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HEM March-April 2008
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What About Me?

Free Range Learners

HEM March-April 2008
March-April 2008


Table of Contents HEM March-April 2008

With our March-April 2008 issue Home Education Magazineis looking forward to the outdoor season! articles editor Carol Narigon writes, "I see this issue as a 'coming out of winter' issue. Lots of ideas for getting out of the house." In her column, Ask Carol, she makes resource suggestions while our readers offer answers to a different kind of resource question in Laura Weldon's Questions and Answers.

Other columnist take us into the world of Crystal gardens, tell us of educational opportunities with Matzoh Ball Math, review unschooling books, offer Pizza ideas and ground us with a serious look at virtual charter schools. Our new book review editor tells us about two unschooling resources, Tamra Orr talks about siblings, Becky Rupp's column looks at the learning possibilities of bad grammar witch a column titled, Wretched Writers Welcome. And Linda Dobson warns of coming to homeschooling with unreasonable expectations.

We trust you will find something in this issue worth reading. Enjoy!


Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 36
Interview with Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff
From 1989-2000, Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff published Gentle Spirit Magazine. I wanted to catch up with Cheryl so we could all hear more of her gentle spirit and learn where life is leading her these days.

Family Photos - - page 40


What About Me? - by Deb Adamson - page 27
Deb Adamson answers that age-old, and unwelcome, question, "What about you?"

It's a Big World - by Karen Kirkwood - page 28
Karen Kirkwood shares exciting ideas for taking homeschooling outside.

Free Range Learners - by Laura Weldon - page 29
Laura Weldon makes some surprising connections between chickens and children and the freedoms both need to grow and thrive.

Paying Attention - by Lorraine Thomas - page 30
Lorraine Thomas shares a peaceful day enjoying nature with her son.

Preparing Your Teen for His First Job - by Carol J. Alexander - page 32
Carol Alexander shares suggestions for successfully preparing your teen for a job.

The Power of a Group: Cooperative Outings for Big Adventure - by Nancy Walters - page 34
Nancy Walters describes the many adventures her cooperative homeschool group has enjoyed together.

To Push or Not to Push - by Kristin Podemski - page 35
Kristin Podemski explains how sometimes an unschool mom needs to know when to push and when to not push.


HEM Notebook - - page 3

Letters and Discussions - - page 8


Ask Carol - by Carol Narigon - page 16
What Do I Need to Do This?
When it comes to beginning to homeschool with an unschool bent, a short list of materials to inspire creativity, including duct tape, is all you need.

Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 18
Help! My Wife Can't Stop with Books! and I Have to Work
When book-buying is an addiction, something's got to go and HEM readers share how. Many parents make homeschooling and employment work; you can, too.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 22
Oil and Water, Coffee and Popcorn, Friends and Siblings
During life's most trying moments, we are provided the chance to ponder...and learn.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 24
This column will consider homeschoolers' perspectives on virtual schools and ways in which we need to be careful not to let virtual schools undermine our homeschooling freedoms.

Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer - page 42
Explore unschooling essays with interesting sub-themes and learn about a new DVD featuring unschoolers with a variety of interests.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 44
Wretched Writers Welcome
Whether creating or fixing, bad sentences can be good for learning grammar. Don't miss a science book gone bad, either.

My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 48
Matzoh Ball Math and More
A multitude of lessons can be found in the everyday, if you know how to find them.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 52
Chemical Crystal Garden
Utilizing common household chemicals, you can experiment with and grow your own crystal gardens.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 54
An All-time Favorite: Pizza
If there's a universal food, it just might be pizza. Discover fresh new ways to create this old favorite.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 58
Unrealistic Expectations
Discover the lessons for homeschoolers that watching a television program provides about how unrealistic expectations can hinder your best intentions as a homeschooling parent.
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