115th Carnival of Homeschooling: Oh, The Things That You’ll Do!
Welcome to the 115th Carnival of Homeschooling! The theme for this carnival is adapted from Dr. Seuss’s beloved Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Homeschoolers are a diverse bunch, and I thought it would be interesting to read about some of the things we do.
One of the things we do particularly well is read, so I’ve also included posts that develop the theme that “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, Dr. Seuss).
Grab some popcorn, and enjoy the Carnival!
The Joy of Home and Family Traditions
Our first post is a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In Fun that is Fun, posted on PinkPaperPeppermints, Melissa Okonski shares her family’s multi-generational delight in Dr. Seuss stories, and announces that the next edition of her ezine will “be ready soon and [it] includes a printable pattern and tutorial for a [Dr. Seuss-themed] mini book that could be used for scrapbooking, lapbooking, and homeschooling as well as links and my favorite quotes!”
Family traditions are important to homeschoolers. In Celebrating Christ on Hayes Happenings, Taryn Hayes shares that “As we focus on Christ during this Easter time, our family has included the Passover meal as a way of celebrating Christ and His Last Supper, amongst other family traditions at this time.”
Learning Children, Learning Moms
Before you teach your children literature and math, you need to civilize them. In this delightfully good-humored post, DeputyHeadmistress teaches us how to help our children develop personal Initiative. You’ll find this, along with many other good posts, at The Common Room.
In Research Shows Moms Help Kids Learn Best, Lori Mortimer of MORTpiphanies reports on a study by Vanderbilt University showed that young children learned better when they were asked to explain what they learned to someone else. They learned best when the listener was their mother. The connection to homeschooling should be obvious. 😎
In “Which of these is not like the others?” posted at No fighting, no biting!, Katherine offers a story of a recent trip with the local Brownie troop that made it apparent how this homeschooling mom’s minset is so different from the norm.
In What If? at Home*School*Home, Paulanne reports, “this is what my 9-year-old son and I talked about very early Sunday morning. Actually, he talked, I listened. :-).” And what if mom wasn’t there to listen?
Enjoying Words and Literature
The Weekly Muse from Love 2B Homeschoolers shares a cautionary tale about Products Being Advertised in Children’s Books. HarperCollins Children’s Books recently announced plans to publish a new series of books targeted at 8- to 12-year-olds featuring a character called “Mackenzie Blue.” Although touted by the publisher for teaching kids about protecting the environment and promoting global understanding, the Mackenzie Blue series actually aims to be a vehicle for delivering commercial messages, through product-placement hidden advertisements, product tie-ins, and affiliated multi-media corporate sponsorships.
April presents What’s your story? (You’re telling one whether you want to or not.) posted at Lunablog.net.
In “Need New Books?” at Freehold2 Ruby reminds us that “This is a time of year when a lot of us will begin thinking about purchasing new books for the next homeschool year. Have you ever considered swapping, instead of buying new? Here are some reasons to consider doing just that.” She shares some great links to swap services, including my favorite, Paperback Swap.
Tammy shares a very personal Parent-Teacher Conference on the The Life Without School Blog. She shares, that “this morning, I felt like everything was falling apart. I was sure I was ruining my kids for life, and everything was my fault. I felt helpless and hopeless. This was the conversation I had with myself.”
Exploring Nature, Science, the Arts and Similar Delights
In Truly Delightful Sites for Kids! the writer at SeaBird Chronicles reports that “for months now I’ve been bookmarking sites for children that are truly delightful to visit. The sites below are well-designed, fun, clever, and probably just as interesting to you as to your children!”
Working With Numbers
Studying History, Keeping Up With Current Events
Elisheva Levin presents The Spring of Our Discontent posted at Ragamuffin Studies. She’s been reading A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign by Edward J. Larson, and thinking about the current election year.
Dana dissects a highly-opinionated editorial from the Los Angeles Times in Homeschooling: Elitist and Anti-Democratic posted at Principled Discovery. Perhaps I should be immune to being shocked by some of the biases still held against homeschooling, but honestly– this was over the top. You will probably want to skip this if you’re concerned about your blood pressure!
Henry Cate of Why Homeschool? reports on the Results from our Homeschooling Polls. If you’re wondering how much it costs to homeschool, or how concerned other home educators are about the California homeschool ruling, you’ll definitely enjoy this post.
Thinking about Education in General
In Recognizing the Supremacy of the Free Market, Barbara Frank shares a well-known writer’s comment about the inadequacy of his formal education, and makes a sharp observation about education and the free market.
Brian of AcceptedToCollege.com presents an insightful list of Five Tips to Make Financial Incentives for Your Son/Daughter Work.
Summer considers the question of Can We Fix The Failing School System? posted at Mom Is Teaching. Another question might be, “Should we try?” Or even, “Will failure accelerate choice in the school system?”
Enjoying the Quiet Moments
And when we need a bit of a rest, we can visit dear friends and neighbors, such as Lauren Mumford, Mistress of ButtonWillow Cottage, whose ButtonWillow Chronicles seem an oasis of calm in the midst of a busy day.
Perhaps you’d like to sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy the latest post at the Charm and Grace blog, and participate in an archive meme (if you’re not sure what that is, now is a good time to find out!).
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Carnival! Please come back soon for another visit– if you sign up in the box in the right column, you’ll receive a brief update each time I post on the blog, so that you can drop to read if the topic interests you. Feel free to share a link to the Carnival with your friends– everyone is welcome. Enjoy!