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Christmas Eve Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

Carnival of Homeschooling
It may be Christmas Eve but it is still Tuesday and Tuesdays are the Carnival of Homeschooling! I am blessed to be hosting this week and we have a few great blog posts. So lets jump right in!

Time for Learning reminds us that Nutrition is a Worthy Elective. So if you have been thinking about making some life changes this might fit right in!

Jeanine at Why Homeschool found her self a very interesting Homeschool Debate through

To the Moon and Back talks about homeschooling When You’re Pregnant. I so remember those days!!

For the Display of His Splendor talks about why they started homeschooling.

Write Bonnie Rose wrote Creating Copywork 1-2-3 and that can be so timely!

Future.Flying.Saucers talks about the group with all are familiar with… the Homeschooling Gestapo!

Intoxicated on Life gives us 100+ Memory Tools for Homeschoolers! Maybe some of them will work for me too!

Consider me Krysten says Hello Traditional Thanksgiving, Good-bye Traditional School!

The Dyslexic Homeschooler has been making the most out of the season and learning with Measuring Snow Fun!

Healthy Homeschool Family talks about Christmas Memories! Isn’t that what all the dinners and fuss is kind of about?

As Christmas winds up Homemaking with Heart blogs about Methods, Goals and Structure for Planning Your Homeschool Year.


And that brings this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling! Next week will be hosted by Our Curious Home. Make sure you submit your pieces and here are all the details on how! Make sure to check out all these great articles and make sure to comment!!!

The 385th Carnival of Homeschooling

WhateverImageAHi everyone and welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling. For those of you who aren’t familiar with CoH I am sure you are asking what this is;). A carnival is a collection of articles in a post on 1 subject. This one is homeschooling and we have some great posts!

May is a great time to discuss homeschooling. As a current homeschooler, I am using this time to reflect on the past year and plan out next year. I am also talking to a lot of non-homeschoolers who are contemplating what they are going to be doing next year for their children’s education. But enough of me jabbering, lets get to fabulous submissions we have for this week!

Lets look at homeschooling in the news! Corn and Oil look at the Romeike Court Hearing Media Review. They are the German family that are living in Tennessee seeking asylum because they want to homeschool and the German government doesn’t allow it.

There is always a lot of talk about actually how to homeschool. When talking about the logistics of homeschooling the first question is about the validity of the choice! Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog says that Homeschooling is a valid educational choice! At Home and School asks if homeschoolers should use grades at all? Time for Learning talks nuts and bolts of Homeschool Record Keeping. There are so many ways to homeschool! Mommy the Teacher takes a look at online homeschool programs.

Science at the Fair
Science at the Fair

Everyone wants to know what homeschool life is like. But while life may not look same in any two homeschool families, there are some commonalities between some. Well, homeschool can allow the chasing of fancy. Laura Grace Weldon talks about Where Fascination Leads. Life is learning and learning everywhere! Why Homeschool’s middle daughter talks about Homeschooling in Action: The Bus Ride. On Planting Seeds talks about Homeschool Outings and 10 things you can do this week.

I love that Kosher on a Budget just got straight to it with The Homeschool FAQ on why and how they are homeschooling! Milehimama tells us that You CAN Homeschool.

Falling Like Rain is reading a fictional book all about a homeschooler’s life called The Homeschool Experiement.

Hodgepodge reminds us all that the calmness you may see in a blog post or in the grocery store may not be real with Imperfect Homeschool: Drama and Trauma.

Aah, then there is actual academics! Lifelong Learning looks at Boys & Writing: Our Journey. Trivium Pursuit asks, “How Logical Are you?” They discuss red herring arguments with examples. Letters from Nebby talks about the books they let their children read. Den School has a great Memorial Day Clip (Creative Learning in a Pinch) that is a great mini unit!

Joyous Lessons talk about their trip to the museum and the art of nature. It looks like so much fun! Tea Time with Annie Kate tells us all about Homeschool Gardening. We just planted our garden too!


And that brings our fabulous carnival to a close! Make sure you read all the wonderful pieces and comment to let the writers how much you appreciate them!!! And then participate in next week’s carnival that will be hosted over at Forever, For Always, No Matter What. You can get all the details on how to what to do over at Why Homeschool!

Have a great week and enjoy homeschooling!

Carnival of Homeschooling!!!

WhateverImageAI 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!

