The May-June issue features an interview by Mary Nix with Rain Perry Fordyce, a homeschooling mother and author of the new homeschooled children's book "I Am Learning All the Time." Articles cover the topics of "Bringing School Home," extracurricular and social activities for kids, reading, experiencing community among homeschoolers, and the benefits of a mom-friendly curriculum. Also: A homeschooling mom describes her daughter's experiences volunteering in Guatemala and her own traveling to visit and teach there, and explains how their unschooling experiences enhanced and colored their perceptions.
In our May-June Departments Laura Weldon examines teaching the arts as kids get older, and addresses a mom's concerns about her 10 year old who doesn't write anything readable. Tamra Orr Captures Time; Larry and Susan Kaseman present their 100th Taking Charge column; Becky Rupp explores stars and constellations just in time for the International Year of Astronomy; David H. Albert gives his readers the first of a two-part argument for teaching Algebra to 4 to 8 year-olds; and for The Road Less Traveled, Linda Dobson takes us on a tour of her Homeschool Crones Cafe, where "A bunch of crones get comfortable with their status to lend wisdom, support and encouragement to today's homeschooling families."
Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Rain Perry Fordyce
Rain Perry Fordyce is a homeschooling mother and author of the new homeschooled children's book "I Am Learning All the Time." Rain's family started their educational journey in a Montessori preschool without any intent to homeschool.
Bringing School Home - by Tony Berryman
Following the school's curriculum at home and using the government's distance learning resource person to assess tests and progress did not produce the result Tony Berryman was looking for with homeschooling. He describes his daughter's first year at home working directly with government resources in British Columbia, and why they'll be homeschooling independently in the future.
The Unprofessional Kid - by Karen Hollis
Karen Hollis discovered many extracurricular and social activities for kids are oriented toward professionalism, competition, and commercialism. Drama, ice skating, and swimming were enjoyable pastimes for her daughter, who has Asperger's Syndrome, but the emphasis on professional performance often prevented her from participating in a developmentally appropriate way and continuing with the fun. Their story of finding a horse program that supports "the quirky child" provides encouragement for homeschoolers to keep looking for the right match and understanding of the importance of "process, not product."
Recovering from Reading Recovery: A Mother and Son's Journey through Learning to Read - by Angie Phipps
Angie Phipps' son was not progressing in the Reading Recovery program at school, so they decided to homeschool. He became a successful reader as she allowed him to take charge of his reading and reluctantly departed from school models that had been unsuccessful. Today the one-time reluctant reader asks to read first thing in the morning and enjoys reading to his younger brother and sister.
The Talent Show - by Kristin A. Podemski
Kristin A. Podemski writes about experiencing community among homeschoolers at a conference talent show. The crowd genuinely enjoyed performances by children of all ages and abilities and joined together to provide a spontaneous and heartwarming vocal accompaniment for tap dancers who needed music. This is a picture of a supportive homeschooling community at its best.
Mom-Friendly Curriculum - by Karen Vogel
Karen Vogel takes a humorous look at the benefits of a mom-friendly curriculum, reminding us that a curriculum that is too time intensive for the homeschooling parent may not be implemented in the long run. Not only that, there are educational benefits to leaving your child with plenty of undirected time to create and dream on his own--while Mom avoids burnout.
Unschooler in Guatemala - by Stacy Gleason
Stacy Gleason describes her daughter's experiences volunteering in Guatemala and her own travel to visit and teach there. Their unschooling experiences enhance and color their perceptions, and Gleason shares travel resources and tips for homeschoolers who may want to volunteer, visit, or work in Central America.
HEM Notebook -
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Art and Hard Science and Writers Block at 10
One of our readers, a self described 'left-brainer' with a degree in hard science, finds herself raising two artistic kids and is concerned about teaching the arts as they get older. Our other reader, Meg, asks what can she do about her 10 year old who doesn't write anything readable and throws a fit when he has to rewrite his work.
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
With childhood so fleeting, take the time to capture memories today. One day, you'll be glad you did.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
The 100th Taking Charge Column
Larry and Susan Kaseman started writing for HEM in 1992. In this, their 100th column, they offer exceptrs from past columns which speak to issue still timely today. As surely as a new wave of educational reform will challenge homeschoolers' lives the Kaseman's writing will help us understand.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Star Light, Star Bright
Stars and constellations sparkle for every age group in this guide just in time for the International Year of Astronomy.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Emotional Equations Part 1
The first of a two-part argument for teaching Algebra to 4 to 8 year-olds.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Linda Dobson's Homeschool Crones Cafe
A bunch of crones get comfortable with their status to lend wisdom, support and encouragement to today's homeschooling families.