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Carnival of Homeschooling 43 - Benjamin Franklin

By October 24, 2006

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"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin did both. His lifelong love of learning, writing and his inquisitive mind definitely left a mark on the world. After spending a week in the mountains studying Benjamin Franklin with the grandkids, I thought it would be a fun theme for the carnival. Here are some printable Benjamin Franklin worksheets for your children to enjoy while you're enjoying the posts.

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. His father wanted him to enter into the clergy, but he couldn’t afford the schooling required. Benjamin Franklin had less than 2 years of formal education.

Benjamin Franklin, the Student

Homeschooling is often compared to public schooling, but in Homeschooling and Hotel Management, Carolyn at Guilt-Free Homeschooling makes the differences a little easier to understand.

Elena at My Domestic Church contemplates homeschooling high school in The Hardest Part, but expresses her concern over the monopoly of sports in the schools and how that influences the decision to homeschool through high school.

    Benjamin Franklin was self-taught and learned through life experiences and reading.

Kelly at Pass the Torch, begins her seven-month experiment in homeschooling. With her post, The Experiment, she kicks off the weekly journal of her experience diving into home education with her two previously public-schooled children, ages seven and nine.

Over at A Dusty Frame, a mother shares about homeschooling while her husband is incarcerated.

What about workbooks and homeschooling? Some families are totally against workbooks, but Two Kid Schoolhouse writes a defense saying there is A time and place for workbooks.

It seems as though unschooling has been the topic of discussion lately and it got a little heated when Crazed Daze and Other Mom Thoughts attempts to discuss unschooling on a nonhomeschooling mommy loop - read Thou Does Protest too Much to find out how that went over.

Julie at Tales From My Front Stoop hopes to clear up some misconceptions or lack of understanding about unschooling from a Christian perspective in Exploring Unschooling. She also encourages another friend who was new to homeschooling about how to get real about why you homeschool.

Benjamin Franklin, the Writer

    At the age of 12, Benjamin Franklin was apprenticed to his brother James. He learned the printing trade and became one of the most influential printers in the colonies. At 16, he knew his older brother wouldn’t published something he wrote, he wrote a series of witty letters posing as a middle-aged widow named, “Silence Dogwood.”

Over at Higher Up and Further In, Lindafay shares Five helpful tips for motivating the reluctant writer.

Sometimes children learn a point when humor is involved. Janine at Why Homeschool shares Rules of Writing - a funny way to teach children how to improve their grammar.

Benjamin Franklin, Self Improvement Plan
    The Mind: Benjamin Franklin decided to improve his writing abilities by studying the writing of authors he admired, rewriting others’ essays to try to improve them and developing his own methods. Franklin was exposed to a variety of books and read everything he could. He loved to discuss what he read and formed the Junto in 1727 to be able to discuss intellectual topics.

Get the buzz on books! Kathy presents Reviews posted at HomeSchoolBuzz.com to offer families a resource when searching for good reading material for their children.

Mama Squirrel presents A great story for homeschoolers posted at Dewey's Treehouse.

In Learning to Read at Home, TrustTheChildren focuses on a more natural way of learning to read than being taught to read. This was in response to a concern about a boy with slow reading comprehension.

    Physical Activity and Diet - Benjamin Franklin taught himself how to swim and was an excellent swimmer. He is in the Swimming Hall of Fame. He wanted to improve his mind and his health. He accomplished both by becoming a vegetarian and spending the money he saved on books.

"What's for supper?" must certainly be in the Top 5 of the most taxing questions ever asked. It's hard to have a good homeschooling day when you're thinking about what's in the freezer that could be tossed into an acceptable supper. This menu-in-progress is mu way of solving the "what's for supper" syndrome. From Sarah of SmallWorld.

    Moral Perfection: Benjamin Franklin felt that he needed to be a more moral person and developed thirteen virtues to live by. He worked on one virtue a week, and then moved on to the next. He kept track of his progress in a little virtue book that he carried with him.
Cleanliness and orderliness can be accomplished easily if you Get A Maid, I'm Serious says TrustTheChildren.

