Table of Contents HEM January-February 2004
It's Perpetual Recess! - by Linda Jordan, et al
This group of homeschoolers dreamed of a resource center for homeschoolers. Here's how they made their dream come true.
Frog Guts and Air Bladders - by Ann Pedtke
Fifteen-year-old Ann Pedtke describes how getting a dead frog in the mail turned into a science adventure.
We Call It Math Club - by Jacqueline M Massey
Jacqueline Massey shares tips on starting a math club for kids who think math should be fun.
Black, Unschooling and Proud! - by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
For Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko, unschooling is one of the ways she and her children are empowered to decide on how they will live out their own values.
Scooping Up Life - by Ren Allen
Ren Allen shows us how unschoolers find treasure by "scooping" up life.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Haunted House - by Isabel Shaw
Isabel Shaw's daughter and her friends take over their own learning by creating a haunted house in January. What could be more appropriate?
A Golden Opportunity - by M.S. Beltran
M.S. Beltran and her daughter found unexpected benefits when they took a writing class at a senior citizen center.
Read All About It and More! - by Doris Schuchard
Doris Schuchard shares fun and unusual ideas for using the newspaper to learn.
Pre-Writing Exercises, or Why Movement is Essential to Learning - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
Sue Smith-Heavenrich shares movement exercises designed to help brains work better.
Homescholing History -
HEM, NHA, National Homeschool Association, issues, political action, freedoms, empowerment
Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Do Your Research Before Investing in an Encyclopedia
Carol reviews encyclopedias - the printed kind - and ways to pursue writing with preschoolers.
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Empty Nest and Moby Dick or Finding Nemo
HEM readers advise how to handle kids growing up and leaving home, and why it's probably just fine when a child prefers the latest Disney release to reading the classics.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Does Homeschooling Have To Be Political?
The Kasemans explain why homeschooling is an intrinsically political thing to do, and share tips on how we can maximize our effectiveness in protecting homeschooling freedoms.
Publisher's Notes - by Helen Hegener
What My Children Taught Me
Helen reflects on the lessons her kids have helped her learn. Lessons that have enriched her life and made her a better person.
News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher
Federal Legislation, Homeschooling As Scapegoat, Sparkle and Shine
Ann explains the problems with HR 2732/S 1562 - commonly known as HONDA - and shares what homeschoolers are doing to fight this legislation. Also covered: how family tragedies affect homeschooling, mainstream comics take a look at homeschooling, achievement of kids schooled at home, and what's happening with homeschooling in other countries.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Climb Every Mountain
Becky climbs mountains of resources to bring all the best books, movies, tapes, games, science kits and more on the topic of - what else? - mountains! Also reviewed: Buzzword, Lyrical Earth Science, Making Music, Crafty Concoctions.
Homeschooling Books - by Laura Fokkena
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
Guest reviewer Laura Fokkena explores why Susan Wise Bauer's newest book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, is worth a look even if you're a dyed-in-the-wool unschooler
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Meera's New Friends
David describes how his daughter Meera extended her circle of friends to include adults and other interesting people - and what she's learning in the process.
Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
What Marty Really Needed
When her son Marty asked for a map of New Mexico Territory it led to adventures in learning from the bedroom closet to the state capitol!
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Revisiting CBS's Homeschooling Horror Story
Linda searches for - and finds - the silver lining behind the recent spate of child abuse stories in the news which have focused on homeschooling.