Welcome to the December 2, 2008, edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!
We're starting things off with a yummy treat!
HappyCampers presents Gifts To Make: Chocolate Lollipops posted at Reese's View Of The World.
Mountaineer Country presents Homeschooling . . . work, work, work posted at Mountaineer Country.
Elena LaVictoire presents How Sam is getting ready for the CLEP test in American History posted at My Domestic Church, saying, "A post about how my son is preparing to take the CLEP test in American History and earn college credit as a high school sophomore."
Amanda Dixon presents Homeschool Rocks Giveaway posted at The Daily Planet, saying, "Enter for your chance to win a BRAND NEW shirt from Homeschool Boutique for your homeschool gal or guy!"
Renae presents us with a glimpse of her life at Our School Room posted at Life Nurturing Education.
HowToMe presents How To Sew a Simple Purse, Tote or Bag posted at HowToMe. And as homeschoolers, can't we all use extra bags to carry toys, books, craft items and more?
Henry presents us with Public School Expectations posted at Why Homeschool. He writes about how "low expectations in public schools may drive more parents to homeschool their children."
Flo at Sumbthucker writes that the Good Vibrations Store Is Open, and registrations are starting to come in for this unschooling conference.
This section begins with two articles which raise some very good points.
Vicki presents Mainstream Homeschooling Article posted at Balderdash & Blokus. "So why is it important that good articles are written about homeschooling?"Read this and find out.
Summer presents Dude, Homeschoolers Aren't All Crazy Fundies! posted at Wired For Noise, saying, "An article shows that home schoolers come from a wide range of backgrounds. Who would have guessed?"
Amy Smith presents Ancient Egypt Unit posted at Kids Love Learning.
Vickie Sloderbeck and Faith Janes present A Thanksgiving Memory posted at Sidetracked Moms, saying, "While this activity was motivated by educating our children, it certainly made a favorite family memory."
Thomas J. West presents The Process of Learning a Musical Instrument posted at Thomas J. West Music, saying, "How does a person learn to play a musical instrument? What does science tell us about the process of learning? Understanding the process of mastering a skill can make you a more effective student." While I don't believe he's a homeschooling parent, the article is rather informative, so I've included it.
Lori Pickert presents Cultivate Healthy Skepticism posted at Camp Creek Blog.
Silvia presents Today's Science Experiment, Brought to You by Baking Soda and Vinegar!, here at Po Moyemu--In My Opinion. We had a lot of fun with this one!
Also, if you live in or near Virginia, check out VaHomeschoolers 2009 Conference and Resource Fair Announced! and VCU School of Engineering’s Virginia Homeschool Scholarship.
And wherever you live, there's the Unschoolers Winter Waterpark Gathering Info; we'd love to see you there!
Crimson Wife presents Are Homeschoolers Motivated by Racism/Ethnophobia? posted at Bending the Twigs, saying, "A new book on education reform claims that homeschoolers are motivated by a "fear of mixing with the opposite class or race", but the data doesn't hold up to scrutiny." Thanks for looking into this one!
Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers presents Self-Correcting Math Activities for Preschoolers posted at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, saying, "Independent math activities for preschoolers."
ChristineMM presents Our Family Went Rock Hounding for Garnets in Roxbury Connecticut posted at The Thinking Mother, saying she "shares a trip their family took to mine garnets in the Connecticut woods."
Susan presents Give Me That Old-Time Education at The Expanding Life. "This post reflects one of my hobbies: learning about the history of education."
Katherine at No fighting, no biting! presents brains, babies, and broken bones (don't you want to read it already?!), saying, "a guided tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine was a gross, but fascinating trip for our family."
Shannon presents Our Top 101 Favorite Children's Books at Song of My Heart, saying, "I hope that you will find a new title or two here to enjoy with your family!"
Humor is always appreciated. Especially around the holidays!
Lynn at Bore Me to Tears presents What’s wrong with this sweater? Very funny article. :)
Laureen presents Tipping Sacred Cows at the group blog Life Without School, saying, "One of the reasons this country was even created, is because a group of extremely determined people had not only a questioning spirit, and a solid belief in the validity of their own thinking, but a certain glee in the tipping of sacred cows." I really enjoyed this part: "I like to think that by sparing my children a course in compliance, I am helping to raise the sorts of people who will grow up to carry that revolutionary torch."
Vickie Sloderbeck presents Some Thoughts on Why I Homeschool My Children posted at Sidetracked Moms.
Cristina Payne presents Home Spun comic strip #293 posted at Home Spun Juggling, saying, "Road trips with books on tape." Can you live without them?
Jeff at Free Boys: A Dad's Unschooling Journey presents The Long-Term Benefits of Unschooling: "I think that when you truly adopt unschooling, you're taking a long-term view of your child's life and setting them up for success beyond your wildest dreams. How?" Read to find out more.
Mary presents The Power of Love and Gratitude posted at The Informed Parent. This post is about an inspiring 11 year old boy, Brenden Foster.
Beverly Hernandez presents the Advent Calendar - Countdown to Christmas at Beverly's Homeschooling Blog, saying, "Begin your homeschool day with the activities from the Advent Calendar - recipes, crafts, games and lots more fun things to do! Enjoy!"
That concludes this week's edition of the carnival. I hope I haven't missed anyone. If you notice a link that isn't working, please tell me!
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