Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition

Dewey’s Treehouse is hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Thousand Flowers Edition This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling is inspired by Spunky Homeschool’s post Common Core Curriculum is coming. “Time is short. School districts are scrambling. Tests are coming. The situation is ‘near-impossible,’” Spunky warns. She also refers to a study in Education Week where curriculum researchers state, “Letting a thousand flowers bloom isn’t consistent with ensuring that all teachers are using high-quality and well-aligned materials.” Apparently I’ve been living under a bit of a rock, because I had never heard that quotation about the thousand flowers and had to look it up. It is a misquotation of a policy of Chairman Mao Zedong: “Let a hundred flowers blossom.”  At that time (1957), the Chinese government was actually encouraging constructive criticism from various respected thinkers, and that was the official (and very springlike) way of saying it.

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Boost Your Likability with These 4 Easy Steps

Blog Buzz: Boost Your Likability with These 4 Easy Steps via Kathy Davis, FNP
I work with a challenging population: those recovering from opiate addiction.  Most have mental health illnesses, in addition to a myriad of other serious diseases. I see people for the first time, others I have seen year after year. No … Continue reading
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Common Core Curriculum is Coming

Blog Buzz: Common Core Curriculum is Coming via SpunkyHomeSchool
Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be "early implementers" of the Common Core. Their findings published in "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementer" are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core, the desired goal all along. Take particular note of #3 and #4:
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Carnival of Homeschooling – The Homeschooling & Farms Edition

This week's Carnival of Homeschooling is at: Petticoat Government

With spring finally here–although I fully expect some more snow before the month is out because that's just how weather is in Colorado–for this Carnival of Homeschooling, I thought I'd look at intersections of homeschooling and farming.
 Many parents, homeschooling or not, have a strong desire to teach their children about nature in-depth. My father liked to take us hiking, and my parents had us children grow a garden and raise chickens. One year we even raised a steer in our backyard for a while. He was rather bad-tempered (I wonder if he understood our nickname for him, "Dinner") and got out sometimes, wandering up and down our residential street, which taught us the importance of locking up gates securely.
 While this is by no means solely a homeschooler phenomenon, I've seen many of my friends and relatives who lean towards homeschooling raise chickens and/or other livestock, grow big gardens, and dream of the little farm they're going to have someday out in a rural setting. Here are several blogs I found of homeschoolers living (or at least pursuing part of) that dream
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Romeikes Have Many Friends

Blog Buzz: Romeikes Have Many Friends via Corn and Oil

The Romeikes have made many local and far-away friends in the United States stemming from their 6 some years in Morristown, Tennessee.  The family lost their bid for political asylum in the United States. Oddly enough, the Department of Justice … Continue reading

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’19 Kids & Counting’ Preview: Anna Struggles With Homeschooling 3 Kids – Hollybaby

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’19 Kids & Counting’ Preview: Anna Struggles With Homeschooling 3 Kids
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On the April 8 episode of ’19 Kids & Counting,’ we finally get to see how Anna and Josh Duggar are adjusting to their new home. Anna admits that she is struggling with homeschooling Mackynzie, especially because she has two other children who need her …

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Conflicted Educators Homeschool

Blog Buzz: Conflicted Educators Homeschool via Corn and Oil

Fortunately, there are wonderful alternatives to public and private schools wrapping their budgets and curriculum around the latest new thang – the federalized Common Core initiatives.  One New York principal understands the conflict, as schools are losing their own controls … Continue reading

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What are the online homeschool options in my state?

Blog Buzz: What are the online homeschool options in my state? via LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com
Where to start….. First of all you and your student need to decide what is the best type of “online” high school option that would work best for your family. For my oldest son, that has been a mix of online classes ,co-op classes and student led projects/classes. We are using the new Time4Learning high [...]
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How do I create a college-ready transcript?

Blog Buzz: How do I create a college-ready transcript? via LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com
    The Basics This happens to be one of the most asked questions I see out there for anyone who is thinking about homeschooling their child through high school. Also, the one that I struggled with myself, I have kept good notes on classes,etc. that we have taken but putting it down on paper [...]
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If I’m Thinking About Homeschooling High School, Where Should I Start?

Blog Buzz: If I’m Thinking About Homeschooling High School, Where Should I Start? via LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com
“Help! I’m thinking about homeschooling high school and I don’t know where to start.” If this is you, relax! You are not alone. This is one of the most common questions asked by potential homeschoolers/homeschooling families.  Where Do I Start My Homeschool High School Search? The best place to start your homeschool high school search is with [...]
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How do you Know if Homeschooling is the Right Decision for you?

Blog Buzz: How do you Know if Homeschooling is the Right Decision for you? via LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com
That’s a good question… and one that, in truth, can only be answered by the person taking the homeschool plunge! Everyone is different, has different learning styles, different needs, and different goals. Many would even assert that you really can’t “know” unless you try it. While it may contain some risk, I must agree. You [...]
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Carnival of Homeschooling – The April Fool’s Edition

Jamie is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at momSCHOOL with an April Fool's theme. There are some great ideas for next year! 

April the first stands mark’d by custom’s rules,

A day for being, and for making fools: —

But, pray, what custom, or what rule supplies

A day for making, or for being — wise?

(Rev. Samuel Bishop, 1796)

This is one of the earliest known mentions of April Fool’s Day. Though the exact origin is a bit cloudy, most historians trace a general air of tomfoolery back to antiquity.The Romans celebrated a festive holiday during the end of March known as Hilaria. The Jewish festival of Purim is also celebrated during this time and incorporates costumes, carnivals, and pranks.While I’ve heard that an ancient Dutch poem mentions April Fool’s and was written in 1561. So, in any case we can see that playing pranks and making all sorts of general merriment is the custom for this time of the year!

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The 429th Carnival of Homeschooling – The Still Winter Edition

This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling at Golden Grasses.

It’s been a long winter ’round here. And it’s still happening- today was a day full of blowing snow, school closures and other winter nonsense. So, yeah, we are all about a change of season, and soon Till then, we are getting lots of school done, including tons of reading, read-alouds, CD-listening, DVD watching, and texts gone through.
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Carnival of Homeschooling – The Post Olympic edition

Susan is hosting this week's Carnival of Homeschooling at Corn and Oil.

The Sochi Winter Olympics ended a couple of days ago.  Many of us watched various winter sports such as ice skating, hockey games, snowboarding, skiing (sometimes with a gun), along with the curious art of curling.  Fitting every day lives into those 17 days of competitions, many non-Olympian homeschoolers also found a gainful way to educate too.  Looking back at the Putin-powered Olympics, we.ll celebrate some Olympians who educate at home to keep up with their athletic passions and schedules. The real life homeschooling experiences shared by our Carnival participants also display the distinctiveness of a home educated family life.  We.ll keep doing what we do every day, whether it.s surrounded by snow and elite physical training or those of us just taking a nature walk through a park.  Enjoy!
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