Table of Contents HEM July-August 2011
Book Excerpt - by Laura Weldon
Making History Relevant
Discover 25 active ways to make history relevant for your family.
Interviews - by Helen Hegener
Interview with Lee Sutton, Captain, Jeanie B
The 72' schooner Jeanie B offers day trips and sailing-oriented learning adventures for homeschooling families along the coast of North Carolina.
Swapping States - by Amy James
Amy James describes how a love for travel and a life-long goal to visit all fifty states turned into a family state-swapping project.
The Boredom Blessing - by Cindy Lind
Boredom becomes blessing as children discover their own interests and talents during daily quiet time.
Riding Calvin's Sleigh - by Maria D Zamparelli
After her son's experience with kindergarten, Maria Zamparelli decided school was not for him. Certain that there must be a better way of learning, she plunged into homeschooling and learned first hand that children will tackle any challenge, even a second language, on their own terms and needs.
Summer Science: Studying the Monarch Butterfly - by Sara Matson
A homeschooling mom shares what her family has learned through one of their regular summer activities: rearing monarchs from egg to butterfly.
Math Lessons - by Cheryl Trzasko
Cheryl Trzasko describes the unconventional math lessons her dad taught as they sailed the world and their impact on the math lessons she now teaches her own children.
HEM Classics - by Sue Smith Heavenrich
A Dozen Reasons for Not Mowing the Lawn
Sue Smith-Heavenrich changes her mind about mowing her lawn and decides instead to study the biodiversity an untidy lawn offers.
Questions and Answers - by Laura Weldon
Suited for Unschooling? and Socialization for Special Needs Child
Suited for Unschooling?
My husband and I always planned to unschool when we had kids, but now that I'm a new mother I don't know if I'm suited for it. How do shy, preoccupied unschooling parents do this?" -Maggie
Share your response with Maggie and other HEM readers.
Socialization for Special Needs Child
I am heartsick. I have a son with Aspberger's and the homeschool activity group we belong to instituted 'behavior guidelines' which are designed to restrict membership to normal children. Please help! -Ashley
Help Ashely with your response. I am heartsick. I have a son with Aspberger's and the homeschool activity group we belong to instituted 'behavior guidelines' which are designed to restrict membership to normal children. Please help! -Ashley
Help Ashely with your response.
Learning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Do you remember how old your children were the first time you heard it? "You seem to spend a lot of time with your children. Don't you think they will get too attached? When are you going to let go of those apron strings?"
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Taking a Stand Against National Standards
This column presents an overview of recent developments in national standards and a review of problems with them and the accompanying standardized tests.
Publisher's Note - by Helen Hegener
The Roots of Homeschooling
When people write about the history of the homeschooling movement there's one name which comes quickly to mind: John Holt.
Unschooled Girl - by Kate Fridkis
I am a statement
Blogger and writer Kate Fridkis joins HEM as a regular columnist
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Amazing American Art
August is National American Artist Appreciation Month, and for those homeschoolers who feel like celebrating it, there are resources galore.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Using lessons learned from the family dogs david shares his perspective on the importance of play.
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
Can Kids Teach Themselves?
Linda explores an unstated assumption about children - whatever wonderful attribute is noticed in a child, it has been taught.