Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Carnival of Homeschooling #303

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling #303! I always enjoy hosting the carnival. I get to "meet" a bunch of new bloggers, visit some old favorites, and, more than anything else, see what is going on in the lives of other homeschoolers.

Here at SmallWorld, we've been doing a lot of hiking in our big backyard, also known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Interspersed with these excellent posts from fellow bloggers are pictures of our most recent outings in the Smokies. The fall colors are just beginning, the weather is perfect, and my oldest is home from college for fall break (and yes, we homeschooled him all the way)!

So grab a cup of coffee, breathe in that good autumn air, and start reading!

Read Aloud Dad, whose own safety tip is to "Never stop reading aloud to your kids," presents Phenomenal Picture Books: Officer Buckle and Gloria posted at Read Aloud Dad.

Amy Broadmoore of Delightful Children's Books presents 10 Children's Books About Food to entertain as well as to teach kids about fruits and veggies, food groups, and where food comes from.

Nancy discusses two of her favorite books for writing in Tools for Writing posted at Sage Parnassus.

Linda Dobson writes that "as the number of educational choices increases so, too, will grow the number of children transferring between available options." She has a great discussion about Transitioning To or From Homeschooling at PARENT AT THE HELM.

In the article Was This Really Written by a Homeschooler, Alasandra of Alasandra's Homeschool Blog dissects a hatchet job on homeschooling supposedly written by a child who was homeschooled. If it was, she says, "I feel for her/him, I really do."

In Taking the Mystery Out of the Homeschooling Choice, Mary answers a Facebook friend (and others) who wonders why she thinks she is "qualified" to teach her own kids, posted at Winecup Christian Academy.

Lisa says that "we've failed in a lot of things but in this one area, the area of giving our kids freedom, I believe that we have succeeded." She discusses The Problem with Freedom posted at Golden Grasses.

How can sickness change the best-laid homeschooling plans? Find out what happened at Two Kid Schoolhouse in Plans? What Plans?

Pamela presents another event that could seriously change my own homeschooling life in Death of a Laptop posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Angela Gray emphasizes the importance of making connections for your kids in Building Community - Team Gray! posted at Team Gray!.

Mrs. White tells how she will be Recording the History of a Family —with notes, stories, photographs, and more— in The Legacy of Home.

Tiffany of As for My House discusses how she is combining a single Sonlight "core" to teach her two youngest kids together in Sonlight with the Littles.

As Heather Laurie says, "ADHD should not be considered just a learning disability. It is a way of thinking and life for our wonderful ADHD children." She presents Leaning tower of dishes at Special Needs Homeschooling.

Catherine of Petticoat Government discusses some recent progress in musical instrument instruction with her children in Music Education.

Kelli Robinson presents 5 Myths and 5 Facts About Potty Training posted at Parenting Squad.

Coop Writer seizes a teachable moment with his son in Teaching Charts to a 5 Year Old posted at Babysitting Coop Blog.

Thrift stores hold amazing treasures! Everything Home with Carol shares a great find for math enrichment: Quizmo Multiplication Game.

What's dinner conversation like at your house? Cristina takes a look at dinner conversation as a great learning tool in Home Spun comic strip #664 posted at Home Spun Juggling.

Kathi Weiss emphasizes the power of field trips in This Is Homeschooling posted at Parent Community and Forum.

Janine writes about filing to homeschooling in California on Oops! I Forgot to File our R4! at Why Homeschool.

To close out this carnival, I'll end with my own post, my newest installment in my WordSmithery creative writing program. Check out my lesson on advertising right here on SmallWorld at Home!

Thanks to the Cates at Why Homeschool for organizing the Carnival of Homeschooling. Anyone is welcome to submit blog posts! To take part in the next carnival, follow this blog carnival link to submit your article. It's that easy!


  1. Thanks for adding me to the Carnival! I love the pics and all the other wonderful blogs I get to read tonight :)
    God bless
    Heather Laurie

  2. What a wonderful Homeschooling Blog Carnival; just beautiful! Thank you for your work on this.

  3. First of all, I'm more than a little jealous of your backyard. Second, the photos are very nice. And third, thanks for hosting the carnival and including my post. An older post of yours with the picture of your dad and you melted my heart.

    Admiration, Hope and Love,

  4. Thanks for hosting. I've missed the carnival!

  5. This is really interesting thing good post. Thanks you for your work!


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