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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
Writing and Grammar: Try your hand at writing some Independence Day Poetry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Raymond presents Why College Students Should Apply For Student Credit Cards posted at Money Blue Book.
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."
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 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.
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