The start of a new year is a traditionally a time when many step back, review the previous year and ponder what they want to accomplish in the coming new year. I have spent dozens of hours in the last couple weeks doing this conventional activity.
ChristyK shares one of the end of year activities that she likes to do in Holidays, housecleaning and homeschooling, posted at Houseful of Chaos. She finds that homeschooling gives meaning to the odds and ends she finds while housecleaning, as just about everything can be turned into a lesson in some way.
Melissa has a fun way to look back over hundreds and thousands of years in Classical Conversations A CC Timeline Book, posted at The Cork Board. It is a handy way to integrate timeline cards and history memory work.
Barbara has some kinds words and makes a great point in Homeschool Encouragement, Every Single Week for Eight Years and Counting, posted at Barbara Frank Online. Her summary is: "The Carnival of Homeschooling is awesome, but don't use it to make comparisons." Thanks Barbara!
Jan has A Dose of Encouragement & A Handful of Advice, posted at Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers. She has some great advice on what to do at the start of a new year.
From cold, cold New York, Cristina shares advice that it is Better to Bake than Curse the Cold, along with a couple other ideas on how to survive this time of year, posted at Home Spun Juggling.
From far off Germany comes Astronomy for Kids - Week 1 - Star Map, posted at Highhill Education. This is the first post of an astronomy unit study. Detailed instructions are given for creating a star map for locating constellations. More astronomy activities will follow in the weeks to come.
Jamie writes of her experience with Pinterest and the Homeschooler, posted at MomSCHOOL. She has found Pinterest to be an awesome place...a world of neat, beautiful, and crafty. Yet, back here in reality... Pinterest can be used to homeschool your kiddos in a fun and easy format!
A concerned mother asks for advice about homeschooling her 4-year-old daughter. Several people have responded to How would you answer this? posted at Trivium Pursuit.
After the holiday break it can be hard for both parents and children to pick up the harness. Getting Back to School has some suggestions, posted at Online Education for Kids.
One of the problems with the start of a new year is all the goals we start making. You CAN NOT Get It All Done … And Why It’s Really Okay! has some great advice on how to get a fresh perspective, posted at HomeGrownMommy.
Homeschool Music - No Tiger Moms Here has a low-key approach to music studies that results in slow--but steady and relatively tear-free--progress, posted at Petticoat Government.
As part of the end of year reminiscing I have included A little bit about the Carnival of Homeschooling.
Kathy says "Mark Twain had strong opinions and a gnarly wit. I imagine if he were to write a top 10 list for aspiring writers, it would go something like this" Mark Twain’s Top 10 Rules for Writing, posted at Life Verses.
Denise asks "Have you made a New Year’s resolution to spend more time with your family this year, and to get more exercise?" Everyone can exercise their mental muscles with the 2014 Mathematics Game, posted at Let's Play Math!
Christine shares the experience of working with her daughter in Collaborating With K, a cross post with Christine Guest Designs, from Our Curious Home.
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