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HEM November-December/00

Table of Contents HEM November-December 2000


Writing Group - by Susan McMinn Seefeldt
Susan McMinn Seefeldt captivates her daughters (and her readers) with her joyful description of Writing Group. Bystanders don't understand, but the kids do. This isn't work; this is fun.

Learning While Earning: One Family's Experience Investing in Stocks - by Sherry Boas
Sherry Boas describes how her math-hating homeschooling children suddenly embraced percentages, ratios, graphs, and other mathematical tools when they began to invest their own money in the stock market.

The Gingerbread Girls - by Sharon Kuepfer
Sharon Kuepfer shares her experiences with launching her young entrepreneurs into a much appreciated holiday business: Gingerbread Cookie Sales. But the venture is not without its share of mishaps!

Behind the White Line - by Carol O'Dell
Carol D. O'Dell reflects on the transitions a homeschooling mom goes through as her sixteen-year-old daughter takes her first steps to places her mom cannot follow.

Is Homeschooling Selfish? - by Rigel Keffer
Rigel Keffer gives her answer to those who would call homeschoolers selfish for not staying in the public school system and working from within to help repair its troubles.

Is Homeschooling Sexist? - by Laurae Lyster Mensh
Laurae Lyster-Mensh proposes a closer examination of gender roles in homeschooling families. With mom almost always at home and dad at work, what kind of message does it send to our daughters? To our sons?

Teaching Autistic Children Who Aut To Be Home - by Tammy Glaser
Tammy Glaser, of Aut-2B-Home, gives a vivid glimpse of the world of autism, describing practical, workable ways for parents to help autistic children reach their fullest potential through homeschooling.

A Dream Takes the Detour: Schooling a Child with Autism at Home - by Sue Westwind
Sue Westwind details the challenging journey that began with learning her daughter was severely autistic, and describes how her daughter's needs affected Sue's dream of homeschooling.

Making Mistakes and Thinking for Yourself - by Jana Mohr Lone
Jana Mohr Lone delights us with her candid descriptions of her children's fortuitous mistakes, asserting that there are no real mistakes, because mistakes are just opportunities for deeper understanding.

Learning Like a Sponge - by Jennifer Logner
Chris Sims marvels at a mode of learning that occurs without human intervention or conscious thought, and encourages us not to lose that wonder, for our kids or for ourselves.

By Jove, I Think He's Got It! - by Robin Ohlgren-Evans
Robin Ohlgren-Evans exults that her late-reader, Taylor, is reading, vindicating her belief in him and putting doubts to rest. Somehow, her joy is that much sweeter for of the wait.


Questions and Answers: Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Why Won't They Work
Carol Narigon tackles one of the most frustrating issues in homeschooling: why won't they do their work?

Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Portfolios and Back to School
Laura compies the best reponses to the questions about Unschooling and Portfolios and what to do if your kids wants to go Back to School?

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
How Will Virtual Schools Effect Homeschooling?
This column will consider how virtual schools will affect American education in general and homeschooling in particular and how we can respond.

It's Only Natural - by Barbara Theisen
For the Birds!
Will the REAL Kenna please stand up? How Barbara's family gained the trust of the wild birds feeding nearby.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
One of Becky's more colorful columns, she lists many resources and ideas to bring music, math, history and the spectrum to life for kids.

Homeschoolers' Poetry - by Rick Stansberger
Poetry by and for homeschoolers of all ages.

Notes From a Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
On Camping, S'more or Less
Despite his best efforts, Jeff Kelety gets dragged to the woods for a horrific ordeal: camping with his family.

Unschooler In College - by Peter Kowalke
A Return to College
Wrestling with the next step: how, why, and if teens should unschool through college.

Older Kids - by Christine Webb
Reflections On Homeschooling Teens
It was less complicated when they were toddlers. But now that you kids are starting lives of their own just how do you handle all those teen issues? Christine Webb shares here experience with her teens and answering peoples questions.

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Spending Time
David takes a closer look at a great American tradition: spending like there's no tomorrow.

The Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Remember Your Promise
Our writer gets the chance of a lifetime, and does her best to hold the Oval Office responsible.


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