Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Last Carnival of Homeschooling in 2007

Welcome to the 104th Carnival of Homeschooling--I can't believe that the year is almost over and we're about to bring in 2008! I'm honored to be hosting the last carnival of 2007. Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoy'll the posts presented this week.

New Year

To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;

To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;

To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a Happy New Year.

- Author Unknown

Rational Jenn presents Fun With Dry Ice posted at Rational Jenn, saying, "As someone who is scientifically challenged, I have often wondered how we will handle science with our kids. After tonight, I have confidence that we will handle it just fine--and have fun, too!"

HappyCampers presents What To Do With All That Artwork? posted at Reese's View Of The World, saying, "Use your child's artwork to make a unique Christmas gift wrapping option!"

Dana presents Homeschooling according to our own stereotypes posted at Principled Discovery.

piscesgrrl presents DO THIS: Tell the Truth posted at Wistful Wanderlust. [This is my personal favorite!]

HappyCampers presents Christmas Poem, First Entry posted at Reese's View Of The World, saying, "A beautiful Christmas poem, told from the animal's point of view. This is a great book to talk about telling a story from an alternate point of view!" Perfect timing!


Sarah presents Rational Homeschooling posted at Rational Homeschooling. "Since the title of this blog is Rational Homeschooling, I figure I should elaborate a bit on what that means to me."

Tammy at Life Without School (group blog) presents Raising New Group Executives or The Winds of Change, saying "Change. It's one of the hardest things for the human mind to accept, yet the most natural thing in the world. If there's anything we can count on, is that everything changes."

Lela Davidson presents Home Education for the Future Heisman Trophy Winner posted at Parenting Squad.

Sherry presents Results posted at Large Family Mothering, saying, "Sometimes success is spelled differently than we were taught."

Annette Berlin presents The Boy Mechanic posted at Homeschooling Journey, saying, "I’ve always believed that learning real-world life skills should be a crucial part of every homeschool curriculum. While it’s nice to know the exports, capital and altitude of Brazil, how will that information help a child succeed in life? Much more important is the ability to fix a flat tire, unstop a sink and use a hammer when necessary. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with a free, online book called The Boy Mechanic."

Shauna presents alternatives to HSLDA posted at Treasure Seekers.

I'll stick my post here, since it's related: Homeschoolers Should Read This, also about HSLDA, and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Nobody represents us all, and nobody ever could, as we all know--we're far too diverse a group.

Judy Aron presents Deborah Stevenson Speaks About Utah Homeschool Issue And More posted at Consent Of The Governed, saying, "An interview with Deborah Stevenson of NHELD about the Utah case and other issues"

Homeschooling teen blogger Amanda presents The Importance of Literature posted at The Daily Planet, saying, "Reading literature has become a passion for me. I really love it. I wish more people had the love of reading a good book as I do. Reading is the entrance to a world of new thoughts. It enhances your way of thinking. To share a love of books is to share a love of learning. Books need to be a part of everyone’s life. There are countless things you can learn from books." I've got to agree with her there!


Barb presents The Heart of Harmony - Heading out for a Winter Nature Walk posted at The Heart of Harmony, saying, "I was feeling a little bit like winter you get a winter nature hike post for the carnival." Wonderful!

Susan Ryan presents A Good Foundation posted at Corn and Oil, saying, "These are my childhood reflections about keeping curiosity active and family close."

Summer presents Our Homeschool Family posted at Mom Is Teaching, saying, "Have you seen this video yet? It’s a great video satire of the homeschooling stereotypes we commonly hear about."

Janine also wanted us to see this video, and she's got it embedded in her post Homeschool Family Video, at Why Homeschool.

Diane at The Classical Scholar presents How Busy Dads Can Participate in Homeschool Teaching, saying, "My husband, David, manages to creatively squeeze instruction into normal conversations with the kids by seeing every topic as a springboard for further review and learning. For instance, last week, I took notes during our morning Bible time when we were reading the book of 1 Kings at the kitchen table just to show you how he covered more meaningful content in 45 minutes than I sometimes do in a day! See how he used Socratic Dialogue to cover literary analysis, religion, and history as he participated in home schooling our kids."

Jacque at Seeking Rest in the Ancient Paths shares next year's Goals: Personal, Family, Homeschool, saying, "For me, it doesn't do much good to set goals, unless I have a plan to follow through on them. I am a great list-maker, but getting the goals accomplished requires a plan."

New Year Cheer

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confidant toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasure many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

- Author Unknown

I'd like to leave you with the inimitable words of Bill, from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure:

"Be excellent to each other!"

See you online in 2008!

Note for future carnivals: Please use the Blogcarnival form to send in submissions, or use this email address: CarnivalOfHomeschooling at Next to host is Why Homeschool, and entries are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM PST. As always, please spread the word!

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jugglingpaynes said...

Thanks for taking the time to put this together during such a busy time of the year!

christinemm said...

Thank you for publishing this. I forgot to submit my entry due to Christmas busy-ness. I will link to it now.

Have a Happy New Year!

Janine Cate said...

Thanks for hosting the carnival during the busy holiday season. Great job!

piscesgrrl said...

I'm looking forward to surfing around! Lots of new blogs for me to check out. (oh dear, but the laundry...!!! LOL)

Thx for putting this together!

Summer said...

Great job hosting the carnival! :)

Silvia said...

And thanks to everyone who participated and linked to the carnival and visited this page and the other bloggers' pages. I think it would be great to leave comments on the sites you visit, so they know where you came from (meaning the carnival).

DreamSinger said...

Wow! This is my first carnival and I am totally blown away. What a delightful idea. Thank you so much for hosting this and to everyone participating. :)