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Watercolor Children by Helen Hegener – July/August, 2002 As a writer I work with the precise meanings of words. Control and mastery are important when one is trying to convey an idea, an emotion, or an experience. Realizing many years ago that writing was a very controlled activity, and seeking an alternative which might...
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A Weapon of Mass Instruction

Unschooling Blog: A Weapon of Mass Instruction in The War On Toddlers The weblog for the Unschooling.com site summarizes why this article in the current issue of HEM is important reading: Why is there a drive to institutionalize preschoolers in government schools? Here are some of the reasons for this “war on toddlers” and...
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Ansel Adams

A biography of photographer Ansel Adams Charles and Olive Adams gave their son, Ansel, the freedom to grow and become whatever his intellect and talents would allow him to be. At twelve, unable to stand the confinement and tedium of the classroom, he utterly disrupted his lessons with wild laughter and undisguised contempt for...
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Eragon’s Author

Homeschooler Christopher Paolini is back in the news again with his fantasy novel Eragon, this time, as HEM blogger Daryl Cobranchi notes, Christopher’s sequel is the subject of a good article in this week’s Time magazine. In an article titled The Real-Life Boy Wizard, writer Lev Grossman notes, “At 15, Christopher Paolini created the...
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The History of a Homeschooling Magazine – continued

Continued from July 12: Long before I had children of my own I was telling people that mine weren’t ever going to school. People would smile condescendingly and let me explain why, and then they’d explain in return why not sending my someday-kids to school would be a very bad idea. Most experienced homeschoolers...
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The History of a Homeschooling Magazine

I was pretty little the first time I remember skipping school. I think it was the second grade, in the small town of Healdsburg, California, about 75 miles north of San Francisco. Every morning I walked about a mile to the Fitch Street Elementary School with my cousin Barbara – we’d skip along and...
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Writing about Homeschooling

I’ve been writing about homeschooling since 1983. That is, I’ve been writing about it professionally since then; my writings about families and children and learning – everything that comprises what we’ve come to know as homeschooling – go much, much farther back. I did a quick search of my name the other day and...
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