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It cannot be a coincidence that it is National Poetry Month and I’m hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this month. I mean a homeschooler can never resist the chance to turn something into a learning opportunity. So, prepare a nice cup of tea, find a comfy spot, call the kids to come read over your shoulder, and let’s away to the Carnival!
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Mother Crone (Mother Crone’s Homeschool) reminds us that just because we aren’t bringing home a fiscal paycheck doesn’t mean we haven’t chosen a rewarding career by choosing to homeschool, so please stop trying to find the homeschooling mom a career.
When looking for some practical advice while planning for the next school year, Kristina (at home, on fire) checked out the government school guidelines and ended up with a “good laugh instead of a good path”.
Each homeschool family chooses homeschooling for a different reason. Jeanne (At A Hen’s Pace) reminds us to look back and remember why we chose this path. Meanwhile, others, like Phil (A Family Runs Through It) only have to look back to yesterday to find a newly discovered benefit to homeschooling. Rusty (New Covenant) homeschools not only because of the superb academic education that his children will receive but also because of the cultural literacy that will be gained.
MFS (Mental Multivitamin) isn’t phased by “how woefully under prepared Suzy Homeschool's kids are, how inarticulate Peggy Publicschool's kids are” because she isn’t homeschooling those kids… she’s homeschooling her own. Those are the only three students she’s worried about.
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Questions, directions warnings and advice,
Flowed in upon me, from all sides; fresh day
Of pride and pleasure! To myself I seemed
A man of business and expense, and went
From shop to shop about my own affairs,
To Tutor or to Tailor, as befell,
From street to street with loose and careless mind.
Whenever a celebrity declares that they are joining the homeschooling ranks, homeschoolers converge to analyze whether or not this is the person they want as the new homeschooling poster-boy. John and Elizabeth Edwards are no exception. Susan (Corn and Oil) shares her thoughts on the Edwards’ announcement, and Spunky, guest-blogging at Home Where They Belong, wonders whether what the Edwards are planning for their children’s educations can actually be categorized as homeschooling (among other questions).
STILL sits the school-house by the road,
A ragged beggar sunning;
Around it still the sumachs grow,
And blackberry vines are running.
Our children may not darken the doorstep of the local government school, but Alasandra wants to make loud and clear why homeschoolers should care about public schools.
Many homeschoolers are opting for the virtual schoolroom, but Barbara Frank warns us that signing our kids up for e-school will probably mean signing away our educational freedom.
We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the pictyure story books.
As our children approach school age, we begin researching our different curriculum choices. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has developed a new column to help make that easier... and they want your help.
Henry (Why Homeschool) reminds us to not pressure our kids in teaching them to read early if we want them to be voracious readers as they grow older... and he's got the overflowing library bag to prove it.Trivium Pursuit) shares one of her family's favorite read-alouds.
Picture Credit: Study: At a Reading Desk by Lord Frederick Leighton
Old books to read!
Ay, bring those nodes of wit,
The brazen-clasped, the vellum writ,
The same my sire scanned before,
The same my grandsire thumbed o’er,
The same his sire form college bore,
The well-earned meed
Jenny (Little Acorns Treehouse) guides parents of advanced readers in how to choose age-appropriate books without sacrificing difficulty.
Home is Where You Start From's Jenny gives us a review of the book that inspired the movie Duma.
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They have taught you to see
Only a mean arithmetic on the face of things,
A cunning algebra in the faces of men,
And God like geometry
Completing his circles, and working cleverly.
Making doll's clothes is a way that Tara (Waldorf Our Way) reinforces geometry concepts for her daughters.
Who wants - (hush! hush!)
A box of paint?
‘T will give a blush
Yet leave no taint:
This rose with natural rouge is fill’d,
From its own dewy leaves distill’d.
SCIENCE long watched the realms of space,
A planet’s devious path to trace:
Convinced of heaven’s harmonious law,
“A World Beyond” Leverrier saw.
When it comes to science, sometimes it's best to abandon the textbooks, reminds Summer Minor, and just go outside and get dirty. And if you love using primary sources whenever possible, like me, then you'll admit that nature is the ultimate primary resource when it comes to science.
When you come back inside from star-gazing, Patti (All Info About Homeschooling) has some great resources for upper elementary and middle school students to learn about the planets.
My parents thought that I would be
As great as
For as a boy I made balloons
And wondrous kites and toys with clocks
And little engines with tracks to run on
And telephones of cans and thread.
Gary & Kathy (HomeschoolBuzz) share a video of their exceptional team of homeschoolers... an all-homeschool team for the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League Robotics competition.
Wise parents, like Rachel (Inklings), know that our children's exceptionality depends a lot on how we raise them - which often requires our saying "no".
I SAID when they handed me my diploma,
I said to myself I will be good
And wise and brave and helpful to others;
For those teens headed off to college, the Modern Sage offers an Expert Q & A of FREE web-based resources for college-bound teens.
But what if your child takes a look at all her options and thinks that college may not be for her? Celeste (Life Without School) is having to come to terms with just that possibility for her own daughter.
When homeschooling her own children, Sherry (Redbud's Lane) thought that college was a long way off and wondering if all of her effort was worth it. As her children excel at college, she's can honestly say it was.
Thank you for visiting this week's carnival. And thank you to everyone who submitted the wonderful posts. Next week's carnival will be back home at Why Homeschool. If you would like to contribute, all the information you need can be found here.
For more information on National Poetry Month and how to incorporate poetry into your curriculum, click here.