Table of Contents HEM September-October 2000
I Get It!: Learning Through Laughter - by Colleen Jeffery
Colleen Jeffery savors the humor her children share with her, reflecting how it has helped them grow beyond just hearing and seeing, to really understanding, language and the world around them.
Are You Having Fun Yet? - by Marlene JuHaros
Marlene JuHaros recalls the delightful experiences she and her husband have had homeschooling her granddaughter. They had fun. And, almost incidentally, they learned.
A Look at Homeschooled Spelling Bee Champions - by Celeste Land
A behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get three homeschoolers to get to the finals in the year 2000 National Spelling Bee. Do they have time for anything else?
Speaking Up for Homeschooling - by Cafi Cohen
Popular homeschool speaker Cafi Cohen offers encouraging tips from her personal experience to help speakers at homeschool conferences and seminars prepare for the expected - and the unexpected.
Imagination and Toys - by Amber P Keefer
Amber Keefer's young daughter defies her mother's attempts to provide age-appropriate educational toys, and turns her imagination loose on the fascinating world around her. Eventually, her mother catches on.
Shooting Hoops, Riding Bikes: Science and Math in a Kid's World - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
Sue Smith-Heavenrich invites her readers to join her and her younger son as they discover fascinating aspects of science and math, through sports like basketball and bicycling.
Interview with Michael Fogler Unschooling Meets the Workforce - by Peter Kowalke
Peter Kowalke, an unschooler in college, interviews Michael Fogler, author of Un-jobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook. Can a person follow his true interests and still make a living?
School Days - by Brigitte Miner
Brigitte Miner compares her nine-year-old daughter's delight-directed learning with the responses she gets as a substitute teacher from the students at a local high school.
Changing Our Vocabulary - by Neysa CM Jensen
Neysa Jensen, a self-proclaimed radical unschooler, discovers that when children are given true freedom to choose their own best ways of learning, sometimes it includes a little bit of school.
Questions and Answers: Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Homeschool Groups, Tattoos and Harleys
Carol Narigon offers her advice. This issue, she explains how to find a local homeschooling group, and gives tips on getting the most mileage from your tattoo.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Unschooling and Field Trip Behavior
Reader Answer these questions: I belong to a small homeschooling support group which organizes field trips and speakers. The problem is a few children who behave in ways which reflect badly on homeschoolers. They act disrespectfully to adults, argue, even fight during programs. What can I do?" and "Does anyone have a quick, I mean very quick way to explain what unschooling is? I drone on until those who ask me lose interest."
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Homeschoolers, Is Our Good Name For Sale?
This column will discuss why homeschoolers have become the targets of this marketing, how accepting these offers would affect us, and what we can do
It's Only Natural - by Barbara Theisen
A Garden of Hopes and Dreams
The Theisen family take a shoreside sabbatical and discover the rewards of planning, planting and growing a garden together.
News Watch - by Linda Dobson
One of HEM's most popular and informative columns is coming to an end. Columnist Linda Dobson concludes the mission she started years ago, and now she's supposed to be writing a book.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Our reviewer examines many ways to explore simple machines, bones, IMP, a new history catalog, talking walls, art history, and map studies.
Homeschooling Books - by Lillian Jones
The Home School Source Book
Lillian Jones takes a look at an old homeschoolers' favorite, The Home School Source Book, now being released in the long-awaited third edition. And it still feels like going home...
Homeschoolers' Poetry - by Rick Stansberger
This month, we debut our new Homeschoolers' Poetry feature, edited by Rick Stansberger. Moonbeams, Three-Hour Biscuits, and beetles are only a few of the subjects explored...
Notes From a Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
Going It Alone, Together
Another great column! This one explores how a family grows together as its members take on individual challenges.
Unschooler In College - by Peter Kowalke
Stressing Out About College
Peter Kowalke gives us a brother's-eye view of an unschooler heading to college, and the unintended effects on the entire family. Bon Voyage, Adam.
Older Kids - by Cafi Cohen
Educating Teens On A Budget
Cafi demonstrates that homeschooling your teenagers doesn't have to be an expensive undertaking.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Of a Flat Universe and the Nature of Science
David H. Albert offers his musings on the nature of science and ways to encourage inquiry and exploration in his debut column for HEM.