Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition

Susan has posted the Carnival of Homeschooling for this week. Check it out:

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Finding Solutions Edition July 15, 2014 Welcome to the Finding Solutions Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!  Homeschoolers face many different challenges and deal with a variety of doubts about our chosen educational path. Even after homeschooling for 20+ years, I still have questions and concerns, and reading about how other homeschoolers deal with their anxiety helps me remember that I am not alone, and that solutions can be found for any obstacle we may encounter.

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Homeschooling: Would I do it all over again?

IMG_2203Now that two of my three boys have graduated high school, I’ve wondered if I would do it all over again. If I could travel ahead in time when we began this homeschool thing and could see the end, would I still do it? Yikes, did I realize just how hard homeschooling was? I don’t think I did.

No, I’m sure of it.

I had no clue how hard homeschooling would be.

Homeschool three boys for nearly twenty years.

Teach them to read, to do math, to write.

Ugh.  Writing!  Why was that so bittersweet? One loved it, one liked it, one would rather stare off into space.

Science, history, manners.

Gym, aka go run around outside and swing for a half hour.

Language, geography, cooking, chores, public speaking.

Clubs,  Awana, bible quizzing, honor society, art, music, laundry (my future daughter-in- laws are supposed to thank me for that one).

Library skills? Right.

Fire safety, bike safety, highway safety, STD’s (that was weird), anti-smoking.

Drivers education.  Ok that one nearly killed me.  I recommend you hire a professional for that subject.

I’ve written 128 quarterly reports, 31 Individual Home Instruction Plans, and lots of Annual Assessments and Letters of Intent. Thank you NYS for being so greedy for paperwork.


All this while trying to keep the meals coming, the house in order, and a marriage happy.

I’m not trying to scare those of you who are thinking of homeschooling, and I’m not trying to prove I’m some super star homeschooling mama (though I really am and so are all of you homeschooling mamas).


Now that I’m at the end and if I had a time travel machine to go back, would I do it all again? Would I homeschool my three boys for nearly twenty years? Knowing how hard it was physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally? Let’s not forget…

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Would I do it all again?

Hell Yeah!

Every single minute of it.

Garrison, Ben, Will.  You are the best, it has been a privilege to be your teacher, and I am am blown away God chose me to be your mama.

Would I do it again?  What a silly question.


Carnival of Homeschooling: Graduate Edition

Homeschooling has it’s seasons. We all knew when we started this journey that the goal was to someday graduate. We just graduated our second son here at the Davis home. One more to go. Certainly we have mixed feelings as we see our sons become more independent but there’s joy in knowing we were there and part of their lives every step of the way. Our own Kathy tells the story as we Graduate Number Two at ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother shares what she thinks is the main thing that all parents (not just homeschooling parents) should teach their kids : What a Parent Should Teach Deputy Headmistress tells of Life with mostly littles via The Common Room: “One day I had three children, ages 9, 7 (almost 8), and 2, and then the next day I had five, ages 9, 7, 5, 3, and 2.  All three of the youngest were in diapers.  How did I ‘do it all?’  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

alice in pool of tearsSo what was I was doing when my oldest was 9? I was trying to cope. I just functioned, one foot in front of another, one day at a time. I’ve told part of this story before.  I was treading water.

Bon says: “The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching” is Not So Good via Have you seen the list of 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching? Looks like there’re some problems with it!

Sharon presents Honoring Aunt Tucker posted at “The voice I heard when I woke from a dream this morning was my Aunt Tucker’s. Not actually her voice, but definitely her. I could not go back to sleep so instead I begin celebrating Aunt Tucker’s life. On this day when her body will be placed in a grave, her soul is dancing with the moon and her sister stars. She has already sent us small but distinct signs that she is loving us from her new home, from the place where she is light and ageless.”

