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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Carnival of Homeschooling Oct 2015 still blogging!

Carnival of Homeschooling At this point in my homeschooling career, I am 3 years post homeschooling. My youngest child is well into the swing of her Jr. Year in college.  Someone recently asked me why I continue to blog about homeschooling and stay involved.  My answer was, because there are children that would fare better with an individual education. My days of slamming public schooling is long past. I have seen kids do poorly on both sides the argument and I have seen children on both sides do exceedingly well.  But whether people homeschool all the way through, or transition in or out of homeschooling, we need to respect and support each persons decisions.  This carnival of homeschooling features families that utilize or have utilized both homeschooling and traditional schooling. 

With that said, Janine Cate writes A Homeschooler Trying out a Private School at Why Homeschool. In this post, the youngest daughter discusses her feelings about attending private school. 

Homeschooling doesn't just vary from family to family, but also from child to child, the Cate family is still also homeschooling younger children.  Read their post on  Homeschool Materials We Use for Third Grade also at at Why Homeschool

Another must-read homeschool family with children in school, homeschooling, and a couple graduated is Happy Elf Mom. She is the mom of autistic children, and autistic children who homeschool can escape a lot of the stressors that makes life difficult. Read Ask an Autism Expert
at Homeschool and Etc where Happy Elf Mom shares pointers on how to raise an autistic child.

For deeper insight, you will also want to read Homeschooling Woodjie and Horizons Phonics and Reading Review, also at Homeschool and Etc.

If you've ever read Tara's bog, and you should, you will find out that her children used to attend traditional school and decided to homeschool.  Her oldest child is also in college with my youngest (where I met them).  I promise you will enjoy her writing which includes First Day of School at I Might need a nap where she discusses the beginning of her homeschool journey. 

Then, there's A little Writing Assignment where she discuses something that I can especially relate to. (When we were homeschooling we also enjoyed the freedom to take a piano break and play away stress at any point of the day.)  

In his own words is a post that especially touched Tara's heart, and will bring a smile to your face because moments like this are truly a part of the joys of homeschooling. All of these will be found at her blog  I Might need a nap.

For those homeschoolers still in the beginning stages, and deep in the trenches of homeschooling, you will want to check out Leah's blog as she shares lots of homeschool resources as well as encouragement at As We walk along the road. She has shared 31 Days of Literature Unit Study Ideas
which is a series sharing thirty-one great children's books along with activities to extend the learning as you read.

She continues with Keep Kids Reading All Year Long With a Reading Incentive Program which gives suggestions of reading incentive programs that you can use all year long to keep kids reading.

And she also ponders, Should Christian Kids Read Books From a NonChristian Worldview sharing "A look at the types of books that we allow our children to read".  All of these are found at As We walk along the road

Finally, I would like to share some of my own post-homeschool blog posts. Let's start with 

8 Things I would do differently if I was to homeschool all over again is not so much a post lamenting what I got wrong and celebrating what I got right, but instead it is about changes I would make if I happened to have another kid  to homeschool. I hope it helps someone. 

I also added a post to get more ethic people like me to consider the alternative of homeschooling with 
Maybe black parents should really, really consider homeschooling their black sons because it pains me to see these kids failing in school from what I often see as a symptom of low expectations and an overall lack of sensitivity, AND a bad habit of jumping to conclusions.

Finally, I feel like we should not ignore those who were homeschooled and in retrospect are not too happy about it. Homeschooled and Illiterate might anger some... it will definitely anger some, but 
while unhappy post-homeschool graduates may be extreme cases, it behooves us to read some of these accounts and to remember that homeschooling is a task that must be done with due diligence in all areas for the sake of our children's future.  You can find these and more at my blog Notes from a Homeschooled Mom

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Carnival of homeschooling: Homeschool Freedoms Edition

Welcome to the 457the Edition of the Carnival of homeschooling!  The theme this week is homeschool freedoms.  For me, homeschooling was all about freedom, but probably not in the way you think.  I will let the HSLDA to their job as they see it, and I will let the lobbyers lobby.  I am most concerned about freedoms on a much smaller and individual scale, to raise and educate my kids in the way I thought best. 

