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HEM September-October/03

Table of Contents HEM September-October 2003


Tracking the Wild Homeschooler - by Kristin Madden
Kristin Madden's son learns how much nature has to offer by learning about what animals leave behind.

Family Activism - by Michelle Maggiore
When a homeschool mom and her kids become passionate about saving their environment all kinds of good can happen.

Your Job and Homeschooling: A Positive Companion - by Kimberely Ripley
Kimberly Ripley's professional writing assignments have provided income as well as unexpected learning opportunities for her children.

The Great Trade: Volunteering for Our Community and Coming Home Rich - by Meg Oceanna
Meg Oceanna's daughter learns about the world through her volunteer work in her community.

Silken Strings - by Dana Oliver
Dana Oliver's family learns a lesson in animal husbandry from their silkworms.

Opera with Children - by Heather Henderson
Imagine taking two little boys to the opera! Heather Henderson did and she lived to tell us about it.

The Things I Really Want my Kids to Learn - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
Sue Smith-Heavenrich wants her boys to learn those things that happen outside the curriculum outline.


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Divorce and Getting Started
Carol Narigon gives advice to a homeschool mom who is dealing with a divorce and to a new homeschooler who is facing her first notification in Vermont.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Baby in the House and Is homeschooling only for the rich
HEM readers answer questions about homeschooling with a baby in the house and whether homeschooling is a luxury only for those who have more than enough money.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Say No To The Federal Homeschooling Legislation
This column discusses major difficulties created by HR 2732 as a whole examines the problems raised by specific provisions and suggests effective ways to oppose the bill.

Publisher's Notes - by Helen Hegener
Reconnecting Families
In the face of the back-to-school marketing season Helen writes about how the institutionalization of education has impacted the family.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher
Helping Hands, HR 2732, etc.
Ann reviews federal and state legislation, stereotypes, diversity and the We Stand for Homeschooling statement.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Horses: From Pegasus to the Pony Express
Becky Rupp lists an exhaustive number of horse resources for the equine fan and reviews a Mandarin Chinese video, the Fast Figure card game, Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and the Great American Dollar Bill Locator.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough
Things and More of Everything Homeschooling
Elizabeth McCullough reviews The Everything Homeschooling Book by Sherri Linsenbach and 250 Things Homeschoolers Can Do on the Internet: A Guide to Fun, Facts, and Friends by Tamra B. Orr.

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Meera's Graduation
As David Albert's daughter Meera puts down her flute, he reflects on her musical journey and anticipates her next adventure.

On the Web - by Ann Zeise
Internet Games: A Learning Tool or a Waste of Time?
What do you do when your kids have outgrown their "educational" software? Ann Zeise has some tips for Internet games that will educate without seeming educational.

Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
In Sandra Dodd's house learning to read happens naturally and without pressure.

The Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
The Thought Counts
Do children need to learn cursive writing? Linda Dobson questions the necessity and shares her son's experience.


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