Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929–April 4, 1968), was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott and helping to found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising public consciousness of the civil rights movement and establishing King as one of the greatest orators in American history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means. (from wikipedia)
Recall too, that Dr. King said this:
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
In honor of Dr. King - this Homeschool carnival will celebrate Freedom because through Freedom we can explore, learn, and share ideas.
Freedom of Speech and Expression.
HappyCampers said, "the best way to share lots of pictures from an event is to make a Muvee of it! Here's our latest from the trip to the zoo Monday. No school buses, no crowds, warm weather, it was AWESOME!" as they present Trip To The Zooooooooo! posted at Reese's View Of The World.
Kevin Fleming literally dishes his opinions with a Dish Network Family Package Review at Satellite TV Guru.
Bookworms and tea lovers gives us a look at how her literature program works, what she will do in the coming months and what skills she hopes to gain from it. Here's her post: English literature program for the coming months
Christine shares her summary of how to proceed with homeschooling, most helpful for newbie's but it serves as a good reminder for experienced homeschooling parents, too. Read her Summary of How to Proceed With Homeschooling Your Children over at The Thinking Mother.
Kevin shows us some Socialization Ideas for the Homeschooled Child presented at M4K Homeschooling & Education.
Kathy reviews N.D. Wilson's latest book for middle readers, "100 Cupboards" with 100 Cupboards: Homeschool Review posted at Homeschoolbuzz.com Reviews.
Freedom of the Press
Tim Martin, who is a pastor, creates monthly newsletter articles for a Christian home schooling group in his area. He shares with us A Striking Contrast posted at That We May Know Him.
The Daily Planet has talked many, many, many times on their favorite book series of all time: The Lamb Among Stars Series by Chris Walley. Here is a summary review of this series and its author entitled The Lamb Among Stars Series
Barbara Frank reports about how Homeschooling is associated with two recent news stories, but only one gets the spotlight- Homeschooling Makes Headlines...Sometimes
Susan from Corn and Oil tells us that the pushout problem in the schools is becoming a “home school” issue. Mooresville, Indiana is the latest media highlight of the problem and we can read more here: Pushouts again, as noted in our neighboring state of Indiana
Rational Jenn gives us her thoughts about one of many posts about The New York Times's article regarding the so-called "lack of supervision of homeschoolers" and it being a prime factor in the deaths of four girls in DC in her thoughtful post Homeschoolers Do Not Need Watchdogs
The Freedom To Ask Questions And Examine Some Answers
April presents Homeschooling and Child Abuse: Should We Increase Requirements? posted at Lunablog.net Definitely a good read!
Freedom to Pursue an Education
On Living By Learning demonstrates that one of the advantages of homeschooling is unlimited time for reading with Reading Time, Homeschool Magic.
Alasandra shares her response to a public school parents rant about homeschooling with the blogpost The Truth About Homeschoolers
"You homeschool?" The questions and comments my daughter hears from schoolchildren inspired this comic strip, and Cristina shares it with us with a Home Spun comic strip #184 posted at Home Spun Juggling.
A Dusty Frame presents her informational post entitled Copywork, Charlotte Mason, & Literature Based Education
No fighting, no biting! claims that how hard actual homeschooling is starts with how we choose our resources. Beginning homeschoolers can be paralyzed trying to find the "best" for every subject, but they just need to start somewhere. Read more at the blogpost entitled Homeschooling doesn't have to be hard
Alvaro Fernandez enlightens us with an overview of how adolescent brains work...and how we can improve learning and teaching: Learning & The Brain: Interview with Robert Sylwester posted at SharpBrains.
Mama Squirrel writes this blogpost entitled "Scrambles," and redeeming a planner up in Dewey's Treehouse.
Timothy Power states, "Teaching Strategy is harder than one would think". He explains why in this post: Teaching Strategy to Five-Year-Olds presented at Sometimes I'm Actually Coherent.
Elena LaVictoire How she is keeping track of her high schooled students hours to turn into credit hours. (and if anyone has a better or easier way of doing this, she is eager to see it!) Check her post called High School Hours Record Keeping over at My Domestic Church.
The Not Quite Crunchy Parent talks about using classic old movies with The Story of The World to teach ancient history in this post entitled History on DVD- Looking back for Old favorites
Henry over at Why Homeschool talks about how one of the strengths of homeschooling is that we can focus on the positive areas that our children are doing well in and he writes Another problem with public schools.
