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Submit your articles for the Carnival of Homeschooling! The next carnival (July 9th, 2013) will be right here, at HomeGrownMommy!

Last week’s carnival was hosted at Dewey’s Treehouse – go on over for all the awesome stuff you missed!

(Also, see “Related Posts” at the bottom of this article to see the other editions of the Carnival that I have hosted here.)

How To Keep Your God-Given Desires Alive

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling for the second week of July!!
I hope you enjoy my contribution!

Image Credit "Center Grove Middle School"

Sometimes, you really have to dig into life to get what you want! Once you’ve decided on something, don’t ever let “NO” be an answer!

Psalm 37:4¬† “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

What are the desires of your heart with you homeschooling journey? Trust the Lord that He is giving them to you – maybe not in the way or the timing you were expecting, but He is faithful.Write down your goals! Post them and read them every single day – it will help keep you focused when days are tough.

When we first decide to homeschool or we first start to imagine what homeschooling will be like, it is easy to be excited! It’s easy to head into life each day with a good attitude.

Then, things start to get familiar instead of exciting. That new workbook has some torn corners and writing on the cover from the little ones. One of the kids said, “I don’t wanna do this!” And, you start to feel, little by little, a weight come down on your shoulders.

It reminds me of something that happened yesterday. I was talking someone that wanted to play football in high school – he is just entering 9th grade in the public school. Knowing that football practice starts sometime in the summer, I had been checking in with him to see if he signed up yet. Yesterday when I checked in, I got some excuses – I think the video games were calling a little too loudly! ūüôā

{It’s easy, even with the most compelling desire, to allow yourself to do what’s easy. Any desire or goal will have some hurdles to overcome – don’t let that stop you!}

The first excuse was that he would call and only get voicemail. But, on the voicemail, they left an alternate number to call for the office. I called that number and got all the necessary information in a matter of minutes.

{Sometimes, our excuses for *not doing* are so easy to knock down – just one step in the right direction and you’re 5 miles down the road already!}

There were a few other excuses like, “I’m not *beefed up* enough for football” and “But I should probably make some friends at the school first” or “It going to cost too much”. Every excuse, I was able to reason with him as to why that should not be a factor to stop him from doing something he was excited about doing.

There was also some negativity coming from another person in his life who was also allowing the smallest reason to stop the flow of desire!

{Don’t let the nay-sayers tear down your confidence! If you have prayed and you know this is where God wants you, keep going! Hold that God-given desire in front of your face and keep on moving!}

I was glad that I was able to show this boy that no excuse is too big to allow our dreams to be deflated. Whether it’s playing football, the decision to homeschool, a certain way of doing school, a home business you want to start, any number of dreams and desires that you might have – those are important! Important enough to plow down any obstacle that gets in your way!!

Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready for You!

Carnival of Homeschooling
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!

Denise presents Beautiful Math: Visualizing Music posted at Let’s Play Math!.

Patrick Brett presents Why Traditional Schooling is a Terrible Idea | Patrick Brett posted at Patrick Brett.

Joe Taylor presents 12 Tips for Parents of Latchkey Kids posted at Live-Out Nanny.

Brittany Harris presents 24 Blogs Filled with Ideas on How to Motivate Your Kids to Finish the School Year Strong posted at NannyPro.com.

Kathy Davis presents Homeschooling? Oh! I Could Never Do That! posted at Life Verses.

Jeanne presents World Education At Its Best posted by SoulTravelers3. Travel and homeschooling go together perfectly! We’ve been traveling the world non-stop for almost 8 years ( to 45 countries on 5
continents on $23/day pp) to educate our child and give tips for “worldschooling”. We’re monolingual parents raising a fluent as a native trilingual /triliterate ( Mandarin/Spanish/English) and do piano and violin as we roam too.

