Thursday, January 14, 2016

Interesting shift from humanities to tech at Stanford

I found this quote in What’s eating Silicon Valley interesting:

If you want to win big, you have to get the best troops. Well-resourced tech companies are now on the hunt for talent like never before, building massive recruitment pipelines to hoover up top prospects and engineers. Google recruits the heck out of Stanford, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and other top schools offering six-figures to start, plus bonuses. Facebook sponsors hackathons at the top schools, stays in touch with professors, and invests tons of resources in order to be the most visible and obvious employer.
Don’t think that the smart kids haven’t noticed—the proportion of Stanford students majoring in the Humanities has plummeted from over 20% to only 7% this past year, prompting wails among History and English professors whose classes no longer have students. One administrator joked to me that Stanford is now the Stanford Institute of Technology. In 2014, more Harvard Business School Grads went into technology than into banking for the first time since the dot-com era.

Monday, December 07, 2015

The last Carnival of Homeschooling

Almost ten years ago we kicked off the first edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  This carnival will be the last edition, the 479th edition.

It is been a good run.  I am very grateful for all the homeschool bloggers, and others, who have contributed a lot of time and effort to making the carnival a success.  The first couple years were glory years.  We had dozens of submissions in a typical edition of the carnival, and sometimes a carnival would get over a thousand hits.

Recently a typical carnival gets a couple entries and a couple dozen hits.  It is time to bring the carnival to a close.

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From Australia, Carol has two entries.  In Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room - ideas for Advent when life is busy...  she shares some ideas on how to slow down and remember to make room for our Savior.  She finds that music works well.  One of the things which drew Janine and I to homeschooling initially was the chance to spend more time with our daughters teaching them about the gospel.  She reviews Highschool Biology with Living Books: Mr Tompkins Inside Himself... and shares the high lights of the ten chapters.  These posts are from her blog journey-and-destination

From Missouri, Christine also has two entries.  In Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher! she has suggestions of the kinds of gifts children can do which really help. With Do Homeschooled Children Have to Learn Anything? she reports on a current court case about homeschooling.


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If you have enjoyed this carnival, please spread the word.

Go here for the archives of previous carnivals.

We thank everyone who has helped out. And thanks to all those who help promote the Carnival of Homeschooling.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the December edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, please send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the December edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  Entries are due December 7th, 6:00 PM PST.

The December edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Why Homeschool.


This will be the last edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  The interest has fallen off.  We are getting fewer and fewer submissions to the carnival. It is time to wrap it up.  This edition will finish the tenth year of the carnival.  It has been a good run and I'm grateful for so many people who helped the carnival.


You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Or you can submit your entries via Google Forms.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at The Homeschool Post

Sarah is hosting the November edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at The Homeschool Post.

She starts the carnival with:

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It’s time for the monthly Carnival of Homeschooling and we’re glad to be hosting this month at The Homeschool Post. Get comfy and settle in for some great homeschool reads!
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I hope you enjoy the carnival.

And I hope everyone in the US has a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My oldest's thoughts about homeschooling

Hello, Everyone!

I am the eldest and I am back in town for the next bit. Dad asked me to write a post. One of the things I have noticed while I have been home is how adaptable homeschooling is for my family. I have a distinctly different learning style than some of my younger siblings. Homeschooling has allowed our family to adapt, first to my needs and then to theirs.

I was a late reader. My Mom was able to alter the curriculum to meet my needs and then alter it back as I learned to read. We went through several different spelling programs before we found one that worked for our family.

I am an auditory learner. I used an online program of recorded classes for History, Science, and English. For Math, we used Saxon text books and when I had problems with we added DIVE, a recorded math tutoring program. One of my sisters on the other hand, does better in groups or interacting with people and so she takes some classes at a local private school.

Homeschooling has worked really well for our family and one of the reasons has been how we were able to customize the curriculum.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have four days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the November edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling which will be held November 10th.

The October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at The Homeschool Post.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Or you can submit your entries via Google Forms.

Please send in the entries by November 9th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at: Notes from a Homeschooled Mom

The October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at: Notes from a Homeschooled Mom.

