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From the Editor
Happy September! I love autumn — the cooler days and fiery blazes of color invigorate me. This year I’m going to be adding some Civil War history to my fall season as I retrace some of my ancestors’ steps in the battles waged across Virginia. Genealogy research has led me to books written contemporaneously about the conditions experienced by my grandparents’ grandparents as they suffered through the brutal years of the War Between the States and I have a passion to see those places for myself. Because I live in Fredericksburg, it’s a short drive to many of the battlefields, and this year is the 150th anniversary of a significant battle for my 3X great grandfather at Cedar Creek. Following this history trail is just one more reminder of how passions bring learning to life no matter what your age.
Mary Ann Kelley
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I grew up participating in 4H, and while I recommend the 4H program itself, I also find myself thinking a lot about the four “H’s” as they apply to homeschooling: head, heart, hands, and health. If you want a holistic way to personally assess your homeschooling, think about whether what your kids are doing is working in each of these areas.
Head: Are your children getting the knowledge they need and the opportunity to develop cognitively? This means not only learning facts, but learning to ask questions, learning to draw conclusions, and learning to think critically. Are they readying themselves for–or making progress with–skills like reading, writing, and computation?
Heart: Are your children getting nourishment for their hearts? Do they have opportunities to form meaningful relationships? Do they have opportunity to see and create beauty in the world? Are they developing empathy and care for creatures and people? Do they have mentors who can help them grow spiritually or philosophically?