This is important to me because as a homeschooler, I still see a lot of group thinking.  I don't really see a point in having the legal right to homeschool, only to check with everyone and their mother before deciding on a curriculum, event, or even a political stance.  Homeschooling is an individual endeavor, and I believe that while input and opinions are nice, they are just that.  We have to remember that as parents, WE ARE IN CHARGE.  So during my homeschool years I was very careful to make sure I never answered to  state guidelines, the school board, the principal, the teacher, homeschool organizations, homeschool groups, my parents, relatives, or even friends. I was able to give my children the attention they need
as they needed it, and to educate them according to their learning styles and gifting.  It has truly been a freeing experience.  

As usual, I will add some great homeschool reading links to this carnival.  

Here are some of the different freedoms that homeschooling families experience:

  •  Homeschooling freedom allows you as a family to study and learn from subjects that are near and dear to your heart.  If you know anything about unit studies, you will know that reading, writing, science, and often even math and social studies can be learned through the lens of any subject the child/family is enthusiastic about. The Harvest Moon by Hand Blog offers Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies Nature Study saying: We have been raising and releasing monarch butterflies for many years now. We decided to do a nature study about monarchs and milkweed because they have become an integral part of our science curriculum each year; and it seems like there is always new information to learn about milkweed and monarchs - and how milkweed biology greatly affects monarch biology  We hope to create a monarch waystation this spring/summer.

  •  There is also freedom to not be perfect. We don't always get it right, but we learn from our mistakes as well.  This post shows that there is value is admitting missteps so you can make adjustments and fix the problem, and perhaps learn together.  Often the journey is more important than the initial lesson. presents Homeschool Consumer Math Often Misses the Mark.  

  • Field trips were never like this!  There are no parent forms.  There are no lines. There are no schedules to keep.  The freedom of homeschooling makes field trips more freeing and relaxing, and in doing this, so much is earned. Please enjoy Field Trip to Blue Bell at The Smallest Acre blog

  • All of these homeschool freedoms are more easily enjoyed if you follow just a few simple rules.  These guidelines are often set by the state.  In this post, Henry at Why Homeschool reminds California homeschoolers to use the private school option to file their R4 form, which gives them freedom to operate as a private school. Read more at California homeschoolers - remember to file your R4 form.

  • As a veteran homeschooler, I continue to exercise my homeschool freedoms by continuing to share and and continuing to encourage new homeschoolers and homeschoolers still in the trenches.  I am free to continue to be vocal about homeschooling journey, in my blog and on YouTube in spite of anyone who would prefer I keep my opinion to myself and in spite of anyone who might  not like the looks of me.  For this reason, I am sharing Why am I still homeschool blogging, at Notes from a homeschooled mom.

If you enjoy reading this Carnival of Homeschooling please participate!  We are so close to #500 I can taste it!  Let's keep it going!  Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.  As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Give this blog some love by commenting.  What freedoms does Homeschooling give you?  Please chime in - in the comment section. 

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The 427th Homeschool Carnival "Just Keep blogging" edition.

It is now March 2014, I officially became a veteran homeschooler back in May 2013, when I

graduated my second, and last child, from homeschooling. I am still processing all of my thoughts and feelings about the last 10 years, because homeschooling is serious business, and just as you need to be mentally prepared to start and to make it through homeschooling, you need to put the same effort (at least in my case) into coming out the other side, and finding a new you, when you have been released from your homeschooling duties. 

Just as I found blogging to be a great way to prepare myself and to keep motivated during the homeschool process, I am finding blogging to be a great way to process myself into my next phase in life-post homeschooling.  As much as inward blogging has helped me, I still need to spend just as much time reading the blogs of others, for sanity reasons, to let me know that I am OK... as in Not Crazy, as in other people are having the same feelings and experiences that I have either had, or am having right now. For this I am thankful, so with that I say, Just keep blogging through and even after homeschooling.  I will keep you sane, and it will also help those who come after you.  

