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HEM January-February 2011
The Jan-Feb, 2011 issue of Home Education Magazine includes an Interview with author and HEM columnist Tamra Orr discusses writing, homeschooling, and how families can find their own approaches to living and learning together. Articles on sustaining homeschooling over the long haul, trying school, writing, reading, music lessons, and The Great American Road Trip provide great reading!
The columns for this issue include Laura Weldon's column in which homeschoolers answer the questions homeschoolers ask, Rebecca Rupp explores the wonderful world of eyeglasses, David Albert shares his adventures in learning to garden successfully, Helen Hegener on unschooling, and Larry and Susan Kaseman explain the concerns regarding privatization of education, how it would affect homeschooling families, and what we can do to minimize the damage.
Interviews - by Helen Hegener
Interview with Tamra Orr
Author and HEM columnist Tamra Orr discusses writing, homeschooling, and how families can find their own approaches to living and learning together.
Sustain Your Homeschooling Career through the Stages of Life - by Deanna L Cauthen
Divorce, remarriage, a new baby, and the onset of menopause are all life-changing events that inevitably affected Deanna Cauthen's homeschooling. She tells us how she sustained homeschooling over the long haul, with tips for homeschooling multiple ages and different learning styles, homeschooling as a single parent, and homeschooling as an older parent. She shares the educational options and resources that have helped her through decades of homeschooling.
Coming Home Redux - by Karen Hollis
Karen Hollis describes how a brief experiment with real school allowed her rule-bound, conformist child to realize that she liked being in charge of her own education.
They Love to Write - by Janic Landreau
Students who love to write, students who can't wait to read what they've written out loud to their friends, students who can hear feedback happily without getting hurt feelings or ego bruises: Is this scenario possible? Yes--if you use some of the techniques described by Janice Landreau, who explains how a homeschool writing cooperative can help kids of all ages improve their writing.
Music Without Music Lessons - by Robin Phillips
33 Ways to Explore and Enjoy Music
Homeschooling mom Robin Phillips shares methods any family can use to discover and appreciate music without committing to traditional music lessons. She suggests composing music with free online software, using recordings from the library, and matching music with food, art, history, and biographies--along with 29 other specific and accessible musical ideas.
Reading Lessons - by Jennifer Murch
Despite her good intentions and a literature-rich home, this mother's children are not early readers. She frets, some, but mostly she just keeps reading to them.
The Great American Road Trip - by Caroline Kiberd
Traveling through America's National Parks, a homeschool mother abandons the agenda for authentic discovery and, in doing so, learns the best lessons are unplanned.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
What Kids Should Kids Be Reading? and When Are We Homeschoolers?
Homeschoolers answer the questions homeschoolers ask; for this issue: My husband and I disagree on what our nearly high school aged daughter should be reading. What should we do? and Does everyone wait until a child is school age to consider themselves homeschoolers?
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
This is Your Life
Tamra Orr explains the importance of saving the details of our lives, whether through writing, scrapbooking, dictating, blogging, taking photos or whatever...
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Beware of Privatization of Education: It Reduces Our Homeschooling Freedoms
The Kasemans explain the concerns regarding privatization of education, how it would affect homeschooling families, and what we can do to minimize the damage.
Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
I could be the Guru of Unschooling, with flowing saffron robes and wearing a garland of flowers in my hair
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Rebecca Rupp explores the wonderful world of eyeglasses
My Word! - by David H. Albert
David Albert shares his adventures in learning to garden successfully ("... the first real garden of my life. Hey, I'm a New Yorker at heart.")