Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Carnival of Homeschooling: Week 383 - Being Flexible

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
- Dwight Eisenhower

As the organizer for the Carnival of Homeschooling, Janine and I are the backup of last resort.  This is almost never a problem.  We have over thirty active hosts who take turns publishing the weekly editions of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  They are all very reliable.  But sometimes life throws curve balls and we have to be flexible. 

Janice Campbell was going to host this week's carnival but life threw her a major fast ball when her beloved grandmother died.  As such, Janine and I are stepping in at the last minute.

Carnival themes are always a bit of a challenge for me.  I try to pick something interesting which can be used to weave the posts together so the carnival flows fairly smoothly.  This morning, I reflected that often to be a successful homeschooler meant adaptable to changing situations.  There is great value in making plans and preparing for the coming days, but we have to be wise and know when to toss the plans out the door.

I'll stop pontificating and move on to the carnival:

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Sometimes our environment changes and we are forced to adapt.  Rose writes about Homeschooling and the Common Core Standards at Learning at Home. Homeschoolers may need to make some changes in response to the Common Core Standards.

Sometimes we change as we move through a major event and process it.  Barbara writes that her Post Election Depression Lifting, Finally! at Barbara Frank Online.

One of the big changes homeschoolers face is having a child finally be done with homeschooling.  Economics Done! - a review is about what a soon to be graduated young lady thinks about economics; posted at Notes from a Homeschooled Mom.

In Homeschooling High School: End of School Year Review Heather writes about some of the changes they've made in how they teach their children, and let the children teach each other; posted at Sprittibee.

Monique shares some thoughts about It May be Time to Quit Homeschooling.  She makes the point that sometimes we, homeschooling parents, forget to take off our teacher hats and just be our children's parent.  Posted at Living Life and Learning.


S is for Schedule by Harvest Moon by Hand reminds us that there's value in having a predictable rhythm to each day - especially when homeschooling seems to be taking place more away from the home than in it. This post show ways to incorporate some of the Waldorf philosophy about a grain, color, and activity of the day.

In Top of the World by Homeschool Atheist Momma we read about a plan that has gone well.  We are invited to join them as they explore a local iconic mountain...and live the homeschool dream!

With Young Students and "the Fairyland in Geography", Celeste takes thorough look at Charlotte Mason's suggestions for making geography come alive for elementary students.  Posted at Joyous Lessons.

When making plans for your children, you might remember that Pets are Beneficial for Your Children!  Chris makes the point that pets are important for helping your child deal with a world that continues to be scary and confusing!  Posted at Home School vs. Public School.

Being Flexible

The next three posts didn't really address change or planning, so we'll be flexible and make a category just for them.

A lot has changed over the last five thousand years.  The Mesopotamia Song posted at Highhill Education shares a song which makes Mesopotamian History easier to remember. It's to the tune of The Ants Go Marching.

Christine shares two charity download-able patterns (one knit, one crochet) to benefit her public library in The Knitted Library Window Watchcap is here, posted at Our Curious Home.

In Things to Learn About....May Edition Jennifer has a list of links to free internet resources, such as lesson plans, worksheets, crafts, printables, coloring pages and more for special holidays and/or events in May.  Posted at Good Work Academy.

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Karen said...

Nice save! Thank you for the carnival!

Rose Godfrey said...

An excellent example of adaptability. Nicely done.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

great example of flexibility.

Barbara Frank said...

Thanks for hosting last-minute and for including my post. Will tweet the link all week.

Henry Cate said...

Thanks for the support!