In Striving for Perfection, Tammy of Just Enough and Nothing More says it makes things easier to realize that homeschooling is never perfect.

In All Homeschoolers Are Not Christians & All Christians Are Not Homeschoolers Alasandra of Home~Schoolers Rule defines homeschooling as a non-public school parent directed education. She maintains that parents should not be expected to sacrifice their children for the "greater good" and explains why it is important to have clear definitions of words. She acknowledges that homeschooling parents come from many different religions/philosophies and that Christians do not have a monopoly on homeschooling.

Gena at Home Where They Belong reminds everyone, Don't forget to Register for the Barn Dance Fundraiser.

Benjamin Franklin, the Father

    Franklin’s first son, William, was born in 1731. William was illegitimate; the identity of his mother is unknown. Ben and William were close for many years until William refused to give up his loyalty to England on the eve of the American Revolution. Franklin eventually disowned William. His second son, Francis, was born in 1732 and died at the age of 4. Daughter Sarah was born in 1743.

In Boldly Going Where No School Has Gone Before, Scott Somerville over at The K-Dad Network suggests that more-involved fathers lead to less-traditional homeschools.

If you like a good controversy, go on over to Three Loose Nuts and read the post, Homeschooling Dads—New Target of the Rightwing Fringe.

Benjamin Franiklin – Humorous and Witty Sayings

    Poor Richard’s Almanack – Franklin first published his Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1732 and then one edition a year for the next 26 years. It was filled with wit and humor and is the source of his most popular humor.

High Desert Hi-Jinks takes a look at the flip side of homeschooling in The Problems with Homeschooling.

    "Genius without education is like silver in the mine." Benjamin Franklin

The Thinking Mother answers a question asking for a curriculum for gifted preschool aged homeschooled children and winds up laying out a complete custom-designed program.

In I Never Felt More Alive, TrustTheChildren focuses on a mom who is flat jazzed about her home schooling choice of her gifted son.

Benjamin Franklin, the Citizen

    Benjamin Franklin founded many institutions for the good of the community: fire fighting, academies, hospitals, libraries and insurance companies. He proposed the formation of Pennsylvania Academy and College which eventually became the University of Pennsylvania.

In Best Practices for Learning, Texas Ed discusses how higher education provided her with valuable lessons for homeschooling. Homeschoolers have figured out what is taught in higher education, you have to teach yourself.

Will being able to hire a tutor with a master's degree for the equivalent of $2.50/hour hurt homeschoolers? Not likely, but teachers might want to beware. Barbara Frank shares her views in The Price of One-on-One Tutoring Just Plummeted… over at The Imperfect Homeschooler.

Ben Franklin, the Chess Player

    Benjamin Franklin was a great chess player and was in the Chess World Hall of Fame. He believed that you should live your life like you would play a game of chess.

Want to Play? As the weather cools, we tend to spend more time inside playing games. Trivium Academy shares a few games she’s looking to add to her game shelf.

Susan of Corn and Oil shares some examples Around the Country of activities that homeschooling families are involved in every day, from Science Classes to Chess Tournaments to Skateboarding.

Benjamin Franklin, the Inventor

    Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor. He invented bifocals, the Franklin Stove, the odometer and the lightning rod. With the experiment of the kite and the key, Franklin proved that lightning was electricity.

In One of those days, Spunky compares her son to a lightning rod for controversy. She dedicates this post to all the moms who have energetic boys and often wonder how they will every make it through another day.

    Benjamin Franklin is not only remembered for his inventions, but also for his contributions as a public citizen. He was able to get people to work together for the common good. He tried to live a moral life, but was an imperfect man. His drive for self improvement and lifelong learning are qualities that I admire. Benjamin Franklin died in 1790.

If you enjoyed this week's Carnival of Homeschooling, spread the word!

Next week, the carnival will be held at Why Homeschool. Join the fun, submit your post.


October 24, 2006 at 8:47 am
(1) Pass the Torch says:

What a fantastic list! Well done. Thanks for including mine!

October 24, 2006 at 11:51 am
(2) Janine Cate says:

Great job! I look forward to checking out all the interesting links.

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