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HEM January-February/06

Table of Contents HEM January-February 2006


Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 34
Grass Roots Cooperation at its Finest An Interview with Shay Seaborne and Amy Wilson
Mary Nix interviews Virginia support group leaders Shay Seaborne and Amy Wilson, who describe how their coalition of grassroots homeschool activists achieved success in spite of the last-minute involvement of the Home School Legal Defense Association.


Learning Logs - by Ivy Rutledge - page 24
Instead of trying to design a curriculum for her daughter, Ivy Rutledge helps her daughter follow her own interests by using learning logs.

A Day in the Life: Home + Love = Learning - by Christine Gable - page 26
Christine Gable interviewed several families with diverse methods of homeschooling to give a view into the days of other homeschoolers.

Turning Shattered Dreams into Stained Glass - by Alica McKenna Johnson - page 28
Alica McKenna-Johnson thought she knew what homeschooling would look like, but her son Logan helped her see a different picture.

Fitting Out - by Nicole Guenther - page 29
Fourteen-year-old Nicole Guenther shares with HEM readers her poem thanking her family for homeschooling.

The Real World: Our Children’s Best Geography Lessons - by Cathy Malmrose - page 30
When Cathy Malmrose’s sons get excited about Paris, she finds a way for her family to go on a trip that almost any homeschool family could and should try for themselves.

How to Join a New Homeschool Group - by Kathleen McKernan - page 32
Sometimes joining and fitting into a new homeschool group can be difficult. Kathleen McKernan helps by sharing her “rules for enjoying park day.”


HEM Notebook - - page 03

Letters and Discussions - - page 08

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 14
Getting the Kids Going and Single, Working, and Homeschooling
One mom wants to know if she can earn while her child learns at home and another wants advice regarding her own self-discipline.

Learning 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 18
Traveling to the Core of Homeschooling
Tamra Orr discusses what true learning is made of, and how we can help our children best by trusting them - and ourselves - and then offers several time-proven truths.

News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 37
Abuse of Homeschooling, Public School Activities
Valerie Bonham Moon discusses the most significant news items affecting homeschoolers in September and October, 2005.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 40
Anyone for Tea?
Becky invites readers to savor National Tea Month, and gives kudos to Sudoku, Nursery Tap Hip to Toe, and Categories: On the Beauty of Physics.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough - page 46
Parenting a Free Child, Home Schooling in Full View
Elizabeth shares one new book that brings us jargon laden, academic research, and another that answers the most commonly asked questions about unschooling.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 50
Make a Wooden Abacus
Kathy Ceceri explains how to build your own abacus, and offers tips for using your new math tool.

2005 HEM Issue Index - by - page 52


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 12
Looking for Money in All the Wrong Places, Logging in Pennsylvania
Carol explains why paying someone to homeschool your children is not actually homeschooling. Also: keeping homeschool logs and the myth of tax advantages.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 20
Putting College Rankings in Their Place
The Kasemans explore the option of college, discussing current trends in higher education, and explain how the realities of college are not as rosy as popular culture portrays them.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
Phonics in Utero
Early childhood learning taken to its ultimate level – in utero.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Banish the Holiday Blues and Beat Burn-Out
Linda encourages readers to remember their homeschooling roots to get back to normal and get rolling when the holiday season is ended.
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