Jamie presents Socialization? Seriously? posted at Time4Learning Community Blog

Christe presents Give It 2 Years posted at Aquinas Homeschool. This is one of my personal favorites because I think so many people give homeschooling a try and give up too soon.

Chareen presents HomeSchool Daily Schedules posted at Every Bed of Roses. A few thoughts on Homeschool Daily Schedules are they your servant or your master ? How do you get the best from them.

Henry presents Brain Development 101: Movement Matters posted at Why Homeschool. Janine shares some links to research on brain development in children.

Lisa presents Teaching Creatively : Hands on Projects posted at Golden Grasses. Various hands-on projects we do, as we teach creatively!

Annie Kate presents Choosing a New Spelling Curriculum posted at Tea Time With Annie Kate.

Karen presents My Essential Homeschooling Strategies posted at Homeschool Atheist Momma.

Chris presents Learning New Languages posted at Home School vs Public School.

That concludes this edition. 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.

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Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready!

Carnival of Homeschooling hosted by HomeGrownMommyI 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!

Mrs. White at The Legacy of Home presents “The 15 Minute Cleaning Helper” – An article full of ideas to get even the most reluctant child to help with chores around the house.
Nebby at Letters From Nebby presents “Deciding to Homeschool (or Not)” – With the new school year approaching, there are always new people considering homeschooling. These are my thoughts on the many reasons to homeschool.
Notes From A Homeschooled Mom presents “Don’t Toss Those Homeschool Papers Just Yet” – Gives several examples of how students already admitted to college had to dig back into old homeschool records for further information.
(One thought I had after reading the above article is that it would be very good to consult the Home School Legal Defense Association to make sure what the University is asking for is necessary and legal before complying, whether you have kept records for all those years or not.)
Our Curious Home presents “M’s Math At Breakfast” – My son was trying to figure out some fractions in his head while I was trying to get us all fed and out the door to Sunday School. However, the math stuff is stored in the kitchen, so we were able to find the manipulatives and eat breakfast all at the same time (and take pictures, I wrote it up later.)
Katherine at No Fighting No Biting! presents “Reason #567” – A conversation with a local high school graduate makes me glad we homeschool.
Cari at Herding Hobbits presents “Out In The World!” – My two public schoolers are on holidays, so this is a wrap up of what we got up to over the last week! I feel that they miss out on a lot by choosing to stay in traditional school (but they do love it!) so we shared with them some of what we do while they are in class. THIS is what my ideal life with my boys would be like ūüôā Us, exploring the great place we live in. There is no end of fun things to do, that inspire all sorts of learning, that often doesn’t look much like what we think of as learning!
Christa at Mother of Discussion presents “Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum and Supplies” – This post lists 7 ways I’ve saved money on homeschooling curriculum and supplies.
Barbara at Barbara Frank Online presents “Helping Our Kids Find a Career” – How can you help your homeschooled child choose a career?
Harvest Moon By Hand presents “10 Highlights from Our Trip to South Dakota and Minnesota” – We have been using the Cantering the Country curriculum this past year. This spring we studied about the midwestern states. In June, we explored southwestern Minnesota and southeastern South Dakota. Both areas had lots of learning opportunities – planned and unexpected. This post highlights ten of the favorite activities we did.
Denise at Blogging 2 Learn presents “New Fantasy Fiction Book by 13yo Homeschooler” – My 13-year-old daughter just released her first book on Kindle: Banished (The Riddled Stone, Book One).
Shannon at A Little Adrift: Traveling the World presents “A Little Disturbing‚ĶNo Officials Ask for My Minor‚Äôs Travel Documents” – I homeschooled my niece from Thailand this past school year and was surprised by how easy it is to leave the country with a minor. Thought it would be helpful for other homeschooling moms to consider!
Ann at Harvest Moon By Hand presents “How To Dissect an Owl Pellet” – After learning about owls that live in Minnesota, my daughters and I each were able to dissect an owl pellet. We were all surprised at what was in each one.
Victoria at Den School presents “Science Learning Made Fun” – I remember searching for science experiment ideas as a child being a total nightmare. With the help of media sources like YouTube and Pinterest, fun science experiments are easier than ever to explore!
Thank you everyone for submitting your posts and for stopping by the best Carnival of Homeschooling!¬† You can check out the Archive of past carnivals for even more awesome information.¬† Don’t forget to support the host for next week, WhyHomeschool, the wonderful creator and faciliator of this great carnival!

