Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Carnival of Homeschooling: Summer Fun Edition

Whether you are a year-rounder or a traditional summer-breaker, summer is here! In my own small world, we take this season fun seriously, as you'll see in the photos of some of our favorite summer activities. But homeschooling is never too far from our minds, and the fabulous ideas and inspiration continue in this week's Carnival of Homeschooling. Grab a cup of coffee or an iced tea and spend some time reading these great contributions—and make sure you devote lots of time to summer fun!

I love this post by Renee Tougas of FIMBY as she answers the question "How do you keep your kids occupied during summer" in her post Summer non-boredom. As she says, "I don't worry about keeping my kids occupied this summer and I haven't registered them for day camps, craft camps, sport camps or bible camps."

Alasandra of Alasandra's Homeschool Blog provides links to several articles on The Battles of New Orleans and list the diverse troops that Andrew Jackson lead to victory.

Laura Grace Weldon discusses how Mother and Child Are Linked at the Cellular Level. As she says, "Our kids get older. But we stay connected. Science is just beginning to unlock these mysterious ways."

Sometimes we need to step back and let our kids find their own way. Nebby discusses Charlotte Mason's idea of "masterly inactivity" in Play and Masterly Inactivity posted at Letters from Nebby.

 Kendra of Preschoolers and Peace emphasizes that Homeschooling Won't Save Your Kids. As she writes, "In the day to day labor of homeschooling, it can be easy to shift our hope to what we're doing with our kids. Don't do it! There is only One who saves, and He gave us homeschooling as a beautiful tool."

Mary of Homegrown Learners provides an explanation of how her family uses The Story of The World in Our Homeschool.  An informational vlog is also included. As Mary writes, "I love this curriculum and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone who will listen."

Amy shows us what summer is like at their place in  Wait! School isn't over yet! posted at Home School Dad.

Tricia of Hodgepodge says that "For over a dozen years we’ve turned to our habits as the ‘bones’ of our day. Our habits help us accomplish a basic school day and get food on the table." She provides fantastic details and resources in Helpful Homeschool Habits for Multiple Ages.

In Wow! Wonders of Water, Lori of Waiting for Charlie provides a review of one of the new Girl Scout Journey books for Brownies that focuses on water, that might be of interest to other homeschooling Girl Scout parents. The post also includes links to several projects and experiments that they did to learn more about water.

Mindy of DenSchool gives a recap of one part of a fun, historical summer activity to keep homeschoolers learning and having fun in Amazing Race: Leg 2. How incredibly fun!

The Olympics will be starting soon! Erin of Nirvana Homeschooling provides two fun art projects to get into the spirit with Designing Olympic Uniforms and the Olympic Village.

Misty Zaugg says "The birds of spring have provided lots of fun and learning for my daughter, while the boys are busy sparring with play swords." She presents Spring Homeschooling Bird Study Ideas posted at Homeschool Bytes

In Summer Learning Activities,  Kathleen of Homeschool Online Blog lists several resources to help keep up your children's learning over the summer without it seeming like they are learning. 

Jamie at The Unlikely Homeschool shares some of the many benefits of organized music lessons for homeschooled children and several creative ways to pay for private instruction on a one-income budget in Benefits of Budget-Friendly Music Lessons.

We'd love for our children to read great books, but how do we find excellent titles to purchase or borrow? Daniele of Domestic Serenity gives helps and several links for resources for children preK to high school in Building Booklists for Children.

Annie Kate of Tea Time with Annie Kate takes us on a field trip to The Lambs Down Park Festival, where she and her family learned about sheep, sheep dogs, and more.

Katie at Home Is Possible gives examples of how even war-based video games can be educational in Playing Battlefield 1942.

Elena of My Domestic Church shares a video from one of her lastest presentations for her local homeschool group in Why Homeschool Through High School

Henry of Why Homeschool writes about some cool benefits to homeschooling in Side Benefits of Homeschooling.

Check out the process of redecorating a homeschool classroom to get ideas for your own homeschool classroom or workspace in Beverly's post The Homeschool Classroom at Homeschool Journeys.

Carlie of So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler? provides encouragement that we are not alone in our homeschooling journey in There's More to Life Than Homeschooling.  

And finally, check out my Golden Rules of finding your own way amongst homeschoolers in Guide to Navigating the Homeschooling Community at Simple Homeschool.

Thanks to Henry Cate of Why Homeschool for organizing the Carnival of Homeschooling. You can submit your own post any time by following these easy submission guidelines. Tune in next week to HomeschoolBuzz for the upcoming edition!


  1. You are right. This is the kind of carnival to pin and return to for fun reading. Thank you! Love your photos too.

  2. I, too, love your photos! Thanks for all your hard work.


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