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HEM January-February 2008
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Laurisa with daughter, Carissa.

Dump Truck Days
truck © Matt Yankus Collection

Your kids can make
a coil basket.

HEM January-February 2008


Table of Contents HEM January-February 2008

With our January-February 2008 issue we start our 25th year of publishing Home Education Magazine, and we've made some exciting changes, including a new book review column by Jeanne Faulconer, and a new feature called Homeschool Photo Album, with favorite pictures from homeschooling families! Check out the detailed content below for our 25th Anniversary issue!


Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 38
Interview with Scott Noelle
Mary Nix interviews Scott Noelle, the author of the 'The Daily Groove' published from his website,

Family Photos - - page 43
With this 25th Anniversary issue we begin a new regular feature: Pictures from the photo albums of homeschooling families, and we're starting with favorite photos from our own HEM staff!


Winter Doldrums - by Karen Vogel - page 27
February can be one of the hardest months to get through even if you don't spend it stuck inside with your bored kids. Karen Vogel gets through February with humor and even a little common sense.

Comic Books: Twaddle or Not? - by Cindy Gaddis - page 28
Cindy Gaddis revisits Charlotte Mason's "twaddle" and finds it a good fit for her right-brained, creative learners.

Confessions of a (Spasmodic) Homeschooling Mom - by Laurisa White Reyes - page 30
Laurisa White Reyes describes how she stopped thinking of (and using) the public schools as a safety net for homeschooling, much to her own relief and that of her kids.

Math before Breakfast - by Sue Smith Heavenrich - page 32
Math can be a chore for both kids and moms. Sue Smith-Heavenrich found a way to make math fun at the breakfast table.

Stinky Shirts and Happy Dances - by Leslie Gorin - page 34
Leslie Gorin gives us a view from the empty nest and assures us there's still life left to live after the kids leave home.

What They Say - by Karen Kirkwood - page 35
Ever wonder what your kids will say when they look back on their homeschool years? Karen Kirkwood asked several grown homeschoolers and shared their answers.

Dump Truck Days - by Jennifer L.W. Fink - page 37
When her nine-year-old son becomes obsessed with playing with a dump truck, Jennifer L.W. Fink finds herself examining her own commitment to unschooling.


HEM Notebook - - page 3

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
Language Arts Exercises Worth Doing
Language arts are best learned through reading and writing that has meaning. Carol offers suggestions that call for lots of reading and writing, and a good dose of discussion.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Homeschooling and the Lab Sciences and Going it Alone
Readers offer answers to questions about Advanced Science Courses and Going it Alone.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 22
If They Need It, They Will Learn
Learning differently can lead to awkward moments. Tamra shares her families experiences with those awkward moments.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
The Fraser Study: Puffing Up Homeschooling and Selling Our Freedoms
A study recently issued by the Fraser Institute in Canada is the latest in an accelerating collection of misinformation about homeschooling circulating in the media and on the Internet. Why does this matter to us both personally and politically? What can we do to minimize the damage?

Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer - page 42
Viral Learning and The Homeschooling Option
Jeanne Faulconer shares her thoughts on Mary Griffith's Viral Learning: Reflections on the Homeschooling LIfe and Lisa Rivero's The Homeschooling Option: How To Decide When ItŐs Right for Your Family

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 44
Terrific Talking Animals: From Aesop to Redwall
In this issue's column Becky provides us an overview of the beloved talking-animal books - lots of them! She also reviews resources for reading, writing, Ben Franklin's inventions and crochet.

My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 50
The Cult of Right Answers
The quest for right answers keeps us from learning from our mistakes. In this column David Albert argues that, in a healthy learning environment, individuals store up lessons learned from errors and mistakes for future use.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 52
Coil Baskets
The humble basket is probably among the earliest human inventions. There are many ways to make a basket, but coiling is a method found around the world.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 54
Comfort Food Goes Gluten-Free
The Homeschool Kitchen serves up delightful dishes that you'd never guess are gluten- and dairy free.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Homeschooling Through the Looking Glass: The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome
Linda describes how easy it is to slip back into the homeschooling groove during a wonderful vacation with her granddaughter, Emily.
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