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Carnival of Homeschooling - Celebrating New LIfe

By February 6, 2007

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With the birth of my grandson this past week and expecting a granddaughter in March, I thought I'd go with the theme of Celebrating New Life. Julee Huy (my daughter) of Homeschool Daze Blog shares about homeschooling with a New Baby!

Choosing to bring a new life in this world is a life-changing decision, so is making the decision to homeschool your precious children. There are a lot of similarities in these two processes. Let's explore...

Preparation Stage

When deciding to have a baby and throughout pregnancy, we read everything we can to learn all aspects of pregnancy and the developing baby. When considering to homeschool, we research and ask questions and read everything we can get our hands on to learn what this would mean for us.

Kris presents some concrete steps to follow when doing research in Finders Keepers: Tips for better research posted at SuccessFiles.

Laurie Bluedorn shares an excerpt from and interview with Raymond S. Moore from 1984 in Homeschool Voices From the Past posted at Trivium Pursuit. Dr. Moore was one of the first authorities I heard from in my own research of homeschooling.

Our research often leads us to ask questions like the one posted by Christine Smith of Digital Scrapbooking Design, "Homeschooling - How am I Qualified?" or "What's your educational philosophy?" by Tammy at Life Without School Blog.

Barbara of Fuel shares Another Answer to "Why Homeschool?"

Waiting for the Big Day

Just as in pregnancy, we spend time waiting for the right time to begin homeschooling, either for our children to be ready or for the right time to take them out of school. Then the big day finally arrives and this "new life" begins.

The early weeks in homeschooling can be just as stressful as bringing home a new baby. There are a lot of adjustments to make and new roles to get used to. Joanne writes about how she had to deschool more than her kids when she first took them out of school over at A Day In Our Lives.

Mom & Pop Home School shares about their Unexpected Journey that lead her to take that scary plunge into the vast, dark, terrifyingly unknown void of….homeschooling.

Nice Routine

Things are finally going smoothly and you are settling into a nice routine. It's finally time to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy this new beginning.

Stephanie of Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood writes about their study of Chronicles of Narnia and an Afternoon Tea in Tea anyone?

PJ's and Homeschooling? Who ever heard of such a thing? Janine of Why Homeschool writes about how learning can take place, even in your PJ's!

Homeschooling is Not Just for Kids... Judy Aron of Consent of the Governed tells how her 82 year old mom is "homeschooling" to obtain her high school degree.

Trouble in the Waters

Just when we get comfortable in this nice routine, something comes along to stir things up...colic, illness, teething. Our perfect world is shaken up and we have to work through it to get to the other side.

In When You're Down and Out, Sagerats of High Desert Hi-Jinks demonstrates how preparing our children for the future can be helpful for today.

Patti of All Info About Home Schooling talks about Homeschooling on Difficult Days, days when normal homeschooling is impossible for a while...when there is no time to find the chapters and pull out the worksheets, when a crisis or challenge throws your schedule way off.

Anne of PalmTree Pundit is intentionally trying to head off that February/March homeschooling burnout this year by lightening up on school and chores this month.

Comparing to Others

One thing new parents tend to do is compare their child to others, either as more advanced or beginning to worry if things aren't quite up to par.

In Homeschool Envy, Lara of The Open Door shares about the constant battle she fights with comparing her homeschool to others. She thought she'd conquered it until she saw a good friend's new schoolroom.

Some home-educating parents believe that homeschooled teens should never show signs of rebellion. As a mom homeschooling her second pair of teenagers, Barbara Frank of The Imperfect Homeschooler disagrees in Rebellious Homeschooler: An Oxymoron?


New parents and homeschool parents are both concerned about protecting their children from disease, illness, accidents and keeping them from harm's way.

In Public Schools Forcing Immunizations? Gena of Home Where They Belong talk about the new Immunization Law in Texas. 12 year old girls are the target, but this immunization program isn't all about prevention. Follow the money trail.

Give them the World

Once we have this little life, we fall deeply in love with them and will do practically anything form them…we would give them the world if we could.

Are you taking your homeschool into all the world? Ann of A Child's Geography shares a fun, practical way to take your homeschool into all the world: organize a world tour!

In Homeschooling Overseas, Kat of No Fighting, No Biting! recollects homeschooling families in Italy.