I can not believe that it is 2013!! To be honest I typed 2012 and then had to fix it;). I am so behind I haven’t even finish the post on my word for the year. Well, Time 4 Learning has 5 Steps to Making Your New Year’s Homeschool Resolutions LAST! And I need all the help I can get with that. Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness is Stepping into a New Year and Free Devotional.

And I am not the only one with a list or trying for a fresh achievement! Savvy Homeschool says This year I will complete-2013! As for My House is talking about a New School Year for them. Why Homeschool has Homeschooling and New Year’s Resolutions too!

Homeschooling is such a personal experience. It is always great to hear each other’s stories and experiences. I think it help us tackle our own journey! Homeschool Atheist Mom talks about Homeschooling Fears in her series for prospective homeschoolers. Homeschool for Two shares How It All Began. Over at 7 Sisters they are talking about Homeschooling and Chronic Fatigue.

Then there is how we approach it all! Notes from a Homeschooled Mom talks about  Homeschool Classes and Homeschool School and how it works together! Reading-Writing-Learning talks about Homeschooling in Our Sensory World. Home School vs Public School talks about Teaching Diversity in Your Homeschool. Reflecting His Glory talks about Flexibility-Homeschooling’s Greatest Gift To My Family. I know flexibility has always been a huge blessing to the NerdFamily too!! Dewey’s Treehouse has a piece that really makes you think in Marva Collins and a war of words. Tea Time with Annie Kate talks about the mentality of the 80% Passing Grade (something I do similarly).

And lastly we get to some of the actual book learning;)! Homeschooling Hearts and Minds talks about Nurturing Novelists. Den School shares some Winter/Snow Themed worksheets. Epi Kardia reviews King Alfred’s English. I am going to have to check it out too because it sounds awesome! Trivium Pursuit has some great Winter Books to Read Aloud. Homeschooling in Buffalo has a fun Kid and Winter Prompted Science Experiment that we will be doing soon! 3 Boys and a Dog Deals have some Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Printables for everyone. And what is an education without music? Classical Music Appreciation with Gail has The Story of Franz Schubert (part 1).

And that brings us to the end of this week’s fabulous carnival!!! I want to that all the contributors for their great pieces. Please go read their articles and comment!!! Then write a post yourself and submit it so you can join in too!



Carnival of Homeschooling

Texas Turtle coffee anyone?

Welcome to the Carnival of Homechooling! Won’t you come on in, get a cup of coffee and make yourself comfortable? We have quite a few great entry’s this week so lets jump right in!

No matter what your education style is we all agree that life happens. One of the blessings of homeschooling is that homeschooling can work with the chaos of life! We have some great entries that specifically look at life and the flexibility of homeschooling!!!

Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling as a great piece on why they have The Year Round Homeschool and flexibility is a key point!

Why Homeschool talks about the chaos of moving back into their house and homeschool in Life Goes On.

Everything Home with Carol has a great piece on teaching with flexibility in Math on His Turf.

Life is complicated as homeschooling parents! Getting started is its own craziness! Den School talks about their First Major Homeschooling Mistake, I don’t see any problems ;).

A Little Homeschool Blog talks about the necessary evil of Multitasking and the Homeschool Mom. I don’t know if I am good at homeschooling but heaven knows that I do a lot of it!

With all the craziness life it is nice to read articles from Barbara Frank about Keys to a Successful Homeschool Convention Experience (part 3) do we can be quipped to handle this all just a little better!

I really think a great way to manage the chaos is found in Parent at the Helm in R*E*S*P*E*C*T: Find Out What it Means to Your Kid. It really can calm everything  to feed our kids well too! Mel’s Mouthful on Mothering looks at 32 Snacks for Energy to feed your kids!

Then we get to the nuts and bolts of homeschooling! Starting with Close Shave and their Learn English Comedy Podcast. Our Curious Home has a great and beautiful piece on their field trip to The New England Aquarium last Thursday. No Fighting No Biting has a great peace on 4 Children Reading Under the Covers on getting kids to not just read but loving it!

Homeschool vs Public School talks about Combining History, Geography, & Economics in Your Homeschool.

Practical Pages has a great piece on Hands-On Knots! Great piece for even older kids. Then over on Free Homeschool Deals has a wonderful Free Printable Set for Little Mommy: Caring for Babies. My 4 year old will love this!!!

