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HEM March-April/06

Table of Contents HEM March-April 2006


Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 36
An Interview With Stephanie Janovyak: Pursuing her Passion!
Mary Nix interviews a young homeschooled woman from Ohio whose love for the German language has helped her open numerous windows of opportunity.


Gifts of Homeschooling - by Rachel Phillips - page 26
When grown homeschooler Rachel Phillips finds dolls she made as a child, she recalls the gifts of time and experience homeschooling gave her.

Hot Honey and Leaping Watermelons - by Karen Kirkwood - page 28
Karen Kirkwood describes fun ways to teach kids about writing.

A Different Kind of Class - by Laura Huber - page 30
Laura Huber gives her son a lesson in "class" and learns a class lesson of her own.

More Than a Water Feature - by Nicole Maki - page 31
Nicole Maki and her three boys build a pond in their back yard and learn more than they expect.

Label Me Schizophrenic - by Karen Edmisten - page 32
Karen Edmisten refuses to label her homeschool style, but describes it well nevertheless.

An Argument Between Friends: Compulsory Education vs. Unschooling - by Shay Seaborne - page 34
Shay Seaborne shares a disagreement between herself and a friend over the importance of compulsory education. From our POV, Shay wins hands down.


HEM Notebook - - page 03

Letters and Discussions - - page 08

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 16
Pop-Quizzes and Raising Children with TLC
Laura and readers tackle that annoying habit of strangers quizzing our children, then shares advice on countering the claim that homeschooled kids won't be tough enough for the real world.

Learning 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 20
The Happiest Mistake
Discover how wrong tables and wrong turns became the happiest of mistakes.

History of Homeschooling - by Linda Dobson - page 38
A Brief History of American Homeschooling
In this excerpt from Homeschoolers' Success Stories, author Linda Dobson offers a brief hsitory of homeschooling in America.

News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 39
Truancy, Compulsory Attendance, Recruitment and Enlistment
Valerie Bonham Moon reports the news stories which have affected homeschooling families over the previous few weeks and offers her informative commentary on what's happening.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Science? Or Sci-fi?
Becky explores the many genres of sci-fi, The Medieval & Early Modern World Series, poetry for kids, and smart art for the younger set.

Homeschooling Books - by Elizabeth McCullough - page 48
The Homeschool Reader: Collected Articles from Home Education Magazine 1984-1994, Why Do You Homeschool?
Elizabeth announces the third revised edition of The Homeschool Reader, and reviews a book that answers some of the commonly asked questions about homeschooling.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 52
Ice Age Animal Cave Paintings
Kathy Ceceri describes the wonders of Ice Age Animal Cave Paintings, and shares ideas and tips for helping your homeschooled kids create their own "prehistoric" masterpieces using everyday resources found in the home.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 54
Beans: Versatile, Economical and Nutritious
The new HEM column begins with a look at fun ways to make nutritious beans the star of your table - while the kids help prepare!


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 14
Persuading the Ex and Journal Jars
Carol addresses the touchy issue of co-custody and homeschooling, and presents a great idea to inspire reluctant writers.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 22
Why Children Are Not For Screening
This column will explore the risks of screening, the benefits of choosing alternatives to screening, and ways to minimize the damage screening can do.

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 50
Growing Out
David's daughter joins him in a look at "growing out."

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
The More Things Change...
Linda realizes some things about homeschooling must never change, thanks to her granddaughter's help.
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