Carnival Of Homeschooling – Hosted by HomeGrownMommy

Carnival of HomeschoolingWelcome! This is the October 4, 2011 edition of carnival of homeschooling.¬† Even here in Florida, we’re finally into cooler weather and enjoying this beautiful autumn season.

My husband and I are having a great time building our new home-based business together Рonline marketing for offline businesses.  We are meeting so many wonderful people and learning more than we ever thought possible!

By the way, if you are trying to support your homeschooling efforts financially by keeping up your blog, let me share with you my top five tips for making sure readers find your blog. Check out my submission Are You Playing Hide and Seek With Your Blog?

And now, on with the show …

Annette presents Overwhelmed? Perhaps not any more! posted at A Net in Time saying, “learning not to be overwhelmed by homeschooling.”

nak presents Sidewalk Chalk Art posted at Sage Parnassus. Now, this isn’t just any sidewalk chalk art – you’ve got to see it to believe what she and her children did! You’d never imagine that you could cross Michelangelo with sidewalk chalk – but they sure did.

Jennifer Saksa presents New Typing Game Added to Free Typing Tutor Software posted at NCH Software Blog saying, “A fun and free way to teach kids how to type, KeyBlaze typing tutor software now has a typing game built in for a fun way to practice between typing lessons.”


Fred Lee presents An Outdoor Education: 4 Fall Learning Activities for Young Children posted at Parenting Squad.

Denise presents How to Conquer the Times Table, Part 4 posted at Let’s Play Math! saying, “We are in the middle of an experiment in mental math. We are using the world‚Äôs oldest interactive game ‚ÄĒ conversation ‚ÄĒ to explore multiplication patterns while memorizing as little as possible.”

Brandy presents Educating Deprived Filipino Children posted at Alvin Pates saying “Alvin Pates is dedicated to change in the Philippines by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change”.

Read Aloud … Dad presents Phenomenal Picture Books: Officer Buckle and Gloria posted at Read Aloud Dad saying, “Safety Tip #102: Never stop reading aloud to your kids”.

Karen presents Another Homeschool Year – Shakespeare posted at Candid Diversions saying “I (a homeschool graduate) discuss a subject that I consider a “gap” in my own education: Shakespeare’s plays. This post describes how I’m filling that gap for myself and my children.”

Danica presents Spider Unit – Spider Facts Flip Book posted at Adventures at the Kitchen Table saying, “We’re starting a spider unit as we roll into October. This simple activity can be modified in many different ways for pretty much anything you want to study!”

Pamela Jorrick presents Time 4 Learning Review posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Suzy Shalom presents How to Make Icing For Cakes posted at Cake Decorating Class saying, “How to make icing is among the many things that a cake decorator thinks about. Icing is applied as a fishing touch on cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Several different types of icing exist for cake decorating. Icing can determine a lot how a decorated cake will finally look like.”

Brenda presents Free Download Friday! posted at School4Free saying “Free worksheets, stories, and crafts.¬† This week we have an Autumn craft, mini books, and stories for children.”

Jennifer Bardsley presents Beast Academy Review | Teaching My Baby To Read posted at Teaching My Baby To Read saying, “A review of the upcoming math curriculum, “Beast Academy”, from the Art of Problem Solving folks. Yes, I was one of the lucky recipients of the sample chapters. Please don’t hate me!”

Dee Trope presents Creating a Responsible Teen (or attempting to!) – Blogs – Parent Community and Forum posted at Homeschool Online.

