Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Carnival Of Homeschooling #77 - Homeschool Roadtrip

When I think of 77, I think of 77 Sunset Strip .. so here is Consent of the Governed's Homeschool Roadtrip. So hop into the car and enjoy the ride! Don't even think of asking, "Are We There Yet?" because as you know, homeschooling is a journey... not a destination! Just make sure no coffee cups or purses are left on the hood of the car as we drive off (have you done that too?). I hope we got everyone is the car and haven't left anyone behind. So off we go...

Our First Stop - (Well, to start just read the sign below while we gas up):

Let's begin the Journey here with an apropos post by Steph W. over at the Life Without School blog , entitled Beginning the Journey of Life Without School: What I Wish I'd Done Differently, who found herself wondering, “What would I do differently if I could begin again?” What would I change if I could go back to that point when we pulled our nine-year-old daughter out of school and started this experiment? What do I regret, aside from the fact that we didn’t start sooner?

Continuing Along The Way We Are:

Here are some observations to share with Character Building in American Schools posted over at Hakim Abdullah.

Sheppard writes about Insanity At School (Yawn?Nothing New.). It's an interesting read on salterblog.com.

Elena notices some signs that her homeschooled teenage sons might just make it in this world after all, in her blogpost The small payoffs posted over at My Domestic Church.

Natural Development posted by Elizabeth at Hearthside talks about the importance of nurturing the desire to know.

The Signpost Up Ahead Says:

Ted shares with all of us How to stay productive over Summer Break and you can read it at CampusGrotto.

Annette offers ideas about 6 Ways To Turn a Summer Vacation Into Curriculum featured at Homeschooling Journey.

Mama Squirrel reminisces about how things were Ten summers ago. Definitely an interesting read at Dewey's Treehouse.

Jana at The Joy Box shares with us how she has struggled to find a balance between rest, relaxation, and productivity during their summer break from homeschooling. This post tells how she's been able to accomplish all of that in her post entitled The Three Things

Re-experiencing springtime in Maine is like homeschooling: we appreciate and learn more the second time around. See why this is true by reading Springtime Anew at No fighting, no biting!

Warning Signs Are Also Part Of Our Trip:

Susan over at Corn and Oil posts Homeschooling is “viable” and she talks about the exposure and interest in homeschooling successes has caused over the years. Even as most politicians and policy makers are trying some more of the same with public schooling through programs such as universal preschool.

Barbara Frank shows us more evidence that if you don't want your children's minds to be messed with, you need to homeschool them. Check out her post, Manipulating Public School Children over at Barbara Frank.

Elisheva says "Although others have commented on the State of Connecticut's harassment of homeschooling families and on the article Illiberal Education, in this post, I discuss the insidious idea promulgated by both." The idea that the state owns the citizen instead of the other way around is examined in Creeping Fascism: Are We Servants of the State? and it is posted at Ragamuffin Studies.

And Speaking Of Questionable Issues:

Maribel's post about Vigilante Obstetrics over at APMFormulators enlightens us about disturbing practices of some doctors promoting Cytotec.

After That, I Think We Need A Break, So Let's Stop For A Bit Of Sustenance:

"We finally caught our cup bandit! What an interesting adventure! There is always surprise and suspense in the home of two boys, a baby girl, a husband and a sink full of cups". Come see how Valerie solved her mystery; read her story at Mystery Solved! posted at just4homeschoolfamilies.

Jocelyn over at Amusing Reflections Of A Country Girl says: "I am quite proud of the fact that I am making my own dresses and skirts. When someone asks 'where did you buy that?" I can answer "Oh this? I made it". Another benefit of making your own clothes is they last longer and you are being frugal with the money God has given you." Read what she has to say in her post, Can you sew?

Leslie presents some things to ponder with her post entitled If q's were p's posted at Do You Weary in Well Doing?

Great Mathematicians is a fine Math History lesson featuring an overview of ten of the greatest mathematicians. It is posted at Redbud's Lane.

On The Road Again, Some Of You May Change Lanes Here:

Jaminacema and her daughter review of the website starfall.com a FREE phonics program for kids! over at Just Call Me Jamin!

If you are reading this you have a computer. Summer shows us how we can do Homeschooling online posted at Mom Is Teaching.

Even babies have their "learning work" to accomplish. Melitsa educates us about Sensory Play – Part 1 – Introduction: What is Sensory Play?. So get ready for some serious playtime at Play-Activities.com.

Alasandra let's us get a glimpse of What they will be doing next year, especially in American Literature.

DeputyHeadmistress shares with us her preparations for a family 'field trip' to an art museum - and how a little advance preparation can make the visit pleasant for everybody. Taking the Family to an Art Museum is posted at The Common Room.

