Homeschool Carnival is Up!

January 5, 2010

Looking for some fun and informative reading?  Grab a drink (or some chocolate) and enjoy perusing the most recent Homeschooling Blog Carnival:

The 4th Anniversary Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling


P.S.  If you blog about homeschooling, consider submitting one of your articles and contribute to the fun.

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Carnival of Homeschooling: We’ve Got Style!

August 25, 2009


Homeschoolers have Style!  Lots of it, in all kinds of flavors.

With the freedom homeschooling affords, comes individual style.  We can afford to experiment, jump around, take a leisurely path through phonics, or whatever suits our family best.

Check out these styles!





ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother shares thoughts about unique classes taught by subject matter experts that homeschoolers can take advantage of in her article The Thinking Mother: Homeschool Filmmaking Class for My Kids This Fall.

Shannon tells of her experience with filing a “notice of intent” to homeschool: Get this . . . posted at Mountaineer Country.

If you’ve wondered why public schools don’t teach based on skill level instead of age, Susan Gaissert writes about how that may be changing in:  Who is Leading When It Comes to Educational Innovations? posted at The Expanding Life.

Elena LaVictoire presents A few tips for Ohio homeschoolers posted at My Domestic Church.

If you’ve given some thought to a homeschool name or ID cards, Beverly has some tips in “Do You Name Your Homeschool?” at Beverly’s Homeschooling Blog.

Barbara, from Barbara Frank Online, motivates us with some encouragement for the new school year in Fasten Your Seat Belts…..

And Christine gives us her take on planning the school year and juggling paperwork in Planning the School Year at Our Curious Home.




Need a fun, make-at-home, game to liven up your school drills?  Kris presents Giant Board Game posted at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Kaye presents Rainy Day + Chuck E. Cheese = Happy Grandkids & Grandparents! posted at  “Chuck E. Cheese can be a great “friend” to grandparents who help with their grandkids’ homeschooling programs!”

Summer presents A Day In Our Homeschooling Life posted at Wired For Noise.




In How to Educate for Beautiful Results, posted at Pajama School Blog, Natalie Wickham shares the importance of identifying and working on the parts that ultimately contribute to a whole education.

Make sure to check out these great art ideas:  Julie Moses presents Follow the Yellow Brick Road- More Oz projects! posted at Kids Art Projects and Lessons at Ms. Julie’s Place.  “Just a few projects to get us going somewhere over the rainbow!”

Annette Berlin presents 37 Ways To Share Crafts With Kids posted at Craft Stew.  “If you love crafting, chances are good you want to share that love with your children. Here are some easy (and frugal) ways to help your child also develop an interest in crafting.”




Kathy presents her review of Andrew Peterson’s North! Or Be Eaten: The Wingfeather Saga Book 2: Homeschool Review posted at Reviews.

Dave Roller presents Reading Programs posted at Home School Dad.  “I wanted to share some of the reading programs my children have been participating in.”

Amanda gives an in-depth look into the history of the atomic bombs dropped at the end of WWII in The Daily Planet » Blog Archive » The “Little Boy” Was Dropped posted at The Daily Planet.

Stephanie shares her excitement about learning Latin for the first time together with her children in I Am Just The Lead Student, That’s All at All About Homeschool.

Ruby shares her insight into using computers, the internet, and online learning to have a positive impact in schooling with one article at Freehold2 called “Internet as a Teaching Tool” and another titled “Online Learning Benefits” at School’s Out.




Need some ideas for field trips?  Kristen Hamilton presents A Day in the Life – Field Trips posted at A Day in the Life – Homeschool Blogger.

If you’re trying to plan for fun AND learning this fall, check out this post:  The Family presents What to do, what not to do posted at Once Upon a Family.

