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Carnival of Homeschooling: Songs Stuck in my Head edition

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Carnival of Homeschooling: Songs Stuck in my Head edition

Ever get a song lyric stuck in your head? That is my life. Songs spin around my brain like a soundtrack accompanying my life. Situations are set to music, or a song springs unbidden to mind and stays there until I stop and listen or look up the lyrics to figure out why my subconscious wants me to hear this right now.

Carnival of Homeschooling – Wisdom

Consent Of The Governed is hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition.


Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – The Wisdom Edition! We’ve got some really interesting entries this week with some very helpful words and advice regarding life and homeschooling – plus a touch of humor … Enjoy!

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Lincoln’s wisdom edition

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – Lincoln’s wisdom edition.

A study for the Lincoln Memorial sculpture by Leonard Wells Volk
A study for the Lincoln Memorial sculpture by Leonard Wells Volk

Tomorrow (February 12) is Abraham Lincoln’s 149th birthday. He was the 16th President of the United States, only just starting a second term when assassinated in 1865. He remains one of the most influential and beloved figures in US history. Perhaps this was in part because of his wisdom and wit which lives on in his quotes – quotes sprinkled throughout this edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling along with the collected wisdom and humor of this weeks carnival participants.

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.

Cindy tells us about Winter Homeschooling
Winter won’t last forever!  Until then, enjoy some creative learning time that keeps everyone from going stir-crazy. Via Our Journey Westward

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

Kerin presents The Vocabuverse: You/Your/You’re
He has created an excellent resource for teaching kids/adults big words and grammatical concepts!  Posted at The Vocabuverse

Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.

Rachael presents ~The Teetering Balance for the Homeschool Mama~
Homeschooling puts a certain amount of added pressure on the average family. In this blog post she attempts to honestly share her struggles, and some tips/tricks she has found helpful along the way! posted at DiAmOnDs In ThE rOuGh.

And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

April asks “I’m thinking about homeschooling. Where do I start?”
She has been asked several times how to start homeschooling, or where to find curriculum.  She usually has to go digging around for old emails to retrieve information already shared once.  She finally decided to create a blog post sharing some basic steps and resources for those considering homeschooling. Via ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) shares her Secret Thoughts of a First-Year Homeschool Mom
All right, everybody.  I’ve started a blog and a Pinterest account. I’m ready to homeschool! via Homeschool and Etc.

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.

Joy presents 24 Reasons to Homeschool Your Special Needs Child posted at Who’s learning? Who’s teaching?.

Natalie tells us about Made You Look by Sheri Graydon a review of a book about advertising written for kids. via Fill Your Bookshelf

I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

Leah asks Is Your Homeschooling Joyful? Here’s a Resource to Help posted at As We Walk Along the Road.

Gina creates {Handicrafts} Busy Hands with Paper Sloyd Little Hands that create builds focus, attention and discipline. posted at my rubyslippers.

Celeste presents Schooling with Littles :: Our Daily Schedule posted at Joyous Lessons.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Monique shares some fun toddler activities Fun activities to keep your toddler busy while you Homeschool the older children. posted at living life and learning

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

Annie asks Is There Life after Homeschooling? For those who transition well, the end of homeschooling is not only an ending but also a new beginning. That seems to make all the difference. Posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate

Henry says: The answer is YES! Henry writes that when parents ask if they should homeschool most of the time he would say YES. via Why Homeschool

Kathy wonders Do You Have These 9 Essential Leadership Traits? posted at Kathy Davis, FNP

And finally, Kathy of Homeschoolbuzz reviews the book Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons
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Whatever you are, be a good one.

Carnival homeschooling, and what’s a vlog?

Find out about vlogging with the Carnival homeschooling #414, Vlog hop edition, hosted this week by Notes From A Homeschooled Mom

I am happy to be posting this week’s carnival of homeschooling, but since this past week was thanksgiving weekend, alot of our regulars were off giving thanks and didn’t submit posts.  But never fear, there’s still plenty to share.  We’ve found a couple of new bloggers to add to our carnival, and I want to introduce you to some of my favorite homeschool vloggers, and encourage you to give that a try too.

