Carnival of Homeschooling – Party Edition

March 8, 2010

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Welcome to the Party Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling


One thing we always come back to in our homeschooling house . . . is having fun together.  Sure, there are difficult days homeschooling.  But, when we look around at each other, we see the freedom to learn, live, and love together every day.  It’s really a ‘Party’ of homeschooling every day at our house, and we love it!


With all the tools, materials, LEGOS, and especially ideas around our house, something is being built every day.  Here are some ideas for having a homeschool . . .

Building Party

Barbara Frank presents Tinkering School posted at Barbara Frank. What a great idea – invite kids, bring tools and supplies, add a couple dads and a garage, and make your own tinkering school.

Christine at Our Curious Home gives a run down on a fun science project involving spinning tops while coping with the winter illnesses many of us are enduring now.

Jenny at Home is Where You Start From presents Growing borax crystals, a homeschool Science project.  She says, “We successfully grew borax crystals on pipe-cleaner “stars” in a jar.  They were beautiful and educational.  I walk you through the simple steps of completing this project.  Home school = fun school.”

Kaye Swain presents Cheap Scrapbook Supplies + Great Scrapbook Inspirational Sayings = Happy Grandkids posted at SandwichINK.  She says, “My grandkids and I have had fun combining cheap scrapbook supplies and sweet scrapbook inspirational sayings to make all sorts of fun projects.  I love it when we can combine fun, giving, and learning – making it perfect for their homeschooling programs.”

Young kids learn while they’re laughing, giggling, running, and having a homeschool . . .

Play Party

Lara DeHaven presents Having a Purim Party posted at Texas Homesteader.  She gives some great ideas for celebrating various holidays throughout the year.

Sarah presents Preschool Play posted at The Forest Room.  She explains “Various preschool work from this week with some comments on development and quotes.”  I really enjoyed her art, muffin tin, and preschool letter ideas.

DeputyHeadmistress presents I had a different schedule planned for today… posted at The Common Room, saying, “The DHM had a schedule all planned and organized, and then the boys got busy with something else.”  I loved the map ‘fun’ – kids learn so well when they’re playing.

Tom DeRosa presents See the Ultimate Number Line Game in Action [Video] posted at I Want to Teach Forever, saying, “Here’s a math idea that will get your kids up and moving!”

We all have our own beliefs and many of us are happy share to them with others.  Browse these interesting opinions, and I couldn’t resist calling it a homeschool . . .

Political Party (and Opinions on Homeschooling)

Katherine presents budget cut suggestion posted at No fighting, no biting! She says, “As states and counties cut workers, perhaps they could slash some positions that seem to exist primarily to harass homeschoolers.”

Cristina presents The Department Store World posted at Home Spun Juggling. She shares, “My thoughts on how our society separates issues and subjects into different categories and my own ideas about taking a more holistic approach. ”

Janine writes about how “homeschooling allows us to have our children work on hard things that really matter,” in her article called Life stress and homeschooling posted at Why Homeschool.

Dana presents In defense of the Pearls…some thoughts posted at Roscommon Acres.  She gives her take on the debate involving the Pearls who lean heavily towards not ‘sparing the rod’ and the controversy involving the death of a young girl in a family following that philosophy.

Rodney C. Nanney presents Homeschooling Dad Running for State Representative posted at Put Michigan Back to Work.  Both he and his wife share their thoughts and motivations for his first foray into politics.

Alasandra presents Political Asylum for Homeschooling? posted at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards, saying, “I am really tired of bigots like Libby who know nothing about homeschooling harassing, bashing and insulting homeschoolers.”

Crazy Stats People presents Press Release: Chocolate Versus Vanilla posted at Count By Homeschoolers, saying, “Are homeschoolers particular about their ice cream? Help us find out by participating in our latest survey!”

ChristineMM presents Thoughts on Homeschooled Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts posted at The Thinking Mother.  She shares her thoughts after reading an article on the topic in Scouting magazine.”

Susan Ryan presents Useful Homeschoolers posted at Corn and Oil.  She offers her own review of articles in Scouting and Yes Magazines.

We’re often stumped and looking for something new.  What you need to do is attend a homeschool . . .

Party of Ideas

Rachel Lynette presents 8 Fun things to do with Idioms posted at Minds in Bloom. She says, “I know I am preaching to the choir when I say that idioms are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Check out these out of this world ideas – they’re the cat’s pajamas! ”

Christina S. presents Project: Popcorn! posted at Lesson Pathways Blog.  She says, “A fun post from a homeschool mom about her ‘Popcorn’ theme unit. Great ideas!”

Barbra Sundquist presents Time Management: Procrastination posted at HomeBusinessWiz.  She says, “New research shows that contrary to common belief, procrastination has very little to do with our skills to plan or manage time. The root of the avoidance is our reaction to work, sense of purpose, or self-esteem.”

Sebastion, who presents Questions about Homeschooling posted at Percival Blakeney Academy needs some help with questions for a homeschool Q&A panel.

Mrs. White presents The Cleanest House Ever posted at The Legacy of Home.  She’s got some great ideas for your next big cleaning day . . . and how to get the kids to do it all.

