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Carnival of Homeschooling: Alaska

By May 29, 2007

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Welcome to the Alaskan edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. Having just returned from an Alaskan cruise, I'm sharing a few of my pictures from the trip. Alaska is a beautiful place. I wish I could have gone deeper into the state and really experienced life in Alaska.

What better way to begin the carnival than with Sprittibee's post, A Day in Our Ships and Floating Unit. Sprittibee shares some artwork by her kids and details on a day spent learning about things of and near the sea… shipwrecks, treasure, pirates, Atlantis, Tyre, Phoenicia, and the Bermuda Triangle – to name a few.

K T Cat has some fun with a Tongue Twister posted at The Scratching Post.

While we're on the subject of fun, Janine at Why Homeschool found a great homeschool comic strip which captures the whole socialization issue.

Juneau, Alaska

It was a cold, rainy day in Juneau. We visited Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens.

Located 13 miles from Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 major glaciers flowing from the 5000 square mile expanse of snow, ice and rock of the Juneau Icefield. We also visited the Hubbard Glacier. The face of the Hubbard Glacier is six-miles wide and 300 feet high. It's an awesome site!

Queen of Carrots presents Manipulative Photos posted at Introducing the World. She has some very cute pictures of toddler-friendly manipulatives in action.

Jenny-up the hill of Up the Hill Gang shares what to do with a wiggly little girl who needs to move during Math time in Jumpin' Jack Math!.

Denise chimes in with an assortment of tips and quotations about teaching math in My favorite unpopular posts posted at Let's play math!.

Skagway, Alaska

In Skagway, we took a train trip on White Pines. We crossed a section that was the border line of United States and Canada. It zipped by fast traveling on the train, but I was able to snap a picture.

You might not know it from the press coverage, but the latest National Geographic Bee winner is a homeschooler. Barbara Frank gives credit where credit is due in Another Homeschooled Bee Winner!

ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother proudly shares about how Homeschoolers are a High Percentage of Finalists in 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Jacque of Seeking Rest in The Ancient Paths talks about Scrapbooking, Notebooking and The Heart Of Wisdom Approach.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is a nice little town. We walked the town a bit. I enjoyed watching the local kids hanging out on the street corner.

Sometimes, we think that cooking lessons are only for little ones. With a good cookbook, however, we can learn the history, stories and origins of food traditions - in short, a whole culture can be illuminated in the culinary arts. Elisheva Levin presents Unschooling Shavuot: A Lesson Plan in Experiential Learning posted at Ragamuffin Studies.

Amanda of The Daily Planet asks "What is being bored?" She says that if you have a good attitude you will never be bored because you will never be complaining about not having something to do. If you have a good work ethic you will never be bored, because you will find something constructive to do with your time if you find you are out of something to do.

Patti Miller of All Info About Home Schooling discusses Deciding Whether to Homeschool High School

In How to Stop (Or at least soothe) Sibling Rivalry before you go insane, Kathy McKinney of BrokenHomeschool.com talks about how homeschooling can place additional pressure on the parent-kid relationship. Sometimes a homeschool mom has to step back and look at her own behavior and how it affects the bickering between siblings.

Kristina of at home, on fire was recently e-mailed by someone looking for feedback regarding her recent post on homeschooling though she does not know any of "us". She read her blog and was pleasantly surprised with the fairness of both her post and the comments she has received so far. She offers the homeschool response.

Totem Poles

Ketchikan is noted for the world's largest collections of totem poles. Totem poles are an interesting and important Indian art form. The totem poles tell stories and help preserve heritage.

Jimmie at One Child Policy Homeschool uses Tri-Fold Mini-books for Lapbooking. These mini books record and retell the lessons learned.

Barb presents Something for Free - Art prints, DVDs, and more posted at The Heart of Harmony. The National Gallery of Art has a Materials Loan Program that provides materials for your use, you only have to pay to ship it back.

Marjorie shares about volunteering at a local living history farm in Learning through Volunteering posted at Life Without School.

American Bald Eagle

All during my trip, I searched for an American Bald Eagle to get a picture for my grandson who loves eagles. I finally captured one in flight. Seeing the eagles soaring above, beautiful and free reminded me of the freedom we have in teaching our own kids and providing them the tools they need to soar high.

Heidi of Pebble Chaser has it right. In This is Homeschool, she talks about the natural transitions in teaching her sons from the womb to manhood.

The Pass the Torch family finds it's groove again during the seventh month of homeschooling. Kelly also reviews the curriculum materials she's used this year.

