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Home Education Magazine
July-August 2005 Issue Content


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 14
Helping Husband Understand and A Teen Who Wants to Try School
Carol offers suggestions for dealing with a homeschool-doubting husband, and offers advice about a teen who wants to try high school.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 16
To Get a GED or Not to Get a GED and Twins are Individuals First
Readers sound off on colleges requiring GED or other tests, then assist a mom whose twins don't share reading skills.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 22
Don't Let Compulsory Attendance Turn into Compulsory Education
The Kasemans explain what compulsory school attendance laws actually require, why so many people fail to understand the distinction between compulsory attendance and compulsory education, and how homeschoolers and others can use this distinction.

News & Commentary - by Ann Lahrson Fisher - page 39
Fuzzy Fairness Award, Risky Can o' Worms, Burning Out Our Children
Ann Lahrson Fisher reports on the infamous Akron Beacon Journal series, tracking homeschooling in the news, homeschooling reported as weird, homeschooling as the next mainstream and what's happening around the states.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Learning with Leonardo
Becky shares resources on every aspect of da Vinci's work, and covers Shakespeare, Science Verse, and college level lectures

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough - page 48
See, I Told Me So and Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers
First, a book that reveals (inevitable) worry about homeschooling as a waste of time and energy when there are so many ways to measure success, and then a visit to the 1996 classic collection of essays by African American homeschoolers.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 50
The Greatest
David Albert writes: We help our children most when we remember education is their game, and give them every chance to invest in it.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
The Perfect Message
Well-known author and homeschool conference speaker Linda Dobson describes her hunt for the perfect bit of wisdom to share via her license plate.


An interview with Deborah Stevenson - by Judy Aron - page 36
An interview with Deborah Stevenson of the National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) about the threats facing homeschooling parents.


Unbridled Curiosity: Our Experiences with a Field Journal - by Ivy Rutledge - page 26
Ivy Rutledge buys her daughter a field journal and discovers her daughter already knows how to use it.

Community Ecology in a Milkweed Patch - by Sue Smith Heavenrich - page 27
Sue Smith-Heavenrich invites us to explore milkweeds and the many wonders a patch of simple weeds can hold.

Let's Talk About Me! - by Karen Kirkwood - page 29
Karen Kirkwood shares her ideas for an unschoolers' psychology class.

How I Learned to Balance a Checkbook - by Lia Mastropolo - page 30
Lia Mastropolo shares her musings about the difference between her first day of college and her first day of homeschooling. Guess which one was easier?

The College-bound Homeschooler - by Joanne Yeck - page 32
Joanne Yeck describes helping her daughter Zan find the right college for a homeschooler who is used to following her interests.

Beautiful Colors of Change - by Tammy Takahashi - page 34
Tammy Takahashi explains why giving up on a once-beloved activity isn't always such a bad thing for a kid to do.


Beyond the Basics - by Tamra B Orr - page 21
Fencing Anyone?
Tamra Orr profiles two young fencing champions who take a different approach to homeschooling physical education.

HEM Notebook - - page 3

Out and About - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 52
Dealing With Deploymernt
Valerie Bonham Moon writes about how military homeschooling families can deal with the anxieties and loneliness of being separated by deployment.

Suport Group Corner - by Mary Nix - page 54
HEM Support Groups Liaison Mary Nix interviews Priscilla Adams, of Upstate Homeschoolers United, about an incident involving the police which her group members faced; and Amy Wilson, founder of the Eastern Prince William County Homeschool Community Center, about how others can develop similar centers.

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


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