Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling! I'm glad you're visiting here at SmallWorld at Home. Let me introduce myself for those who are new here. I'm finishing up my 11th year of homeschooling, currently with a 4th grade son and an 8th grade daughter. Our oldest son is finishing his freshman year in college. (Want to know how that's going? Check out my Burying the Big Yellow Bus.) And yes, he was homeschooled all the way through high school.

But enough about me; you're here for the Carnival! We have a little something for everyone on this homeschooling journey with this carnival, from fun hands-on activities to thought-provoking posts about homeschooling issues. Read on, and come back and visit!


Participating in family projects can be such a wonderful way to learn! AnnieKate shares ideas for Frugal Seed Starting, Homeschool Style posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Heather relates an incredibly fun and interactive day with Desert Photo Scavenger Hunt Hike posted at Marine Corps Nomads.

Alicia Arnold presents Encouraging a Sense of Play Builds Creativity Skills for Life posted at Daily Creativity.

Learn what happens when a homeschooling mom decides to take her oldest son on a business trip to Israel over spring break. This is hands-on homeschooling at its best! Alexandra shares Homeschooling in Another Country posted at Destinations, Dreams and Dogs.

Here's a fun, hands-on math game, described by Dena Wood of pjsallday.com: Marble Math ~ Beginning Addition and Subtraction.

A woman after my own heart, Amy @ Hope Is the Word is celebrating National Poetry Month with Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer posted at Hope Is the Word.

Check out these terrific resources to live and learn about International Year of Chemistry, provided by Becky Rupp on Resources, Resources: Fizz, Bubble, Bang, and Ooze posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.

Figuring It Out

How can you tailor learning styles for right brainers and left brainers? Katie presents Right Brain, Right Brain, Left Brain, Left posted at Katie's Homeschool Cottage.

Mary writes that "at our house crying or being bored with something doesn't mean it isn't worthwhile or not working." Great thoughts on How do you know a curriculum isn't working for your child? posted at Winecup Christian Academy.

Misty provides a few ideas that helped her homeschool family get a handle on gaming, television, and media time with How to Get your Kids to do Their School – Part 2 – Media Time posted at Homeschool Bytes.

Mrs. White reminisces about her own childhood and suggest ways of Creating a 1950's- like Childhood posted at The Legacy of Home.

Lisa Nehring presents 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homeschoolers posted at Golden Grasses.

On Reading

In Classics posted at We Keep Choosing Us, Tori lists some of the books her family is reading, with comments on why these books and others of this sort are of value.

As Read Aloud Dad says, "History can be horrible. And the further back in time you go, the more horrible it becomes in some ways!" Check out Horrible Histories: Bloodcurdling Box of Books posted at Read Aloud Dad.

Kaye Swain of SandwichINK says she's a big believer in fun with reading, phonics and other educational activities for grandparents and grandchildren, and puts reading out loud to them at the top of her to-do list. Educational Grandkid Fun With Reading, Phonics, and Even Cool LEGO Architecture Sets! provides some of her favorite ways to get books and other reading resources.

Kathi Weiss discusses Reading, reading, Reading - Blogs - Parent Community and Forum posted at Parent Community and Forum.


At Evaluation Station Blog! Carleen Galiardo shares thoughts on her brief journey into the world of secular homeschooling in With Tears and Prayer.

When homeschooling parents divorce, their decision often affects other homeschooling families. Barbara Frank discusses Divorce Often Threatens Homeschooling Freedoms at Barbara Frank Online.

Susan Ryan of Corn and Oil presents Signs of Spring in Illinois.

And finally, Henry Cate, Carnival Director, wonders if a recent bill for a distorted view of history will push more parents to homeschool on Why Homeschool.

That's it for this week's Carnival! Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Next week's Carnival will be hosted at Corn and Oil. Don't miss it!


  1. Thanks for hosting! It looks like fun! A whole day of reading ahead ; )

  2. What a great carnival! Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. Looks wonderful and thanks for doing the Carnival. You have a great looking family!

  4. This is great. Thanks for putting forth the effort to put it together.

  5. Great carnival and layout - Thanks for hosting! I like the pics. :-)


  6. Hi Sarah! What a small world, fancy all of us bumping into each other on your blog!

    Love the carnival - thanks for putting in so much effort!

    Thanks so much for your comment on my site as well.

    Small world indeed!

    Read Aloud Dad

  7. I am a 4th grade teacher and I am creating a blog with a variety of resources that I thought would be helpful for students of elementary school age. I am just getting started but my plan is to post all kinds of different websites that are free for students to use in the area of Reading and Math. Would you be willing to post my blog to yours?



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