Lynda at The Adventures of A Princess and the Bear writes Bear’ Geography: “about our doing geography and learning the continents with literature and lapbooking. We are making an apple pie in this post, to go along with the book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

John shares thoughts along with the inspirational story of a Zac, a homeschool teen who sailed around the world alone.  He writes Home School Encourages Independence In  Learning and Life at Independent Learning and Home Schooling.  He says, “Rather than isolating students, home school encourages students to develop independence in the way they handle the way they live and the way they learn.”

Amy shares her summertime adventures in Summer Time Learning posted at Kids Love Learning.

We can all empathize with Janine at Why Homeschool who writes about struggles with starting backup with school in “Not Quite Ready to Start School.”



Margaret writes about her plans for not teaching history this school year at Semi-Schooling History posted at Two Kid Schoolhouse

Barbra Sundquist presents Do You Need to Get Angry Before Anyone Listens? posted at Barbra Sundquist.  “Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Why is it that I have to get angry to get what I want?”

Lynn shares her successful first week of school along with some great resources, ideas, and links.  Check out First Week of School Done! posted at Eclectic Education – Homeschool Blogger.

Ben presents 7 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping posted at Money Smart Life.

Scott Palat presents Parental Involvement Affects the Academic Success of Children posted at TutorFi.

Freestyle – a bit of everything


Susan Ryan presents Open Education – It’s the Learning that Counts posted at Corn and Oil.  “There are many high quality, free learning resources available for homeschoolers, including MIT’s free online courses.”

Shelly presents Vintage Video – Jay Can Do It posted at Homemade Homeschoolers.  “This episode of Vintage Video – Jay Can Do It – is part of the Homemade Homeschoolers Podcasts. The post includes thoughts about the difference between how non-homeschoolers define “socialization” and how we at Homemade Homeschoolers define it. We hope you enjoy!”

And if you haven’t settled into a homeschooling style yet, check out Choosyhomeschooler’s article PURLs of Wisdom Blog » Choosing a Teaching Style or Homeschooling Method posted at PURLs of Wisdom Blog.

Help Aimee out with some new lunch ideas as she shares hers in Homeschool Talk: School lunches at Aimee’s Land.



If you haven’t done the soda bottle and Mentos experiment, you’re in for some fun.  See how Lara DeHaven did it in A Homemade Geyser posted at Texas Homesteader.  My boys are itching to do this!

And if you need some ideas to let your enjoyment and study of nature branch out into other science topics, check out Katie Glennon and her article: Using Nature Study to Study all Areas of Science posted at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.



Leah at The Courtney Six shares Just In Case I Haven’t Mentioned It Lately…:  “My thoughts on why I’m so glad we homeschool.”

Amy at Raising Arrows presents “The Shame On Me Sea“.  The homeschooling parent’s life is often fraught with guilt. Amy writes about her own personal struggle to stay out of the Shame On Me Sea.

I’m grateful, too!

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Homeschool Carnival.  Thank you for all your contributions!

Please take a moment to comment and/or spread the word by posting to your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Next week the carnival will be held at Home Grown and submissions are due Monday, Aug. 31st at 6 pm.  Visit here to submit your post.

Or if you’d like to peruse previous editions, they are listed at Why Homeschool.

Thank you again to all those who took the time to submit posts and share!

— Misty

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Submit Your Blog Post for the Homeschool Carnival!

August 24, 2009


FYI – I’m hosting the next Homeschool Blog Carnival.  Woo-hoo!  🙂

If you have a blog post you’re particularly proud of or would just like to share with the rest of us, please send me the info by 6 pm today (Monday).

Here’s a guideline on the information I need to include your article:

How to submit an article to the Homeschool Blog Carnival

I hope to see some of your stuff!  If not, make sure to check back tomorrow to see what everyone else has contributed.



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Looking For New Math and Homeschool Ideas?

July 15, 2009

Bright Idea

Grab a snack and a drink, and spend a few minutes perusing these excellent blog carnivals.