AnnieKate presents Questions for Math Students after Finishing a Problem posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Lisa Nehring presents Challenge and Back to D.C. and A Day at a One Room Schoolhouse all posted at Golden Grasses.

Rhonda Franz presents An Outdoor Education: 4 Fall Learning Activities for Young Children posted at Parenting Squad.

Susan Ryan presents Homeschooling as a Microtrend or Major Trend? posted at Corn and Oil

Angela Gray presents 10,000 Hours – Team Gray! posted at Team Gray! saying, “When you feel like you’ve hit a wall in homeschooling, remember that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and keep going!”


Linda Dobson presents Want a Healthier Family? 12 Health Benefits of Homeschooling posted at PARENT AT THE HELM

Mrs. White presents Mother as the Coach posted at The Legacy of Home.

That concludes this edition!

Thank you so much for your submissions and for all your hard work promoting this carnival.

Please start telling your fellow bloggers about the Carnival of Homeschooling!

Next week’s carnival is being hosted by Hal Young over at Raising Real Men.

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.


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Are You Playing Hide and Seek With Your Blog?

Peek-a-boo!  I see you!

It’s a cute game to play with our sweet little babies.¬† You hide, you come out, you hide, you come out.¬† Oh, the laughter and fun!

It’s not a cute game when you’re talking about your blog – especially when you are trying to generate another stream of income with all your hard work and effort that you put into it.

My husband and I recently started helping businesses in our local area to create a more effective online marketing strategy.¬† Here are five of the best things you can do to make sure your site is being found by readers …

Number One – Get your OWN blog!!!¬† If you don’t own your domain name and your own space, then you don’t own the content either.¬† They can pull the plug on you at any time – because it’s really theirs.¬† Buy a domain name – it’s only $10 annually.¬† Get it hosted – it’s only $10 per month.¬† Now, you know that you own everything you do.

Number Two – Search for yourself.¬† What do you want to be found for online?¬† Search for those terms and see where you rank.¬† An easy way to find your blog (if it’s not on the first page of the search results) is to use a tool called Rank Checker.¬† You can install it for free and run many different keyword phrases against your domain name to see where you land.

Number Three – Keep participating in carnivals and posting comments on blogs (especially blogs that have CommentLuv or something like that enabled).¬† This will provide backlinks to your blog and search engines will consider you to be more important.¬† You can search for blogs that have CommentLuv enabled by searching for “your keyword here” “CommentLuv enabled” in the search bar.¬† Just make sure to post something meaningful, not a “great post!” spam comment!

Number Four – Check out your analytics.¬† Google Analytics is free and gives you a wealth of information about your blog traffic.¬† FeedJit is another one.¬† How are people already finding you the most?¬† Create more articles about that subject and you’ll be found even more often.¬† If there is something you aren’t being found for, start creating a series of articles about that subject.

Number Five – Use the power of video.¬† It doesn’t even have to be a GOOD video.¬† For example. Certainly not my finest hour, but it gets the point across and I’ve had almost 800 views (update: that’s now up to almost 3,000 views!) and many of them have converted to buyers of which we get a percentage in commission.¬† You don’t have to be in front of the video yourself – you can pull together a slideshow of pictures, add in some text, and voila! you have a video.¬† Now, just make sure to add in your website link to the description along with those keywords you want to be found for.

Keep up the great work on your blogs!¬† If you ever need any help, feel free to contact me at “jennifer” @ “homegrownmommy.com”¬† (The email address is disguised so that web scrapers can’t harvest and sell my email address.)

Carnival of Homeschooling

Greetings to one and all!!  Thanks so much for stopping by and taking part in the most fabulous blogging carnival on the internet!

Every time I host this carnival, I can’t help but think about all the hard work the Cate’s must have put in to make the carnival as widespread as it is.¬† What a wonderful resource is generated each and every week.¬† What an amazing collaboration of homeschooling minds.

