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Carnival of Homeschooling - Celebrating July 4th

By July 1, 2008

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I've celebrated Independence Day in various places over the years. One of my favorites was at Mina Lake in South Dakota when the kids were young. For a city girl, this was a real treat…from the Aberdeen Liberty Parade, to the lakeside barbecue to the fireworks out over the water of Mina Lake. Since fireworks were legal where I lived until I moved to Anaheim 5 years ago, most celebrations were neighborhood streets filled with "safe and sane" fireworks. But, gone are the days of spending money at the local fireworks stands, now we generally barbecue at home then try to find a convenient place to watch one of the community fireworks shows.

Math and Finances: Is it more economical to purchase safe and sane fireworks or attend a community fireworks display?

In Hooray for (Math) History posted at Let's play math!, Denise says that the story of mathematics is the story of interesting people. What a shame it is that our children see only the dry remains of these people’s passion. By learning math history, our students will see how men and women wrestled with concepts, made mistakes, argued with each other, and gradually developed the knowledge we today take for granted."

A homeschool mother wants to earn some money while homeschooling and asks Carol of the HomeschoolCPA blog, the question, "Can I homeschool other children?"

History and Civics: Take the Independence Day Quiz to find out how much you know about the origin of independence day? Need to review?

Music has played an important role in American History. Mark Monaghan at eLearning stresses that music can also play an important role in preparing a student to learn and getting the brain into learning mode.

In 21 Things a 21st-Century American Citizen Should Know, Susan Gaissert of The Expanding Life paraphrases comments made by President William Jefferson Clinton during his lecture at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 17, 2008.

Science - The science behind the fireworks is fascinating. Check it out and try making a few of your own! (I suggest parental assistance!)

PJ of Let A Woman Learn writes about one of their several garden (science-nature study) projects this summer experimenting with different "greenhouses" for starting seed and watching the growth and root system.

Tim Appleton of Applehead presents pictures and video clips of Building the water bottle launcher for a 4H project.

Warning! This post is not for the squeamish! In Suburban Taxidermy - Part I, Piseco of Mind Games decided to preserve the skin from a chipmunk saying, "it was a huge learning experience for me - oh, yes, and my son too."

Activities Coordinator of Life On The Planet began planning for the upcoming school year and proclaimed, "We Need a New Microscope." She's now on the search for a quality microscope at a good price and is seeking input.

Heather Johnson presents Integrating Technology into the Classroom posted at education & tech.

Reading: Share in some children's books that Celebrate America.

Steph of The Life Without School Blog says, "This is the first time I've had one of my kids teach me to read. But I have always been fascinated with the way young children, if left mostly to their own devices, find their own paths to learning to read and write. Each stage of the journey to learning to literacy emerges in its own time."

Kathy of Homeschoolbuzz.com Reviews suggests The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs as a great summer read-a-loud for the family.

In Can You Still Read, Percival Blakeney Academy takes a look at an article in The Atlantic about how computer use changes how we read got me wondering about the implications for homeschooling.

Melitsa of Play-Activities.com has enjoyed explaining Where we live using appropriate vocabulary.

Cristina Payne takes a look at theater, the homeschooling way in Home Spun comic strip #241 posted at Home Spun Juggling.

Writing and Grammar: Try your hand at writing some Independence Day Poetry.

Denise presents the best online writing tips for writers in general, and for aspiring fantasy/science fiction writers in particular in Writing a Story, Part 2 posted at Frugal Homeschooling.

In The Perils of Using the Internet for Research, and the Solution, Barbara Frank explores how the Internet makes research easy for kids....sometimes too easy.

Kim compiled a short list of Publishing Opportunities For Children posted at Works in Progress.

Shez is hosting The Book Arts Bash - A Summer Writing Program for homeschooling families posted at Homeschooled twins. Write your book, create your story, draw your comic, bust out your illustrations! Send us your work, and get your manuscript read by our judges: bestselling authors and industry professionals.

Kim Kautzer of In Our Write Minds shares What's in the Bag?, a fun pre-writing game you can play with kids of all ages!

Laws & Safety: Fireworks are illegal in many areas these days. If the safe and sane fireworks are legal in your area, prevent injuries by taking fireworks safety measures.

Alasandra writes her thoughts on Dr. Brainbridge's inaccurate remarks about homeschooling high school in Dr. William Bainbridge is full of baloney posted at Alasandra's Homeschool Blog Awards.

California Update - Interview with Debbie Schwarzer highlights a podcast interview with Debbie Schwarzer who was at the June 23, 2008 CA Rehearing. Posted at The Informed Parent.

In reference to the California rehearing, Henry Cate of WhyHomeschool says it looks like the rehearing went well, now we'll just have to wait.

Sheila Danzig presents What Makes Online Nursing Degrees So Popular? posted at The Degree Blog.

Family and Community Time: Independence Day brings families and communities together, from backyard barbecues, community picnics and parades to the spectacular fireworks shows. Take pictures and include your festivities in your very own family newsletter.

America: the good, the bad, and the ugly... Jennifer of the Diary of 1 shares pictures of the local parade, some aggressive ants and ugly, but good fruit.

In Fun and Frugal in Western North Carolina Stephanie of Stop the Ride! shares pictures and memories of their fun and frugal trip to Western North Carolina.

