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HEM July-August 2008
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Learning through Literature

Top 5 Reasons to Homeschool

Recycled Science

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Table of Contents HEM July-August 2008

In the July-August 2008 issue Home Education Magazine offers articles focusing on science and the homeschool life. Susanne Tayari shares the poignant story of homeschooling through her husband's illness and death. Karen Vogel encourages us to stop comparing and appreciate the homeschool lifestyle. Sue Smith Heavenrich takes us in to science with her article Paint a Rainbow from the Garden while Linda Schaffer's Recycled Science and Kristi Scorcio's Dissection 101 venture into further detail!

In her column, The Homeschool Kitchen, Christine Gable shares a few of her favorite grilling recipes while David Albert writes about important lessons which accompany the study of Chemistry. Larry & Susan Kaseman's "Do You Go to School in Your Pajamas?" writes of the importance of thinking through responses to those ever present questions about homeschooling. Laura Weldon shares readers answers about dealing with teens as Jeanne Faulconer reviews The Homeschool Reader, Volume Two, Edited by our own Laura Weldon. Tamra Orr writes about the Art of Snail Mail as Becky Rupp explores card games for kids.

The July-August/08 issue is another issue full of great homeschool insight. Enjoy!


Family Photos - - page 19

Interviews - by Mary Nix - page 34
Luz Shosie and Ned Vare
Mary interviews longtime unschool activists Luz Shosie and Ned Vare.


Stop the Madness! - by Karen Vogel - page 25
Karen Vogel encourages us to stop comparing the way we learn in our families with school learning and appreciate the homeschool lifestyle.

Learning from the Hard Times - by Susanne Tayari - page 26
Susanne Tayari shares the poignant story how she and her son homeschooled through her husband's illness and death.

Paint a Rainbow from the Garden - by Sue Smith Heavenrich - page 27
Sue Smith-Heavenrich gives advice on how to make inks and dyes from common fruits and vegetables.

Top 5 Reasons to Homeschool - by Kristin Podemski - page 28
Kristen Podemski lists her top five reasons for homeschooling--out of 287 and counting.

Recycled Science - by Linda Schaffer - page 30
Linda Schaffer shares some green ideas for using recycled containers for fun science projects.

Dissection 101 - by Kristi Scorcio - page 31
Kristi Scorcio doesn't think she can stomach dissecting a cow's heart and eyeballs. Find out how she endures the ordeal.

Learning through Literature - by Carol J. Alexander - page 32
Carol Alexander shows you how to use beloved books to encourage learning in many ways--no study guide necessary.


Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 16
Find out what homeschoolers think of hiding what they do from friends, and use great suggestions to keep teens interested in learning.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 20
The Old Fashioned Art of Snail Mail
There were benefits to writing letters that get lost in today's fast-paced communication.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 22
"Do You Go to School in Your Pajamas?" Responding to Questions About Homeschooling
This column will consider reasons to prepare in advance for questions we may be asked, general principles that can guide our responses, and examples of specific questions and possible responses.

Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer - page 36
The Homeschool Reader, Volume Two
Jeanne reviews HEM Books new title The Homeschool Reader Series, Volume Two: Collected Articles from Home Education Magazine 1995-1999, Edited by Laura Weldon

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 38
Castles, Conversations, and Concentration: Cards for Kids
Whether you buy them or make them yourself, the learning is endless - and lots of fun - when you use playing cards.

My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 42
A student may not know much about chemistry, but other equally important lessons accompanied the study.

Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 44
Mancala Board Game
There are many ways to play a game of mancala. When you make your own playing board, it gets even more fun.

The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 46
Summertime and the Grillin' is Good
Christine shares a few of her favorite grilling recipes to help you and your family enjoy the opportunities that grilling provides.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 50
The Declaration of Educational Independence
Maintaining educational freedom means declaring it in the first place, much as our founding fathers declared a new country's freedom from bands that connected them to a faltering system.
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