And so I say …

Welcome to the April 12, 2011 edition of Carnival of Homeschooling!
Henry Cate presents One of THOSE Conversations posted at Why Homeschool saying “Janine shares a recent experience in educating the public about homeschooling.”¬† Oh, you’ve had them, too!¬† The conversation with the store clerk asking why your kids aren’t in school or with the neighbors asking why your kids are *always* outside.¬† Check out what happened with Janine at the local office supply store!

Danielle presents A Living Epistle posted at The Homeschool Binder.  I read this post with tears.  What a striking reminder that our children are watching our every move.

Maureen Sklaroff presents Free Geography Resources for Homeschoolers posted at Homeschool Mo.¬† You want online resources?¬† Maureen’s got online resources!!¬† Make sure you bookmark this one – you’ll be needing it over and over again.

Miss Nirvana presents Diffusion Experiment: Chinese Tea Eggs posted at Nirvana Homeschooling.¬† Not only do these eggs have a cool visual effect and really taste great, they teach an important science lesson.¬† I’ll definitely be using this idea when we come to this area of science for my little ones!

Denise presents Good News for a Change posted at Let’s Play Math!, saying, “Two free downloads: copywork tips from Charlotte Mason, quotations from Shakespeare, and lectures for your high school student about Lincoln, Churchill, and what makes a great leader.”

ChristineMM presents Teen Hormones Do Affect Group Learning! posted at The Thinking Mother, saying, “Christine of The Thinking Mother writes about the fact that homeschoolers are not exempt from hindered learning in groups due to puberty’s raging hormones.”¬† I really love this post.¬† Not only does she relate changing hormones to homeschoolers, but she lends much of her own personal experience to the conversation.¬† This is definitely a must-read if you have teens or young ones that will be teens someday!¬† ūüėČ

Sarah at SmallWorld presents National Poetry Month: Poetry Pictures posted at SmallWorld.  Great ideas for delving into the world of poetry with your children!

Tyra Ronan presents 40 Best Web Resources for Bible Study posted at A Blog of Biblical Proportions, saying, “You don‚Äôt have to be a Bible student, or planning for a career in the ministry, to benefit from the online Bible resources available. Anyone can find greater enjoyment and enlightenment from the holy scriptures when they look to using web resources. Whether you are looking for personal edification, or whether you are preparing a lesson for Sunday school, here are 40 of the best web resources for Bible study.”¬† This is a fantastic wealth of resources from online Bibles, to Bible study tools, to Bible lesson plans.

Amy Broadmoore presents 5 Children’s Books to Inspire an Indoor Gardening Project posted at Delightful Children’s Books, saying, “These picture books provide information about how plants grow as well as many ideas to inspire you and your children to start an indoor gardening project.” I love to read with my children and this blog is always ready with tons of suggestions for any topic you might want to read about.

Linda Dobson presents Resources, Resources: It‚Äôs National Frog Month! | PARENT AT THE HELM posted at PARENT AT THE HELM, saying, “Becky Rupp does it again with a long and interesting list of resources to celebrate National Frog Month!”¬† Chock full of resources for any kind of frog unit you might want to put together.¬† From books to online resources, you are totally covered with this one valuable article.

Ritsumei presents Puffins! posted at Baby Steps.  Check this one out for two neat videos on Puffins!

Shirley Ann Vels presents Praise and Worship in the Home School posted at Dawn in the Home.¬† What a sigh of relief!¬† I was just trying to sing with my kids yesterday during Bible time and either we couldn’t find the right key or didn’t know all the words or any number of distractions.¬† I can’t wait for Bible time tomorrow, armed with these great resources!

Julie Varner presents Child Rearing: The Missing Manual posted at Someday You’ll Write.¬† Have you ever considered that your children are only on loan for their Creator?¬† This is a wonderfully thought-provoking article!