Denise shows us How to use conversion factors, which is a powerful problem-solving tool for math and science. How old are you, in nanoseconds? is certainly worth reading at Let's play math!

Patti over at All Info About Home Schooling has reviewed a few of the most popular 'all-in-one' workbook curriculua that beginning homeschoolers often try, and found them to need a LOT of add-ons. One in particular provides a bit of help and guidance that may make the difference between staying with homeschooling and returning to the grind. For those of us who've been at this a while, these books may be fun for days when the kids want to 'do school' like 'everyone else', or when you need pages for a review portfolio. Read more in her article called Full Curriculum Workbooks.

Sprittibee shares a list of “Second and Third Grade Learning Enrichment” ideas for you to add some extra fun into your homeschool curriculum with her post entitled Second and Third Grade Learning Enrichment. And yes, she did stay at a hotel..LOL.

Look Out For Some New Ideas:

Michelle Mitchell has a fabulous idea and it is a definite "must read" in her blogpost on Raising a Reader over at at scribbit.

Chickadee at A Familiar Path offers a great geography suggestion with her post Geography by Osmosis.

Sometimes a different method is necessary, whether referring to homeschool method or record-keeping. We all need to do house-cleaning in our homeschool. Now is a good time to do it. Read the post Scrap It and Start Over at Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths.

ElCloud Homeschool: Walking In His Ways gives us a list of lessons April has learned about homeschooling, teaching, and parenting as a homeschool Mom. This list came about from a conversation with a new homeschooler, and you can read it here at Lessons I've Learned About Homeschooling.

Kelly, at Pass the Torch, shares her Homeschool Experiment results this week, and invites bloggers to collaborate, by sharing their best homeschool tips for new homeschoolers. This collaborative project will serve as the results-week finale and is entitled Share your best homeschool tips - A call for bloggers.

Christine shares why she loves and uses children's books with a narrative style of writing to homeschool her children and she says: I Highly Recommend The Narrative Style of Writing of Children’s Books posted at The Thinking Mother.

Our Last Stop Is Back Home (and for me that's in CT). Home Is Of Course, Where Our Kids Learn Best:

Henry Cate over at Why Homeschool found a good column by an education professional who writes about many of the benefits of homeschooling. This is a worthwhile reading for people considering homeschooling and it is presented to you as Richard Sousa extolls the benefits of Homeschooling.

Well we've reached the end of this roadtrip .. and I hope you've enjoyed the sights and the stops we've made along the way.
I know that I have enjoyed the ride.
Thanks go to all who sent their submissions, as well as all Carnival attendees.

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Kelly - PTT said...

What a cute carnival! Well done - and thanks for including my post!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome job you did! The road signs you made are excellent!



chickadee said...

love all the signs along the way. this was so well done!

Sprittibee said...

YOU ROCK! ;) I love this carnival idea. As much time as we spend on the road, you could truly call what we do "carschooling". My friends call me "the nomad". And guess what? We're moving again.... this weekend.

Janine Cate said...

Great job! I loved the layout and the way you organized the posts. From experience I know how long that takes to do well.

Maribel said...

Judy the signs are great! Thanks for putting all this together.

Jacque said...

What a great idea! That was very creative.
You did a fantastic job of putting it together.
Thanks for your comment.
I didn't know quite how to put the 'junk box' on my post!! lol
I really just wanted to link Amanda since it didn't make it in!
We were too busy eating ice cream for Caleb's bday at DQ, anyway!
Great carnival!
blessings! Jacque

Mel said...

I love the theme of the carnival. You did a great job. Thanks for including play-activities.

Judy Aron said...

Hey everyone.. thanks so much for the kudos.. being my first ever carnival..it was almost like I really knew what I was doing :)

I really did have a fun time with it.. and it was certainly a welcome break from fighting with DCF and the DOE in CT!

anyway.. again I offer my apologies to Amanda whose post unfortunately was considered spam by my email server.. Thank goodness humans are more discerning eh? That's why we can't have computers running things.. LOL

Sherry said...

Great carnival--love the theme.

Robert said...

I am *so* using those road sign generators in my classes next semester.

Thanks to all who contributed -- it's always interesting for college profs like me to see what homeschooling folks are doing. Keep up the good work y'all.

jennifer in OR said...

Fantastic carnival theme; for a sec I thought it was real....okay, it's late. :-)

Hakim Abdullah said...

Thank you for accepting my submission.


Shannon said...

Well done! Love the theme and the photos.

Kimberly Wasson said...


The road signs are incredible! Thank you for the invitation to the carnival.

Susan said...

Love your signs!
Great post!


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