The January-February 2009 issue of Home Education Magazine features an interview with pioneering homeschooling mother and activist Kathleen McCurdy, who established the Family Learning Organization (FLO) in Spokane, Washington in 1983.
Articles for this issue explore board games, sibling rivalry, visual disability, encouraging kids to write, studying Latin, and collecting postcards from around the world. In our regular columns, Tamra Orr offers for learning adventures; the Kasemans discuss the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; Jeanne Faulconer reviews "Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling," by Tammy Takahashi; Becky Rupp shares an in-depth look at pennies; David Albert writes about occupational training; Kathy Ceceri explores magnifying lenses; Christine Gable shares recipes for popcorn; Linda Dobson examines how to be frugal; and Laura Weldon shares readers' answers to questions about Gambling on Our Children's Future and Can a Hands-off Approach Work.
FeaturesInterviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Kathleen McCurdy
Mary interviews vetran homeschooler Kathleen McCurdy who established the Family Learning Organization (FLO) in Spokane, Washington in 1983.
ArticlesOld Games, New Tricks - by Angela Smith
A closetful of forlorn board games can be transformed into learning tools and challenging games just right for your homeschooled children. Angela Smith shows us how to teach old games some new tricks!
Fight! - by Jennifer L.W. Fink
Jennifer L.W. Fink gives us a view of the sibling rivalry at her house, as well as the healthy wrestling her husband does with their "cubs." She provides perspective on conflict and little boys' shows of strength.
Homeschooling A Child with a Visual Disability - by Catherine H. Knott
Seven-year-old Josh had a visual disability. He was assigned to four special ed programs and had some understanding school teachers, but he was unable to make progress in school. His mother tells the story of how homeschooling made a difference for him, including vivid details of how he learned to read and write using an imaginative kinetic learning style.
Get Out of the Way and Let the Kids Write - by Pamela Victor
Pamela Victor explains how her homeschool writing group encourages kids to write and enjoy sharing their work.
From Homeschooling to Italy - by Sarah Northrop
Sarah Northrop writes how her son's interest in studying Latin as a homeschooler led to living and studying in Italy, where he has enjoyed the culture, the language, the lifestyle, and the people.
Postcard Geography: Where in the World is Talinn? - by Heidi Willers
Collecting postcards from around the world is fun for kids who love to get mail and creates an inexpensive geography study for families. Heidi Willers tells us how to help our children learn the location of Tallinn and other exotic places.
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ColumnsLearning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Lack of Adventure?
A list of suggestions to help you support your child's learning adventures when adventure isn't your cup of tea.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Cause for Concern but Not Panic
This column discusses problems with the convention, factors that prevent it from making significant changes in federal and state laws in the US, and what we can do.
Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer
Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling
A whole book on deschooling? That's what Tammy Takahashi has given us, and far from overkill, the book's emphasis on deschooling provides valuable perspective on homeschooling topics ranging from curriculum to college.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Becky gives you much more than two cents worth of fun and learning with an in-depth look at pennies.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Real world occupational training harbors lessons and food for thought for homeschooling parents.
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri
Kathy explores magnifying lenses of all kinds explaining a ways you ca bend light for a clearer look at the smaller things in life.
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable
While there's nothing wrong with plain popcorn, you'll enjoy dressing it up with these recipes.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
What's Old Is New Again
Homeschoolers have a real head start in a society that needs to learn how to be frugal.
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Can a Hands-off Approach Work, Gambling on Our Children's Future
Laura shares readers answers to readers questions about Gambling on Our Children's Future and Can a Hands-off Approach Work