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Table of Contents HEM November-December 1990

Editorial - by Mark and Helen Hegener
How the very success of homeschooling may be jeopardizing it's future: "Knowing that today's parents have lost their self-confidence and have been instilled with a need for official approval, it will be easy for the institutions to 'lend a helping hand' with homeschooling."

In Our Experience - by Penny Barker
Penny writes about the books she wants to read, readers share their thoughts on competition, later learning, studying Shakespeare, dogsledding and more.

Conversations With Kathleen McCurdy - by Kathleen McCurdy
A conversation with Kathleen McCurdy, homeschooling mother, grandmother, state homeschool lobbyist, founder of a statewide organization - and a staunch defender of homeschooling freedoms.

Music to Their Ears - by Craig Conley
A good introduction to music in the homeschool, with suggestions for resources and ideas for encouraging an interest in the subject.

Joshua (almost) Meets the Great Books - by Becky Rupp
Becky Rupp offers a report on her family's experiences with the Junior Great Books Program.

Assert Yourself - by Linda Tagliaferro
A primer on how to handle those inevitable questions you'll be asked, such as "What about testing?" "Will they be socialized?" and "Is it legal?"

Homeschool Heroes - by Penny Matson
A look at famous people down through the ages who were homeschooled or taught at home.

World History - by Connie Pfeil
Good ideas for making the study of history exciting!

Neighborhood News - by Penny Colman
Megan explains how a group of neighborhood kids got together and published their own newsletter.

Legislative Action - by Kathleen McCurdy
Kathleen explains why it's important to make sure the people - and not just the experts - are empowered to protect our homeschooling freedoms: "If we are no longer going to be dependent on 'expert' educators for the education of our children, does it make sense to blindly depend on other 'experts?'"

Higher Education - by Penny Barker
Penny explains why staying on track for college may not always be the best course...

Perspectives - by Jane Williams
Jane discusses the issue of homeschooled kids returning to public school.

Micro-Chip Teacher - by Mikell Billoki
An introduction to the Carmen Sandiego sleuthing series.

Talk About Learning - by Earl Gary Stevens
Earl describes how the computer changed his writing habits: "My typing went from careful pecking to modest racetrack qualification speeds almost overnight. Since errors can be obliterated with the touch of a key, I can take chances without having to worry about endless retyping."

Reflections - by Kathleen Creech
Kathleen describes her son's fascination with writing. On everything. With a black permanent marker.


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