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Table of Contents HEM July-August 2006
FeaturesInterviews - by Mary Nix - page 36
Mary Nix interviews "Corn and Oil" blogger Susan Ryan on the increasing dangers of Mental Health Screening and Teen Screen.
ArticlesMoose in the Mist - by Sue Zelie - page 25
As Sue Zelie's last child leaves home and her homeschooling adventure ends, she encounters a moose and reflects on how quickly it all went by and how grateful she is to have done it.
The GED Option - by Karen Kirkwood - page 26
Karen Kirkwood describes the process for obtaining a General Education Development certificate and why a homeschooler might want to get one.
Time to Learn - by Lisa Tiffin - page 28
Lisa Tiffin shares her ideas about time and how to have enough for all the things you love to do.
Rubbish Rethought: Finding Learning at the Country Dump - by Adam McKenty - page 30
A homeschool curriculum that comes from the dump? For Adam McKenty's family of boys, the dump provided an education that couldn't be bought.
Being a Cheerful Rebel - by Deborah Markus - page 32
As Deborah Markus reminds us, being a homeschooler is a rebellious act. She has some ideas on how to deal with the many ways homeschoolers can be different.
Clearing the Water with Swim Lessons - by Tammy Takahashi - page 34
Tammy Takahashi learns a lesson about the different ways kids learn while her children learn (or don't learn) to swim.
DepartmentsQuestions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 16
The "Mother Load" and Enough Indoors!
Good ways to split up the joys - and responsibilities - of homeschooling, and best ways to help children appreciate Mother Nature.
Learning 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 20
Come and Join F.A.M.U.
How about a new club that offers homeschooling parents the ability to shed doubt and feelings of inadequacy?
HEM Notebook - - page 3
News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 39
Family Tragedies, Racism, Proselytizing for Homeschooling
HEM News Editor Valerie Bonham Moon shares stories about homeschooling family tragedies, a controversy over racist homeschoolers, and a national homeschooling group linked to a religious group whose mission is a national return to Biblical law
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 50
Solar S'mores and Other Sun-Powered Crafts
Kathy Ceceri describes how to make a solar cooker from simple materials and use it to create tasty S'mores.
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 52
Wraps to the Rescue: Morning, Noon, and Night
When the weather is warm, you, too, may not want to fire up the oven. Here come wraps to the rescue.
History of Homeschooling - by Helen Hegener - page 54
HEM: Continuing the Story
Helen Hegener offers a further look at the beginning years of HEM.
Letters and Discussions - - page 8
HEM Classics - - page 99
ColumnsAsk Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 14
Self-Protection While Advocating for Others
Discover how you can best help new homeschoolers who need to deal with school officials.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 22
Homeschooling and Teens Who Dislike School
We need to prevent homeschooling from being viewed as a haven for teens who simply want to avoid compulsory school attendance laws.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
SIMPLY SAND...As in Castles, Clocks, Dunes, Deserts, Mandalas, and Math
Just in time for summer fun, Becky unleashes the educational value of sand, plus more great books and software.
My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
Join Noah and his ark as he learns to expect the unexpected.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
A Very Good Question
Linda visits the harsh realities of forcing a child into school.