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HEM September-October 2011

Nurturing Your Budding Writer

An Unschooled View On Bullying

Parenting a Precocious Reader


Table of Contents HEM September-October 2011



Special Feature - by Helen Hegener
John Holt and Growing Without Schooling
Observing children was one of John Holt's favorite activities; his abiding respect for their innate learning abilities was strong and guided his work at GWS (Growing Without Schooling.)


Parenting a Precocious Reader - by Julie A Finn

Homeschoolers frequently discuss allowing children to learn to read at their own pace and reassure one another about children who read "late" according to school standards. But there are also homeschooled kids who read early and proficiently. Julie Finn addresses the many challenges involved in parenting a young child who can read very, very well.

Building Your Home Library: Picture Books - by Lisa Hartman
In her fourth article in a series for Home Education Magazine about building a home library, Lisa Hartman recommends specific picture books that will enrich your family's reading life.

Nurturing Your Budding Writer - by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko

A mother of three budding writers shares tips on supporting and nurturing the young writer in your care.

Mailbox Travelers: The 2011 Letters Project - by Tamra Orr

How can homeschoolers show the children the world? Read how one family is doing it by creating 2011 Letters, a blog that invites the world to stop by and say hello.

A Homeschooling Family Hits the Road - by Wanda LaBrecque

Wanda LaBrecque explains how to plan a cross-country camping adventure for your homeschooling family.


HEM Classics - by Sue Smith Heavenrich

HEM Notebook -
The Lawsuit


Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Family Criticism and Photographing Kids

Family Criticism

We're moving back home due to unemployment problems. We'll be living in a duplex with my parents right next door. I need help warding off criticism but doing it nicely. Please give me some lines you've used! - Amy in Oklahoma

Share your insight with Amy and other HEM readers.

Photographing Kids

My friend has a very popular homeschool blog. Several times she has written posts about activities that involved my children and included photos of them. I've told her I'm uncomfortable about this but she's so caught up that her camera is ever present. I hate to stop seeing her, especially since our kids get along so well. Any suggestions? - Non-Blogging Mom

Share your suggestions here.

Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Never Say Never
Tamra Orr details and explains a number of parenting decisions she's made which played out quite differently than she imagined they would, and a few which turned out just as she'd hoped.

Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Celebrating Learning Through Homeschooling
This column is an exploration of the very serious limitations imposed by what conventional schools, by their very nature, create.

Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
The lawsuit

Unschooled Girl - by Kate Fridkis
An Unschooled View On Bullying
Some people think that being bullied is a normal part of childhood. This grown unschooler is really glad that she didn't have to go through it, and she thinks being homeschooled is a good way to avoid facing bullies.

Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Rebecca Rupp explores the wonderful world of bees and honey

My Word! - by David H. Albert
The Low End of Submediocrity
David Albert shares his adventures as a second violin

Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
It Isn't a School at All
Linda examines the basic differences between the learning which happens to those kids who climb on those big yellow buses - and those who don't.

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