Susan asks: College Prep Homeschooling: To Go or Not To Go via At Home and School. Should your child go to college? Maybe not. Here are three questions that may help make this decision.
Henry shares another perspective on homeschooling: My brother’s perspective on homeschooling at Why Homeschool
Cindy shares: A Nature Study Photography Project for Any Age at Our Journey Westward. This nature study project is motivating for kids who love nature study and kids who don’t!
Julie has some Electric Conductive Paint Projects via Homeschooling Ideas. 
Conductive ink is a cool new type of paint that makes for some fun electronics projects in your homeschooling.
Judy writes: Dear Mom and Dad: I’m Not Going To College posted at Consent Of The Governed. I wrote this article back in 2007 – and it is still relevant today. Many kids are delaying college because it is just too expensive and/or they need time to decide what it is they really want to do… and that’s ok!
Denise shares More Than One Way To Find the Center of a Circle posted at Let’s Play Math!. An old geometry puzzler for high school students: Pick one side of the debate, and try to find at least three different ways to prove your point.
Taylor tells us Why I Walked Out on God at HomeschoolingIRL What happens when a home schooled teen is told she isn’t trying hard enough at church? And what happens when she walks away from the God she thought she knew? Hope and encouragement for parents with struggling teens and young adults from homeschool grad, Taylor Nieman.
Annie offers Election Report Guidelines via Tea Time with Annie Kate.
Dave and Carol tell us about Money Myths Homeschool Moms Believe via HomeschoolCPA 
Do any of you, like me, have curriculum sitting on your shelf, that if you are honest with yourself, you will probably never use? I want to share some experiences I’ve learned about money and homeschooling in a podcast with guest Susan Raber.
An finally Kathy writes A Letter to my Husband: Where Our Dog Herds a Fawn and I Meet a Fräulein at This is a hilarious story of our dog’s spurious hunting efforts in our suburban neighborhood.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling using our carnival submission form or follow the email instructions here. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. Graduates Number Two


This past weekend we graduated our second son from homeschool.  If we can do it, you can do it.  Davis Homeschool started in 1999 with one in kindergarten, one in pre-k, and one in utero receiving instruction in ABC’s via daddy talking to my round belly.

We homeschooled our two graduates for 13 years, and have four years left with our youngest. It has been one wild, adventurous, unpredictable, all consuming, and undeniably spectacularly wonderful ride! Congratulations to our 2014 graduate Benny for surviving and thriving in homeschool.  He has grown from a sweet, always smiling, loved to read, little boy to a charming, dry-humored, always smiling, loves to play video games, but loves Jesus more young man.  We are beaming with joy. We know God has plans for our sons, and are happy to sit back and watch it all unfold.  I wish we could take credit for the way they turned out, but we were just the instruments.  God gets the glory.

  • If you are in the early years of homeschooling: enjoy it and don’t give up, it only gets better.
  • If you are in the middle years, don’t panic: high school is easier than you think.
  • If you are in the home stretch: hang on tight cause its a whirlwind.
  • If you graduated your child: Congratulations.  

they are worth it




Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling – PJ Media

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Strong Religious Beliefs Can Shape How Women View Homeschooling
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Marcia Clemmitt, a social policy researcher and former high school teacher recently published an extensive report on homeschooling at CQ Researcher. In Homeschooling: Do Parents Give Their Children a Good Education? Clemmitt discusses the research …

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What Kind of College Scholarships Are Open To Homeschoolers?

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This question is somewhat of a hard one to answer, just because it differs for everyone. There are all kinds of scholarships out there for everyone. Discrimination Most organizations won’t discriminate you because you’re homeschooled (unless they’re called “Scholarships for Public Schoolers” or something). And if you don’t get a scholarship, try to keep in [...]
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Math Teachers at Play #73 via Singapore Maths Tuition

Blog Buzz: Math Teachers at Play #73 via Singapore Maths Tuition via Let’s Play Math!
The monthly math education blog carnival Math Teachers at Play features games, lessons, puzzles, activities, and teaching tips from classroom teachers, homeschoolers, and self-educated learners around the Internet world. Check out the 15 posts of mathematical fun in April’s edition: Math Teachers at Play (MTaP) Blog Carnival: Top Math Blog Posts! Here’s a peek at […]
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Welcome to College Life

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College Girls

So this week my youngest decided on a college for next fall. It’s a big step from home to living on his own, but I know he’s ready for it!

Having watched his brother set off on the same path a few years ago, I’ve written a new article with advice on how to make the transition to college as rewarding and meaningful as possible.

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Carnival of Homeschooling – The Building Character Edition

Sara is hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling at The Homeschool Post.

The Homeschool Post is happy to host this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling.  We’re continuing our month-long focus on building character in our children. Homeschooling is about more than just academics – it is a lifestyle of learning with an emphasis on strong character.  How do you encourage your children to make good choices and to think critically?  In a culture sadly lacking in good role models, how do we point out positive examples of good character?
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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

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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
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?

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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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