Indefinable – by Emily McIntyre
Emily McIntyre contemplates, and celebrates, the inability to answer that damning question: “And what do you do?”
The Wallace-Farmer Electric Dynamo, or What We Do While the Other Kids Are at School – by Eleanor Stanford
Eleanor Stanford shares thoughts, percetions discoveries and failures of a life with homeschooling.
Homeschool Mom To College Student – by Jeanie Granholm
With a high school graduation goal to never enter another classroom as long as she lived, Jeanie Granholm found a path to college through discoveries as a homeschool mom.
Lessons from the Sugarbush – by Caroline Kiberd
Running a sugarbush involves an surprising number of subjects; history, science, math, economics, ecology, physics, to problem solving. But best of all, Grandpa shared the experience with the kids!
Digging for Treasure – by Julie Polanco
Julie Polanco and her kids volunteered at an archeological dig site and learned more than archeology.
Amateur Power: Citizen Science is Made for Beginners – by Nancy Walters
Citizen science projects are an ideal way for homeschoolers to learn about and take part in real science. Participation requires no formal training, so it’s a perfect way for kids to do valuable, real scientific work.
Real Work, Fun Times – by Jennie Smith Pariola
For kids, doing real work can be the best kind of play. Today, though, our society generally ignores and sometimes even actively discourages children’s interest in doing real work.
On Feminism Homeschooling and Changing the World by Ruthe Matilsky
Ruthe Matislsky wrote, “Homeschooling was a brand new concept for most of us, and we needed to put a lot of time and energy into figuring the whole thing out. Hopefully our children – the second generation — will build on our work.” Read her piece to see her journey. Originally penned in 2001.
Taking Charge – by Larry & Susan Kaseman
A Look Back at Taking Charge
In this issue we’ll share excerpts from their columns which represent that underlying current which pervaded their writing – that homeschooling is a wise and loving choice.
Unschooled Girl – by Kate Fridkis
Kate writes about her magical childhood and how “it quietly made me who I am, without me having to defend it or fight for it or be cut off from it in a lurching transition to normalcy.”
A Matter of Conscience – by Kelly Green
Freedom of Conscience, Education, and the “Good Life”
Meet Kelly Green, a dual American- Canadian citizen who has homeschooled for the past 19 years. In upcoming columns Kelly will be exploring questions like; does government really have any need to know how parents choose to educate their children? Can regulation of home education be justified by the desire to protect children from abuse? and, How has state funding of home education alternatives changed the face of homeschooling?
Publisher’s Note – by Mark Hegener
As changes come to HEM the ‘once again’ publisher looks forward to the every changing homeschool community and reminds us all that homeschooling families have always been the backbone of the homeschool community.
Good Stuff – by Becky Rupp
Very Little People: Borrowers, Lilliputians, and Tom Thumb
Are your kids interested in stories of little people? Rebecca Rupp has the run dwon on where to find them!
My Word! – by David H. Albert
David tells us how he ‘scoailized’ his terrier puppy and contrasts that with school socialization is essentially a management strategy, and it imparts certain ideas, habits, and values – none very positive for kids or society.
Road Less Traveled – by Linda Dobson
Children: The Dumbing-Down, Doping-Up and Spirit-Crushing
Linda gives readers a synopsis of how the dumbing-down, doping-up and spirit-crushing of our children has been accomplished.
Learning 101 – by Tamra Orr
The Family that Walks Together, Talks Together
Tamara’s family takes a respite from hectic daily schedule for a nightly walk and finds these walk have become a favorite time of the day.