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HEM November-December/05

Home Education Magazine
November-December 2005 Issue Content


Universal Preschool: A Weapon of Mass Instruction in The War On Toddlers - by Diane Flynn Keith - page 32
This article examines the campaign for universal preschool for all children, which is set in place to provide an "education system in which all sectors, from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education, are aligned and coordinated into one integrated system." One factor in the plan is "guaranteed access to quality childcare for all 3-and 4-year-olds," and the relevent question is: "Will this access remain voluntary - or will it be made mandatory?"


Buffy 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 24
Tamra Orr's family learns more from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel than she could ever have imagined.

Your Homeschool Blog - by Andrea Rennick - page 25
Andrea Rennick encourages homeschoolers to share their lives with other homeschoolers and family members through blogging.

How Adoption Helped to Shape Our Home School - by Deborah Amend - page 26
Deborah Amend describes how adopting a little sister from Russia became a homeschool family's great learning experience.

Checking Out the Library - by Rhonda and Lisa Barfield - page 28
Rhonda Barfield and her daughter, Lisa, share an article about their family's lifelong library visits.

No School Today? - by Tammy Enz - page 29
When Tammy Enz realized her son was struggling to explain why he wasn't in school, she enlisted the help of other homeschoolers to find a way to help him answer the question.

Lessons Learned by a Mall-Avoider - by Julia Schmidt - page 31
Julia Schmidt learns that planning ahead is as important in homeschooling as it is for avoiding late Christmas shopping at the mall.


Beyond The Basics - by Tamra B Orr - page 18
Katrina and the Meaning of Community
Tami Orr shares inspiring stories of how the homeschooling community pulled together after Hurricane Katrina to send support and help meet the needs of the displaced families.

HEM Notebook - - page 3

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 50
World History Crafts
Kathy Ceceri explains the history and traditions of the unique Tibetan Sand Mandala - and provides instructions for helping your child create a beautiful replica of this ancient art form.

History Of Homeschooling - by Helen Hegener - page 52
HEM-Networking List, circa 1999
HEM's managing editor Helen Hegener takes readers back to 1999 for a visit to some early posts on the HEM-Networking discussion list, including some of the first posts relating to what was then still a work in progress, the National Home Education Network.

Suport Group Corner - by Mary Nix - page 54
A. Jurczak, National Charter School Watch List, and J. Faulconer,Midsouth Eclectic Homeschool Network
HEM Support Group News editor Mary Nix interviews two homeschooling activists: Annette Jurczak, owner of the National Charter School Watch List, and Jeanne Faulconer, who recently created the Midsouth Eclectic Homeschool Network in northwest Mississippi.

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 12
Connecting Homeschooling Teens
Carol explains the options for homeschooled kids who are interested in connecting with other teens online via discussion lists, weblogs, penpals and other avenues. Also tips for parents on how to help your children communicate safely

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 14
The Fast Track Fellow support group members' pressure-filled approach is a mismatch. Advice, please? Unusual Custody Agreement Is it too disruptive to take a child out of school to homeschool every other year?
Discover great advice for homeschooling and supported gifted children, then contemplate alternatives for a child custody arrangement that could totally disrupt the child's life.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 20
Tax Credits: Carrots, Sticks, and Strings
The Kasemans explore education tax credits for homeschoolers - and explain why they're not what they seem to be.

News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 37
Greetings, Hurricane Katrina, Laws Under the Microscope, Bride of Frankenstein
Valerie Bonham Moon takes over the editorship of HEM's News and Commentary. In this issue she covers breaking news and compelling issues of interest to homeschoolers.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 40
Building: Blocks, Bricks, and Beyond
Covering the many things there are to build - and ways in which to build and learn about them - Becky reveals a truckload of building material sources just in time for the holidays. She adds books, book series, and an Ancient Egypt course for good measure.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough - page 46
Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow: Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love and Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families
Two new books by Home Education Magazine columnists David Albert and Linda Dobson, and a book with suggestions and ideas for homeschooling more than one child.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
Slow Pitch
Many times, the slow pitch, for which the brain is poorly wired, doesn't work any better in education than it does in baseball.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
An Open Holiday Letter to Homeschooling Kids Young and Old
Linda offers an open holiday letter to homeschooling children young and old.


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