Welcome to Week 26 of the Carnival of Homeschooling! Due to the oppressive Mississippi heat, the festivities have been moved inside. From the air-conditioned, family-friendly comfort of The Homeschool Café, we can eavesdrop and people-watch, which just happens to be educational (file that under sociology!).
In any gathering of home educators, support groups are bound to come up. Nancy
observes similarities between advocates of breastfeeding and the homeschooling lifestyle. Alasandra
talks about her quest for inclusive support. Natalie links to an article
that inspired the creation of a growing inclusive network in an area dominated by groups offering conditional assistance.
Homeschoolers, by their very nature, are opinionated folks. It doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to politics and social attitudes. Daryl
explains why over-compliance, no matter how well-intentioned, presents a danger to homeschool freedom everywhere. Chris
extols the virtues of capitalism and homeschooling as Free Agent Education. Spunky
takes on a feminist who asserts that stay-at-home mothers live simple, unfulfilling lives. In a well justified I-told-you-so, Rina in Germany
cautions against relying on the protection of religious exemption. Similarly, Atypical Ron
warns homeschoolers against falling for the tactics and fear inducing messages employed by That Organization and reminds us that our best protection against exploitation—by government agencies and dues-driven legal associations—is to know and safeguard our own rights.
While the pundits preach, others are quietly offering words or advice and encouragement to newly minted homeschoolers and seasoned veterans alike. Elizabeth
reminds us that finding our own way in our educational journey is one of the best things about the learning lifestyle. NerdMom
answers the oft asked, “How long does it take to homeschool?”. Daniel
directs us to which statistics are important while Natalie
points out that we can sometimes answer critics without them. Melissa Wiley
enthuses that many homeschoolers are discovering their unschooly tendencies through fun and games in the first of a series of posts on methodology (or lack thereof!). Laurie
offers advice on raising ‘tweenage girls. Meanwhile, Melissa Markham
laments the lack of maturity in recent generations. And The Thinking Mother
discusses the benefits of blogging over chat lists.
“You have GOT to try this!” is a common exclamation in homeschool get-togethers. The custom blend of innovative ideas and tried and true reviews is as rich and bold as a cup of dark roast untainted by sugar and cream. And the resulting jolt is enough to carry anyone through the next year of planning!Henry Cate
demonstrates that even young children can learn the basics of economics.Brandi
of Lone Star Academy celebrates her discovery of Artistic Pursuits, an art education curriculum.Denise
demystifies Miquon Math with ten tips at Let’s Play Math.FarmMom
reviews typing programs at Twice-Bloomed Wisteria.Tricia O.
loves Five in a Row.Maria
at Homeschool Math is offering a giveaway along with her review of a graphing website.Maureen O’Brien
discusses rigorous analytical reading and her efforts to understand the message and know how to ask the right questions in order to interact with an author through the book.Tami
gets excited about summer reading with her children using the Little House series.Karen
promotes the benefits of chess and other games to cognitive development.Allison
demonstrates microscope photography using a digital camera (you’ve got to try this!)Carolyn
explains how reading develops writing skills and a better understanding of grammar without a formal program.Sebastian
shares a D-Day unit study used in conjunction with a trip to Normandy, France.
Few people, particularly homeschoolers (and especially bloggers), can resist the opportunity to connect with others through shared anecdotes; touching, humorous, candid, and life affirming.Atypical Andrea
shares her child’s zeal for seeking out opportunities for hands-on exploration.Deputy Headmistress
deduces that syllogisms can be funny when they get personal (therefore all syllogisms are personal…right?).Elena
describes the complexities of moving a piano and why its history is worth all the effort.Heather
seizes on a learning opportunity after chiggers make a meal out of her family ...and end up in her refrigerator.Patricia
plans to launch a lesson with the blast-off of the Discovery space shuttle this weekend using local resources.Jennie
exorcized the Sugar Demon and changed her son’s life by going sugar-free.Karen
continues her series on her path as an unschooled teenager.Sheri
offers a tribute to the memory of a special friend and veteran near the anniversary of his death.Allison
redefines graduation as she celebrates her recent achievement. Her mother
responds in a touching letter to her daughter.
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