“Expert” Advice

“Expert” Advice

“Expert” Advice by Helen Hegener, September/October, 2002 Every so often someone will ask Mark and I when we’re going to write our book on homeschooling, as though it were a given and the only question is a matter of when. When one works with the written word for a living, as we have for...
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Mother Matter

Editors, of course, pay a lot of attention to words, though some eurekas take longer to develop than they should. Reading to my youngest from The Story of Science again tonight, I realized that “matter” – the basic structural component of the universe – has its roots in the Latin word “materia,” which is...
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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way

Having a much younger third son to homeschool while I edit for Home Education Magazine gives me a chance to revisit resources I used with his considerably older brothers, who are now young adults in college. Today’s read-aloud was several chapters from The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way, by Joy Hakim. This book captivates my 11-year-old son ...
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Good Deal on Good Books

Family and Home Network’s executive director Cathy Myers is offering a good deal on good books (I own them all!) for nonprofits. Cathy explains: Our books are not-so-new any more, and that affects sales. But hey – parenting doesn’t change all that fast, and these books still offer lots of great information, support, and...
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Free-Range Kids

Free-Range Kids

Home Education Magazine publisher Helen Hegener shares information about Lenore Skenazy's weblog and book on Free-Range Kids, which explores the concept of how, "Somehow, a whole lot of parents are just convinced that nothing outside the home is safe. At the same time, they're also convinced that their children are helpless to fend for...
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Free Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy's "Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry" (2009, Jossey-Bass), is a down-to-earth and common sense book about how to raise confident children by simply saying no to paranoid parenting, and just letting kids be kids, without invoking the harum-scarum fear tactics which have become commonplace...
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Leaderless Ant Colonies?

Leaderless Ant Colonies?

Milton Gaither has an interesting paragraph in his review of Greg and Martine Millman’s book: Historians and organization theorists will be very interested in the Millmans’ chapter on Homeschool Groups. It begins by connecting homeschooling to the “emergence” scholarship of John H. Holland, explaining that homeschooling is an unplanned and uncontrolled system of networks...
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Four Diverse Audiences

The Wisconsin Parents Association publishes a wonderful newsletter for their homeschooling members, and they recently published a booklet explaining the history of the organization and homeschooling in Wisconsin, titled Kitchen Tables and Marble Halls. The booklet includes this interesting bit about their newsletter: From the beginning, WPA newsletters have been written for at least...
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More Homeschool Fiction

As noted in the post before this one, Canadian author Carol Windley writes about fictional homeschooling families in her new book, titled Home Schooling. Here’s additional information from the publisher’s press release: Home Schooling by Carol Windley From the acclaimed author of Visible Light comes a collection of seven outstanding stories, each set against...
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John Holt’s Books

A note received from our long-time friend Patrick Farenga this morning: On behalf of Holt Associates I recently completed the donation of John Holt’s papers and recordings to the Boston Public Library, where they will cataloged by the special collection department and then open to the public. However, the BPL was not interested in...
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