Table of Contents HEM July-August 2010
Our July-August issue features Mary Nix's interview with author and homeschooling dad David Albert, who's been writing for Home Education Magazine for ten years. Articles in this issue: Letting go of 'school at home', video games as a valuable learning opportunity, proceeding from natural discovery to scientific investigation, a handful of articles on homeschooling and libraries, and a delicious way to study the solar system!
As always, our columns explore a wide range of ideas, from designing your own curriculum to the elusive element of popularity to how parents benefit from homeschooling and what do we hope for and dream of for our children? Another issue of thoughtful writing and terrific reading!
Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with David Albert
David completes ten years of his wonderful My Word! columns in the September-October 2010 issue of Home Education Magazine
We Stopped Doing "School at Home" - by Denice Dible
After years of setting up a scheduled school routine at home, this mother finally let go of her preconceived notions of the right way to educate children and relaxed into simply living as a homesteading Catholic family.
Cosmic Cuisine: An Edible Journey through the Solar System - by Lisa Stevenson
This article describes a fun, easy, and delicious way to study the solar system.
Mindless Video Games? - by Deena Sao
Video games are not the exception to the unschooling rule. Hours of play can be a valuable learning opportunity. Deena Sao, unschooling mom, explains why she supports video game play.
Sunshine, Fairies and Physics? - by Angela Chenus
How does the study of science proceed from natural discovery to scientific investigation, from the fairies that live in the forest to the stars that shine in the sky? Accompanying her five children on this voyage has taught one mother and writer Angela Chenus much about instigating interest and keeping it alive in multiple ways.
Raising a Librarian - by Caroline Kiberd
A great-grandmother's passion for books leads to great adventures for a homeschooled boy--including a job at the library he loves.
The Home Library: A Labor of Love - by Lisa Hartman
Lisa Hartman writes about developing your homeschool library.
HEM Classics -
Good Stuff - Designing Your Own Curriculum
In this Good Stuff column, originally published in September-October 1997 Becky Rupp discusses how to develop an "ordered core," which is an organizing principle around which to build an effective curriculum. Also reviews of E.D. Hirsch's "What Your First Grader Needs to Know","A Birthday a Day" and more.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Homeschool While Unemployed? and Won't Work On Her Own?
Homeschool While Unemployed? We don't want to put the kids back but in school, they're doing so well here, but maybe it will relieve some stress. Wynne, Louisiana
Won't Work On Her Own? My daughter is too dependent on me. We have many things available to her in our home, but she won't do anything unless I sit down and do them with her, and this is really draining me. How would you handle this? Lorraine
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
The Elusive Element of Popularity
On a search for the elusive element of popularity, one mom finds that homeschooling can't protect children when it's just not part of their experience.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
How Parents Benefit From Homeschooling
We parents put a lot into homeschooling. So what do we get in return?
Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
What should be the end result of homeschooling? What greater goal, what worthy purpose do we seek in educating our children? What do we hope for and dream of for our children?
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Marvelous Maps: Nebraska, Neverland, and Treasure Island
Maps, maps and more maps! 'Bloodstained' maps leading to chest of gold doubloons, zany takes on geography, maps of your daily world, poetic maps and even road maps, Becky's column leads you to wonderful resources of maps.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
A Little Conversation
Conversation, ability to think, and education go hand-in-hand. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for ongoing conversation with your child.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Bridging the Great Schooling Divide
Linda explores the lasting value of trusting family vs the dependency fostered by trusting the experts.