The carnival starts off with:

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At this point in my homeschooling career, I am 3 years post homeschooling. My youngest child is well into the swing of her Jr. Year in college.  Someone recently asked me why I continue to blog about homeschooling and stay involved.  My answer was, because there are children that would fare better with an individual education. My days of slamming public schooling is long past. I have seen kids do poorly on both sides the argument and I have seen children on both sides do exceedingly well.  But whether people homeschool all the way through, or transition in or out of homeschooling, we need to respect and support each persons decisions.  This carnival of homeschooling features families that utilize or have utilized both homeschooling and traditional schooling.  
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Enjoy!

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Homeschool materials we use for 3rd Grade




These are the materials we are using for our 3rd grade son (who has a visual and language processing disorder).

Explode the Code – We are working our way through the series. 

Oral Language Exercises

First Language Lessons

Daily worksheets that I create myself – The date, a sentence , a few math problems.

Bob Books

Anything we can find about Dinosaurs.  Some of our favorites are Dig A Dino Excavation Kits.

Snap Circuits Jr.

Singapore Math 

Life of Fred Math Books

Story of the World

What your # Grader Needs to Know

Brain Pop

Peterson Handwriting

We do work on phonetics, but because of his processing disorder, he cannot read phonetically fast enough to gain fluency.  As a result, we focus on flash card reading.  We found online a list of all the words in the scriptures in the order of frequency.  I used this to create flash cards.   Since we read together as a family, he gets to practice the words in regular use.  He has a flashcard reading vocabulary of about 200 words, which goes surprisingly along way.  

For example, here are a few of the words that he recently mastered.

having   then    death    save     themselves     cause     house     Israel     Lord     give     called

We also use the online program Fast Forward.  This is an expensive program.  We have home access through an Educational Specialist.  

Science Class at Rock-it Science

Drama/Music/Dance Class 

Gymnastics classes - 3 hours per week

Cub Scout program

Homeschool Co-op Classes (Art, Choir, Lego's, etc. )

Friday, October 09, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have three days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling which will be held October 13th.

The October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Notes From A Homeschooled Mom.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Or you can submit your entries via Google Forms.

Please send in the entries by October 12th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The September edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Pumpkin Spice Edition

I love the homeschool community, especially in the blogging world.  There are so many helpful people willing to step in and help out.  The host originally scheduled for the September edition recently had a move and was hit with some illness.  I put out a call Monday asking if any of the regular hosts had the free time to pull it together.  Susan replied yes.  Yeah!!!

So Susan is hosting this month's Carnival of Homeschooling at Susan Online.

She starts the carnival with:

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Welcome to the Pumpkin Spice Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling! I don't know about you, but summer was a blur, and I can't believe that fall has officially arrived as of September 23rd. So who's ready for some cozy homeschool days filled with pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin spice coffee, and pumpkin spice candles?
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Please drop by and thank her for stepping in at the last minute.

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Monday, September 07, 2015

My first "Back to School" night

No, we have not sent our children to school.

We have a Japanese Exchange student who is in the 10th grade and who is attending our local high school.

It was a bit of an ordeal for me. I admit it.  It creeped me out a bit.  It is a large school with the whole assembly line feeling.

Here is what I learned.

The ESL (English as a second language) track is a joke.  If kid does the homework, he will get an "A."  If the kid doesn't do the homework, but asks for extra credit later, he can still get an "A."   If the kid blows the tests and asks for extra credit, an "A" is still a possibility.  I felt like the teachers were literally begging the students to do something and were offering all sorts of bribes with the promise of not only a passing grade but an "A" if only the student would try just a little (which apparently many of the students are not willing to do).

Don't get me wrong.  I have nothing against extra credit.  But the whole tone was one of low expectations.
I'm also not necessarily a fan of homework either.  I love learning.  This didn't not feel like an "I love learning" kind of place. I got the sense that the "late bloomer" or "late arrival" student felt beaten down by the system.  They knew that they didn't measure up and many had given up trying.  Thus, the teachers tried to help with their constant flow of "do overs" and "second chances."

Only 3 parents of students in the ESL biology and ESL history class showed up. What are teachers to do when there is no support at home?The school does offer after school tutoring.  Even a student from a non-supportive household could get help with homework, if the student took initiative. But, that is a lot to ask of a kid who hasn't been raised to value education in a system that doesn't see them individual.

