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HEM November-December/99

Table of Contents HEM November-December 1999


The Power of Mentors - by Laura Fokkena
How caring adults in a child's life can help them learn whatever they want to learn.

(POEM) Homeschooling - by Janet M Weeks
Grandfather and I loved books. We read to each other, he from his Dickens and I from my Golden, in the rough green chair by the porch door, and laughed at Mr. Pickwick's capers or Peter Pan's shadow.

Growing up in the Land of the Midnight Sun - by Mary Mullett
On a typical winter morning, Josh Kumher, 14, rolls out of bed at 7:30 and dresses by the light of a kerosene lamp. He bundles up and goes outside - into a beautiful, moonlit snowscape. The Kumher family homeschools in rural Alaska, 270 miles from the nearest movie theater.

Interview with Peter Kowalke - by Marsha J. Ransom
An interview with HEM columnist Peter Kowalke, who describes his unschooled childhood, publishing Nation Magazine, and going off to Hampshire College

For Reading Out Loud: Holiday Stories and How to Choose Them - by Marty Layne
The months of November and December bring holidays that celebrate the importance of love, family, and the rebirth of light. At our house, reading stories out loud is a big part of our holiday tradition. By Marty Layne, author of Learning at Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling.

Haiku in My Pocket - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
Grab your sweaters, I announce. We're going on a haiku hike. We tuck pencils and 3x5 cards in our pockets and head out the door. Today's mission: to collect as many haiku as we can in the next 30 minutes.

Philosophy and Learning at Home - by Jana Mohr Lone
Wondering with children is one of my favorite pastimes. Wondering about the world, marveling at it, examining it, freely and carefully puzzling about it, is essential to childhood. And really, to being a human being generally. An introduction to philosophy for homeschoolers.

Why We Homeschool - by Ken Wing
We didn't start out to be homeschoolers. We sent our first child to nursery school at age 3, just like everybody else. The reasons seem a little fuzzy now, but it had something to do with getting ready for school, not being behind the other kids, and "socialization." A father's reasons for homeschooling.

Getting into the Formal Stuff - by Carol Brown
I'm not the perfect unschooling mother, the laid back but incredibly energetic type who is deliriously happy to abandon cooking dinner, or reading a book in the bath, to plunge into a meaningful discussion on the intricacies of calculus when the kids haven't even learned to add.

The National Home Education Network: Unity and Diversity Among Homeschoolers - by Sue Patterson
What if homeschoolers could have an effective national organization, yet still maintain their individuality? What if reporters and researchers had a central clearinghouse for information about homeschooling? What if there were an organization that would work to promote a positive image of homeschooling to the rest of the country?

Reflections of a Homeschooled Homeschooler - by Rebecca Bangs Amos
When my parents shared their plans of moving to a 500-acre farm in Northern Vermont where they would educate their children themselves, their friends responded with, "Are you crazy?" Rebecca examines her homeschooling childhood, and how she brought her own three children home to learn.


Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Convincing Others We Don't Want Homeschooling Legislation
Why it is important for homeschoolers to work to try to convince others that we don't need or want homeschooling legislation

News Watch - by Linda Dobson
Research, School Safety, Jail Time in Vermont
Questioning the Lawrence M. Rudner study, financed by HSLDA, as legitimate research; questioning the safety in schools following the Columbine tragedy; the Karen Maples court case

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Exploring the question of evolution, and other resources for teaching and learning.

Homeschooling Books - by Lillian Jones
Learning at Home
Review of Learning at Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling, by Marty Layne

So Many Books - by Joan Torkildson
Reviews of Pass the Peas, Please, Ancient Egypt, Grandfather's Christmas Tree, Amelia Earhart, History Mysteries, Almanac, Young Air Pioneer, Crinkleroot's Nature

Notes From a Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
Jellyfish to Starboard
Jeff's adventures with his three young children and their small sailboat.

Homeschooler In College - by Peter Kowalke
A descriptive day in the life of Peter, from his journal

Older Kids - by Cafi Cohen
What to do when your youngster announces "But I Want to Go to School!"

Early Years - by Linda Dobson
Child's Learning Assets
Engaging the natural learning abilities of younger children.

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