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Carnival homeschooling #414, Vlog hop edition.

I am happy to be posting this week's carnival of homeschooling, but since this past week was thanksgiving weekend, alot of our regulars were off giving thanks and didn't submit posts.  But never fear, there's still plenty to share.  We've found a couple of new bloggers to add to our carnival, and I want to introduce you to some of my favorite homeschool vloggers, and encourage you to give that a try too.  

I will start with a post of my own from last summer, as you can see, I posted the vlog on Youtube, and then embedded it into my homeschool blog.  Eeasy-Peasy.  You will find Homeschool Vlog Hop at Notes from a Homeschooled Mom, presented by me, Andrea

As you can see from my post/vlog, I am pretty much done with hands-on homeschooling of my own children.  The next post is from another homeschooling family who have a lot of homeschooling years under their belt with some children graduated, and some in progress.   Read about how Janine reflects on homeschooling and family time with Homeschooling and family time at Why Homeschool
Another vlog hop edition gives a tour of the home.  In this video, you may see a bit of your own chaos organization skills.  See the video below for more information.  

There are sooooo many curriculum choices as we discovered in our next vlog hop edition.  Parents had to post multiple vidoes to cover all that they had accumulated.  Here is a video that will give you an idea of what one family had to share. 

Now I would like to introduce you to Sharla at the Chaos and Clutter Blog.  Her wonderful entry shows us What a "typical" homeschool family looks like.  

Also, Laurie presents Ron Paul Curriculum Tip of the Week - SAT or CLEP?  at Trivium Pursuit.
If you've started poking around through the homeschool vlogs on youtube, you may have noticed that some vlogs are planned, with the suggestion of a title and everyone jumping in.  Others come from the heart and are more spontaneous.  In this case, encouragement for homeschool moms may inspire you, or inspire you to encourage someone else. 

Speaking of curriculum, Mystie presents the ever seasonal Advent Term Plans at Simply Convivial

The following post presented by Chris entitled Blessings and Miracles  at Home School vs Public School is also quite inspirational. 

If videos are not your thing, perhaps you can try adding pictures.  The blog post presented by Melissa entitled Day in the Life of Us, in which she details an entire day activity by activity, with lots of vibrant pictures, is very enlightening.  You can find more of this blog at The Corkums

Another subject also shared among homeschool vloggers is Why do I homeschool.  The reasons run the gamut. It could be anything from problems in schools, to wanting a unique or spiritual upbringing fro the children.  The following video is one such example.  

Last but not least, I had to ask this blogger for permission to add her post to the carnival, because it summarizes everything I feel about early education.  So please read Liz's post Play to be Happy at  

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Carnival of homeschooling.  I hope I gave you some ideas about different ways to share your homeschool experience, whether it be through vlogs, traditional blogs, or photo blogs.  To Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling use our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

When homeschooling ends

By the time most of you read this, my kids will already be settling into college life.  I am writing this especially for the homeschool carnival to be posted by Homeschool Dad, or as you will soon come to know him... The dad formerly known as Homeschool Dad.  I thought it was important to contribute to this carnival in particular, as like Homeschool Dad, my homeschooling days have also come to an end. If you look back over my blog the last year, you will see our transition to graduating our last homeschooler.

I spent the last summer pretty much in post homeschool mode. I required no assignments of them. I introduced no new material, but like in those pre-homeschool days - from birth to when we started homeschooling, I observed that we are STILL forever teaching our children.

We didn't teach them to walk, talk, or eat with a utensil like when they were small, but like when they were young, I mostly sat back and watched them reach new milestones and prepare for the time when we would not always be present.

While my son has already spent one year at college, we witnessed him question the effectiveness of his first year and make the decision to start fresh at a new school. This process was nothing like when he applied for college the first time... where you pick a handful of colleges you think are cool, apply and hope for the best.  This time he chose to apply to a single college based on his goal, what he had learned from his previous experiences, and a completely different and evolved set of financial values than he had before.

