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HEM January-February 2007

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Photo by Melissa Ayotte
Bubblegum Moments

Katelyn's cake. Photo by Lisa Amstutz
Anchorage to Nome

Photo by Sophia Dobra
Playing Apothecary

HEM January-February 2007


Table of Contents HEM January-February 2007

The Jan-Feb issue of HEM features an eclectic mix of great reading for winter days, with plenty of good winter activities to keep young - and old - minds busy! Take a wild ride with a dogsled race to Nome, Alaska with Lisa Amstutz's "From Anchorage to Nome." Go digging for ancestors with Dawn Adams in "The Hunt for Lucy Harris."

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Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 36
An Interview Leila Giles and Celeste Land
An interview with Celeste Land and her daughter Leila Giles, who has served as a page with the Virginia General Assembly, produced a documentary, and created a board game, among many other things.


P.E. for Mom - by Lori Deese - page 27
Lori Deese reminds us homeschool moms need exercise too--and we might enjoy more time with our kids while we do it.

The Hunt for Lucy Harris: A Genealogical Education - by Dawn Adams - page 28
When the genealogy bug bites Dawn Adams, her kids find out how much fun it is to learn their family's history too.

Bubblegum Moments - by Melissa Ayotte - page 29
Sometimes the only thing that will bring a mom out of the homeschool doldrums is the right ice cream and some bubblegum.

From Anchorage to Nome - by Lisa Amstutz - page 30
Lisa Amstutz's family didn't have to go to Alaska to enjoy following the coldest race in the US, the Iditarod.

Homeschooling's Bumpy Ride - by Mary Kenyon - page 32
Mary Kenyon forgot that her kids didn't have to like a "learning experience" just because other people expected them to.

Playing Apothecary - by Sophia Dobra - page 33
Sophia Dobra's son learned a lot more than how to make tea when he and his mom opened their own apothecary.

Young Entrepreneurs - by Robin Schneider - page 34
Robin Schneider's sons start their own bakery to make money for scout camp.


HEM Notebook - - page 3

Letters and Discussions - - page 9


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
The Child Who Needs to Try School
Trusting children means sometimes living with choices we parents wouldn't necessarily make, and that includes the child who feels a need to "try school."

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Harnessing the Competitive Spirit and The One Thing I Hate about Homeschooling
Who will win the battle of competition vs. no competition in academics? Stay tuned! Also, how does a homeschool mom become the mom she wants to be when she's the one who assigns school work?

Learning 101 - by Tamra B Orr - page 22
These Ain't Yo Mama's Comics Anymore
Are you hip enough to accept manga as being one of those things our children do that we cannot begin to understand but accept, anyway?

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
Acquiring Strong Letters of Recommendation
This column explores ways of getting strong letters of recommendations. It is intended for both parents and young people and is addressed to young people since they are the ones doing the work and gathering the letters.

News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 39
Homeschooling Continues to Grow
Newshound Valerie categorizes articles about homeschooling and graphs her results on a pie chart. Other news items: a Broadway musical and a new movie about homeschooling, and grandparents and black families homeschooling.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Wonderful Writing: From Runes to Romulan
Becky offers up creative ways for your family to explore the world through two favorites - words and food!

My Word! - by David H Albert - page 48
Simon Sez
If you never liked to play Simon Sez, this column that compares it to the undemocratic approach of schooling might explain why.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 50
Foreign Language: Mexican Yarn Craft
Kathy shows how to combine the study of a foreign language with creation of a local handicraft; in this case, studying Spanish while crafting the lovely Ojo de Dios, or "Eye of God.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 52
Homemade Bread
Just in time for winter's most blustery days, here are a few bread recipes that will warm up home and bellies.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
The Outcome Based Experiment
Linda's learning helps to explain why outcome based education doesn't - and can't - work.
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