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HEM March-April/04

Table of Contents HEM March-April 2004


Charlie's Shop - by Jody Mace
Charlie Mace is an enterprising homeschooler who earns his daily living by selling drawings in his "shop."

The PumpKid Patch - by Melanie Lien Palm
An enterprising grandmother helps her grandchildren run a successful pumpkin farm.

An Egg Is an Egg Is an Egg - by Ann Pedtke
Sixteen-year-old Ann Pedtke describes how their kitchen becomes a science lab for all kinds of homeschool experiments.

The Impatient Butterfly - by Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper describes the miraculous process of raising monarch butterflies with her children in their home.

People Different from Ourselves - by Elizabeth Davies
Elizabeth Davies examines the question of diversity in the homeschool community. Are our children restricted to a homogeneous group of kids or do they learn to get along with those who are different from them?

Homeschooled Teens Can Rest Easier - by M.S. Beltran
"Early to bed and early to rise" may not be the best prescription to make your teenage homeschooler healthy.

Beyond Statistics: A Real Look at African-American Homeschoolers - by Jennifer James
Jennifer James goes beyond statistics to talk with real African-American families who homeschool.

Viva La Nerds! - by Teri Brown
Are you raising a family of nerds? Not only is Teri Brown raising nerds, she's proud of her family's nerdishness.


Letters -

Homescholing History -
'Snapshots' from the 1984 issues of HEM


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
What if I Wreck my Son's College Career Before it Starts?
Putting college preparation into perspective; also a look at reducing isolation

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Family Frustrations and Is Continuity Critical?
What to do when the in-laws start quizzing your kids; and a look at how to incorporate continuity into the patchwork of homeschooling.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Watchdogging the Media
The Kasemans look at the media's portrayal of homeschooling and the subtle ways false information can undermine homeschooling.

Publisher's Notes - by Helen Hegener
Helen considers the tradeoffs, compromises, and buying into a system that promises (but does not deliver) a prosperous economy and a stable society in exchange for our - and our childrens' - personal freedoms and liberties.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher
State Legislation, Feeding Frenzy Continues, Science Awards
Ann reviews highlights from her weekly news updates.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Reliving the Revolution
A look at the many wonderful historical resources available to those who wish to study the birth of our nation; a science game, an inspiring art book, a fitness video and more.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough
Unschooling by Choice, and Homeschooling with Asperger's
Reviews of "The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School," by Valerie Fitzenreiter; and "Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome," by Martha Kennedy Hartnett

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Saint Riley Slocumb and the May of Hell
In which a homeschooling speaker attempts to perceive the divinity of an airport employee.

Unschooling - by Sandra Dodd
The School in my Head
Sandra considers the urgency unschoolers feel in coming to grips with the lasting impact of schooling.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Too Much of a Good Thing?
The current plethora of educational choices might have paralyzed us from doing anything at all!


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