My daughter, leaving home, just weeks after turning 17, is toddling in very much the same way as her brother did a year ago. She is building communication habits that will serve her with her professors.  She is listening to the advice of her brother who went out before her. She is anxious, but excited, and attacking this new adventure just like she did when she practically ran before walking so many years ago.

Yes, homeschooling days are over, but parenting, whether actively, or passively will never end.  I wish Homeschool Dad all the best in his new journey and will remind him that he will probably more important to his kids as a former homeschooler than he was as a hands-on everyday dad.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Carnival of Homeschooling, getting down to business

Carnival of Homeschooling So it was my turn to host the Carnival of Homeschooling, I was so very excited, as I am officially a veteran homeschooling having recently graduated my second and last child from homeschooling.  She attended a homeschool-hybrid program for the Arts and some literature, and did the rest of her academics at home.  So anyway, I was soooo giddy from the sheer glut of all the submissions coming into my email box, but didn't open too many of them right away, because I was still planning the graduation party, so my attention was directed elsewhere.

Well, I can tell you that looks are deceiving,  because when I did start digging into the submissions, I found a big-ole-mess of spam.  Now correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think us homeschoolers need to read a dozen posts from nanny services on how to keep in-laws from babysitting, or summer activity suggestion.  (If I'm wrong, let me know and I will add them in.)  I also don't think our main focus here is creating a professional looking garden, from a gardening website.  Perhaps these guys need to find the appropriate carnivals to participate in.

(note about ads... the ads/images are here more for your visual enjoyment than to sell you items... only click on them if you are interested in the item!)

What I believe we'd like is to get down to business... to read about the ins and outs of homeschooling as is demonstrated at Why Homeschool where Henry & Janine's daughter write about how their homeschool co-op has changed over the years.

 We want to be inspired by posts like this one by Courageous Jane who presents Fearlessly and Without Regret posted at Courageous Jane Homeschools.

Also of particular interest to me is How To Master Quadratic Equations  by Denise, posted at Let's Play Math!.   A couple of weeks ago, James Tanton launched a wonderful resource: a free online course devoted to quadratic equations. My daughter and I have been working through the lessons, and she loves it!  (Off all the homeschool crisis we experienced over the years, Quadratic Equations, was certainly a biggie!)

If your homeschooler has a particular interest with words and vocabulary,  you won't want to skip  The Vocabuverse: The Cleverly Devised Poetical Dictionary of Mostly English Words by Kerin Gedge posted at The Vocabuverse. Here's a clever and fun way to build your vocabulary!  It really is!

If penmanship is something you are trying to get under control, you will want to read. Help Your Child Develop the Correct Pencil Grip found at  Reading-Writing-Learning.   In this post, the importance of an easy, efficient pencil grip is discussed. There are drawings to show how pencil grip develops and what an efficient pencil grip looks like.

You will also be interested reading, Sales of Home Education Tools on the Radio at Barbara Frank Online  that demonstrates Big-city radio ads for home education tools showing what some public school kids' parents are doing.

Since the 4th of July is just around the corner, Mindy Hoffman's DenSchool - Independence Day CLIP (Creative Learning in a Pinch)  will help you find activities, snacks and fun to help celebrate the Nation's birthday - July 4th!

You may also want to take a peek at a post I wrote as I approached the end of our final school year, Three major things I wish I had done differently in our homeschooling journey found here at Notes from a Homeschooled mom.  I almost ALMOST wish I had another kid to homeschool so I could "perfect" my homeschool regimen!

Let's not forget discussion of homeschool issues that keep us on our toes.

Elena LaVictoire of My Domestic Church presents 5 Things to consider before putting your homeschooled student into regular high school.  A lively debate has begun in her comments section that you may want to consider also reading.  You may even want to weigh in.

You don't want to miss reading on The Romeikes Should be Deported at Alasandras Homeschool.  This post may not be the post popular in the homeschool community, but it is one of the most informed posts on the subject to date.

