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HEM March-April 2010
March-April/10




Little House Trail


Undoing the Harms of Homeschooling


Bound to Succeed





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Table of Contents HEM March-April 2010

March-April/10This issue of HEM features an interview with Mary Nix interviews her son Jake, providing an inspiring look at one young homeschooler's life and plans. Articles for this issue include Celebrate Spring, by Lisa Amstutz, who relates how her family celebration of the seasons has become a valuable part of our home education experience, combining hands-on activities with nature study, cooking, and read-aloud; In Bound to Succeed, Leslie Gorin shares her family's adventure in book creation and its unexpected perks, including drawing, design, public speaking, and even civics lessons; Karen Kirkwood's From Homeschool to Tech School, in which she explores vocational tech programs and private schools; Kick the Kitchen Table Habit, by Michelle Sager, who suggests dozens of different ways to help your kids learn; and On the Little House Trail, by Caroline Kiberd, who toured the western U.S. with her kids, finding Laura Ingalls Wilder's tracks in many different places.

This issue of HEM features an interview with Mary Nix interviewing her son Jake, providing an inspiring look at one young homeschooler's life and plans. Articles for this issue include Celebrate Spring, by Lisa Amstutz, who relates how her family celebration of the seasons has become a valuable part of their home education experience, combining hands-on activities with nature study, cooking, and read-aloud. In Bound to Succeed, Leslie Gorin shares her family's adventure in book creation and its unexpected perks, including drawing, design, public speaking, and even civics lessons. In Karen Kirkwood's From Homeschool to Tech School, she explores vocational tech programs and private schools. Kick the Kitchen Table Habit, by Michelle Sager, suggests dozens of different ways to help your kids learn; and On the Little House Trail, Caroline Kiberd tells how she toured the western U.S. with her kids, finding Laura Ingalls Wilder's tracks in many different places.

Then, in Undoing the Harms of Homeschooling: From Reaction to Prevention, homeschool mom Kate Brunner addresses an important issue facing homeschoolers when she writes, "Families are turning to home education for reasons that are as diverse as their religious, political, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in ever increasing numbers. The public image of homeschoolers in America at large, however, continues to stagnate, mired in ugly, one dimensional stereotypes often unfortunately perpetuated by alarmist claims from university scholars." Important reading for anyone concerned about homeschooling realities today.

Columns topics for this issue: Publisher's Note, "A History Lesson," by Mark Hegener, looks back at the homeschool community's own history to make sense of the current pushback against homeschooling - "So where do the hostility and virulent comments directed at homeschooling come from?"

Questions and Answers is about valuable periodicals for learning, and college visits; Tamra Orr writes about The Role Model Method of Teaching; Larry and Susan Kaseman explain Child Abuse and Neglect Laws and Investigations; Becky Rupp shares "citizen science," David H. Albert writes about culture in homeschooling; and Linda Dobson offers her 2010 Homeschooling Moms Horoscope.

The HEM Classics feature for this issue is Classic Editorials from the late 80's and early 90's which lend a historical perspective to the source of the pushback the homeschooling community is feeling today from academics, legislators, media and the general public. These editorials tie in with the Publisher's Note on page three, and with Kate Brunner's article on page 28.

In our 27th year of publication, this March/April 2010 issue brings great reading on the exciting world of homeschooling!

Features

Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Jake Nix
Mary interviewh her youngest son, Jake, home from college for the holidays from his first year living away from home. Jake tells us, Homeschooling, and more specifically interest based learning, helped me to realize that my education was my own responsibility.

Articles

Celebrate Spring - by Lisa Amstutz
The arrival of spring calls for a celebration! Lisa Amstutz suggests ways that your family can welcome the season with seasonal foods, nature activities, picture books and holiday celebrations.

Bound to Succeed - by Leslie Gorin
What's the perfect way for homeschoolers to cultivate a passion for words? Homemade books! Leslie Gorin shares her family's adventure in book creation and its unexpected perks, including drawing, design, public speaking, and even civics lessons. She offers writing tips, ideas for group projects, and resources to make your own family's creative journey a resounding success.

Kick the Kitchen Table Habit - by Michelle Sager
Frustrated that "school" at her house did not look like the pictures in the magazines, one mom set out to discover why. She was surprised to learn that, in a way, her kitchen table was to blame.

Undoing the Harms of Homeschooling: From Reaction to Prevention - by Kate Brunner
With the recent publication of Robin L. West's The Harms of Homeschooling, another academic has taken a swing at home educators and their freedoms, inspiring one homeschool mom to dig a little deeper. Kate Brunner explores potential explanations for the underlying causes of academic attacks on homeschooling. She also suggests there may be a way to head off these types of assaults on homeschoolers and their freedoms in the future by making a case for the necessary birth of a new generation of home education advocates, growth of homeschooling

On the Little House Trail - by Caroline Kiberd
In an overloaded minivan, a homeschool family embarks upon a transcontinental road trip. Along the way they tour Laura Ingalls Wilder country. They reach beyond the pages of her classic books to learn about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder in the places she called home.

From Homeschool to Tech School - by Karen Kirkwood
Karen Kirkwood's daughter is a hands-on learner who opted for post-homeschool training with a midwifery program. A community college teacher herself, Kirkwood explains how vocational schools and community colleges offer preparation for a wide variety of career choices for homeschoolers who are not seeking university degrees.

Departments

HEM Classics -
Classic Political Editorials
These political editorials from the late 80's and early 90's lend a historical perspective to the source of the pushback the homeschooling community is feeling today from academics, legislators, media and the general public. Read Homeschool Unity (Spet-Oct/89), Dividing Homeschoolers (May-June 1990), and Freedoms at Risk (May-June 1991)

Columns

Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Best Periodicals and Path to College
Best Periodicals - What are your picks for most valuable periodicals?

Path to College - I hear people talk about tests and college visits but I don't know what steps to take when.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
The Role Model Method of Teaching
Parents are role models for good or ill; and homeschooling parents get a lot of time to fill the role.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Information for Parents About Child Abuse and Neglect Laws and Investigations
Although it is very unlikely that you will be investigated for child abuse and neglect, it is a good idea to understand how much power and authority social services has and how parents can act to minimize problems caused by such an investigation.

Publisher's Note - by Mark Hegener
A History Lesson
Homeschoolers has been tied to an extra-homeschooling national agenda, thereby limiting the base of support for homeschooling. As political power has changed and evidence of a pushback abounds, homeschoolers need to recognize the strength in our diversity and work together to re-focus our efforts for homeschooling freedoms.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Everyone's a Scientist!
A plethora of resources for honest-to-goodness, hands-on science research to help make science come alive in your home. Don't forget to check out Little Passports and additional bonus resources, too

My Word! - by David H. Albert
A Grand Spectacle
You get to write the end of an opera starring a lovely homeschooling mom soprano!

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
2010 Homeschooling Moms Horoscope
Unable to find a homeschooling moms horoscope anywhere, Linda consulted the stars to provide one for you: The Road Less Traveled, Linda Dobson, 2010 Homeschooling Moms Horoscope, Leo, Gemini, Sagittarius, 2010 conference, spelling bees, Garmin GPS

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