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Carnival of Homeschooling: In the clouds

A word-cloud is typographic artwork, generated by a computer algorythm, based upon a given text. The more times a word is in the text, the larger it appears. I created word clouds for some of the contributed posts to this week’s carnival of homeschooling. I used to create these but there are many other free services out there. A quick glance should give you the feel, then read the article to see if it resembles the graphic.

How to Make Sure Your Kid Has a Great PlaydateArianna presents How to Make Sure Your Kid Has a Great Playdate posted at Part Time Nanny.

In Are we having fun yet? Julie talks about the place of “fun” in homeschooling via A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief.

How To Tell Your Kids NO In A Loving WayJana presents How To Tell Your Kids NO In A Loving Way: posted at Wisdom-Ink Magazine.

Mystie shares Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Cultivate a Growth Mindset: When we try to make changes in our homes and in ourselves, the resistance is often rooted in an assumption that life is supposed to be easy, so we refuse to do what will seem to make life harder. via Simply Convivial

Homeschooling without a SchoolroomMelissa is Schooling without a schoolroom: Contributing at the Homeschool Classroom, Melissa gives tips on how she schools her tribe without a designated school space. via The Cork Board

Shelby presents 20 Blogs Explaining How to Have a Successful School Picture Day posted at Blog.

Raising StarsBarbara explains Raising Stars: Some schools encourage kids to think of themselves as stars, but this writer disagrees. via Barbara Frank Online

Kelli presents 4 Apple School Day Fun and Teacher Gifts posted at 3 Boys And A Dog.

Annette says: Hey … Today Happpened What happened in a day of homeschooling when we worked hard to be kind to each other when low on sleep. via A Net In Time

Back to (Un)School

Rebecca goes Back to (Un)School! As unschoolers, the question of when we “start school” doesn’t have as easy an answer as an upcoming date on the calendar. It’s a bit more complex than that…and yet for us, delightfully simple.

Song for SafetySaron sings a Song for Safety I share the words to a lovely little song my daughter taught me when she was 4yrs old. She learnt it in playschool as part of the programme to help protect children. It’s fun, catchy, easy to learn and I still find myself humming it. But it tells our children an important message! via Reading-Writing-Learning

Janine discusses Compulsory Education: writing about her struggles with Compulsory Education. via Why Homeschool

Our own Kathy and Benny Swing, Drop, Swoop, Dot: Do The Cursive Dance: To teach cursive, or not to teach cursive. That is the question. via

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling. Be sure and contribute your own post for next week, and every week.

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Carnival of homeschooling: kick-off

Golden Grasses is hosting Carnival of Homeschooling this week. Please remeber to send a post to the next carnival, hosted here at

One snafoo after another held up this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling- my deepest apologies! My tech crew gets home late on Tuesdays, but I think everything is finally fixed, working and raring to go! Click to Tweet Fall is kick-off season, whether you homeschool year-round or seasonally, in a relaxed or more traditional manner. Do you have any traditions for starting the season right?

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Carnival of Homeschooling: now with Instagram!

Sprittibee (a.k.a. Heather) is hosting Carnival of Homeschooling : Random Instagram Edition (plus mobile photography tips)

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Welcome to the Random Instagram Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling! If you are new to ‘blog carnivals’, please read the link at the bottom of this post to find out more. This post has many links that take you off-site to other homeschool blogs where you can read their ‘showcased’ article submission. If you would like to submit an article for a future carnival or host the carnival on your site, please see the bottom section to find out how. Each carnival writer has the option to put their compilation to a ‘theme’ if they so choose. Being a fangirl for Instagram (which you can use on almost any smart phone these days), I figured I would share some of my random photo art with you – and give you a few photo quotes and pointers in between all these great homeschool blog links!

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New Carnival of homeschooling is out

The Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready for You! via

Welcome to another wonderful edition of the Carnival Of Homeschooling! I hope you enjoy each and every article as I did – make sure to forward this to all your friends so we can share the blessing!

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Nerds host Carnival of Homeschooling

The latest Carnival of Homeschooling is up at NerdFamily Blog:

I am so blessed to be hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling here at The NerdFamily Blog!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Carnival of Homeschooling here is the deal. Once a week there is a Carnival of  Homeschooling which is a collection of homeschooling posts. There isn’t a theme other than it somehow related to homeschooling. Since homeschooling is a lifestyle, that is a wide net. This is the 367th edition (I believe) anyone can submit a blog piece to it. Every week it hosted at a different blog so next week it will be held at over at Golden Grasses! You can get all the details over at Why Homeschool and I invite you to join the fun!!! The Carnival is once again full of great entries so lets jump right in!