Last, but certainly not least, we want to touch the heart of the homeschooler.

Dawn Perkins  presents Grace, Kids, and Outward Appearances at The Momma Knows Blog in which she discusses: Our kids need to seek the Lord’s best for their lives. They need to know what it is to live a life in Christ, and to not be so separated from the real world that they are shocked to inaction when they encounter it. We don’t do our kids any favors by keeping them inside bubbles. We need to extend the same grace to our kids that we extend to others in any other situation.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carnival of Homeschooling: No two are alike

Whenever I host a Carnival of Homeschooling, I read the posts as they come in and try to see how they may tie in together- to see if a theme may emerge.  This time I found less similarities than in previous issues.  To me, this shows how homeschooling has evolved since I began 10 long years ago. Back then, every homeschooler I met was an Evangelical Christian, and homeschooling mostly for religious reasons.  This made me stand out because while I am Christian, I wouldn't call myself Evangelical, and I was homeschooling out of what I felt was necessity.  

Personally, I find comfort in the diversity that has evolved in the homeschooling community, and would like to celebrate in this edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling.  

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Peeking in:  If you were to peek into the houses of several homeschoolers, you would find some busy at school.  You would find others laid back.  Others still would seem to be in a state of complete Chaos. The following posts

Friday, November 23, 2012

Upcoming Carnival of homeschooling

I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this coming week (Tuesday) and would love submissions from my readers and favorite homeschool bloggers.

Here are the directions for submitting a post:

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include this information:

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URL of Blog
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(With "carnival" or "submission" in the subject field of the email.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Go read: Carnival of Homeschooling - Reflections from the end of the road

I love the way this week's carnival is organized into a handy-dandy guide.  If you are thinking about homeschooling, or already homeschooling, you will certainly want to read this edition.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Carnival of Homeschooling, to those who homeschool because of illness

Hi and Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling at Notes from a Homeschooled Mom.  I am have homeschooled for nearly a decade now and am near the end of the journey with my children.  You may have noticed I have recently changed my blog name.  It was a simple change of one word:  Homeschooling to Homeschooled.  The reason for the change is that I now know that I wasn't just teaching my kids, they were teaching me all along.  Homeschooling has made me braver, stronger, more opinionated, and less afraid of expressing those opinions.  Homeschooling has also taught me to face life standing up and not to let it mow you down.

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This is one of those weeks when I would have refused to get out of  bed ten years ago.  I have experienced a loss of a precious niece, and will be heading home tomorrow for a few days to be with family.  But like I said, homeschooling has taught me to keep standing and keep going, and in that vein,  I present this Carnival in the memory of my niece Candace Barnes who was forced to homeschool the last few years of her education because she was unable to go to school a great deal of the time.  While I am sorry for her death, I am grateful for her life and the short lives of other family members who had been struck with the same affliction.

I want to thank you all for indulging me.
And now I present you with this week's Carnival of homeschooling.


Beverly Hernandez at the Homeschooling Blog presents Vote Now! The 2012 Homeschooling Readers’ Choice Awards, saying The finalists have been announced and the voting is in full swing. The voting period runs from February 22 through March 21 with winners announced March 30. There are quite a few close races…support your favorites!


Sabrina at 7 Sisters presents Character Studies: Corrie ten Boom saying, In addition to well rounded academics and extra-curriculars, homeschooling for Christian parents also means exposing our children to the kind of information, people and experiences that will equip them to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  Character studies are a great tool for bringing many of these goals together in our homeschools.

Lisa a Homeschool Circus presents Preparing for High School! saying, I only wanted to *try* preschool and Kindergarten.  I never dreamed homeschooling would become a learning lifestyle!

Chris at Home School vs Public School presents Grandparents and Your Child saying,  Empower your children with the knowledge and love of grand parents! 

 Liz at Homeschooling in Buffalo presents Outsourcing My Teaching Weaknesses in which she discusses the occasions when she gets outside help with homeschooling.

