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HEM July-August/02

Table of Contents HEM July-August 2002


Learning to Write Without School - by Aj DeBee
Fifteen-year-old Aj DeBee chronicles the paths and milestones along her journey to become a writer.

Who Taught Them to Read? - by Karen Hoogland
When her day started with a note from her husband, tacking one more errand onto an already busy schedule, Karen Hoogland didn't realize what she'd notice along the way.

Aunt Sarah's German Class - by Sarah M Menkin
Sarah Menkin visits her nieces and nephews every Friday, and her nieces and nephews, almost without realizing it, are learning to speak German.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? - by Ann Baillie
Nigel is learning German. He can't help it. He and his mother, Ann Baillie, surround themselves with German all day long.

Truancy for Everyone! - by Laura Fokkena
Are the things they expect from us really reasonable? And if not, why do so many comply without protest? Laura Fokkena urges parents everywhere to be infected with the homeschooler's sense of entitlement.

Single-Parent Homeschools: They Can Work - by Yvette DeLuca
Can a single parent homeschool and manage a job at the same time? Yes, says Yvette DeLuca, and she shares her solution with us.

A Letter to My Neurosurgeon - by Teri Brown
Abruptly, Teri Brown found out she had a walnut-sized tumor in her brain. Now came the task of choosing a surgeon to remove it - and helping the surgeon to understand exactly whose life she held in her hands.

Homeschooling at the Family Learning Center - by Karen Kirkwood
From astronomy to Spanish, the Family Learning Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin, is meeting needs of unschoolers like Karen Kirkwood and her family.

The World Is Our Classroom - by Tracy Pillow
The seven members of the Pillow family - military homeschoolers - are ready for a vacation adventure as they await the announcement over the intercom. Soon they will know where in the world they will be for the next two weeks.


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Is Homeschooling as Great as It Seems to Be?
A young mother wonders, after reading up on homeschooling, whether it's all too good to be true.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Pros and Cons of Animal Husbandry; The Right Stuff for Science
The HEM readers' forum tackles questions about animal husbandry and science resources.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Let's Stop Aiding and Abetting Academicians' Folly
The Kaseman's review how the conclusions of misleading studies and reports may be used to support demands for increased state regulation of homeschooling.

Publisher's Notes - by Helen Hegener
Helen writes about how a watercolor book reminded her just how simple the concept of homeschooling can be.

It's Only Natural - by Barbara Theisen
Aviation, space and rocketry all have plenty of hands-on opportunities for homeschoolers.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
A roundup of Little House resources and ideas for fans of the wonderful Laura Ingalls Wilder series.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough
Elizabeth McCullough reviews two titles: A Parent's Guide to Homeschooling and Homeschooling for Dummies

My Word - by David H. Albert
A look at the cruel caste system and lessons propogated by the game of dodge ball.

On the Web - by Ann Zeise
Ann discusses the value of email lists and specifcally the issue of Off-Topic conversations.

Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
Sandra Dodd offers checklists and scheduling aids for those who truly want to unschool but who can't breathe well or sleep soundly without a plan.

Unschooler in College - by Peter Kowalke
Homeschoolers use college as a resource, not necessarily as a means to obtain a degree.

The Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Celebrating Independence the Homeschooling Way
As the nation gives homage to independence, Linda reflects on homeschooling's freedoms.

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