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HEM September-October 2007

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Being 16 and in Cairo makes sense for Meera.

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HEM September-October 2007


Table of Contents HEM September-October 2007

In our September-October 2007 issue we offer a selection of articles for both the first-time homeschooler and for those who've been homeschooling for a while, with feature pieces which reflect on our strengths as homeschoolers and remind us of what it means to be a homeschooler. Columns in the September-October issue: Larry and Susan Kaseman write about the increasing pressure to make preschool mandatory; Rebecca Rupp discovers pumpkins as a resource; David Albert addresses the challenge of kids leaving home; Linda Dobson discusses what's really important; and Tamra Orr confronts reality! Carol Narigon, Kathy Ceceri, Christine Gabler and our other regular writers have filled this issue with great reading!


Illiberal Education: Constitutional Constraints on Homeschooling - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 36
In the first three sentences of a recent paper, "Illiberal Education: Constitutional Constraints on Homeschooling," Professor Kimberly Yuracko of Chicago's Northwestern University School of Law, sets the psychological stage to promote the legal duty of American states to stringently regulate homeschooling


Stop Me Before I Buy Again! - by Karen Vogel - page 27
Karen Vogel exposes homeschooling's dirty little secret--curriculum addiction--in this humorous article.

Homeschooling for Free - by Kathryn Frazier - page 28
Kathryn Frazier offers her suggestions for free or inexpensive homeschool materials.

Where Experts Fear to Tread - by Shay Seaborne - page 29
Do we really need experts or does the independent nature of many homeschoolers give us the ability to live beyond what the experts know? Shay Seaborne shares her ideas on going where "experts fear to tread."

I Forgot to Unschool Me - by Cindy Englan - page 30
Cindy Englan has an epiphany when she realizes she enjoyed homeschooling her sons, but she forgot about her own dreams. In this inspiring article, she describes how she learned to unschool herself.

National Novel Writing Month - by Wendy Gregory Kaho - page 32
Wendy Gregory Kaho shares how she and several teenage friends took up the challenge of writing a novel in one month.

Homeschooling by the Creed - by Rachel Berg Bithell - page 33
Writing a homeschool creed can keep us on track on those days when nothing goes right. Rachel Berg Bithell describes her reasons for writing hers in this thoughtful article.

Support for Everyone - by Diana North - page 34
Diana North offers possibilities for cooperation among support groups with different agendas in order to help support all homeschoolers.


HEM Notebook - - page 3

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
Get Started with a Little Help from Your Friends
Carol explains a new homeschoolers' five new best friends.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Grayhaired Old Bats? and Mom Moving In?
One reader asks why there seem to be a lot of "old bats" running support groups, while another another reader is concerned about how her mother moving in will affect her family's homeschooling.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 22
Homeschoolers and Confronting Reality
Living in reality is an important way in which homeschooled children learn and live morals and values.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
Let's Not Institutionalize 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds
This column discusses ways in which young children learn, how well they learn at home, downsides to preschool, and suggestions for what we can do.

News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 41
An Era Ends, and Activists, Legislators and Researchers Still Lead the Homeschool Parade
Valerie reviews homeschooling news.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 42
Becky outdoes herself with a plethora of pumpkin resources, along with some wonderful new books, and an online newspaper for kids ages 8-10.

My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 50
Home Alone - Home Together
Homeschooling parents work their way out of a job, and that includes when the children become world travelers.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 52
Inventions Old and New
Kathy tells us how we can get a taste of inventing by making a model of Morse's telegraph.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 54
Delicious, Delectable Dessert
You may find a bit more help cleaning up and putting away after cooking when dessert fills the plate.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Don't Forget the Little Things
Homeschooling gives you a chance to show your children what's really important in life.
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