Barbara Frank Online presents How Much Do You Spend On Homeschooling? posted at Barbara Frank Online saying “However much (or little) you spend on homeschooling, it’s probably far less than schools spend.”

Dave Roller presents Home School Registration posted at Type A Parent saying “I had written several posts about Illinois SB 136 in my blog, Home School Dad.¬† The issue of registration kept on being brought up again and again, so I talked about it here.”

Carleen presents Henle’s Not So Bad posted at Evaluation Station saying “Are you afraid of teaching Latin?¬† The BEST program is not always the most DIFFICULT.”

Misty presents How to Get your Kids to do Their School ‚Äď Part 1 ‚Äď The White Board posted at Homeschool Bytes, saying, “Some tips and tricks that have worked for our homeschooling family.”¬† Misty is committed to teaching her children to be self-starters.¬† She has created a system in her home that enables that quality and helps her children to get their schoolwork done each day.¬† I’m thinking my white board might be getting a electric tape grid pretty soon!!

Wild Iris presents The True Confessions of a Home School Mom posted at Wild Iris 4 You saying “Homeschooling a teen is about more than just academics. One mom’s journey toward a definition of success for a home school teen.”

Ina presents Create A Quiz: Endangered Species posted at Ina’s 5 & Our Native Homeschool saying “To shake things up a bit, I created a project for my kids to learn about endangered species. The project is making their own quiz game.”

Read Aloud … Dad presents The Secret How To Become A Read-Aloud Ninja posted at Read Aloud Dad, saying, “To become a Read Aloud Ninja you must believe that reading children’s books has the power to move mountains.”¬† I love how Read Aloud Dad breaks down the process into easy steps.

Pamela Jorrick presents Phoenix Friends posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, “We’re in the middle of a tour of the south west, and learning so much every step of the way.”
Mrs. White presents The Legacy of Home: The Old Sunday Dinner posted at The Legacy of Home.¬† Reading this article brought back memories of having Sunday lunch over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.¬† Such wonderful memories!¬† What are we doing today to create these great memories for our children?

That concludes this edition!  I hope you have enjoyed all the great resources and homeschooling ideas.  Make sure to stop by WhyHomeschool and thank our friends, the Cates, for creating such a reliable carnival full of great substance!

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 SmallWorld.

Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to the October 5, 2010 edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling!

Here at HomeGrownMommy, we’ve had quite the eventful week!¬† We had the wonderful blessing of welcoming our fifth child into the world through a peaceful and perfect home birth on Monday morning, September 27th!¬† Little Sophia weighed 9lbs 2 oz at birth and was 21 inches long.¬† She’s just so sweet and calm; and we’re all enjoying getting to know her.

Needless to say, this carnival will be typed one-handed while holding a pink little bundle in the other hand!

I really wanted to put together a cute theme about babies with pictures of sweet baby toes and baby rattles and draw all the submissions together that way.  Then, the reality of life with a newborn and four other children hit!

I hope you are able to enjoy all the wonderful submissions to this week’s carnival with your feet up and a nice warm mug in your hand – or a sweet little angel in your arm!


Elena LaVictoire presents Confessions of a laid back homeschooler posted at My Domestic Church.

nak presents The Schedule: Truth, Beauty, Goodness Co-op posted at Sage Parnassus

~Kris~ presents Top Ten Ways to Say “I Love You” to a Homeschooling Mom posted at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Nadene presents Pop-Up Books for Free play and Imagination! posted at PracticalPages, saying, “Encouraging reading and exploring the wonderful impact of 3D pop-up books!”

Jennifer Lavender presents Home School Answers ? How do you offer physical education & after school sports to your homeschoolers? posted at Becoming THAT Family, saying, “Yes, even PE can be taught at home.”

Henry & Janine Cate present Our PSAT Ordeal posted at Why Homeschool saying, “Normally homeschooling allows greater freedom and flexibility.¬† In “Our PSAT Ordeal”, Janine writes about a challenge of homeschooling.”