Freedom to be Flexible and to Make Choices
Missy over at The Life Without School Blog reminds us about choices and when we discuss choices, "Can we be civil?" - Share a cyber cookie here with this post entitled:Coffee or Tea?
Barbara at Fuel at offers "Gumby Homeschool" and she shares how she discovers the need to be flexible and ready to set aside her control-freak momma persona for a time.
Rose says "I love having a big family, but sometimes things get a little crazy around here." and she shares with us how Sundays Can Be Rough over at Learning at Home.
With dozens of organizational tools out there and hundreds of forms available to download, here's what works for the family at SmallWorld; read their post called Organization, My Way
Jacque of Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths asks Are You Home-Schooling? Does it matter where you homeschool or is it really about location?
The Freedom To Have Fun With Your Children And Sometimes Make Mistakes
Stephanie invites us to partake The Birthday Tea Party - Food and that can be sampled at Stop the Ride!.
Summer gives us A Glimpse Into Our House where Mom Is Teaching.
HappyCampers presents a delightful way to learn mathematics; Here's a fun group Math activity using the shoes on your feet! Happy Campers said, "We did this with our 4 & 5 year olds, but you could modify this activity for older children as well!" - Join in on the fun at the Wednesday CoOp posted at Reese's View Of The World.
Sprittibee shares a funny fast food story that is sure to inspire you: Her motto? "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to homeschool"... if she can do it, anyone can. Read all about it at Hello My Name is Heather and I Steal Frenchfries
Snowman Craft and Gravity is a fun project posted at Melissa’s Idea Garden. If you want to build a snowman, but aren’t seeing snow in your neck of the woods, this craft can provide a fun alternative (and a lesson in gravity).
Sol Lederman shows us great easy to learn games that kids and adults will really enjoy. All require only paper and pencil, so here's 8 really fun paper and pencil Math games posted at Wild About Math!.
The Freedom To Raise Your Children And Celebrate Their Triumphs In Learning
Elisheva Levin says, "Raising and educating a child with neurological disabilities is often an experience of one-step-forward-two-steps-back. But once in a while a leap forward lets us experience the mountain top for a brief time. Last week, N. made one of those leaps in social reasoning." She shares with us her experience with her post The Shoe Yekke: A Story of Progress in Social Reasoning posted at Ragamuffin Studies.
Renae shows us how peace was achieved in her home through an exercise of organization interspersed with a reminder of family goals with this piece entitled Homeschool Binder Delivers Peace posted at Life Nurturing Education.
Ed Bruner shares one reason why they homeschool: Reason #3 Character Building (why we are home schooling)
Tea Party Girl politely submitted this one: Teach Your Children Well–The Top Five Mealtime Etiquette Lessons for Children
The Freedom To Explore
Love, Learn, Serve shares with us the highlight of their trip to Mexico so far... a day on a boat surrounded by sea life! Explore for yourself at Whale watching in San Ignacio
Sebastian of Percival Blakeney Academy finds a new bird and a couple learning opportunities and it is all featured in Birds In My Backyard
if you want to explore some bugs you can find some Creepy Crawlies Printables at the About Homeschooling Blog
The Freedom To Get The Best Bargains In Life
NerdMom presents Free Phonics Books (downloads) and that can be found at Making Money, Keeping Money.
Christine stumbled upon a site the hosts free documentaries. She says it's a homeschooler's DREAM! and she's sharing it with us at Try not to love me too much posted at Welcome to my brain.
The Freedom To be Thankful
Activities Coordinator reminds us of how fortunate we are to live in America with this post Sending a Great Big Danke Schon to My German Ancestors and you can read more at Life On The Planet.
Jennifer in OR contemplates doubt and worry with I Really Like Homeschooling, I Just Want Someone Else to Do It For Me posted at Diary of 1. She comes to a realization in the end.
Martin Luther King knew the value of a good education , and it is apparent that so do the contributors to our Homeschool Carnival this week. Thanks for all the submissions and I hope you enjoy your freedoms this week and always!
I said to my children, 'I'm going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don't ever want you to forget that there are millions of God's children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don't want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be. -- Martin Luther King, Jr. , 7th January, 1968