Shannon Entin presents Learning Through Living posted at Mom Improvement. Check out the great living history restaurant they found.

GrrlScientist presents BirdNote Radio Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “BirdNote is a radio series about the intriguing ways of birds. BirdNote programs are two-minute vignettes that incorporate the rich sounds of birds with stories that illustrate the interesting — and in some cases, truly amazing — abilities of birds.”

NerdMom presents Book It Time!!! posted at Making Money, Keeping Money.

Kristie presents How to Save On Your Grocery Bill posted at Saving Dollars and Sense, saying, “This post offers practical tips for bring down your grocery bill.”

If you want to see some variety, compare the bookshelves and teaching methods of a few homeschoolers.  And we’re always looking for more ideas.  Make sure to check out this homeschool . . .

Curriculum Party

Tiana Krenz presents What Does “Enough” Look Like? posted at God Made, Home Grown.  She gives some advice to help box-checking parents who are trying to evaluate if they are doing enough schooling.

Kerry Jones presents Make Way for Change! posted at Parent Community and Forum.  Some great thoughts on the evolution of homeschooling in their home.

Katie presents Uses and Benefits of Audio Books posted at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.  She says, “So many uses for audio books and so many free places to get them!”

Amy Bowen presents It’s too much!!! posted at Eclectic Homeschooling.  She shares how many things she’s able to do and enjoy with her children because she homeschools.

Catherine presents Applying Montessori principles in our home, part 1 posted at Petticoat Government.  She gives some great insights into “applying Maria Montessori’s principles to be a better teacher and mother.”

Dave Roller presents Structured and Unstructured posted at Home School Dad, saying, “I have been struggling lately with my home schooling style lately should I be structured or unstructured. Here is what I’m thinking.”

Nak presents “Ulysses S. Grant as Desdemona” or “Adventures in Speech Class” posted at Sage Parnassus.

And some days it all just doesn’t work out so well.  Here’s some advice that might help the next time you feel like having a homeschool . . .

Pity Party

Amy presents The Homeschool Schedule Blues posted at Raising Arrows.  She gives some great ideas when you feel like your curriculum just isn’t working for you.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word presents Sick Day posted at Hope Is the Word.  She says, “Observations and questions from a “sick day” in our homeschool.”

Linda Dobson presents Homeschooling: The Gift That Keeps Giving posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.  She gives us hope and a fun look into the future as she enjoys her homeschooled daughter now continuing the tradition with her own daughter.


This concludes the Party Edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  Feel free to comment and link back to this post or other articles you liked.

You’re also welcome to submit an article to the next addition using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Enjoy!

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10 Comments so far

  1. Kaye Swain March 16, 2010 11:48 pm

    Great looking blog carnival. I’ve been sick so just got a chance to check it out and am looking forward to reading through the posts over the next few days. 🙂 Thanks for including Sandwichink!

    Cara- I totally agree with you BUT since so many sites require it, I made a Blogspot blog for SandwichINK with just 1 or 2 posts, plus links to my main site. It only took a few minutes, points people to SandwichINK and makes an easy option for those sites that require it. 🙂

    Have a Happy St Patricks Day 🙂

  2. docmisty March 13, 2010 11:07 am

    I agree – some of the most common questions turn out to not be very important after all.

  3. Cara March 11, 2010 5:46 pm

    Ok, i HATE it when I cant leave a comment because they only allow google ids or other similar limits. I dont want a google id.

    I will post here, an answer to Percivil’s questions question, in hopes someone gets it to him.

    What always cracks me up is “I want to start homeschooling my x-grader. What is the best curriculum to use?”.

    I think one of the hardest things is that most of the questions new homeschoolers have are not the ‘right’ questions, from the perspective of experienced home schoolers. People ask ‘how do you make your kids do the school work if you cant get them to do their home work now?”. I have seen the question ‘ok, really, what are the worst parts of home schooling’ – but i’ve had other homeschoolers get upset if I answer honestly. A big question that comes up is, how do you deal with freinds and relatives who are not supportive. But its also important to get to the questions behind the questions – explaining how school scope and sequence isnt the only way to teach, how your kids can REALLY learn at their own pace instead of matching the school’s pace, that there are no educational emergencies. That your child knows what curriculum is best for him/her better than any home school expert does.

    (and thanks for the carnival!)

  4. Cristina March 11, 2010 9:26 am

    Thank you for putting together such a wonderful carnival! I’m glad you enjoyed my article, peas and all. 🙂

    Peace and Laughter!

  5. Dana March 9, 2010 7:20 pm

    Great job on the carnival! I know they’re a lot of work!

  6. docmisty March 9, 2010 1:06 pm

    Thanks for all the great articles you submitted! Glad you’re enjoying the carnival.

    Misty

  7. Home School Dad March 9, 2010 12:16 pm

    Excellent carnival. Thanks for including my post.

  8. Barbara Frank March 9, 2010 11:32 am

    Love the theme! Thanks for including my post 🙂

  9. Christine Guest March 9, 2010 9:13 am

    My links are good, the carnival is clear, clean and fun, good job!

  10. Alasandra March 9, 2010 6:29 am

    Thanks for including my post.

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