobson
Legislatures, Courts, Harassment
News and commentary affecting homeschoolers

Homeschooling Books - by Lillian Jones
Trust the Children, Every Child is a Genius
Reviews of Trust the Children by Anna Kealoha; Every Child is a Genius by Elise Griffith

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Green Thumbs: Botany for Kids
Green Thumbs: Botany for Kids and other resource reviews: math, reading, science and more

So many Books - by Joan Torkildson
Reviews of 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic; Sir Cumference and the First Round Table; Josefina Teacher's Guide; Life Times; Classic Poetry The Absolutely Awful Alphabet

Notes From a Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
Lessons from the Moss
This is not the way men talk. We do not readily speak of matters of the heart, of the roots of who we are. We can be poignant, but rarely do we disclose the emotional foundations of our experience.

Older Kids - by Cafi Cohen
Ten Reasons To Homeschool Through High School
Homeschooling my teenagers gave me, the parent, the opportunity to reassess my own education and the bigger opprtunity to enjoy learning. Homeschooling teenagers is fun!

The Homeschooler in College - by Peter Kowalke
The Big Project
Peter's adventures in publishing continue at Hampshire College.

Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
Your House as a Museum
There are probably things in your house which would fascinate your children but you haven't thought to offer yet. Consider things you have which might be of interest for being old, foreign, custom made or obtained under special circumstances.

It's Only Natural - by Barbara Theisen
A Walk Along the Beach
Perhaps the best way to see the wonders of a beach is through the eyes of a child. These are eyes which delight in nature's simplest treasures.

Sunny Side Up - by Shannon D Vale
Problems, Problems, Problems
They may be dumbing us down but the people who write math textbooks haven't been affected one iota. Don't get me wrong; I'm all in favor of meeting challenges. I just didn't think I was going to get challenged this much this soon.

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