SeaBird Chronicles gives instructions to make Nature Bracelets, an easy and fun nature study idea for young children.

In the spirit of Moms Mentoring Moms, Elena LaVictoire of My Domestic Church presents 10 Things I Have Learned about Homeschooling over the past 13 years of homeschooling.

Five carseats, two coolers, “travelpack” for each Little, and bags in the big white van... Jocelyn presents Part I: The Journey Begins posted at A Pondering Heart. Jocelyn shares the beginning of their trip down south.

Soup's on! Cooking soup when it's hot outside? Well no, The Reluctant Homeschooler is just collecting the recipes for our cooking marathon once school begins again. And I'm getting quite the international collection of tantalizing recipes, so I'm actually going to start them cooking this summer - with the cold soups. Gazpacho anyone?

College Bound - If you love the whole fireworks experience and want to become a pyrotechnician, there are shooter schools to train you for such a task.

In To Go To College Or Not!, Amanda Dixon of The Daily Planet answers the "Are you going to college" question with some really bold statements.

Over at la vie est aromatique (life is sweet), Smell Goods Lady on the home-schooling goals for Warrior Princesses Z. & T in The World Is Your Oyster.

In Homeschool Success Stories, Katherine of No fighting, no biting! says hundreds of homeschool graduates and parents share about careers and opportunities resulting from their home education experience. Reading the posts is very inspiring and makes me grateful we homeschool.

Susan Ryan presents Preparations posted at Corn and Oil, saying, "Some ideas and accomplishments were shared concerning teens' preparation for college."

Raymond presents Why College Students Should Apply For Student Credit Cards posted at Money Blue Book.

David Cassell presents College Credit Transfer posted at selectcoursesblog.com.

Planning and Organization: Planning your own family or neighborhood gathering requires some advance planning, will you be ready?

HowToMe provides the instructions on How to Make a Versatile Cloth Wall Chart. This wall chart could be used to play matching games, “Jeopardy,” or “Wheel of Fortune.” It can be used for calendars, chore charts, potty training, math problems, charting a month’s weather patterns, table manners, homework completion, or graphing. All that is required are the inserts which can be made by hand or computer.

In Decision Made, and Room Was Cleaned ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother uses the break from homeschooling and the chicken pox quarantine time to tackle big projects like rehauling her tween son's messy room and instituting some new household rules."

After rescuing five years of her son's school work from the garage closet and storing them in notebooks, Renae of Life Nurturing Education had to decide on a place for Storing the Notebooks

Lindafay of Higher Up and Further In poses the question Homeschooling Methods - What's Your Flavor? She challenges you to set aside some uninterrupted time to think about your children's personalities and your family's interests.

Ah, summer. Time to send the kid off to camp and relax...but first, it has become necessary to deal with his organizationally challenged bedroom. Elisheva of Ragamuffin Studies follows The Thinking Mother's lead and tackles The Room Project.

Physical Education: In planning your Independence Day activities, what games will you include?

Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution presents an overview of the evidence linking physical exercise and lifelong brain health in his post, Physical Exercise and Brain Health.

Social Issues: The fireworks shows, as spectacular as they are, can be a trying time for the little ones. When my oldest daughter was 2, we went to the Anaheim stadium for the game and fireworks. The moment the ground fireworks began, she buried her face and never looked up again. She missed the whole show. Be sensitive to the younger ones and prepared if they can't handle the loud noises.

In tiring of being questioned about the homeschool socialization issue, Kim of Kim's Play Place writes her solution in How Well Socialized Are Homeschoolers--Surrendering the Premise. The answer reframes the question so that the assumed premise of the question is obvious and everyone who has ever heard the question reframed inevitably agrees.

In response to a newspaper piece full of homeschooler stereotypes, IndianaJane's Journal writes You don't look like a homeschool mom.

Silvia of Po Moyemu--In My Opinion explains the meaning of the symbols included on the "Inclusive Homeschooler" T-shirts that her friend sells.

In ADHD Can Serve a Purpose, Stephanie of Throwing Marshmallows asks, "Is ADHD always a serious problem that needs to be fixed or is it more of a mis-match in how and in what kind of environment these right-brained kids are being taught?" A study of ADHD in two tribes of Kenyans raises some interesting questions.

Sally Thompson presents The Ultimate Guide to Special Needs Teaching: 100+ Resources and Links posted at Teaching Tips.

In Every Little Soul Must Shine, Carletta of Successful Homeschooling says the longer she homeschools, the more she realizes that homeschooling is about much more than academics. She homeschools so she can raise children who feel free to shine.

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

~ Beverly

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July 1, 2008 at 8:27 am
(1) Denise says:

One thing I like about living near a small town is that we can see the fireworks up close. The volunteer fire department set them off in the schoolyard each year, and we just take a mat and sit on the ground. Quite a show!

Thanks for putting together such a great carnival!

July 1, 2008 at 11:53 am
(2) Tim Appleton says:

wow. Thanks for including me! This is the biggest carnival I have ever seen!

July 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm
(3) Miss Jocelyn says:

Hi there!
Thanks for including me in your carnival. I have linked you on my site. :)


July 1, 2008 at 8:37 pm
(4) HowToMe says:

Thank you :-)

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