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HEM January-February/05

Table of Contents January-February 2005


From Homeschooled to Homeschooling - by Dawn Colclasure
As a generation of homeschoolers become parents, they too enjoy the advantages of homeschooling their children.

Homeschooling Moms Find Their Own Paths - by Marjorie Sangster Rolleston
Do homeschool moms become obsolete when their kids grow up? Marjorie Rolleston shows us they absolutely don't!

Beware the "Shoulds" - by Tracie Schneider
Tracie Schneider warns us of an affliction homeschoolers must always be aware of--the "Shoulds."

Ballet with Boys - by Heather Henderson
Free tickets to the ballet turned Heather Henderson and her two sons into unlikely balletomanes.

Helping Your Child Love Piano Lessons - by Deborah Amend
Deborah Amend gives some guidelines for choosing a piano teacher and then helping your child make the most of the lessons.

Helping a Child Deal with Uncertainty - by Amanda Blum
Amanda Blum shares how she helped her children during her husband's year-long tour of duty in Iraq.

Learning One Fold at a Time - by Beth Philmon
Beth Philmon worries about her son's fascination with war, but a story about paper cranes and a run-in with an ex-wife show her he understands peace.


Letters and Discussions -

Learning Styles - by Tamra Orr
Homeschooling Doesn't Need to Mean School at Home
Tamra Orr examines how families approach selecting a learning style for their children.

Perspectives - by Peggy Daly Masternak
Interview with Susan Ohanian
An interview with author and freelance writer Susan Ohanian

Suport Group Corner - by Mary Nix
Mary shares highligts of her interviews with support group leaders Sarah Leslie of Iowa and Annette Jurczak from Maine.

HEM Notebook -


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon
Why I Shouldn't Homeschool
It's up to the family to decide in which direction reasons to homeschool or not to homeschool take them as individuals.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Lacking Energy or Not Thinking Outside the Boxand Blended Families
Readers tackle the "their homeschooling is better than ours" syndrome, and how to help a young teen make numerous difficult adjustments

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Increased Mental Health Screening? Are You Crazy!?!
The Kasemans explain why increased mental health screening, encouraged by the federal government in response to strong marketing and lobbying by the pharmaceutical industry, concerns us all.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher
Going for the Jugular, School Blender, Ergonomic Desks
An examination of the series on homeschooling published by the Akron Beacon Journal. Also charter schools and the school blender.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Perfect Pigs
Becky serves up more ways to dish out pig stories than there are to prepare "the other white meat!" Trivial Pursuit, Book Lovers' Edition gets a thumbs down, but American Folk Art for Kids sounds like a winner.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough
Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome, But What about Socialization?
Help with homeschooling a child with Asperger Syndrome, and another attempt to answer the age old question, "What About Socialization?"

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Poetry in Motion
Jazzercise isn't jazz, but it is exercise that builds valuable life lessons.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
The Gift That Just Keeps Giving
Today the gift of homeschooling is spanning the generations. Linda talks about sharing the gift from afar.

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