Carnival of Homeschooling
Posted by Hal in Homeschooling Boys, Uncategorized

“Homeschooling”. To some, the word might conjure up images of un-socialized nerds. To others, it might inspire dreams of perfect students, sitting at the table eagerly learning everything they’re taught and clamoring for more. To most of us, we probably see everything — from the struggles of teaching children of all ages, to the pleasure of watching an older child teaching his sibling. From weariness brought on by bad attitudes and scuffling, to the joy of seeing your children grow strong in the faith, homeschooling parents see it all. Welcome to the July 24 edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling!

The Kids, and how to keep ’em

Joy at tackles this issue with her helpful and creative list of 50 activities and crafts to entertain your young children while you teach the teens, answer a phone call, or wait at the doctor’s office!

If you’re having trouble keeping your children quiet during church services, check out Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship — an upcoming book from our dear friends Curt and Sandra Lovelace, missionaries in Prague. We’re not releasing the book for another few months, but we have a very limited number of review copies available for sale at

Christy gives instructions on how to make a Friends Handprint Mural in her post on

Restoring Lost Time and How to Rest

Phyllis Sather discusses Do You Need the Lord to Restore the Years the Locusts Have Eaten? on her blog at

Meanwhile, homeschooling mom Kathi Weiss finds herself at home alone (dramatic music, please)…. With Nothing To Do. Her husband and son have traveled to distant lands to pursue the art of rocketry and hike in the Catskill Mountains. Go tell Kathi what to do with this bounty of peaceful time, uninterrupted by projectile launches and explosions! posted at

Well, perhaps the answer to Kathi’s problem is provided by Jamie Gaddy, who suggests “Taking a Book-cation this Summer” also posted at

History, Geography, and Sports, all in one!
The 2012 Summer Olympics are about to begin in London, and Richard Platt has ideas on how to use the Olympics as a unit study! posted at

Liz decided to incorporate old-fashioned travel into their homeschool! Read about it at:  posted at

Roberta shares how her family studied Ancient China in her post  at

Science, Science, Science!

Have you worried about getting your teen’s high school science lab requirement finished? Janine Cate share how she organized a Do-It-Yourself Chemistry Lab Camp!
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Blog It’s a Boy’s Life outlines the steps to writing and creating your own science units —  posted at

While the older kids are working on science, how do you teach the little ones the basics? Make Oobleck! posted at

…. Or Not

Maybe your child is cut out to be Albert Einstein 2.0, but you have trouble incorporating the classics into your homeschool. Mystie Winckler used Pilgrim’s Progress with great success in her homeschool… and so can you! Read how in her fascinating article: posted at

Chris Shaw gives some great ideas on Exciting your Child’s Interest in History in his blog post on  Read the article at:

Writing and history often go hand in hand — either as beloved studies, or dreaded subjects.  Homeschool graduate and newly published author Hope Auer shares a blog article on how to start writing fiction, as part of a 18 week series guiding young writers towards completing their own novel! Hope is the author of A Cry From Egypt, a novel set in an Israelite family during the time of the Exodus. posted on

Kristen posts about a cheap and easy way to teach your children to write topical paragraphs through journaling:  posted at

How has our concept of Education changed?

Lisa at talks about how the homeschooling movement — and how we homeschool — has changed since the days of it’s infancy.

Should we give our kids busy work, or let them learn at their own reckless pace? Angela Gray of Team Gray! debates “Education: Real vs. Contrived” on her blog!  posted at

Lori Jones shares some reasons why homeschooling is the best choice for their family.–choice-for.html posted at

Cardamom Publishers posts “why Do-gooders should (but probably won’t) study Homeschooling”   posted at
Also: Greg Field interviews two homeschooled students for his post “To Homeschool or not to Homeschool” posted at

Bonus! School Planning Ideas:
Stuck planning school for some of your children? Check out what Annie Kate has planned for her 5, 7, 10, and 12th graders! posted at

Of course, scholastics aren’t the be-all-end-all. Nadene shares how she teaches homemaking skills to her children! posted at

Lynda allows us a peek into the struggles of understanding what’s truly important in teaching her son. posted at

And finally…..
The last post is our own. As our third son prepares for Senior year and college, we give some helpful tips and insights into Making College Visits Count., posted at

Thank you for joining us for the Carnival of Homeschooling today – be sure to share it with others! While you’re here, we hope you’ll take a moment to sign up for our newsletter (you’ll get one of our most popular downloads free once we add your email if you do!), like us on Facebook, and check out our book (Raising Real Men was Christian Small Publishers Book of the Year this year!) and other resources. Thanks for stopping by!

Hal & Melanie