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Table of Contents HEM November-December 2006
ArticlesHey! I'm Not Stupid! - by Karen Kirkwood - page 25
Karen Kirkwood outlines the advantages of understanding multiple intelligences, both for parents and for homeschooled kids.
One Mother's Search for the Meaning of Literacy - by Sherry Kinser - page 26
Sherry Kinser discovers cultural literacy and shares her second thoughts about discarding old books that her son may or may not read.
Dandelion Wine and Magic Sneakers - by Mariane Mears - page 28
Was there ever really magic in beginning a new school year or did the promise fall flat by the end of the year? Mariane Mears compares her school experiences to a pair of dead sneakers worn by the hero of Ray Bradbury's novel, Dandelion Wine.
Family Game Night - by Sophia Dobra - page 30
Ever wonder what your park play group can do in the cold of winter? Try a family game night, like Sophia Dobra's friends did. In this article, she describes what worked for them.
A Night to Remember - by Patti Pitcher - page 31
When Patti Pitcher's daughter wanted to wear a formal gown, she and her best friend decided to plan a prom, answering once and for all that ubiquitous question: What about prom?
Two Journeys in One - by R Willaims - page 33
When the Williams family moved to Mauritania for two years, they had no idea how different homeschooling would become. Share their journey as an African country becomes their curriculum.
Organizing a homeschool group for success - by Carol L Topp - page 34
CPA Carol Topp explains why a homeschool group should write bylaws and choose a board of directors to become a non-profit group.
DepartmentsHEM Notebook - - page 3
Letters and Discussions - - page 8
ColumnsAsk Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 14
Stifled by Excellence
It's not easy to restore a love for learning after the pursuit of perfection has left its mark, but parents will find it's worth doing.
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 16
Fall's "Fresh Start" and The Price of Gas
Lots of advice for homeschoolers of the Jewish faith, and a fascinating look at whether or not it matters if one's homeschooling choice began negatively or positively.
Learning 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 20
Laughing through the Holidays
There's a need for more homeschooling summer camps, and Tamra will begin collecting the list.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 22
Credentials for Homeschoolers: Problem or Opportunity?
The Kasemans explain the pros and cons of credentials for young adult homeschoolers.
Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 36
Interview with John Munson
Mary Nix interviews John Munson, a longtime volunteer with the New York Home Educator's Network, about his work with the group and about the homeschool legal climate in New York
News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 39
More of a Mainstream Interest...
News editor Valerie explains how homeschooling is gaining interest in the mainstream news, why the continued link to religion is problematic, how public school-at-home is growing in popularity, and what's happening in the American military communities in Europe.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Hands-On Chemistry: Smoke, Bangs, and Smells (and Safety Glasses)
Kids today may not experience the thrill of starting a fire in chemistry class, so Becky presents a plethora of alternative resources sure to please.
My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
Here's an explanation as to why Dr. Frank Smith, author of Reading Without Nonsense, and one of North America's leading experts on reading, says children cannot be taught how to read.
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 50
Jug Band Music and Invented Instruments
Hands-On Learning editor Kathy Ceceri explains how to make and play jug band instruments
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 52
Take a few minutes at the start of the day, throw in the ingredient of time, and you've got a nutritious meal!
History of Homeschooling - by Helen Hegener - page 54
1956 Homeschooling Court Case
Helen Hegener examines the 1956 Missouri court case in which Mary L. Schoenheit was jailed for homeschooling her seven-year-old daughter.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Like a Breath of Fresh Air
Take advantage of living in educational paradise.