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Home Education Magazine July-August 2009

HEM July-August 2009

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HEM July-August 2009

The July/August issue of Home Education Magazine includes Mary Nix's interview with Barb Lundgren, a long time Texas unschooler and founder of the international Rethinking Education conference. Articles include 'The Dice Child,' on playing games that require critical thinking and strategy; Winging it with Curriculum,' a lyrical examination of what it means to be a family; fun recycling projects; the pros and cons of relying on curricula; starting a support group; and finally, an interview with homeschooled Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

From this issue's columns: Maintaining Your Coolness, Dad Angst, helping children enjoy reading, what's wrong with the PRA, Science and Math through Literature, Algebra, and A License to Learn


Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Barb Lundgren
In this issue Mary interviews long time Texas unschooler and founder of the international Rethinking Education conference, Barb Lundgren. Barb shares the story of her journey from Sunday School to unschooling.


Dice Child - by Margaret Reitz
Seventeen year old homeschooler Margaret Reitz loves playing games. She was brought up with games that required critical thinking and strategy gave her a thorough grounding in mathematics, language arts, science, history, geography and logic.

Winging it with Curriculum - by Stefanie Hofman
Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Geese
In a lyrical, lovely examination of what it means to be a family, Stefanie Hofman explores the similarities between a family of wild geese and her own family rhythms and approaches to learning.

The Six R's: When Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic Meet Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle - by Ruth Schiffmann
If you're ready to color your daily homeschooling routine green, start with these recycling projects that keep learning fresh, tactile, and fun!

Curricula Panic - by Karen Vogel
The curriculum question is one that homeschooling parents wrestle with, and Karen Vogel examines the occasional panic attacks along with the pros and cons of relying on curricula.

Starting a Homeschool Group, and Surviving It - by Chris Oldenburg
Chris Oldenburg shares her experiences with starting a support group. The trials and tribulations, the joys and rewards - and how you can start your own group for local homeschooling families.

Homeschool Sports Story - by Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb interviews homeschooled Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and explores the question integrating sports and homeschooling successfully.


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Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Maintaining Your Coolness and Homeschooling Dad Angst
A reader is seeking advice from homeschool teens - How do you answer interrogations about why you don't want to go to public school and maintaining your "coolness"? And, a Homeschooling dad is going to be home with his 4-year-old and he asks - Are there other men who homeschool out there?

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Pick a Book, Any Book
There are many ways to help children enjoy reading, and here's a good one.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Yes to Parental Rights, No to a Constitutional Amendment
In this column the Kaseman's write about what is wrong with the Parental Rights Amendment and offer suggestions for what we can do instead to maintain our parental rights.

Publishers' Notes - by Helen Hegener
Helen shares travels with her father and the satisfying awareness that homeschooling is learning whatever age you are.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
For the Little Guys: Science and Math through Literature
Here's a resource to build a science and math foundation utilizing child-directed learning, hands-on investigations, open-ended questions, great picture books, cool manipulatives, and just plain fun.

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Emotional Equations Part II
Algebra's easy when it involves a towel and dripping body parts, or many other real life scenarios, too.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
License to Learn
With a brand new license to learn, Linda hopes you see that homeschooling does the same for your children

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