Barbara Frank presents iPads for Homeschooling: A Pain or a Godsend? posted at Barbara Frank Online asking, “Would using iPads make homeschooling harder or easier?”

Jessica Snajder presents Student or Learner? posted at Teachable Moments.

Kris Tuey presents Make Your Own Grammar Bingo posted at Those Crazy Homeschoolers.

Ann Dominguez presents Homeschooling with Toddlers: FAQ posted at Learning As We Go saying, “This is a post about how I think philosophically about including my toddler
in our homeschool day, and what it looks like on the ground, or on the counter, or in the sink…”

Mary Arnold presents Loving Lesson Planning! – Blogs – Parent Community and Forum posted at Parent Community and Forum.

Tammy Takahashi presents Teach Until They Get It posted at Just Enough and Nothing More saying, “What’s wrong with having to teach something over and over until they get it? Maybe that’s exactly what kids need.

Rebekah Johnson presents 5 Ways to Beat a Bad Homeschool Attitude (no violence involved) posted at Home Sweet Homeschool.

Quirky Momma presents Fun Learning Activities for Preschoolers and Kids ¬Ľ Make Your Own Learning Resources posted at quirkymomma.com, saying, “Here are a bunch of different resources and materials you can make to help your kids learn”

Rebecca Powell presents Weekly Wrap-Up: Gotta Be Homeschoolers! posted at Mom Seriously saying, “Here are The Top Ten Reasons Why Carol Brady Should Have Been a Homeschooler”

Carrie Oakley presents To Cram or Not to Cram: 10 Recent Studies on Studying and What They Tell Us posted at Online Colleges, saying, “For once, you can actually take a break from studying or preparing to actually read ten recent studies on studying and what they tell us. Conducted by scientists, universities, and international experts, ‚Äúcram‚ÄĚ is a word you may grow to love or hate.”

Linda Dobson presents Top 10 Things I Learned from the National Education Summit posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.

Mrs. White presents Mama – Dry Your Tears posted at The Legacy of Home.

Pamela Jorrick presents Standards posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Susan Ryan presents Letting Kids be Kids posted at Corn and Oil.

CoupleDumb presents 5 Things to Teach your Kids about Marriage posted at coupledumb.com, saying, “Since we already rely on school to teach our kids about sex, why not have them teach our kids about marriage? Or, you can teach them these 5 simple things.”


Jim Edwards presents Buying Shoes for Children without Pain posted at EverydayChristianFamily.com, saying, “Help for parents to avoid child’s future foot problems getting the proper fit on their shoes”

Tatiana presents The NYT Learning Network posted at World Star Academy, saying, “Homeschoolers are getting noticed at the New York Times Learning Blog! Hooray for them!”

BudgiesPlace Editor presents Night Fright in Budgies posted at BudgiesPlace.com, saying, “Understand Night Fright in Budgies”

Joey Bishop presents Top 10 Most Influential Special Education Professors posted at Masters in Special Education, saying, “This list of the top 10 most influential special education professors represents just a handful of people with doctoral degrees who teach special education.”

Denise presents Giveaway: Old Dogs, New¬†Math posted at Let’s Play Math!, saying, “I have one copy of the book “Old Dogs, New Math: Homework Help for Puzzled Parents” to give away to a U.S. address.”

BENNY presents Student Success Resolution #6: Get Help When Needed posted at Colleen Palat.

Alasandra presents Warnings for Homeschoolers Does Not Apply to All Homeschoolers posted at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog Awards, saying, “Many Homeschoolers use secular materials to educate their children, and are NOT interested in indoctrinating their children with a thoroughly Christian Bible-based worldview. Most homeschoolers make it a point to educate themselves on the newest scientific and historical findings. Ken does not speak for all homeschoolers and he should not pretend to do so.”

