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HEM November-December/02

Table of Contents HEM November-December 2002


We Didn't Quit - by Frances Hansen
In 1992, Frances Hansen's world was turned upside down when she discovered that her active, creative husband had a disease that would slowly debilitate him over the next seven years. This article describes how their homeschooling family survived.

Self-Supporting Homeschoolers throw a Self-Directed State Conference - by Theresa Willingham
Theresa Willingham chronicles how a parent-directed state conference to encourage home and alternative educators came together in just two months, with wonderful results!

An Inclusive Group - by Donna Stone
At first, Donna Stone just looked on it as a break from teaching. But as time went on, she realized there was something different - and very special - about the HOPE co-op.

And What Does Your Husband Do? - by Isabel Shaw
It seemed that Isabel Shaw was alone in being confident that her husband could assume the primary responsibility for homeschooling their two daughters. Would experience prove her confidence to be well founded or misplaced?

A Matter of Trust - by Avivah Werner
One of the biggest challenges of homeschooling comes when we must stand back and let our children succeed or fail on their own efforts. With Avivah Werner, it was a matter of flowers.

Placemat Learning - by Kathryn Tyler
It started with a little boy who didn't like to be "taught." Then came the counting placemat, bright and colorful, with words in English and French. Subtly, Ben began to learn, and Kathryn Tyler knew she had stumbled onto something.

Homeschooling on the Slopes - by Colleen Messina
Colleen Messina writes with her trademark humor about the winter they made skiing part of the curriculum... and brought mom along.

Some Days, Homeschooling - by M-DS Turcotte
On some days, M.D.S. Turcotte says, homeschooling isn't worth it. Most days, though, homeschooling works well. And on certain other days, homeschooling is extraordinary.

Special Needs or Just Special? - by Mary Gold
When Conor was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder, the schools couldn't help him. Mary Gold turned instead to unschooling, embracing all that made her son so special... and he thrived!


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Looking at Those Lessons
One mom with a 4-year-old wants longer lesson times, and an 11-year-old's mom is wondering if he is losing confidence.

Questions and answers - by Laura Weldon
But I Wanna Go To REAL School!
Kindergartners have a hard time seeing their friends head off to school. Also, how families manage homeschool records.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
How William Bennett's Public E-Schools Affect Homeschooling
The Kasemans outline how the former U. S. Secretary of Education,William Bennett, is acting in ways that disregard our interests as homeschoolers and undermine our homeschooling freedoms.

Publishers Notes - by Helen Hegener
Decisions, Decisions
Helen muses on the lasting and far reaching impact of the decision to homeschool.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Sick, Sicker, Sickest: All About Diseases
Winter's looming, and what better time to learn about the cause of sore throats, flu and fever?

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough
Two New Homeschooling Handbooks
A look at two new books discussing the basics of how and why to homeschool.

MyWord! - by David H. Albert
A hard look at the trend of psychotropic drug use in school-aged children, and some advice to the teachers in the trenches.

On The Web - by Ann Zeise
Affiliate Shopping At Your Favorite Homeschool Site

Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
Words, Words, Words
Sandra explores the power, rewards, enjoyment of words.

The Road Less Travelled - by Linda Dobson
The Gift of Flow
How the book Finding Flow can be a wonderful validation of homeschooling.


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