Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Homeschool Carnival Pioneer Edition

Welcome to the Pioneer Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling! If you are new to ‘blog carnivals’, please read the link at the bottom of this post to find out more. This post has many links that take you off-site to other homeschool blogs where you can read their ‘showcased’ article submission. If you would like to submit an article for a future carnival or host the carnival on your site, please see the bottom section to find out how.
Each carnival writer has the option to put their compilation to a ‘theme’ if they so choose. I’ve chosen the on a Pioneer theme for 2 reasons. First, I live in the Territories and have some great pictures to share (I’m shallow like that). Secondly, because those of us who homeschool, chose, by intention or default, to Pioneer.  One of the definitions for Pioneer is one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress. Love that. And the synonyms for Pioneer are just as rich:  leader, trailblazer, forerunner, pathfinder. Homeschooling is pioneering a new educational landscape and one that is and will change the face of the future. It takes a hardy soul to pioneer. And while each of us has our own unique hopes and dreams of what homeschooling might afford, we do so with the common effort of providing well for our children.
Below you will find a variety of interesting thoughts and ideas from Pioneers in the homeschool blogosphere, all of whom share one thing in common...the willingness to Pioneer a new way of educating!

Pioneers affect politics
After seeing a terrible story in the news, Joe at the Homeschool Hub got to thinking how the system itself shares some of the responsibility for the incident. While the media always thinks there is an easy answer the truth is often  much more complex.
Pioneers ponder and plan
Joesph shares some great questions to think through as you consider educational options for your own families at NerdWallet
Mindy shares another attempt at planning out a homeschool schedule for a bunch of children DenSchool.
Linda presents Solutions to Midnight Panic Attacks and Other Fun When You Start Homeschooling

Caroline details the choices they’ve made over the last few years in how to educate our daughters, both of whom have ADHD and other learning issues at  Life, Unfocused.  
Pioneers research and discover cool ways to do things
Jessica Jackson presents 10 Simple Ways to Teach Math in the Kitchen. Simple and effective!
 Elena talks about unique exercises that have helped her child to read in Reading Improvement with Diana Craft
David Leonhardt addresses the problem of what do you do when you are coughing too much to go to singing lessons at The Happy Guy?  An excellent reminder for those of us that teach that the lessons are usually multi-layered.  
Denise explains that mathematics is a language and a way of thinking. Early exposure is enormously beneficial. Here is her most recent post in her blog series on how to teach homeschool mathematics at Lets Play Math.
Our children will eventually move out of  our homes and establish their own places. Teaching them how to cook well, cheaply, and with healthy food will empower them to do better with their finances! Chris gives some great ideas on How to Save Money on Food.
Liz shares her joy as her children gain mastery in swimming and reading at Homeschooling Buffalo

Nancy at Sage Parnassus shares a great literture find: A Peeble in a Pool.

Pioneers delight in simple pleasures
Shannon talks about homeschooling plans and adventures When Dad is Home at Mountain Country Woman.  
Shirley Ann  shares her  musings on the joy of being able to follow 'rabbit trails' in our home education at Under an English Sky
Victoria presents the Fun of an Unplanned Day
Pioneers notice the world around them
Tiger’s Mom shares the joy of restarting their Nature Journals at The Tiger Chronicles.
Nirvana Homeschooling shares pictures of their latest field trip.

Pamela shares how field trips make history come alive at Escape is Possible.

Kristen at Teaching Stars shares a lovely post from when her daughter was small.

And then there's High School. Homeschooling High School can feel like such a huge leap into unknown territory that you've just jumped off a tower going face first. Not to worry, there's others who are learning the ropes as well!

Every homeschool parent faces the final years with a little trepidation. Jamie shares a few ideas to help you get your child prepared for one of the biggest tests they will ever take at MomSchool.
Janine explores various options for how to celebrate a daughter "graduating" from high school and asks for recommendations at Why Homeschool .

Thanks for visiting this week's edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. I hope you were inspired and encouraged as you Pioneer a new way of doing things in your own home!

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Victoria said...

A nice theme for a homeschool carnival. And, I love the pictures!

Karen said...

SUPER NICE theme for the carnival!
Thanks so much for your love and work on this event!!!!!

Teaching Stars said...

Great theme! Great carnival! Thanks for including me!