Ranga  at Information Blog presents Homeschooling for Children with a disability

Mrs. White presents "The Early Years of Homeschooling" posted at "The Legacy of Home."

Christine presents The Challenge for Homeschool Moms with Teen Boys posted at The Thinking Mother  in which she discusses trying to give her teen boy room to grow while living the close lifestyle of homeschooling.

Henry Cate presents Another Benefit of Homeschooling at Why Homeschool.  Henry reports that his daughters love to babysit while they study.


Sarah Small presents Putting Pinterest to Use: Newspaper Blackout Poems posted at SmallWorld

Dr. G at Mom Fitness presents Post "Lessons on Health and Nutrition" saying, Teaching young children about good health and nutrition can affect them for the rest of their lives... start them out right!!

Victoria McCracken at Teaching Mommy presents Netflix in the Homeschool 

Trigger Memory at PJs All Day presents Using Email and Boomerang for School giving tips for using email and Boomerang (delayed email delivery) in conjunction with schooling.

Heather Laurie presents Lapbooking with Special Needs Kids posted at Special Needs Homeschooling. What changes would help lapbooking with a special needs child? This is the first of a whole week long series on special needs lapbooking!


Dana Hanley at Roscommon Acres presents In which my children inadvertently track a mountain lion. Maybe. (wow!)

Lisa Nehring at Golden Grasses presents Thinking Summer saying We’re getting camps, events and travel plans for summer on our calendar. I’m putting together a “bucket list” for summer for my younger kids!


Susan Kilbride, author of "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers," has just launched "Our America," a new series of chapter books designed to help homeschoolers & other students learn American History. The first book is called "The Pilgrim Adventures"

Nancy Kelly is hosting a A Book Giveaway for Spring!  Go check it out. 

Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate presents An Attack on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech--Please Pray 

 Olivia Marie presents 20 Best Sites for Helpful Dissertation Tipsposted at stating:    For doctorate students, writing your dissertation can be extremely overwhelming and seem endless.To help alleviate some of the stress, this list of sites offers great tools for finding advice and tips on completing your dissertation, including blogs, articles, and other online resources. (There may very well be some homeschoolers who are ready for this).

Thank you for reading.  Enjoy my FREE HOME EDUCATION WEBSITE

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Carnival of homeschooling - September 13, 2011

Welcome to the September 13, 2011 edition of carnival of homeschooling.

In reading the entries submitted to this Carnival of Homeschooling, I got to thinking about the different ways you can categorize homeschooling.  Then, I got to thinking that it's pretty darn impossible to categorize.  After all, homeschooling isn't a segment of our lives, it IS our lives and to me homeschooling is more like living and breathing and less like a thing we do.

Regardless, I did my best to present this carnival in bite size pieces giving you home stuff, school stuff, somewhere in between stuff, and other valuable stuff.  Enjoy!

As a little bonus, I am including some FREE KINDLE BOOKS you can use in your homeschooliing journey.  You don't need a Kindle to use them.

Home Stuff

Cristina Payne presents Perpetual Motion posted at Home Spun Juggling, saying, "Contemplations on the loose tile in the bathroom."

Fred Lee presents Preventing And Treating Sports Injuries In Kids posted at Parenting Squad.

Carol J. Alexander presents How to Motivate Your Child, part 2 posted at Everything Home with Carol.

Pamela Jorrick presents Bitter Sweet posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Lisa Nehring presents Hi, My Name is Lisa, and I am not Wonder Woman.... posted at Golden Grasses.

School Stuff
Elena LaVictoire presents Homeschool Preschool. posted at My Domestic Church.

Jen presents Preschool and Toddler Fine Motor Sorting Activities posted at Frugal Kids.

Read Aloud ... Dad presents Classic Children's Fairy Tales - Best Illustrated Edition posted at Read Aloud Dad.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word presents Favorite Read Alouds posted at Hope Is the Word.

Gidget presents Homeschool Online Resources for Games & Printouts posted at Homeschooling Unscripted, saying, "I've compiled a list of the online resources we use most often."