The last article to close out this week’s carnival is with a wonderful article that reminds me of what I am striving for! Homeschooling Atheist Mom has a piece by her daughter about how Homeschoolers are Weird (and frankly, I am glad!).

That wraps up this week’s carnival! I want to thank everyone for these awesome articles!!! I encourage you to go and read them and then make sure to comment! Bloggers live on comments;).

Why don’t you join in the fun? Submit you article for next week’s Carnival of Homeschooling!

Have a great week of homeschooling! And remember, it is a marathon not sprint!

Carnival of Homeschooling: Homeschool Open House

I am so honored to be hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling! Welcome to my Homeschool Open House!!! So come on in and relax for a while. There are some great entries into the carnival this week.

So the tree is up but has nothing but lights. I can’t believe it is already Christmas. Some of our party attenders have great pieces to help us prepare for the holidays. TheGaddy5 over on the Time4Learning Blog has a great piece on Teaching an Attitude of Gratitude in an “Its All About Me Age”. Beverly over at’s Homeschooling has some links to Advent calendars! Jamerrill Stewart presents Have Yourself a Merry Thrift Store Christmas {FREE Quick eBook} posted at Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling | Living the Life of Faith, saying, “Free frugal Christmas eBook for single income families, “Have Yourself a Merry Thrift Store Christmas.””

Have a cookie and settle in on the couch for a nice chat. Tea Time with Annie Kate asks, “What if You Could Do Anything for a Week?” And in a similar vein No Fighting, No Biting claims that her Life is a Giant Jigsaw Puzzle! Christyn Raymond presents How To Keep Mom From Running Away From Home posted at Striving For Simple, saying, “Suggestions to other family members (with humor) on how to support Mom in the household” These women sound like my kindred spirits!!

Over at the kitchen table they are talking about the theory and logistics of homeschooling. Olive Plants All Around My Table conducted a little interview with her kids about their new educational approach. Home School VS Public School asks which is safer? They came to the same conclusion I did;). Why Homeschool has an eye opening piece called NaNoWriMo and the Value of Quantity! Michelle presents The Face of Homeschooling posted at Holistic Homeschooler.

Over at the desk the kids are actually doing a little homeworks! Miss Nirvana presents How I Taught My Preschooler How to Multiply posted at Nirvana Homeschooling, saying, “Simple way to teach multiplication using a “bucket” system” Tiger’s Mum presents Medieval India posted at The Tiger Chronicle. Pamela Jorrick presents Hands On Chaos posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.  Kelly @ The Homeschool Co-op presents A Box of Goodies: Loving & Learning from our Nature Exchange posted at The Homeschool Co-op. Fred Lee presents 5 Activities for a Harry Potter-Themed Party posted at Parenting Squad.

That brings us to the close of this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling! Thank you so much for coming and visiting! Please make sure that you visit all the awesome contributors and comment!!! Also consider submitting 1 of your pieces for next week’s carnival that will be found over on the HSBA Post.

Carnival of Homeschooling: Welcome to My Homeschool

Hey, it is Carnival of Homeschooling time here at the NerdFamily House! I hope that you all had an awesome 4th with friends, fireworks and food! By the way, Team Gray wanted me to tell you Happy Fourth! Come on in and make yourself at home!

If they want the kids can stay here in the play room. Mine love spending time building and playing some of the summer away! There is even a  couch so they can read! Hope is the Word has Chapter Books for the Youngest Listeners. 1 name: Cynthia Rylant! Golden Grasses is talking Bardology.

Check out our little garden! It is amazing how much schooling and learning happens outside our homes, isn’t it? Teaching Mommy has Summer Learning-Pea Harvest 2011. I have 1 green bean on my bush, I hope I get enough to harvest! No Fighting, No Biting tells us how Maine is Certainly Wild. Blah, Blah Blog tells us all about Dinosaurs and Crazy Ladies at Lake Powell.

Can I offer you a cookie or something else? We can join this group on the couches that is just sharing and relaxing. Adventures in MamaLand talks about a magazine subscription in Can’t Beat Em’. Waiting for Charlie talks their Homeschool Speech Therapy. The Legacy of Home talks about Inspiration for Home Life. Poor Bit of Earth Farm have had their Pioneer Delusions Doused. Why Homeschool gives us an update in Summer School part 2. Go give her a little support!