I learned that teachers are very frustrated.  Many students in the ESL classes won't do homework and are disruptive in class.  The teachers would like to spend more time with the serious students but they haven't got the time or resources.  However, if the school puts the serious ESL students in the regular classroom, they can become overwhelmed and give up.

After "Back to School Night," I spent some time thinking about what to do with public education and how to meet the needs of students on such different levels.  I wished that every student had an "IEP." (Individual Education Plan).  Instead of being placed in a class that was too easy or a class that was too hard, the student could have learning opportunities right at their level.

I know how to do that as a homeschooler.  I don't know how to do that in a large, inflexible institutional setting. 




Excellent Homeschool Content - on Facebook


My two homeschooling sons and I have started a Facebook group called "Excellent Homeschool Content".   People are invited to join.  Any member can post. 

We will be posting links to content that we think is excellent for K-12 homeschoolers and hope to see others joining the group and doing the same.

We want things that are interesting and educational.  So well done that they make learning fun.

Here is a link to the group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/excellenthomeschoolcontent

Friday, September 04, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have three days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the September edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling which will be held September 8th.

The September edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Nerd Family.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Or you can submit your entries via Google Forms.

Please send in the entries by September 7th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - Yes, Summer is Really Ending Already

The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Petticoat Government.

The carnival starts with:

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Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling for August!

It's been summer. Supposedly a period of lazy, hot days of doing nothing much, right? Um, yeah.

Besides welcoming an exchange student from Germany into our home, finishing up math curriculum from last year, and tutoring a teenager in math, we've also been learning about other countries all summer. Right now, we're learning about Taiwan (the grass jelly drink is not going over well, but rice is an eternal favorite in this house). 
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Enjoy!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

We are finally going to experience public school

Our children have never attended a public school.  When our oldest daughter was ready for kindergarten, something like 17 years ago, we decided to try an experiment and homeschool her.  The longer we homeschooled the more we liked it and found value in it.

A little over a month Janine saw a post on Facebook from a friend asking if any family was interested in hosting a Japanese student for the school year.  We talked about it for a couple days and then said yes.  Nine days ago we picked the student up at the airport.  It is a bummer, but we were told that homeschooling was not an option.  So Janine has entered the lion’s den working to enter the Japanese student at the local high school.

So far we’ve had couple minor issues which reaffirmed our good feelings about homeschooling.

The first was being told that solid blue and red shirts were not allowed.  On the first day a school official told Janine that to avoid problems with gangs the school had a policy of not allowing students to wear solid red or solid blue shirts.  It was a real challenge for us to explain the reasons why to our Japanese student.

Another thing we’re struggling with is the school has said the student can only have three unexcused absences.  Our family likes to go on trips during the school year.  A main reason this student has come to America was to learn about American culture.  We don’t think this should be just a school experience.  We want to travel around and share the wonders of nature.

This should be a learning experience.  School doesn’t start for another week, but already I’m a bit worried that the next nine months will have a number of frustrations and challenges.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have three days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. 

The August edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Petticoat Government.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Please send in the entries by August 10th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Journey edition

This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Home Spun Juggling.

The carnival starts with:

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Some of my favorite moments spent learning with my kids have been during walks at parks and nature preserves. There is something about walking under the trees and along the trails that brings out the best in us. I think it's the fact that every step is important. Even if you run, you need to run carefully to avoid stumbling. You need to pay attention so you don't walk off the trail and get lost. You need to be present to each moment. You need to appreciate the journey.
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and the carnival follows with an amazing number of links!

Enjoy.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

A homeschooler trying out a private school


My youngest daughter, who turned 15 recently, shares why she is going to attend a private school this fall:

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I have been homeschooled since kindergarten. This has been a great gateway to many opportunities, like travel and making friends in different grades. I love the flexibility. Last year I did all my classes online, and had a math tutor. That was my freshman year.

This fall I will be doing something different. I will be taking classes twice or three times a week at a nearby private school. I’m looking forward to the group learning.

I will still be doing other classes online for subjects that I’m not doing at the private school.  I will be doing English and Science at the school, with an extra computer programming class. The other classes I will be doing either online or through books or other programs.

