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Home Education Magazine
May-June 2005 Issue Content


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
Countering Negative Homeschooling Press with Positive Advocacy and Summer Break
I'm concerned about the bad press homeschooling seems to be getting lately. Homeschooling has been implicated in terrible abuse cases in several states recently and I hate how bad those isolated incidences make all homeschoolers look to the general public. I'm afraid our laws will be changed and made stricter because of concerns over those few homeschoolers who abuse their kids. What should homeschoolers do to counteract the "rogue" homeschoolers who could ruin things for all of us? - Sherry in Florida

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Natural-Born Tinkere- rLately I am really worried about my son. He used to do all his schoolwork without a problem. Now he would rather work with his grandpa fixing computers and fool with electronics in the basement. Seeking Video Game Rules - My children spend hours playing video games every day after their chores and workbooks are done. They trade with their friends all the time so I can hardly keep track of what they are playing; besides I am busy with a toddler. They are good kids, but I don't like this.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
How Rulings in Homeschooling Custody Cases Affect Us All
Homeschooling sometimes becomes an issue for a divorced homeschooling parent whose ex-spouse opposes it. Homeschoolers who turn such conflicts over to attorneys and the courts find that most attorneys and judges know little about homeschooling and many are biased against it.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher - page 37
Baby Ed, Bills to Watch, Screening for Profit, Right to Homeschool - Pros and Cons
Here is an outrageous headline - "Labeling Kids Mentally Ill for Profit." In its March 12/13 issue, CounterPunch published an article by Evelyn Pringle that identifies the proposed nationwide mental illness screening program as a government driven jobs and profit program. Screening would begin in government institutions, including the public school system, for all students from kindergarten up to the 12th grade...

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Loving the Library
Of all possible homeschooling resources - after, of course, such pipe-dream unobtainables as unlimited time and money - next-best is a library card. Kids vary certainly, but there's no doubt, as Neil Postman said, that a magnificent education can be obtained solely through reading; and even for the reading-resistant, the library has a lot to offer.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
subiyay (1944 - 2005)
subiyay has for many years been the vidadad, the spiritual teacher, of the Skokomish Tribe, some 25 miles from our home. While I have known him in passing for a long time, he only came into our lives in a significant way through the life of my older daughter Aliyah in this past 18 months or so, and it is for her that I must commemorate his life and spirit.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Make the Most of Summer Time
t's imbedded in our culture: As days grow longer and warmer, thoughts turn to the end of school as we know it. Speaking from my own experience, even a homeschooling family that understands there is no beginning or end to learning is surrounded by other families who, thanks to the school schedule, live from a different perspective during summer's non-school time.


Oh, Fer Pete's Sake - by Dawn Ellis Lopez - page 28
In rural Wyoming, homeschooling is almost a requirement. The distance from any school is far enough to require bussing, no matter what, and the state of the roads in the wintertime is questionable at best.

The eBay Experiment - by Donna Marie Wallace - page 30
In an age where soccer is king and video games have stolen the attention of millions, I am completely mystified by the eBay/Yu-Gi-Oh craze. Factoring out peer pressure, glittering anime and fancy jargon, Yu-Gi-Oh is reduced to a strategic game of cards.

A Dozen Reasons for Not Mowing the Lawn - by Sue Smith Heavenrich - page 31
The grass was getting close to a foot high and my teenagers needed pocket money, so I began negotiations. "Maybe later," said one. "Right now I'm working on character sketches for my graphic novel." "Maybe later," said the other, snapping Legos together. "I'm designing an interplanetary space probe to explore the moons of Jupiter."

An Attitude Of Gratitude - by Maripat Perkins - page 33
We had been homeschooling for three years and I was still plagued with self doubts and thoughts of inadequacy. Was I doing it right? Were my children getting enough? What if. . . What if. . . and more what ifs. . . ?

Learning and Living with High-Functioning Autism - by Christine Gable - page 34
Several years ago my son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism. As part of the autistic spectrum disorders, it is a learning challenge that is physically invisible but makes his way of interacting in the world confusing and more difficult than average.

We Forgot to Do Math Today! - by Carrie De Francisco - page 36
One of my favorite times of the day with my daughter is our "alone time" together at bedtime. This is my time for reading aloud to her and for our "little talks." I say "little" because with my daughter, there really is no such thing as a short conversation.


Learning Styles - by Lillian Jones - page 23
Many families who homeschool for a while discover that they don't really need the more structured school-like approach they started with, and are surprised to find themselves "unschooling." Unfortunately, however, there are some common misconceptions about unschooling that can cause reluctance among newer homeschoolers to even consider it as an option.

HEM Notebook - - page 3

Perspectives - by Kim Campbell - page 50
Weblog Reviews
Weblogs (aka blogs) are rapidly becoming a popular replacement for individual web sites, offering a much simpler user interface - no need to learn html programming - while providing powerful tools like multimedia sites, with photos, artwork, music and video, often for free.

Suport Group Corner - by Mary Nix - page 54

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


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