Did you see the group by the book shelves talking shop? Homeschool Mo is talking about Homeschooling Approaches, Philosophies and Styles. Homeschooling Ideas has an interesting piece on Goal-Free Homeschooling. Inside the Child has a piece on Order, Co-ordination, Concentration and Independence. Can you believe that fall is rapidly approaching? Mama Mary is Planning & Preparing for a Strong School Year. Jazzy Mama talks about What Is and Isn’t Reading. Then hop over to Read-Aloud Dad and he will tell you the #1 Way to Excite Children About Reading!

Some of the kids are doing projects over on the kitchen table. Our Journey in Him has 3 Simple Science Experiments to inspire us. Harvest Moon by Land has You are on the Map-Smart Summer Challenge Week 1. I wish we were doing some of those awesome projects!

Wow, is it time for you go already? Well thanks for dropping in for this fun carnival! I want to thank all the contributors for sharing their knowledge and insights, make sure you go comment on all their wonderful pieces.

Make sure that you join the fun and contribute to next week’s carnival! Next week we will be hosted over at A Life Supreme so make sure you check it out!

Have a blessed day!

Carnival of Homeschooling Open House

Hi all welcome to our NerdFamily Home. Yes, Christmas is starting a little early around here but I just bought that last weekend and I wondered why I would hide it for 2 weeks;).

That group over by the bookshelves are sharing some great resources! Barbara Frank shares a book with us all with Thomas Edison, Homeschooled Innovator. Crack the Egg is sharing a great book in Girls and Horses: A Book For Your Cowgirl. I am always looking for books for my kids to read!! Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers are sharing Top Ten History Resources. I see my favorite on there! Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog has a book review on Jesus, Interrupted. Bachelors Degree has the 50 Best Poetry Books for Kids. It looks like an interesting list. Mothers of Boys has a Boy-Friendly Gift Guide -Preschool.

Over on the couch we are just sharing our journey. Best Family Adventures shares what happens When Homeschoolers Go Unsupervised. I love it! It is nice to know that it isn’t just my kids who go find their own learning experience. Homeschool and Etc. is talking about Mathematics and Homeschooling. They are looking for a little insight about their challenges. No Fighting, No Biting tells us all on your mark, get set…for angst. Home Spun Juggling talks about Happy (Learning) Days.

At the kitchen table we are talking about how we are learning! Homeschool Mo is talking her Weekly Wrap-Up for November 12, 2010 and some awesome charts. Sweet Diva is talking about how they built Sweet Memories They Will Cherish with 5 in a Row. Let’s Play Math has the secrets on How to be a Math Genius! I want to be a math genius!!! Blogging to Learn has all of our Favorite Fubblerules of Grammar. So much fun and educational too. Five J’s has a great Homeschool Weekly Assignment Planner. The Thinking Mother is talking about Enjoying Teaching Other People’s Kids. Sage Parnassus talks about Mistaken Identities and Mistaken Assessments.

Over in the kitchen we have some hands on activities going on. Blah, Blah, Blog is looking at Sweet Science. Who doesn’t love candy science experiments? The Legacy of Home is talking about Heavy Cleaning and teaching Home Ec. Creating Nirvana shares a great hands on project with Homeschooling: Box Assemblage. Introducing the World is doing Copywork with Graph Boards.

That group over by the piano are talking politics and overall theories. Sometimes these are the most fun;). The Common Room is talking about Children are Born Persons (Part 5). Parenting at the Helm is talking about Public Educations Permeated by a Cheating Culture. Henry at Why Homeschooling hits the highlights of Glenn Reynolds’ recent talk on the Higher Education Bubble. Marmee’s Pantry is talking about Growth in the Christian Homeschool.

Looking out the back door we are chatting about the world around us. Corn and Oil is sharing their Local Perspective. Free Market Mommy has an interesting idea with Sell Those Lesson Plans to make a little money and share what we do with other teachers. Mrs. Mama Hen talks about their first field trip in an Alaskan Field Trip. Remember we aren’t the only homeschooling carnival. Adventures in Mamaland is hosting the Jewish Homeschooling Blog Carnival #2. Go check them out!

And that brings our visit to an end. I hope you all have had a great time. I have loved every minute of our visit! Next week there will be a new carnival over at Mrs. Mama Hen so make sure you submit your blog posts by next Monday! Make sure you go read all the great pieces we have featured here and make sure you comment to let them know you are there! Please help us out and tell others about it!