The November-December, 2008 issue includes some wonderful articles and features, such as Mary Nix's interview with the Five Browns: homeschooled siblings whose amazing piano artistry is winning hearts around the world! Articles for this issue range from self-inspired learning to coping with writing challenges, and our columnists present a diverse selection of topics, from keeping homeschooling nonpartisan, to board games and cookies for those holiday family gatherings, to epigenetic research! There's something for everyone in this final issue of 2008!
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FeaturesInterviews - by Mary Nix
Interview with the Five Browns
Keith and Lisa Brown's five children were the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to Julliard - they also happen to have been homeschooled.
ArticlesLearning Through Card Playing - by Carol J. Alexander
Carol Alexander describes how her family uses card playing as part of homeschooling, with the kids learning real academic skills while having fun playing games.
Self-Inspired Learning - by Karen Vogel
Karen Vogel tells how her kids find exotic interests to stimulate their learning despite living an unremarkable suburban lifestyle.
The Other Writing Process - by Karen Hollis
Karen Hollis explains how her daughter copes with the writing challenges of dysgraphia by focusing on the sensory processes of writing, including the physical form and materials of writing, contrary to current educational trends which emphasize content, drafting, and revision.
Coming Home - by Jennifer L.W. Fink
Jennifer L.W. Fink provides readers with a look at her son's last days of school and first days of homeschooling as she reveals the decision-making process facing those who are considering home education.
ColumnsLearning 101 - by Tamra Orr
Lessons in tolerance, patience, respect, and humor are as close to children as their parents' marriage.
Taking Charge - by Larry & Susan Kaseman
Keep Homeschooling Nonpartisan
This column discusses why we should keep homeschooling nonpartisan, how to gain support of both Democrats and Republicans, and what we can do to keep homeschooling nonpartisan.
Book Reviews - by Jeanne Faulconer
By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home
Jeanne reviews Kathleen Melin's By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home
Good Stuff - by Becky Rupp
Whether commercially available or kid-inspired, based on literature or logic, board games offer active, fun learning.
My Word! - by David H. Albert
Epigenetic research, still in its infancy, suggests it is nurture that may actually enhance genetic potential and its expression.
Hands-On Learning - by Kathy Ceceri
Economics and Recycled Crafts
Kathy Ceceri shares ideas about how your kids can learn how to make good choices ... AND how to get creative when money is tight.
The Homeschool Kitchen - by Christine Gable
Christine Gable writes, "No matter which way you celebrate this season, I thought it fitting to share some of our tastiest family traditions. Enjoy!"
Road Less Traveled - by Linda Dobson
A Gift at the Fork in the Road
Linda shares her own family's experinece when her kids brought her face-to-face with the 'continue to homeschool' vs. 'take the school path' question.
Questions & Answers - by Laura Weldon
Laura shares readers answers to questions about Dealing with a Disability and Coping With the Economy.