Jana Carlson presents An Obsession for Learning and Imagination posted at The Joy Box. Jana shares about how her children play and interact using their imaginations, often becoming a character in a book they've read.

DeputyHeadmistress talks about what matters more than the curriculum you use in The Interested Life posted at The Common Room.

Elizabeth Christie discusses the difference between how public schools view learning and how children actually master information in learning for life vs. learning for a test posted at Hearthside.

Jenny of Home is where you start from gives us A day at our house - May. We get a peek at what a "lite" day with a relaxed homeschool family might look like. This post follows their day until lunch time, a link to a second post follows the rest of the day.

Silvia Barrett presents How Homeschooling My Kids Frees Me, Too posted at Po Moyemu--In My Opinion. Silvia talks about the benefits to a parent because of homeschooling. People may think homeschool moms are losing themselves in their childrens' lives, but that just isn't the case--at least not for her!

Vancouver, Canada

We spent a day in Vancouver, Canada before returning home. The Inuit used rock formations to provide important information in navigation. The Inukshuk has been used for over 4,000 years in Northern Canada. The Inukshuk is the 2010 Olympic Logo.

Judy Aron discusses CT Pandemic Legislation - Is It Anti-Homeschool? posted at Consent Of The Governed.

In Homeschooling in Mississippi, Alasandra talks about why parents in Mississippi choose to homeschool, contrary to what public school superintendents think.

Dana presents How education became indoctrination posted at Principled Discovery.

Mama Squirrel compares two groups of students that she taught in There's something in that posted at Dewey's Treehouse.

In response to a negative comment about homeschoolers, Summer M. offers her reply/rant How do you find the time? posted at Mom Is Teaching.

Melissa Wiley at The Lilting House discusses the question asked by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, "Can We Really Educate Every American Child?"

Pretty flowers - summer is in bloom.

I saw lots of pretty tulips in Vancouver.

In Mom's Blog Wrap for May 24th, Mom@HWTK shares fun blog entries from all over! Learn how to care for tadpoles and make Dandelion cookies, find reviews of websites and curriculum, learn about new contests and find out about ways to help others through the many posts shared by fellow homeschooling moms.

Valerie Watne of just4homeschoolfamilies discusses winding down the school year and getting ready for summer. She offers a free Certificate of Promotion for promoting our children to the next grade.

Elena LaVictoire gives Five tips for successful homeschooling over the summer time! over at My Domestic Church.

Just Call Me Jamin shares Fun With Bleach? They used bleach and things from the yard to make Nature T-shirts. This is a fun way to make matching "school" t-shirts for your family. Also a fun craft to go along with a nature study.

I offer a field of pretty tulips to this little one. In Is It Off? Rebecca of Little-Homeschool-on-the-Prairie talks about how an accident suffered by a friend's child a world away keeps life's small discomforts in perspective.

Well, that concludes this issue of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I hope you enjoy it.

~ Beverly

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

Comments

May 29, 2007 at 7:57 am
(1) Mama Squirrel says:

Thanks for hosting this week! My post was actually a comment on Melissa’s, so I’m glad we’re in the same section!

May 29, 2007 at 8:46 am
(2) K T Cat says:

Thanks for hosting and thanks for including my post. There was so much good stuff this week!

May 29, 2007 at 9:19 am
(3) Sprittibee says:

Great theme and wonderful carnival, Beverly! I gathered the kids up and read all your interesting facts about your trip to Alaska and showed them your photos. Thanks for “taking us along”. What a fun trip that sounds like. I went to Vancouver when I was about 8 years old… but I bet it has changed a lot since then. I remember driving through the wonderful redwood forests from Washington. It was like a story-book to me (from a big city in the South). I could picture myself as Grettel of Hansel and Grettel… or as Little Red Riding Hood… I loved the forests up there. I bet Alaska is gorgeous.

May 29, 2007 at 7:04 pm
(4) Frankie says:

You did a great job putting this together, Bev. Thanks.

Love the photos of your trip!

May 30, 2007 at 1:02 am
(5) Sherry says:

Thanks for hosting. Another great CoH!

May 30, 2007 at 8:26 am
(6) Pass the Torch says:

Thanks for including my post! I’ll get a link up for you as soon as i get home from Chicago.

Great carnival!

Kelly

June 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm
(7) heidi says:

Thank you so much for including me. I really enjoyed reading the other entries. Well, as many as I could squeeze into a very busy week.

Blessings!

September 18, 2007 at 8:59 am
(8) Patti says:

Thanks for hosting again! The page has been duly Stumbled and posted!!

And I’m glad that you had a great time in Alaska!

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