Table of Contents HEM's November-December 2010
The November-December issue features articles on wrestling with change, growing up as a homeschooled kid, what kids need to know and when they need to know it, experiences with Asperger's Syndrome, and The Home Library Part 3: Reference Books.
An interview with Laura Grace Weldon; columns by Linda Dobson, David Albert, Rebecca Rupp; responses to questions about school sports and balking at completing assignments; homeschooling and housework; and Larry and Susan Kaseman write about "The Homeschooler's Role in Opposing Labeling and Drugging Kids."
Interviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with Laura Grace Weldon
Mary Nix interviews Laura Grace Weldon, our long-time HEM "Questions and Answers" columnist, and now the author of wonderful book, "Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything."
Transformation: a Year in the Life of a Reluctant Homeschooling Mom - by Sara Matson
In diary format, homeschooling mom Sara Matson shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of her first-year experience.
The Truth About Necessary Knowledge (Or, Free Your Mind) - by Melissa Volker
Melissa Volker questions traditional educational benchmarks, wondering what our kids really need to know and learn. After two years of homeschooling, she's finally decided the answer is not cut-and-dry and knowing that can be liberating.
The Home Library Part 3: Reference Books - by Lisa Hartman
The third In a series of articles about building a home library, focusing on interesting, humorous, and important reference books to have on hand.
Asperger's: Things I Wish I Had Known - by Eleanor de Nardo
A long-time homeschooling mother of five writes frankly about raising a son with Asperger's Syndrome, the things she would do differently, and the life he is living at 25.
Homeschool Manifesto - by Eleanor Leonard
Ellie Leonard relays her experience as a young homeschooler growing up on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwest Washington. She cuts down the social and academic stigmas of homeschooling, and presents laughable antics about being a teenager and all the awkwardness, moodiness, and joy that goes along with it.
Homeschooling A Free Spirit - by Agnes M. Penny
Homeschooling mom Agnes Penny describes her efforts to channel her daughter's penchant for writing into a finished project.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
School Sports & Managing An Education
HEM readers answer questions about being 'In and Out of School Because of Sports,' and advice about a child wanting to 'Manage Her Own Education.'
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Keeping It Clean
Tamra philosophically explains why there are many more important things than having a 'Good Housekeeping' -ready home.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Homeschoolers' Role in Opposing Labeling and Drugging Kids
This column presents basic background information about the unnecessary tragedy of labels and drugs and explains why homeschoolers are in such a good position to take action to minimize the damage done by labeling and drugging children.
Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
For 27 years our goal with this magazine has been to showcase the truth, that parents can and do take full responsibility for their childrens' learning, and those children can and do thrive and even excel.
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Princesses, Princes and Frogs
Rebecca Rupp explores the fanciful, magical, but still informative and instructive world of princesses, princes and frogs, and shares books and resources which transcend the stereotypical Disney offerings.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Learning? Bah, humbug!
In which David explains the critically important differences between learning to do something and simply doing it for oneself.