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HEM September-October 2010

Lessons from the Hardware Store - Let there be light!

Math to Inspire (not Perspire) - Blossoming mathematician brothers.

First Year Homeschooling Blues - Helping the seeds start their journey.

HEM September-October 2010




Table of Contents HEM September-October 2010

July-August/10 In the September-October issue!


Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Jeanne Faulconer
Virginia homeschooling mom Jeanne Faulconer is the articles editor for Home Education Magazine, editor of the VaHomeschoolers Voice, and she speaks publicly on homeschooling and family issues.


First Year Homeschool Blues - by Morgan River
A nervous first-time homeschooling mom finds reassurance and anticipates the homeschool journey.

Building Your Home Library: Part Two Children's Literature - by Lisa Hartman
Homeschool mom Lisa Hartman has written the second article in her series about books and authors homeschoolers will want on their home library shelves.

Math to Inspire (not Perspire) - by Cindy Lind
Acknowledging her own math phobia, homeschooling mom Cindy Lind finds new, stress-free ways to approach math using children's books, real life experiences, and lots of conversation.

Lessons from the Hardware Store - by Nancy Walters
Getting ready for a new year of homeschooling? Nancy Walters suggests that you ditch the curriculum and head to the hardware store instead.

We Are Not Jello--Put Away Your Mold - by Donna Michelle Kilgore
Donna Michelle Kilgore shares her often-humorous account of the challenges of trying to fit into a mold of proper homeschool methods, the realization that her family isn't at all typical, and the rewards of embracing the perfectly imperfect procedures that really work for her family.

Are You Ready? - by Karen Kirkwood
Succeeding at college requires more than academic skills. Prospective students should analyze their ability to seek help, work in groups, show flexibility in meeting instructor expectations, understand themselves, practice time management skills, and apply independent learning skills.


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Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Homeschooling an Anxious Daughter & Finding Friends Overseas
HEM readers answer questions about coping with a child's anxiety and finding homeschooling friends in a foreign country.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
A Parenting Pre-Nup Agreement?
As her children move ever closer to having kids of their own, Tami shares her concerns about their parenting principles.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Save Money and Your Homeschooling Freedoms
This column discusses reasons to save money, including the fact that the less we spend, the less likely we are to be tempted by special offers from public schools and the government that would undermine our homeschooling freedoms.

Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
A Matter of Conscience
I keep coming back to freedom. What does it mean? What is it really? And how do freedom and government intersect?

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
"IT'S BROCCOLI, DEAR": Helps for Healthy Eaters
Becky Rupp explores the subject of healthy eating - a topic that is garnering a lot of attention with the upsurge in childhood obesity and the growing interest in local and organic foods.

My Word! - by David H. Albert
Happy Anniversary - Bah Humbug!
I learned in my 20s that one should never trust anyone over 30, and now that I am double that, I know that I was right.

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Turn 'em on, Tune 'em in, Drop 'em out
Borrowing from a 1960's counter-culture personality, Linda advises parents to - turn your kids on to learning, tune in to what turns your children on, and let 'em drop out of the school schedules.

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