When you homeschool you get to do what works best for you, even if that means mixing and matching programs. I like this because people aren’t in cookie cutter shapes.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Please send in a post for the July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have a week to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.

The July edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Home Spun Juggling.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via either of these methods:

1) You can send an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com
Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

2) Or use this Google Doc

Please send in the entries by July 13th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up - The Retirement Edition

Mama Squirrel is hosting this months edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse.

She starts the carnival with:

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When Henry asked me to fill in as host for this month's Carnival of Homeschooling, I couldn't say no. I have been part of the Carnivals going back to at least #3 (I checked), and this is the 472nd edition. Also, this is the week that we finish homeschooling forever at the Treehouse. Our last eighth grader will be attending a bricks and mortar school in September, and the Treehouse Academy is closing its doors.

So welcome, old and new friends, to the Retirement Edition! To those of you who aren't even contemplating that stage yet, may you have many more long and happy years of homeschooling.
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Enjoy the carnival!

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Homeschooler reports on her first year at college

I asked my second daughter to write about her first year at college.  Here is her report:

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I have recently completed my first year of college. I had a fantastic year; I was blessed with wonderful roommates, phenomenal teachers, and an amazing congregation on my church. All in all, it was a fantastic first year. Because I have always been homeschooled this was an interesting experience and it helped me recognize the inherent college preparation that is part of homeschooling.

First, I know how to teach myself. Because I have several siblings and we are all in different grades I had to be able to motivate myself and understand things from the reading. I had wonderful professors, but when there are large classes they can’t do a lot of hand holding or explain things in individual ways to students. I already had the skill set necessary to learn new things. I can read critically, utilize google, and come to class prepared.

Secondly, I knew how to study. My roommates and friends were somewhat amused my constant use of flashcards, pictures, and other studying techniques during the beginning of the semester. However, during finals, people were often asking to borrow them. During my second semester of school several friends asked me to teach them how to study which was a little surprising to me. Because I had been homeschooled, I was very self-motivated. I wasn’t reliant upon compulsory attendance, repetitive homework, or other people for my learning. I knew how to learn and I knew how to remember it.

Another way being homeschooled prepared me for college was in basic life skills. Because I was often at home, I was often called upon for household chores. I knew how to do laundry, dishes, keep the house clean, and cook for myself. When a friend confided in me that they were somewhat worried about cooking for themselves away at home I was rather caught off guard. It didn’t even occur to me how my earlier education hadn’t just been academic. Homeschooling prepared me for life.

Finally, homeschooling taught me time-management and self-control. Homeschooling promotes a certain sense of freedom and responsibility. I was able to choose when to do somethings, but I was accountable for how I was using my time. By the time I left for college I was accustomed to scheduling myself and ensuring I was still able to do the things necessary. I wasn’t reliant upon parental motivation. For some, the first semester of college is a shock because the student is on their own for the first time, but because I had gradually taken more responsibility throughout my homeschool education I didn’t feel like there was much of a difference.

In conclusion, because I was homeschooled I feel like I was better prepared for attending college and succeeding academically.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Please send in a post for the May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have five days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.

Mama Squirrel will be hosting the June edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling at Dewey's Treehouse.

With her children having graduated from homeschooling she has selected a theme of "Retirement Edition."

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via either of these methods:

1) You can send an email to: CarnivalOfHomeschooling@gmail.com
Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

2) Or use this Google Doc

Please send in the entries by June 8th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up

Chareen is hosting this month's Carnival of Homeschooling at Every Bed of Roses.

She starts the carnival with:

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Welcome to the 471st edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling where home school families share their home school wisdom with us from all over the world via their blogs.
This month we have over 70 links to homeschool support letters, advice, encouragement, free printables, unit studies, round up posts and much much more. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and take a trip around the world wide web for the best of the best encouragement and resources in the homeschool blogging world this month.
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Enjoy!


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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Please send in a post for the May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have four days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the next Carnival of Homeschooling.

The May edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be held Every Bed of Roses. Entries are due on May 8th, at 6:00 PM PST.

This will be the 471st edition.

Go here for the instructions on sending in a submission.

As always, entries to the Carnival of Homeschooling are due Monday evening at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, on the 9th of February.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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