Carnival of Homeschooling- The NaNoWriMo Edition
Welcome to this hundred-and-umpteenth Carnival of Homeschooling! Because November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo or nano), and I’m over 10,000 words into the writing process (and can’t think of anything but writing, writing, and more writing), I thought it would be appropriate to format this Carnival as sections of a book. I even consulted the Chicago Manual of Style for an authoritative list of book parts!
For me, homeschooling is first and foremost a heart matter. In Mangled Schedules and Grateful Hearts, an article I wrote for Home School Enrichment magazine, you can read how a father’s presence and influence can shape a family school. Enjoy!
Chapter 1: Planning
In Homeschooling Families: Getting Ready for a New Baby, Carletta at Successful Homeschooling writes, “This is part 2 of my series on getting your home school ready for a new baby, and contains fun ideas for welcoming a new baby into the home.”
Carol J. Alexander presents Tip of the Day #9 posted at Everything Home…with Carol. This tip discusses the importance of having a flexible schedule, and is a perfect companion to the “Mangled Schedules…” article above.
Chapter 2: Things You Really Need to Know
In this “must read” article, Adam Faughn presents a list of 7 Things You Can Say to Harm a Child posted at The Faughn Family of Four. He has targeted the seven things parents (and others) need to avoid saying around children, and it’s a reminder that needs to be posted somewhere prominent!
Susan Anadale reminds you to encourage your kiddos to follow their dreams:-) in Homeschooling Hearts and Minds: Sometimes it pays to go back… posted at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds.
In a timely reminder of common courtesy, ChristineMM presents Homeschoolers and H1N1 Swine Flu posted at The Thinking Mother. She shares our federal government’s CDC guidelines for H1N1 Swine Flu and discuses the responsibility that homeschoolers have to take to implement these recommendations.
Chapter 3: Unusual Teaching Ideas and Resources
Teacher Tom DeRosa shares an inexpensive way to get well acquainted with number concepts in Use Playing Cards for Unlimited Number Sense Practice on his blog, I Want to Teach Forever.
We’ve all heard of lapbooking, but Lynn presents Interactive Notebooks | Gather posted at Gather. She says, “An interactive notebook is a binder or notebook (themebook or composition book) that you fill with mini books like a lapbook.” What a delightful idea!
Kaye Swain reviews the Mighty Machines videos in Mighty Machines are Mighty Fun for Grandkids posted at SandwichINK. She says, “They’re fun and downright entertaining.They make an excellent addition to social studies classes for homeschooling programs. They’re Mighty Machines!”
Annette Berlin presents 101 Frugal Ways To Share Art With Kids posted at Craft Stew. Sharing art with children can be not only fun, but inexpensive as well. Here are 101 frugal (or free!) ways to help a child come to love the world of art and crafting as much as you do.
Ken Havelock presents Brain Teasers | Free Trivia | Buy Puzzles | Fascinating Facts posted at A Thinker’s Daily ChallengeTM. The best time to spark your child’s interest in geography, history, or the sciences is when that child is young! As a parent, it is your duty to see that your child gets the best start in life. Ignite that interest in geography, history, or the sciences with the help of A Thinker’s Daily ChallengeTM!
Chapter 4: The Learning Lifestyle
Tammy shares how her family is being properly trained in Horse’n Around, which is posted at Adventures On Beck’s Bounty. Did you know you can probably record homeschool equestrian studies on your student’s high school transcript if certain criteria are met? It’s all in the book;-).
Chapter 5: Microbusiness as a Teaching Tool
Chapter 6: Counting the Cost
Chapter 7: Reasons to Be Glad You’re Homeschooling
In Homeschoolers Respond – Recap posted on Beverly’s Homeschooling Blog (About.com), she shares homeschooler stories of supporting each other and helping each other succeed. She invites us to “Enjoy these reader interaction links, then share your stories and tips too!”
Hall Monitor presents Florida teacher makes girl clean up classmates pee posted at DetentionSlip.org. She comments, “At least at home, you know whose urine it is.”
Alasandra presents Nominees for Best Homeschool Blog 2009 posted at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards. Just a few weeks left to nominate your favorite blog! [Janice’s note: I haven’t checked the list, but it would be nice to have this blog nominated. I’m just not going to do it myself;-).]
Chapter 8: Peripherally Related to Homeschooling
Party Games For Girls presents Clown Birthday Party posted at Party Games For Girls. I have found that homeschooled children can be more outgoing than children who go to regular schools. As such, they are usually more creative. This post provides an excellent chance for them to show their creative sides.*
Chapter 9: Beyond High School
Barbara Williams presents 100 Great, Green Career Links for the Jobs of Tomorrow posted at Online Degree Programs.org.*
Robert Damone presents Highlighting 10 Creative Professors Teaching at Online Universities posted at Online University Data*
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Carnival. If you did, please share it with your friends and blog readers!
*These sites are not homeschool-related.