That concludes this edition. 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.

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There is such a wealth of information in Carnival of Homeschooling for this week, that it is really hard to know where to start!  I'll just have all you contributors know that it took me 3 times longer than I thought to put this carnival together because every time I got done reading one of your articles, I just had to keep reading more and more articles from your blogs!  ūüôā

I genuinely hope everyone enjoys this week's edition and that you are blessed with some encouragement and some new ideas from your time.  Enjoy!


A great idea from My Quiver's Full for a game to improve your children's reading skills that you can easily make at home!

Reading Shakespeare at 8 years old and loving it?  You'll have to read it at Sage Parnassus to believe it!! 

What do ice cream, BB guns and sugar have to do with astronomy?  Sarah at The Forest Room takes us on quite the adventure as she tells us about her astronomy lesson, and gives lots of great resources along the way!

Pamela at Blah Blah Blog talks about how she dealt with her child when the child was seeking a change in how learning was being accomplished.

Melissa talks about a great tool that she really loves for Literature.

Kris is adding spark to the homeschooling day thru hands-on activities like computer games!  Lots of great resources for all of your weird, unsocialized homeschoolers!

A fantastic way to provide higher level education for your child modeled by Bruggie Tales in Australia!  Such an adventure!

The Deputy Headmistress talks about their reading and literature program – the how and why she does what she does.  This one is a wealth of information!

Arby shares a day in the life of two homeschooling brothers from the perspective of their homeschooling daddy who is Boarding in Bedlam.

Do you know the real history behind the words you use?  Stephanie shares a book review that will reveal some very interesting word histories!


Take a beautiful nature hike with Baby Steps and see some wildlife along the way.

Fred at the Parenting Squad talks about natural light in the morning and how it may effect your children.

Mrs Mama Hen shares some thoughts and photos from a wonderful day outing with her homeschoolers.  (part 2)


Some tips on finding new readers for your blog from a homeschool blogging class.

Followed by one of the students from the blogging class!  Exciting to see the kids learning!


Chrysalis reviews a book with another perspective on the story of St. Patrick's day.

Lara at Texas Homesteader supplies us with some resources to help celebrate St. Patrick's day, including some gluten-free cookies.

Public Schools

Parent At The Helm discusses the awful truth about public schools.

Derrick at WhyHomeschool provides a very thought-provoking article about where your school tax dollars actually go.  He links in a wonderfully done video to go with it.


Mrs. White takes us through her teenager's daily schedule – its so nice to see a real life example!

Great tips regarding how to plan for year-round homeschooling from Special Needs Homeschooling.

Some great organization ideas for all those arts and crafts supplies from Living Peacefully With Children!

Fabulous ideas with photos for making your space work for you and your homeschooling family!  Thanks to Renae for letting us peek into her home!

Everyday Life as a Homeschooling Family

Eclectic Homeschooling shares a video post about one of their school days.

Wendy at Athena Academy presents her very well thought out answer to "how can you teach him everything?"

Home Spun Juggling weighs the money versus the child's well-being.  We're all on a budget, but sometimes we need to take a step back.  As usual, the hilarious comic strip says it all!

Carol at Everything Home … with Carol gives a thoughtful encouragement to help deal with stressful times and still stick with homeschooling.

NerdMom at Making Money, Keeping Money helps us with some great ways to save money at the craft store!

Tiana at God Made, Home Grown has a very comprehensive and intelligent "vent" about a recent article regarding evolution and homeschooling.

There are class clowns at school and at home!  Stephanie shares a photo and some real live proof.

Whew!  That was so much fun to put together and I have learned some new things that I plan to putting into action right away!  How about you?


Don't forget that next week's Carnival will be hosted by The HomeSpun Life.  Make sure to get your submissions in early!

If you missed last week's Carnival, stop by About Homeschool to check it out.  Or you can visit the CoH archives at WhyHomeschool.