Table of Contents HEM September-October 2008
The Sept-Oct, 2008 issue of Home Education Magazine presents an eclectic mix of articles on homeschooling, from Jasmin Mutabdzija's inspiring "Lessons from the Third World" to Agnes Penny's "Family Time All Day Long," in which Agnes shares the simple joys of being at home with your children. Karen Vogel proves that homeschoolers can also indulge that seasonal urge for glue sticks and new rulers; Laurisa Reyes writes about how kids can make money while preparing for their futures (combining earning with learning); and long-time favorite HEM writer Sue Heavenrich tells how her family's meals take flight into the realm of language arts and math, as they play and challenge one other with conversational puzzles around the table. Angela Chenus gives homeschooling parents a lot to think about as she explains how she incorporated the influence of Waldorf education in her unschooling family to bring "intentionality to the moment."
In our regular columns, homeschool dad and author David Albert reflects on his daughters' continuing educations; while Mary Nix interviews world traveler Carol Reinhard, organizer of the first Unschoolers Winter Water Park Gathering. Laura Weldon shares readers' ideas on organizing for homeschooling and tackles the question of offering "homeschooling" to other families. Larry & Susan Kaseman explain the many ways in which choices we make will affect our homeschooling freedoms, strengthening them or weakening them. HEM book reviewer Jeanne Faulconer takes a look at the new book, "Homeschooling: A Family's Journey," by Gregory and Martine Millman. Kathy Ceceri explains how to build your own ant farm; and Christine Gable shares some great recipes for a versatile food that almost everyone will eat, including kids: pasta!
And 'tis the season: Becky Rupp provides a child-friendly guide to the upcoming election season, and Columnist Emeritus Linda Dobson provides important information on the major presidential candidates' education platforms as the 2008 election approaches.
Our Sept-Oct issue is brim-full of great reading for those crisp fall mornings or cozy cooler evenings!
FeaturesInterviews - by Mary Nix - page 34
Interview with Carol Reinhard
Interview with world traveler Carol Reinhard organizer of the first Unschoolers Winter Water Park Gathering.
ArticlesSchool Supplies - by Karen Vogel - page 23
Karen Vogel joins back-to-schoolers in the school supply aisles for fresh pencils, three ring binders, and new markers, proving that homeschoolers can also indulge that seasonal urge for glue sticks and new rulers.
Lessons from the Third World - by Jasmin Mutabdzija - page 24
In truly making the world the classroom, Mutabdzija discovered that the third world experience not only provided growth for her children, but growth for her self.
Money Matters: Working Toward Kids' Futures - by Laurisa White Reyes - page 26
If you'd like some suggestions for how kids can make money while preparing for their futures at the same time, you'll want to read Laurisa Reyes' article about combining earning with learning.
Waldorf Meets Unschooling - by Angela Chenus - page 28
Angela Chenus explains how she incorporated the influence of Waldorf education in her unschooling family to bring "intentionality to the moment".
Family Time All Day Long - by Agnes Penny - page 30
An excerpt from Agnes Penny's article "Family Time All Day Long" is a peaceful prelude to her extended reminder of the joys of being at home with children: "I can enjoy kissing the toes of my toddler while I dress her, instead of frantically tying shoelaces and searching for mittens. No rushing around looking for a recent photo of Johnny for his project tomorrow. Just family time.
Word Birds and Other Games - by Sue Smith Heavenrich - page 32
Sue Heavenrich tells how her family's meals take flight into the realm of language arts and math, as they play their invented Word Birds game and challenge one other with conversational puzzles around the table.
DepartmentsHEM Notebook - - page 3
HEM's Homeschooling Photo Album - - page 33
Pictures of homeschoolers in their natural envrionment.
Letters and Discussions - - page 8
ColumnsQuestions & Answers - by Laura Weldon - page 15
Organizing for Homeschooling and Offering Homeschooling to Other Families
Laura shares readers ideas on Organizing for Homeschooling and Offering Homeschooling to Other Families.
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr - page 18
A Different Kind of Trip
A parent hopes that a cross-country trip will provide many lessons to her homeschooled children.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman - page 20
Keeping Homeschooling Freedoms Alive
Larry and Susan tell us that we need to be aware of ways in which choices we make will affect our homeschooling freedoms, strengthening them or weakening them.
Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer - page 36
Homeschooling: A Family's Journey
Jeanne reviews the new homeschool title, Homeschooling: A Family's Journey by Gregory and Martine Millman
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp - page 38
Let the crazy election season guide your children to a learning experience that comes but once a year.
My Word! - by David H. Albert - page 42
Mohammed and Me
Albert offers a progress report on his children and shares his daughter's essay.
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri - page 44
Two-Jar Ant Farm
An ant farm is a great way to learn about the lives of insects and ants are real low maintenance pets!
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable - page 46
Easy, Affordable, Adaptable: It's Pasta!
A versatile food that almost everyone will eat, including kids? Give us pasta, please!
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson - page 50
Homeschoolers between a Rock and a Hard Place? The 2008 Presidential Candidates' Education Platforms
Linda provides important information on the major presidential candidates' education platforms as the 2008 election approaches.