Rebecca of Today in Faerie School shares as they continue on their year-long journey with the Nordic peoples by starting the Finnish epic story, The Kalevala, as well as beginning a new project--making ring mail out of pop-tops.

Guinever of At Home with Guinever offers a Free Egypt study by Tapestry of Grace.

Read this review of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a movie recommended in their history book's unit on China posted at My Domestic Chuch.

Training and Molding their Character

Tara Reynolds presents Natural Consequences posted at Waldorf Our Way, saying, "Sometimes natural consequences are the most effective teaching tool!"

The Thinking Mother writes about a parent's duty to teach their children how to communicate, to socialize their children and to accept responsibility for their actions.

Teaching: from Walking to the Three R's

From the day our baby is born, we begin teaching them. Homeschooling is the natural continuation of what we've already been doing.

Maureen shares how a math lesson ended up a character lesson in Cross-Curricular Lessons posted at Trinity Prep School.

Denise presents a math teacher's confession, plus a story about what it feels like to learn mathematics--the agony and the ecstasy in Confession: I am not good at math posted at Let's play math!

I love this idea by Michelle in Flexing That Vocab posted at scribbit.

Mama Squirrel of Dewey's Treehouse explains what will happen If you give a mom some library books. What do you think will happen?

In What's Up in Alasandra's World, Alasandra writes about her plans to teach American Literature next year.

Enriching Their Lives

In addition to the 3 R's, it's important to share the arts and music and culture with your children.

In Music Time: An Orchestra Unit, Meredith at Sweetness and Light shares "As many of our Unit Studies revolve around really great picture books, so too will our Orchestra Study."

At Higher Up and Further In, Linda talks about Waking the Poet Within and gives ideas for instilling a love for poetry in our children.

In While I've "Got" You, Kristina from at home, on fire wrote about her job as a homeschooling Mama: to teach my children to think outside of the box and be willing to learn.

Sending them Off

Unfortunately, there does come a day when we have to send our babies off into the world to fend for themselves. Are they prepared? Have I done my job well?

From The Common Room, Deputy headmistress encourages parents to Share Your Passions in your daily life by pursuing some of your own interests and sharing in them with your children.

In The Lost Art of Rote Memorization, Janine of Homeschooling Hints shares about the value of teaching children to memorize.

Miscellaneous Resources

An interesting way to educate yourself is to learn by screencasts. You can choose time and speed of learning as you like. Learning by Screencast posted at Learning by Screencast.

Bookwink presents 19th Century - Video booktalks of historical fiction set in the 19th Century.

Homeschool CPA gives pointers for starting your own business. Consider asking you friends and some of their friends to offer opinions on your product or service. This will help you make connections and find potential customers.

~ Beverly

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

Next week, the carnival will be held at Nerd Family. Join the fun, submit your post.


February 6, 2007 at 8:36 am
(1) Judy Aron says:

Great carnival.. and new babies are wonderful.. congratulations to you!
I am enjoying the posts..
but my post did not make it again this week. Did you not get my email submission? I sent it Friday.
Anyway – thanks for preparing this – I am thinking it must be really a job to organize it all.

February 6, 2007 at 8:57 am
(2) Kristina says:

this was wonderfully laid out and so much fun to browse through. As soon as my kids are settled for the afternoon, I am going to have a great time reading.
thank you for your hard work … I don’t know how any of you hosts do it.
thanks, Kristina

February 6, 2007 at 12:21 pm
(3) Anne says:

Great job! And congrats on the new grandson.

February 6, 2007 at 5:06 pm
(4) Sonja says:

Congratulations on your new grandson, and on a job well done. The Carnival looks great. Thanks for putting it all together.

February 6, 2007 at 7:13 pm
(5) Joanne says:

Thanks Beverly for a job well done.

February 7, 2007 at 12:17 pm
(6) Wendy Asbell says:

Loved the carnival, loved the picture of the baby more! Congratulations to the entire family!


February 7, 2007 at 7:15 pm
(7) Jen says:

Yes, corporations make money from vaccines and they lobby politicians, but that’s no reason to refuse a vaccine that protects our daughters from a terrible form of cancer that kills 14,000 people a year in the U.S. and far more around the world. Ironically, one of the major reasons that only a few vaccines have been brought to market in the last few decades is their low profitability (compare the economics of selling one dose of a vaccine to selling someone a pill to take each day.)

February 8, 2007 at 2:30 am
(8) sagerats says:

Great job and congratulations!

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