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Monday, November 8, 2010

Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to this week's Carnival of Homeschooling. If you're featured in the carnival, please let your readers know so they can come enjoy the articles and consider tweeting it out or mentioning it Facebook? We've got some great articles this week and this carnival will cover a variety of 'subjects' including lifestyle, faith, and classical music.

We're beginning this week's carnival with the founder of the Homeschool Carnival, Mr. Cate from 'Why Homeschool'. I chose to begin with his as the intro because I felt it was just so fitting with how so many of us feel and it goes well with the name of his blog..Why Homeschool? To avoid jail time! I'm still shaking my head after reading this and Mr. Cate invites you to dialogue with him about the recent news article he featured. Jail time for missing the parent teacher conference? Are you serious? oiy!

Now let's just head on over to discussing our freedom to homeschool with Marine Corps Nomands..what timing huh? She shares her lifestyle of learning and isn't that what makes a well educated adult? The fact that we are instilling education as a lifestyle of learning.

NOLA200910 by agbayliss, on Pix-O-SphereNow if you have been home educating for a while, let Christine from 'The Thinking Mother' ask you this...are you enjoying your homeschool journey? Sometimes we need to step back and ask ourselves this question. I do think that sometimes we get caught up in the educating that we forget to have fun. But check out this timely poem from Karen at 'Homeschool Girls'... sigh** Are you having those Golden, Magic Days?

Now sometimes being home all day every day gets us in a rut. But let's go visit Nadene of 'Practical Pages' to get a bit of refreshment on how to get motivated. And it helps to know you have fans to cheer you on like Jessica has over at 'Teachable Moments'. Jessica shares a peek into her homeschool life and how grace was more powerful than knowledge this week.

Now wasn't that all so inspirational? Because homeschool is more than just academic, it's relational!

Now let's jump into our academic articles this week, because we've got some informative and practical tips coming our way!

Cookie Bouquet by goose, on Pix-O-SphereFirst period is with Teacher Lynda at the Denver Homeschool Examiner where she is giving us a FREE downloadable Unit for lapbooking on this month's holiday, Thanksgiving. Cultural holidays is a part of education and this holiday is one that tends to get over looked in between Halloween and Christmas. Our family has noticed this and decided to make a change in how we look at the month of November. Right here at The HomeSpun Life we are celebrating the Season of Thankfulness with a giveaway series..giveaways because we wanted to let our bloggy friends know how much we appreciate their contribution to our lives through the blogosphere.

Our next class will be study hall with Catherine over at 'Petticoat Government' as she asks for help for her little one who is stuck in elementary Math. I can understand how she feels since my own daughter needs a bit more time on Math as well. And we're not alone, because Barbara wants to know if it's really worth it to make them keep writing out their Math on paper. Many classes use the library for their Study Hall, which will kill 2 birds with 1 stone here today since Dave is sharing with us about Library Week.

NOLA2009-19 by agbayliss, on Pix-O-SphereNow lets climb up into Dewey's Treehouse with MaMa Squirrel as she shows us a creative tactic for studying grammar..because that's just how homeschoolers do things,...period. I love treehouses! You can have so much fun outside, especially when it's raining..and most especially when Miss Nirvana is showing us how to study art and science in the rain. How fun to create Nirvana together!

Do you know what tends to happen when you're educating in a treehouse? You start to dream and sometimes you dream BIG, like Pamela and her kids do. She knows all too well how 'well intended' comments can sometimes put a damper on those dreams, but don't let it squash your plans.And do you know what? I think we should walk Pamela to our next class..right on over to Teacher Robin's blog where they're talking about making maps! Pamela, your kids will have so much fun with map making for your big dream! How wonderful to incorporate Geography with dream building!

pumpkinbread by lady_jess, on Pix-O-SphereBut before you head out on the road, be sure to go visit the Lunch time Teacher, Kelly, the Accidental Homeschooler, for her advice about making bread. I just love how we can learn life's little lessons during our homeschool days. Like how the Modern Montessori Mama shows us in her video about incorporating education into the kitchen. We're coming to a close, but before we do let's dive into some Classical Music for the guys with Hal and Melanie of Raising Real Men. Speaking of Hal and Melanie, did you know they wrote a book and Annie Kate wrote a review about it?

And now for a tip from Maureen at Homeschool Mo. She found the top writing contests for kids!   Beth shares a review about The Homeschool Reader Series. And if you're thinking about saving up for college, leave a comment over at Wise Bread to thank them for their research on the matter.

I hope you have enjoyed this week's Carnival of Homeschooling. Next week's carnival will be hosted by Nerd Family the week of November 16th. You can send in your submissions here.

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3 kind words:

Nadene November 9, 2010 at 1:53 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful carnival!
Such diverse and encouraging contributions.

Annie Kate November 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM  

I love how you put the carnival together. It's so creative!

Thank you for hosting.

Annie Kate

Marlis November 12, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

Thanks for hosting. I greatly enjoyed the look and feel of your blog and the well introduced entries.

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