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Carnival of homeschooling & 10 Ways to Lighten the Load

Forever, For Always, No Matter What is hosting the Carnival of homeschooling this week with 10 Ways to Lighten the Load

I’m at The Homeschool Village today, writing about some ideas that might help make life easier.  As homeschoolers we have a lot to do each day, here are 10 Ways to Lighten the Load and maybe make the day go a bit more smoothly! Also this week, I’m hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling. On Monday I wrote about 10 Ways to Keep Kids Active in Winter, which will hopefully help lighten the homeschool day too.    Take some time to go through the links, explore and get inspired!

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Reflections from the End of the Road

The Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week at As For My HouseReflections from the End of the Road. We can identify. Our oldest will be graduating soon and there is definately a lot of reflecting going on here.  

The biggest “news” in our homeschooling life is that one chapter of it has closed. My eldest, Nick, graduated in May, and is in the process of moving out as I put this post together. There are plenty of issues surrounding that in all areas of our life, but for the Carnival, naturally, I’m going to focus on those related to homeschooling. But “the end of the road” is really a dramatic exaggeration, because my homeschooling days are far from over! I have a 2nd grader and a four year-old still “enrolled”. Having one coming out the far end does make for a natural point of reflection – a “post-mortem,” you might say. But you don’t have to wait until then to pause and take stock.

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Home School Dad: Carnival of Homeschooling Comics Edition

The Carnival of Homeschooling Comics Edition is being hosted this week by Home School Dad

I think it is pretty comical  that I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this week even though I have been not posting consistently about home schooling or anything for the past few months. I signed up for this week’s spot months ago long before I started working full time and taking a class along with  regular regimen of home educating. I am so busy it is easy for me to imagine looking like this . . .

Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking by Charles M. Schulz - detail, a photo by fantagraphics on Flickr.

Chuck Brown and I cordially welcome you to the Comics edition of the Carnival of Home Schooling. There are basically 3 things that come to mind when hearing  the word comics: comic strips, comic books and stand up comics. Interspersed between this week’s Carnival entries I will give my thoughts on all 3 types of comics.

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Alaska

The Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week by

Here in Alaska, the dark night skies have returned, which means we have the wonderful opportunity to witness this wonderful, awe-inspiring phenomenon.


And with the return of autumn, comes lots and lots of activities. Some of the activities involve homeschool-related things. Some are related to volunteer work, holidays, family, work, and on and on. I find that this time of year, with these added activities filling up my calendar, I will often find myself stretched too thin. I love homeschooling. I love spending time with my children like this, and it is my first priority. I find myself having a sense of “obligation” that can get me into a great deal of trouble in other areas.

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Fall Transition

The Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week at Corn and Oil.

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly  changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” –   Henry Beston, Northern Farm Last Saturday our planet’s northern hemisphere rolled into autumn.  The autumnal equinox reminded us of the later sunrises and earlier sunsets.  Cool autumn evenings with a bit of frost here and there prepare us slowly for winter in the northern states.  Fall is my favorite season and sometimes it seems to pass too quickly.  Digging up the spiked iris plants and magnificent cannas to pack away from the bitter cold, while troweling in garlic bulbs to root and settle in preparation for a late spring harvest is a usual pattern here on our Illinois farm.   Homeschoolers know how to tuck in and prepare in the comfort of home.

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349th Carnival

The carnival is hosted this week by Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling

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If you’re new to the Carnival of Homeschooling then I have a treat for you. This carnival has made its home on the web since 2006.  Each addition is hosted on a different site and this week it’s our turn.  This is simple.  Just click-through the posts that have been submitted below for more homeschool goodness.

Carnival of Homeschool – Changes…

This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted by the Cate’s at Why Homeschool.

Our family has experienced a lot of changes this year. The first six months have been pretty packed. For example, our oldest will soon be 18 years old and will “graduated” from Cate Academy. Our youngest will begin Kindergarten at Cate Academy.

This spring we moved out of our home for three months while our house underwent a major remodel. (Even two months later I’m still reaching for the light switches where they used to be.)

I took my son on his first Fathers and Sons camp out.

