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HEM January-February/01

Table of Contents HEM January-February 2001


So, What Do You Do? - by Lisa Medlen Bugg
Lisa Bugg reflects on the potentially world-changing consequences of a homeschooling mom's choice to stay at home with her kids.

According to Their Step: A Philosophy of Homeschooling - by Amy Hollingsworth
Amy Hollingsworth discovers a philosophy of homeschooling in an oft-overlooked phrase buried in an ancient Hebrew tale. What should determine the pace of learning? Ask the kids.

Helping Your Child Discover His Own Writing Voice - by Julie Bogart
Julie Bogart shows how parents can encourage their children to become enthusiastic writers by simply listening to them and caring about what they have to say.

Homeschooling on the Move: How To Homeschool When You're Too Busy To Homeschool - by Theresa Willingham
An unexpected move across the state gave Theresa Willingham and her family many opportunities to learn, amidst packing, saying goodbye, and news of a hurricane.

Science A La Carte - by Michele Winkler
Michele Winkler describes how she abandoned a lecture approach to offer her homeschooled science students a science buffet, and how the children ate it up.

Ms. Frizzle for President! - by Colleen Messina
In her joyful description of a homeschool science club, Colleen Messina urges homeschool parents to be willing to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.

Socialization, Difficult People, and the Power to Walk Away - by Erika Leonard Holmes
In describing how she helped her son deal with a pushy person at the swim club, Erika Leonard Holmes reminds us how much we can learn when we're free to say no.

Greeting the New Millennium, Unschooling Style - by Dahti Blanchard
Dahti Blanchard describes the adventure of hosting fifteen self-assured unschoolers when they came from all over the USA and Canada to celebrate the turn of the millennium at her log house.

Unspelling - by Jon Remmerde
Jon Remmerde describes how he and his wife, Laura, chose an unstructured approach in teaching writing and spelling, and watched their daughters excel in both.

Simply Stated, We Read a Lot - by Teri Brown
Teri Brown describes some of the wonderful things that happen when parents raise their children to love to read... and to read a lot.


Forum: Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Abandoning the Schools; Toddlers
Our question-and-answer columnist tackles the critic who says that leaving your kids in school makes it better for all the students. Also, some ideas for homeschooling with toddlers at hand.

Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Reading and Finding a Balance
Readers answer questions about Reading and Finding a Balance.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Gaining Confidence In Our Homeschooling
In their 50th column for HEM Larry and Susan Kaseman explore reasons to be confident in our homeschooling.

It's Only Natural - by Barbara Theisen
Let It Snow
After a decade on a sailboat in sunny climes, one family rediscovers the joys of snow.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
PIRATES: Captain Kidd, Long John Silver, and Captain Hook
Avast there, mateys! Our reviewer looks at resources related to pirates, stem to stern.

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

My Word! - by David H. Albert
The Beauty of Math
There might be a reason your kids balk at learning math. Explore the beautiful side of the subject instead of preaching utility, and see what happens.

Notes from a Homeschooling Dad - by Jeff Kelety
The Moon is Enough
One of the unexpected benefits of homeschooling is that you also get to learn a lot about love.

HEM Classics -
Revelations of a Homeschool Mom by Carol Wanagel
We've published thousands of superb articles over the last 18 years, and from time to time, when space or circumstances allow, we'll be sharing some of our favorites with you. This issue's HEM Classics shares Susan Down's article from When Mothers Sing, Children Sing from the September-October 1990.

The Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Creating a Homeschooling Book's Resource Section
While wrestling with her organizational shortcomings, an author tackles the difficult decision of what state groups to include in the resource section of her new book... and why.

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