If you haven’t seen a blog carnival before, they are blog posts full of great ideas and links from many different homeschool and math bloggers who share their ideas and tips with all of us.  Like a carnival with booths, there are lots of interesting things to see, all in one place.

  1. The Math Teachers at Play Carnival is up at Math Momma Writes Blog.  Check out the post on the “Michigan Smith” game, a simple idea for math and fun with a printed game page, some rulers, and colored pencils.
  2. The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Tami Fox’s Blog.  There’s a fun idea for a whole unit study on the kid’s picture book: Chocolate Fever.  I think I’ve had that illness before!  🙂
  3. And if you didn’t catch last weeks Carnival of Homeschooling, it was a Founding Father’s Edition in honor of the 4th of July.  Some great reading there on freedom, independence, responsibility, and more.


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Math Teachers at Play #9 – Game Time!

June 12, 2009


Game Time!

With a ‘pentad’ of little kids running around my house, math works best as a game in our family.  What do you need to play some interesting math games?  Read on . . .


A Deck of Cards

John Golden presents an article Trig Rummy which includes a link to rules and a nice printable card PDF, posted at Math Hombre.

Don’t forget Denise’s popular article The Game that Is Worth 1,000 Worksheets at Let’s Play Math.  It was the first article I read on her great blog.

And an oldie-but-goodie, the “10-out” math game by Maria at Homeschool Math Blog.



A Few Magic Tricks

You know those illusions on the back of cereal boxes where your eyes trick you into thinking two identical objects aren’t? Well, Pat Ballew has a very interesting post on the subject, including links to video and some java applets that let you play with and manipulate the shapes. Check it out: Fool me once, Fool me Everytime? posted at Pat’sBlog.

And if you really want to confuse your brain and eyes, check out “A Pattern’s Math Magic” and Nick’s review of Tokolo Pattern Magnets and the math behind them at NYTimes Blog:  The Moment.


Oh, yeah, and some Instructions

Meaghan presents 10 Tips to Improve Your Math Skills Everyday posted at

Glowing Face Man gives all of us some encouraging ideas in his post, Five Ways To Be Better At Math posted at Glowing Face Man.

Erin suggests contacting textbook companies and their websites for free quality math practice material. Also, teachers often have resources they are willing to lend, including extra practice books from the textbook companies. Check out the article:Note from the Teacher: Free Tutoring posted at Note from the Teacher.

And if you’ve ever been curious about how many ways people have figured out how to multiply numbers together, you’ll enjoy Ξ (Heather)’s article, The First Bunch of Ways to Multiply posted at 360. Maybe I’ll teach a few to my kids. I can hear them groaning already. . . maybe if I make it into a game of Rummy 🙂


And to make your game a little more interesting:

Some Silver, or Gold

John Cook writes about The silver ratio, the gold ratio and its geometric  interpretation, posted at The Endeavour.

Finally, if you’re into coins and puzzles with them, you’ll find a wealth of brain teasers over at Physically Incorrect, like this “Yet Another Coin Tossing Game”.


I hope you enjoyed the carnival and help spread the word.  If you have an interesting blog post on math for K-12, we’d love to see it in the next carnival coming June 26th at the Homeschool Math Blog.  Submit your article here.


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Lots of New Homeschool Ideas at the Carnival

June 1, 2009


photo by StuSeeger

Check out the latest edition of the excellent Homeschool Carnival over at Kris’s blog:  Wierd, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  What a hilarious blog title 🙂

A blog carnival is a collection of articles from a whole bunch of blogs and you can read and sample – like going from booth to booth at a carnival.  Submit your blog article by June 15th to the next carnival and join the fun.

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Math At Play Blog Carnival #7 – Onomatopoeia

May 15, 2009

Welcome to the 7th edition of Math Teachers at Play.

I thought I’d stir a little language into our math carnival this time with a few Onomatopoeias – a big word I thought was pretty fun in grade school.  (I did have to look up how to spell it, though)

Onomatopoeias are words that sound like their meaning.  Just think, ‘Batman fighting a villian’ words:  Bam, Pop, Blast!

