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Table of Contents HEM November-December 2007
In our November-December 2007 issue we offer a selection of articles focusing on teaching science and geography, and the joys and special challenges of homeschooling boys. Worlds of make believe and imaginary play, talking about homeschooling with others, and directing a homeschool play - written by the 17-year-old homeschooled director - round out this issue's feature articles.
Columns in the November-December issue: Larry and Susan Kaseman continue their writings about the increasing pressure to make preschool mandatory; Rebecca Rupp focuses on snow; David Albert writes about his favorite armchair; and Linda Dobson takes the road less travelled with her granddaugher Emily! Carol Narigon writes about creative curriculum solutions during hard times, Kathy Ceceri explores how to involve your kids in the world of Archeology, Christine Gabler writes about whole grains, and Tamra Orr tells about her entertainment bags. And there is still more filling this last issue of our 24th year with great reading!
FeaturesInterviews - by Mary Nix - page 38
Interview with Susan Smylie Odyssey of the Mind Coach
Susan Smylie tells about her experiences coaching a team of homeschooled kids for The Odyssey of the Mind, for which they've won awards in creative problem solving and teamwork competition.
ArticlesPladdy World - by Heather Henderson - page 27
When are kids too old for make-believe? Heather Henderson does the research for us and finds out weÕre never too old to play.
Directing a Homeschool Play - by Nathan Colpitts - page 28
Seventeen-year-old Nathan Colpitts describes his experience directing a group of homeschoolers in a play.
Homeschooling Boys - by Carol Alexander - page 30
WhatÕs the difference between boys and girls? Carol Alexander gives a peek into the life of a mom who is homeschooling five boys.
Homeschool Science Slacker - by Karen Vogel - page 31
Not all homeschool moms run a chemistry lab in their kitchens. Karen Vogel, despite her guilt, is a self-proclaimed "science slacker" who may or may not get that science curriculum someday.
Sneaky Science - by Teresa Bondora - page 32
Teresa Bondora traces her love of rocksŃand her childrenÕsŃback to a surprise gift.
The Incredible Edible Map - by Audrey M Smith - page 34
Geography you can eat? ThatÕs what you get when you try Audrey SmithÕs edible map of the USA.
Ambassadors to the Real World - by Deborah Markus - page 36
Homeschoolers never know when weÕll be required to step up and represent homeschooling. Deborah Markus offers some tips to make it easier.
DepartmentsHEM Notebook - - page 3
Letters and Discussions - - page 8
ColumnsAsk Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
Hard Times Call for Flexibility to Create Curriculum
When homeschooling families suffer financial difficulties, itÕs time to put on the creativity hat and find alternative routes to the same destination of a fun learning year.
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Underserved by the School System and Needs to Pass the Torch
Discover that help for blind homeschoolers is plentiful, and that replacements for retiring state homeschooling group leaders is questionable.
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 22
The Entertainment Bag
An entertainment bag allows kids of all ages to have a hand in their own education
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
Why Professionals and Politicians Are Wrong About Preschool and What We Can Do About It
This column shows ways in which a few studies are being seriously misused to push for more preschool. It examines whatÕs behind the increase in preschool. Then it suggest actions we can take.
News & Commentary - by Valerie Bonham Moon - page 41
Homeschooling, from Egypt's pyramids to Hogwarts
Valerie reviews homeschooling in the news and finds many articles in the mainstream press and media.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 44
Let It Snow!
As winter settles in, your family can settle in with all things snow Š and a bit of diagramming sentences, just for fun
My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 50
My Chair (New American Family Style)
An interpretation of how an old chair represents the new American family style.
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 52
Kathy Ceceri suggests how to introduce and involve your kids in the world of Archeology.
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 54
Whole Grains Made Easy
Whole grains donÕt have to take a lot of time to prepare. TheyÕre good for you and, with these recipes, taste great.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Like Riding a Bike
Linda describes how easy it is to slip back into the homeschooling groove during a wonderful vacation with her granddaughter, Emily.