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HEM March-April/05

Table of Contents HEM March-April 2005


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
Many colleges allow students to earn what is called 3credit by examination.2 The most popular such testing program is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP tests allow students to earn credit for subjects they1ve already studied, save money on tuition, and/or move quickly through lower level requirements into more advanced classes.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Social Son: How do I handle my son1s extrovert needs when I1m an introvert at heart? Self-Motivation: I have to work; my teens need to do more for themselves. Help!

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 23
Homeschooling: Our Perspectives, Their Views
Since the late seventies, homeschoolers have been working to educate the public about the strengths of homeschooling. The widespread acceptance of homeschooling today rests on the hard and effective public relations work homeschoolers have done.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher - page 39
Homeschooling-Friendly Pediatrician, The Rod, ABJ Legislation News
3Headline: Family to stop PUBLIC schooling after tests show student far behind2 - details at eleven. What? You say you missed that headline? Of course you missed it! I made it up, substituting the word 3public2 for the word 3home2 in a real news headline from WKRN TV News in Tennessee. That1s right, an alleged homeschooling failure is newsworthy in Tennessee.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Geometry: Polygons, Pop-ups, and Proofs
Nothing stands still. Where once the challenge of homeschooling was to manage to do it without getting yourself arrested, the challenge - now that it1s legal, socially acceptable, professionally supervised, and officially regulated - is to do it at all. Since our oldest, about-to-graduate-from-college son was a toddler, we1ve watched homeschooling drift inexorably toward an emphasis on standardized curricula, textbooks, and test practice.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough - page 48
Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents, The Art of Education
Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents; One of the most influential buildings in world history was the library at Alexandria. and The Art of Education; The education news prints a story every week, it seems, on yet another school forced to drop its art classes because of reforms spurred by the No Child Left Behind Act. Less art means more time for reading instruction, which is now mandated to take place according to the methods endorsed by scientific research.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 50
Unfinished Business
I am starting this column as a way of putting off another piece of writing that I owe one of my publishers. It1s not the first time this has happened. I can indeed write to order, but as a writer, I have learned that I can use my craft as a form of procrastination as well.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Research Points to Big Brother Inspired Teacher Training


Messy Homeschoolers - by Mary Kenyon - page 28
You1ve heard of eclectic homeschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers. How about messy homeschoolers?

Fingerlakes Unschoolers Network Variety Show! - by Peggy Arcadi - page 30
Homeschoolers and their friends in Ithaca, New York, recently found themselves walking out of a dark, rainy October evening into a roomful of twinkling lights, beautifully painted banners, flowery garlands and kindred spirits for the very first Fingerlakes Unschoolers Variety Show.

Teach Your Children Well - by Phil Millar - page 32
3Teach your children well ?2 With that old Crosby Stills Nash and Young tune still buzzing around my head like smoke from last night1s campfire sing along, I ascend from the rental van with my ten-year-old son at the Hemlocks and Hardwoods trailhead. The song lyrics describe my goal for this morning: I am going to take my son on a nature hike and teach him something about the woods.

A Homeschooler Who Writes - by Rosemary Engelfried - page 33
A couple weeks ago I got my sixth rejection letter from the Carus Publishing Company. I1ve also got three from Highlights, five from Stone Soup, one each from Houghton Mifflin, Chronicle, and Atheneum. The list goes on, but you probably don1t really want to hear it. The point is, I get a lot of rejection letters. The point is, I write.

Starling Poppa - by Kristin Madden - page 35
I looked out the window to see him kneeling down and carefully layering the finer sand over the soil where he had just buried his baby starling. It was his first naked baby, hatched just a few days before we received it at the wildlife clinic where we work.

What Your Kids Are Afraid To Tell You About Homeschooling - by Hank Fortener - page 36
I was 12 when it first crossed my mind. 3Maybe my mom thinks I can1t handle school. Maybe I1m homeschooled because my parents think I wouldn1t be able to make friends. Maybe my mom is afraid I1d turn out like a ?bad kid.1 Maybe I am a social misfit.2

An Early Dip into College Life - by Joanne Yeck - page 37
Choosing a college can be exciting, confusing and overwhelming. Even more so for a homeschooler whose first test might very well be the SAT, and whose initial classroom experience is on a university campus.


Letters and Discussions - - page 10

Special Needs - by Cindy Gaddis - page 26
Put the colored balls on top of the colored holes. Pick up the hammer. Hit each ball in turn. Watch them disappear down into the hole. Watch them reappear to roll down a chute. Watch them disappear again into another hole. Hear its continuous rolling. Finally, watch them appear out of a hole into your lap. At three years-old, Adam continues to love this ball and hammer toy - for hours - every day.

HEM Notebook - - page 3

Beyond the Basics - by Tamra B Orr - page 52
The Myth of Perfect Children
As homeschoolers, many of us are living under a false assumption. We seem to believe, whether we dare speak it out loud or not, that if we homeschool our children (this is often after we have nursed them, slept with them, carried them, and nurtured them), they will be perfect kids.

Suport Group Corner - by Mary Nix - page 53
In November, the Akron Beacon Journal printed a 7-day series on homeschooling entitled "Whose Business Is It?" The Ohio Home Education Coalition (OHEC) followed the development of events that seemed to lead to this series. I asked Peggy Daly-Masternak to share some of the history with the readers of this column.

History of Homeschooling - - page 54
A Homeschoolers1 History of Homeschooling, Parts I-VI
One of the most comprehensive and compelling accounts of the history of homeschooling was compiled between 2000 and 2001 by homeschooling mother and long time homeschool activist Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff.
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