And I was inspired a bit by Pat Ballew’s obvious fascination with math words in his article: Left Angles and Language Reversals posted at Pat’sBlog.  “Ahh, the hazards of Geometry. What it is depends on WHERE you are.”

Snip and Learn


Photo by LollyKnit

Denise presents Quilt: What Can You Do with This? posted at Let’s play math!, saying, “How could you use this image as a springboard to doing math? What questions would you ask? What concepts would you try to get across? What would you follow it with? Please comment!”

Devorah writes about Math and Crafts on SquidKnits when her children scramble through some math in designing play costumes and using graph paper for sweater patterns.

Mumble and Solve


Jason Dyer presents Plat Diviseur (Fractions on a plate) posted at The Number Warrior. He says, “Simple questions about a French plate lead to a complex lesson.”

Solve the latest Monday Math Madness by Daniel at BlinkDagger and win a prize.

Clap for Ideas


Zac give tips on How to Understand Math Formulas posted at SquareCircleZ.

Maria gives some tips on teaching long division to kids with Dyslexia, posted at Homeschool Math Blog.

My kids have been enjoying the free version of Timez Attack, a fun, arcade-styled game to review multiplication facts.

Buzzing Brain


My bees in a hive I built myself 🙂

Vlorbik on Math Ed presents Buy Conditionally posted at Community College Calculus

John Cook presents Connecting Fibonacci and geometric sequences — The Endeavour posted at The Endeavour.

Sam Shah presents My Exponential Function Unit posted at Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere.  He asks his kids if they would rather have a million dollars every day in the month, or $1 the first day, $2 the second, $4 the third, etc.  Read his article to find the answer.

SK19 starts a series explaining square roots on SK19Math.

Crack the books


Photo by kennymatic

Meaghan Montrose presents Effective Learning Strategies and Study Skills Part 3 posted at TutorFi.

Alvaro Fernandez presents 10% Students may have working memory problems: Why does it matter? posted at SharpBrains, saying, “In screening of over 3000 school-aged students, 1 in 10 was identified as having working memory difficulties. Why does this matter?”

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Math at Play Blog Carnival!  Click here to check out past editions and submit new articles for future ones.

Keep playing math!

Posted under Blog Carnivals, Math Curriculum

Steps that Multiply – “Math Teachers at Play” Blog Carnival #4

April 3, 2009

I’m happy to host the 4th edition of the “Math Teachers at Play” Blog Carnival!

Learning math starts with baby steps and as our skills multiply, we need less and less help to take bigger and bigger steps.  So, here are some great articles organized by steps. 🙂

Baby Steps

(We need lots of help understanding math to make any progress)


Wendy Piersall presents Spring Math Worksheets: Counting Money posted at Animal Jr..

And just in time for Easter and all its candy, Shauna presents candy math posted at Treasure Seekers.  She says, “While homeschooling my older daughter for kindergarten, I used some Halloween candy to help teach basic math concepts. (At this time of year, you may have extra Easter candy on hand!) The ideas can easily be adapted and expanded on depending on the student’s level.”

Denise presents How DO We Learn Math? posted at Let’s Play Math!.  She says, “To teach effectively, I need to understand how students learn. I can think of at least 3 ways that I have learned math — what about you? How do you and your children learn?”

Elissa presents Red Light Green Light: 9 Tips to Organizing Your Classroom posted at Miss Cal.Q.L8

Here is a fun set of lessons teaching the ways to add to 10: Magic Number Lesson Ideas

Childhood Steps

(A little math help is appreciate, but we’re ready to step out a bit on our own)


 Bogusia Gierus presents Subtractions and Decomposing Numbers | Nucleus Learning posted at Nucleus Learning.

Brent Yorgey presents Chessboard counting posted at The Math Less Traveled. See also the solutions here.

