Table of Contents HEM May-June 2010
Our May-June issue brings several articles highlighting creative ways to engage your children in learning, and our regular columnists add depth and perspective by addressing questions about older kids, advice for dads, and the critical difference between the words 'homeschooling' and 'home schooling.'
Interviews - by Mary Nix
Lisa Marie Reiss of HAHSA
In this issue Mary interviews Lisa Marie Reiss who along with a core of nine families started Homeschool Association of Harford & Surrounding Areas. She tells us that her family, "as I think many families do, one parent wanting to homeschool the other unsure."
Great Moments in Homeschooling - by Kristin A. Oakley
Kristin A. Oakley takes a humorous and poignant look at the past eighteen years of unschooling her two daughters.
A Day In The Life - Homeschooling a Young Family - by Tera Schreiber
If you are intimidated by the idyllic descriptions of homeschooling, read about the day in the life of a family whose life is, happily, less than perfect.
The Homemade Booklet: A Simple Tool for Planning & Preparing - by Nancy Walters
Some homeschooling methods are decidedly low-tech. One mom embraces the humble homemade booklet as a simple way to get prepared--and get down to hands-on science.
Simplifying Your Science Program: Savor the Fun, Skip the Stress - by Andrea Lehner
Veteran homeschooling mother, Andrea Lehner, shares tips and insight for teaching science at home without the stress. With a few simple tricks, science can be a fun part of every homeschooling curriculum that the entire family can enjoy together.
Fun Theory - by Laura Weldon
Find out seven ways that lively, engaged learning happens quite naturally from the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything.
The Fairies' Midwife: Learning Shakespeare with a Homespun Mother - by Denise A Evarts
Denise Evarts in her article The Fairies' Midwife: A Homespun Mother chronicles her child-led learning journey and journals about a homeschooling Shakespeare troupe she facilitates in her backyard.
HEM Classics -
The Golden Age of Homeschooling and Connecting the Dots
An editorial from 2002 provides a unique historical perspective on homeschooling, and a thought-provoking classic column from longtime reader favorite Kathleen Creech, who, as a child, pondered what to do with dots.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Explaining Economics? How do I exlplain economics to my children who have polar opposite responses to today's financial meltdown?
Share your economic ideas here.
Difficulty With Teen? Our soon-to-be teenage daughter is at home because of problems at school and things have not gotten any better. Any ideas?
You can share your ideas here.
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Movie Night at the Orrs
A thorough description of the family's movie-watching habits lets you decide if you'd like to join in - you're invited!
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Homeschool v. Home School: What's In a Name?
This column considers reasons to spell homeschooling as one word rather than two. It then discusses ways in which the choice of spelling can affect our homeschooling freedoms, especially as we work to maintain the distinction between homeschools and public school programs that involve students doing school work primarily in their homes. Finally, suggestions are given for ways to encourage homeschoolers and others to spell homeschooling as one word.
Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
Learning From My Kids
My kids have taught me how to look at life, and living, and what's important and what's not, and how to tell the difference.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Tooday I Saw A Red Berd: Nature Journaling For Kids
What better way to enjoy spring than to take advantage of these nature journaling resources with your children.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Dads, listen to these secrets that make your entire family happier while you naturally contribute to your children's growth and success.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
How Homeschooling Is Like the Frog in the Toilet
Proving that there is a lesson in everything that happens to us, Linda compares homeschooling to the frog in the toilet. Yes, really.