Danielle Thoma presents A Living Lesson posted at The Joyful Noise Schoolhouse.

Jamie Gaddy presents @TEOTD - IYO - is Spelling STILL important? - Blogs - Parent Community and Forum posted at Homeschool Online, saying, "Spelling is becoming a forsaken art, but today just as it was 100 years ago... spelling is vital."

Linda Dobson presents Homeschooling Parent Responds to Disney’s Teacher of the Year posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.

Patricia Oaklief presents How You Can Support Your Daughter in Math and Science posted at Amigram (Free Online Announcements) Blog

Angela Gray presents You’re Supposed to do Experiements Over and Over, Right? - Team Gray! posted at team Gray!, saying, "We found a great experiment that we didn't do right. So we tried again. And we'll try again. That's why they love science over here."

Somewhere in Between Stuff

nak presents Community, not Co-op posted at Sage Parnassus

Melanie Grant presents How To Get Those Kiddie Engines Running in the Morning posted at Mel's Mouthful on Mothering.

Miss Nirvana presents Microscope pictures of sea shells from Lake Michigan posted at Nirvana Homeschooling.

Kelly @ The Homeschool Co-op presents Embracing the Home Learning Lifestyle posted at The Homeschool Co-op.

Andrea (me) Presents New School Year, New Habits  at Notes from a Homeschooling Mom saying "Well, this doesn't happen every day, but it's certainly a nice goal". 

Other Valuable Stuff

The Stone Age Techie presents A Different Kind of Memorial, a September 11 Memorial. 

dixon.marino presents The 20 Oldest Books of All Time posted at Master of Library Science, saying, "If someone were to ask you what the oldest book you could think of was, you most likely wouldn't name one from this list. We often forget just how old literature is. The oldest literature dates back as far as 2600 BC. 

This list of the twenty oldest books of all time offers a look at the thought process of early civilizations and represent the cultural heritage of us all."

Annette presents Higher Education: Economic Boon or Bubble? posted at Tips, saying, "Is college still worth it? Let's take a look at student debt and demographics and the resulting employment and earnings."

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Monday, August 22, 2011

New School Year, New Habits

If there are any problems in our homeschool, they are caused by me.

I have to face the fact that I am a bit scattered and inconsistent in my own habits, so how can I expect better from the kids.

Seeing as this is my last two years with my near-grown kiddies, I have to do better if I expect them to go into adulthood with good living habits.

So, I have set myself an hourly schedule, starting with me getting up an hour before the kids to exercise and for quiet time.  This is followed by making breakfast, no matter how simple, and getting in some daily exercise.

Starting this morning, I already lost an hour so I didn't exercise or get quiet time.  Even so I feel very refreshed from having a nice breakfast and getting showered and prettied up early.  Now I have a full hour to dedicate to blogging before I have to start writing articles (to earn the Benjamins).

My other scheduled items for the day are two 3-hour blocks for working and time to make dinner and do some housekeeping.

Remember, kids will only do what they see us doing.  We can talk until we are blue in the face, but actions speak louder than words.


Monday, August 08, 2011

First day frustrations with online classes

As I have mentioned a gazillion times recently, my son is taking classes for his Senior year with Georgia Virtual School.

He has done orientation several times and there was some kind of glitch with the software. According to the online support team, his orientation shows he finished it this morning. (Though it was his fourth or fifth time doing it.) He can access his classes tomorrow, a day late.

My problem is that it seemed that they didn't want to acknowledge that there was a software problem. It had to be due to him making a mistake. Meanwhile this kid really knows his way around a computer.

Here's hoping he can get into his classes tomorrow as assignments are due every Friday night at midnight.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling: Thanks for the Inspiration

Welcome to the March 1, 2011 edition of carnival of homeschooling.

I am happy to be hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling once again.  As a homeschooler of 8+ years, I find the Carnival as my best source of inspiration and education when it comes to homeschooling.  From new Ideas to encouragement, you fellow homeschoolers truly inspire me.  I am entitling this Carnival, Thanks for the Inspiration for that reason.  I am truly appreciative.

