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Necessary Knowledge

Necessary Knowledge

When we first began, I did what most do. I sort of tried to recreate school at home. I went to the district’s website to see what the standards were for the year we were entering. What are they setting as the goals for math, language, social studies, etc.? Right away I hit a...
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The Meaning of Literacy

The Meaning of Literacy

I stand before a shelving system that I built years ago just for paperbacks. Over a thousand titles dance before my eyes: fiction and non-fiction, the past, the present and the future, authors old and new, all of which I have read or studied. Shakespeare, Twain and Homer nestle with King, Crichton and Tyler....
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Linda Dobson: As Time Goes By

Linda Dobson: As Time Goes By

Homeschool author, outspoken advocate, mom and grandma, Linda Dobson is our longest-running columnist and has held many positions here at HEM over the years. She now has her own wonderful website, Parent at the Helm, and and we think of it as a hardworking ally in our support for homeschooling. Linda’s current article is...
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Learning to Love Math

Learning to Love Math

Although young girls generally score better on math tests than do boys, as they get closer to adolescence they tend to fall farther and farther behind. This discomfort, disinterest, or just plain difficulty (technically called “math anxiety,” and also seen in boys) is often reinforced by parents (especially mothers) making comments to their children...
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Coming Home

Coming Home

I think we may homeschool. The final straw came at Nathan’s parent/teacher conference. When I asked this year’s Math goal, the teacher told me “adding and subtracting to 12.” Nathan’s been adding two-digit numbers and doing basic multiplication for over a year already. The teacher also told me that Nathan seems more mature than...
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