Homeschooled Kids

Distractible kids who like the sizzle?

A website where “highly distractible people are celebrated, encouraged, and empowered?” That would be Sizzle Bop! Homeschool mom, author, and speaker Carol Barnier has put together some respectful and entertaining stories about kids who sizzle and bop: That is a part of their wonderfulness…and also a part of the challenge in sharing daily life with them. That...
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Homeschooler Seeks Competitive Yoga

Homeschooling an intense 11-year-old has its wry moments. To say our last son at home “enjoys physical activity” would be an understatement. He’s also extremely competitive, and our family works hard to keep competition in a healthy perspective. He spends hours playing soccer, working out, doing gymnastics, dancing capoeira, doing flips at the pool and on the...
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Homeschooled Kids Blogging

I'm launching into blogging again, and this time I'm also launching my 11-year-old son into blogging. A lot of homeschooled kids are blogging.
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Learning from My Kids

My kids taught me to listen with an open heart, and to see without making judgments. They taught me patience, and perseverance, and persistence , but they also taught me to know when to quit. They taught me that love does not bring conditions with it, but just is, and they made me a...
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Virginia Homeschooler Killed in Mumbai Attack

A Virginia father and his young homeschooled daughter, on a spiritual retreat in Mumbai, India, were killed Wednesday in the terrorist attacks there. In an article for the Washington Post titled “Virginians Killed in Attacks Lived Out Peaceful Ideals,” the Post writers detailed the Scherr family’s involvement with a peaceful community in Virginia’s Blue...
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The 5 Browns

The 5 Browns

The November-December, 2008 issue of Home Education Magazine includes some wonderful articles and features, and one of my favorites is Mary Nix’s interview with The 5 Browns: homeschooled siblings whose amazing piano artistry is winning hearts around the world! The 5 Browns are a classical piano music group. Their repertoire includes mostly popular classical...
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Olympic Homeschooler Becca Ward

Homeschooling families across the nation and around the world are watching 18-year-old homeschooler Becca Ward, of Denver, CO, as she prepares for Saturday’s fencing competition in Beijing, China. Mary Nix’s HEM Guide to Homeschooling Resources features links to news stories, a video and photo gallery of Becca, and an online viewing opportunity. Among the...
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Homeschooling’s World Champion

Almost a year ago, in October of 2006, homeschooler Rebecca Ward, of Beaverton, Oregon, became the new world champion of women’s sabre at the World Fencing Championships in Italy. At the age of 16, she became the youngest fencing world champion and became the first fencer in history to hold the cadet, junior and...
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Odyssey of the Mind

Our HEM-Networking discussion group is where HEM readers and other interested people gather to talk about whatever’s on their minds. One post which captured my interest recently came from a mom in Texas, Susan Smylie, proudly describing the awesome achievements of her teenage son and his friends, who comprise a team for the Odyssey...
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Kids Hall of Fame

I received a letter via email this morning from Susan Mule, whose daughter Elizabeth raises tarantulas for medical research. Susan wrote: Hi, I was once asked, after my homeschooled daughter’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey, to let your magazine know about her future accomplishments (Yahoo or Google search “Elizabeth Mule tarantulas”) This past weekend Elizabeth...
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