Here is this week's Carnival: 

Teaching and Learning:

Katherine presents storytime hits posted at No Fighting, No Biting!, saying, "Big kids enjoy (and learn from) storytime as much as preschoolers."

Elena LaVictoire presents The necessities of kindergarten posted at My Domestic Church.

nak presents Economics for Nine-Year-Olds : The Mississipi Bubble posted at Sage Parnassus.

Carol J. Alexander presents Homesteading Homeschoolers--Meet the Beachy's posted at Everything Home...with Carol.


History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3Jennifer presents Completion posted at a glimpse of our life.

Miss Nirvana presents Watch Our Bean Plant Grow Up Close posted at Nirvana Homeschooling, saying, "Fun project to get us ready for Spring. Include microscope images."

Ina presents ROMAN MOSAICS AND OUR DAY at Ina's 5 & Our Native Homeschool blog, saying  "It was an intellectual day. From the discussion of poetry (pop music), to social issues to Roman mosaics"

Miss Nirvana presents Watch Our Bean Plant Grow Up Close posted at Nirvana Homeschooling.

Brandy Ferrell presents Studying South Korea posted at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, saying, "Involving Daddy in homeschooling, even when he's across the world!"

Dan presents Letter From a Concerned Mother posted at Opting Out.

Mrs. White presents The Legacy of Home: Going to Meeting posted at The Legacy of Home.

Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be BlessedRenae presents Thankful Monday Morning posted at Life Nurturing Education.

Barbara Frank presents Self-Control Has Long-Lasting Benefits at Barbara Frank Online, saying Recent studies show more benefits of self-control...and the best place children can develop self-control is in the home.

Nadene presents Partnered Reading ~ moments I treasure « Practical Pages posted at PracticalPages, saying, "Partnered reading - special homeschooling moments I treasure!"

e-Mom presents Mary Mohler in the Spotlight posted at C h r y s a l i s ღ, saying, "Five Quotes from Mary Mohler's article "Motherhood Matters.""

Carletta  presents Mom's Dirty Little Secret 2 Bad Kids at Successful Homeschooling Blog

Homeschooling and Money:

Homeschooling on a Shoestring: A Jam-packed GuideMoney Crashers Blog presents 7 Costs of Homeschooling - Homeschool Curriculum, Programs & Books posted at Money Crashers, saying, "Here are 7 expenses you should keep in mind if you are considering homeschooling your child."

The blogger who wrote the last post is planning to homeschool in the future.  It is only fitting that that post is followed by a veteran homeschooler with a slightly different viewpoint.

Cristina Payne presents Home Spun comic strip #585 posted at Home Spun Juggling, saying, "Comic and article where I ponder, "Can we afford to homeschool?""

Personally, It is the post homeschool years that have me quaking in my boots:  Andrea Hermitt presents Changes to the HOPE Scholarship at Notes from a Homeschooling Mom, adding... here's more on this subject: HOPE Scholarhip, Budget Cuts, and Homeschoolers.


Amber Morris presents Time Management posted at The Mommy Earth.

Robin Phillips presents Home School Astronomy and NASA: A Fresh Serving Every Day posted at Crack the Egg.

Henry Cate presents Do you live near Santa Ana, California?  At Why Homeschool

Things to Think About:

Arby presents Pinky, We're Going to Take Over the World! posted at The Homeschool Apologist.

ChristineMM presents To Ponder: Race to Nowhere Post Screening Discussion posted at The Thinking Mother, saying, "ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother shares videos of discussions after a screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere and shares her thoughts about education."

Jamie Gaddy presents TOP SECRET ISSUE...RE: Creative Writing - Blogs - Parent Community and Forum posted at Homeschool Online, saying, "Need an interesting way to get your children writing creatively? Take a peek to find my favorite idea!"

Thanks Again!

The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights--Enjoy this free Kindle Ebook on your Kindle, Iphone, or Laptop

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