Here’s a fun article about Math Salons, a great idea for get-togethers based around a math lesson.  What a fun idea to make math more interesting and fun:  Sue VanHattum presents Math Salons and Base Eight posted at Math Mama Writes….  She says, “This is about my math salon, and a children’s story I wrote.”

Adventuring Steps

(We’re off on our own, but may fall in a few puddles along the way)


Praveen presents What’s the Chance That the Patient Has the Disease? posted at Math and Logic Play.

If you have a child multiplying 2-digit + numbers, you’ll have to take a look at the video in this article showing how to do calculate by drawing a few lines on paper.  Fascinating!:  Marco DSouza presents Become a human calculator posted at Technology at work and play. Understanding the concepts of Trachtenberg and Vedic mathematics to solve complex math in your mind!

Here is an interesting discussion on the philosophy of real world math:  Michael Croucher presents Martial Mathematics posted at Walking Randomly.

Check out Maria’s video lessons – if you have some visual learners:  Maria Miller presents Division of fractions conceptually posted at Homeschool Math Blog.

Running Steps

(We take all we’ve learned and leap over the math hurdles we encounter.)


Dave Marain presents Another Quadratic Function SAT Problem posted at MathNotations.  An example of the type of quadratic function (parabola) question that is currently being tested on the SATs with answers, solution and discussion.

Pat Ballew presents Testing Understanding of Slope posted at Pat’sBlog. What a difference a subtle shift in a graph can make…

If you are looking for an interesting field to apply math skills:  TeacherC presents Investigating Social Inequity in the Mathematics Classroom posted at An (aspiring) Educator’s Blog. The mathematics classroom is a place where students can explore inequity and social justice issues that affect their communities and the world.

Test your math skills on these ancient Algebra problems:  Jon Ingram presents Ten 16th century word problems posted at Lessons taught; Lessons learnt. Ten algebra word problems, taken from The Whetstone of Witte, the first book on algebra ever published in English, slightly over 450 years ago.

John D. Cook presents Springs, resistors, and harmonic means posted at The Endeavour.

Edmund Harriss presents Surfaces 1: The ooze of the past posted at Maxwell’s Demon.

Dave Marain presents Those “Function” Questions on the SATs – Practice, Tips posted at MathNotations. This post looks at a different kind of function question of the type that could appear on the SATs. Issues of coping with function notation and convoluted wording are addressed. The problem also deals with number theory topics appropriate for middle schoolers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these articles!  Feel free to post a blurb about the carnival on your blog.  Enjoy! 

Posted under Blog Carnivals, Math Curriculum, Math Websites

Homeschool Carnival with a School Supply Theme!

March 10, 2009


Renae has put together a bunch of great homeschool articles around the theme of her top 10 school supplies: HERE. It’s a fun read. As homeschoolers, we have to create the whole school environment on our own, so we’re always on a look out for good supplies.

It’s funny, but I’m looking at two new, unopened packages of bright yellow highlighters sitting by my phone. I couldn’t resist buying them because they, one, cost only pennies in a great sale, and two, I homeschool, so I have a lasting attraction to office supplies. A double whammie!  And now they sit there, waiting for some project that could possibly need twelve highlighters.  I have to remember my mom’s council a bit more, “It’s only a deal if you need it!”  🙂


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Some Great Ideas About Teaching Math and Multiplication!

March 10, 2009


Need some math inspiration?  (We’ve often hit points where it doesn’t seem like anything we’re doing is working)

Check out the latest ‘Math Teachers At Play” Carnival for some new ideas.  She has gathered posts on Elementary Concepts, Arithmetic, Basic Algebra and Geometry, Advanced Math, Math Puzzles, and Teaching Math.

Sometimes it pays to try something totally different.  I’ll post about our latest math and school experiment tomorrow.  Enjoy

Have you tried any new math ideas that have worked well?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section!

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