My work has had some major changes (long story, don’t ask) in the first six months of 2012.

Homeschoolers are used to change. We are frequently in a state of flux. Our plans may change from moment to moment. So, sit back and enjoy the show while we look at some of the “changes” in this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling.

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Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready

Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted thes week at

I always get such great input when going through the Carnival of Homeschooling – and even more so when I have the priviledge of hosting the Carnival! Read on to add some more wonderful tools to your pile!

Carnival of Homeschooling -Graduate edition

We are approaching a milestone in our homescholing journey. Our oldest is only a few courses away from graduating high-school. How those years zipped by! We have been in college and career mode for a while now and I’m sure many carnival of homeschooling readers are in the same boat.

We stil have two younger children to shepherd through too, so all the collected wisdom below brings us one step closer to graduation day.


You can have Success Without College: 22 Tools to Make It Work

via Laura Grace Weldon

Our kids are heading into their college-aged years. Some of them aren’t too sure if four or more years are right for them. Here are tools to help teens and young adults chart their own direction, with or without college.

8 Fun and Mess Free Craft Projects for Kids

by Paul Taylor via Babysitting Jobs

Are you tired of hearing, “I’m bored, I want to do something” from the kids? Crafts are the perfect solution to occupying hours of kids’ days.

The Ice Cube Analogy

via Home Spun Juggling

What if school subjects were ice cubes?

Connected parents = Parent/child disconnect

via DenSchool

The use of internet devices and technology are wonderful, but can actually harm parent and child relationships if the parent neglects to set them aside to spend good, quality time together.

Are homeschooled kids the only ones who read?

from Katherine via No fighting, no biting!

My kids love to read and most other homeschoolers do too. Are our kids the last ones in America still reading for fun?

Hundreds of Reviews for Homeschooling Moms

via Tea Time with Annie Kate

I’ve organized all my reviews for homeschooling moms so they will be easy to find when you’re planning next year and have also included links to other great review sites.

Just Between Me, You, and the Fence Post

via Homeschool Online

On the fence about homeschooling? Here are some things to consider…

The Need for Downtime

via Letters from Nebby

Recent research tells us this, doesn’t it? That we need time to rest and process what we have learned. But the days of typical schoolchildren are filled with hours of work with little chance to rest. As homeschoolers, we have the freedom not to go this route.

Teaching Wiggle Worms

via Pinch of Everything

This post is about teaching your wiggly (and or ADHD) kids in the classroom or at home. It has a brief overview about the fact that movement helps most of us work at our most efficient and offers suggestions for how to allow for movement even during traditional lessons and on a daily basis as well as brief ideas about activities to review subjects that require practice (such as spelling and math facts) that incorporate movement. The blog has more articles relevant to the educator (at home) with this kind of child as well.

Urban Homeschooling: More Traditional Socialization and Weathering Tough Times

via Homeschooling in Buffalo

WARNING: this may be considered radical thinking by some! I wrote a couple of months ago thinking I would rework it and post it at some point.  Since Dad is out of work again, it seems like a good time to post.


Scholarships for Homeschooled Students

by Greg via NerdWallet | Education

A great rundown of scholarships specifically for homeschooled students. This is a great resource for parents and students alike. Enjoy

Great report from girls camp

via Why Homeschool

Henry believes that part of the reason his daughters were well
received at girls camp last week is becaus they were homeschooled.

Close Encounters of the Smithsonian Kind

via A Fun Travel Cat

Movies and reality come together at the Smithsonian.

10 Great Toys for Sight Challenged Kids

via National Nannies

Kids love toys of every shape and size, there’s no doubt about it. But not all children are alike and not all kids like the same things.

Introduction to Fish 

via Harvest Moon by Hand

There is a series at a nearby state park that is running once per week for the entire summer. Last week, the first session was about fish.

Home School Art Studio


Although their Dad is a professional designer, teaching art is much harder for him than creating art. What we really needed was a rescue – a professional art teacher to come in to our home and teach our boys, and please bring all the supplies!

That’s it for this weeks edition of the Carnival of homeschooling. We hope you enjoyed the posts.

Carnival of Homeschooling- Video Edition

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This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week at Dave Out Loud (his “vlog” or video-weblog).
It’s a unique theme, interspersing videos of the family among the carnival submissions.

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