Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Carnival of Homeschooling - Week 53 - the Anniversary edition


A year ago we launch the first Carnival of Homeschooling. We are very pleased with how well accepted and supported the carnival has been. 2006 was a good year for the carnival. Many, many people have helped make it a success. Dozens of bloggers have taken turns hosting the carnival. Hundreds of bloggers have participated in the carnival. And on an average week some where between one to two thousand readers will go read the carnival. A big thank you to everyone!

As the anniversary edition we decided to weave the posts in with the traditional gifts given for anniversaries. In 1922 Emily Post published a traditional list of gifts for each anniversary. The first anniversary is suppose to have a gift of paper, the second is cotton, and so on. We’ve tied the posts this week to each of the various gifts. We hope you enjoy this Carnival of Homeschooling.


Paper (year 1)

Homeschoolers use tons of paper. They read books, magazines, newsletters, blogs, and even research papers. At No fighting, no biting! kat reviews a research paper on the factors that influence parents deciding to homeschool in It was inevitable that we homeschool.

At Homeschooling and Learning Resource Ann Bowers gives homeschoolers some basic techniques for developing reading comprehension and thinking skills.

At SmallWorld is a reminder that as parents are teaching their children, they should also continue their own self education. The Year in Books is a list of books one homeschool mother read in 2006.

Rebecca, the host for last week’s Carnival of Homeschool, writes about her experience in making a book on Heimdall the Guardian.

Cotton (year 2)

Mental multivitamin in From the archives: Let's go. realizes she is happy to run errands in her monkey pajamas and red plaid jacket and Grandma Dowdel boots and red ear muffs

At Pass The Torch Kelly is looking for help in getting organized in 'Tis the season to set goals. An important part of organization is getting the kids to pick up their own clothes

Leather (year 3)

Wouldn't be nice if homeschooling came with a leather bond book of guidelines? From Guilt-Free Homeschooling Carolyn shares a great little quiz to evaluate your homeschool routine in Am I Doing Enough?

Other than leather bound books, guess what else you can find at the library? The Thinking Mother writes about specially trained dogs which listen to children read.

Linen (year 4)

Queen of Carrots from Introducing the World tries to weave good habits and learning into the ordinary activities of our day in Learning Stashes.

Over at Principled Discovery Dana shares A peek in our homeschool: studying Jamestown where her daughter stitched a sampler after learning what young ladies did in colonial times.

In One-Handed Posting Melissa Wiley of The Lilting House writes a post about Charlotte Mason who was from a more recent era, the Victorian Era.

Wood (year 5)

Wood is a fundamental building material for construction. Tami reviews her building plans in A New Year.

Stages are often made of wood. Cinnamon from Nose in a Book reports on an outing to a performance with A little mime, a little Mendelssohn and ponders that if she feels something is important for her children, she should also be involved.

Kris of Kris’ Eclectic Homeschool shares some thoughts on 5 years of homeschooling in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (well, not really!).

Iron (year 6)

From Consent Of The Governend Judy Aron writes about a young girl with an iron will who as an unschooler was accepted to Princeton.

Does it take an iron will to handle the "they say" ers? Kristina of at home, on fire writes about her experience with people “who live and breathe just to make judgments on anyone who doesn’t stir their tea just the way “they say” you should in Are we really doing our best by them?

From Trinity Prep School Maureen writes about a Great Books Discussion: The Iliad. The Iliad took place during the Iron Age.

Wool (year 7)

In case you were gathering wool during math class, Denise of Let’s play math! has written a poem to help students do fraction division.

Bronze (year 8)

The Bronze Age was largely influenced by the new technology of being able to make items out of bronze. Christina of Routon Family Homeschool explores The Changing Workplace and how in the workforce people are finding better ways to work, yet insist children must continue to attend a traditional school class.

Stonehenge was created in the early Bronze Age. From Progressive Homeschool Nika found a wonderful way to teach her children about Stonehenge in Happy Winter Solstice! May you have light.

Copper (year 9)

Many cooking pots and pans are made of cooper. Ali’s husband gave a gift in organizing the kitchen. From my God given mission field in Looking back on the year Ali determines to be less lazy and more organized.

There is an old wives tale about being able to get rid of warts by someone saying a prayer over you and rubbing your warts with pennies. From The Open Door Laura shares how she and her son, Christian learned that you can actually get rid of wart with duct tape in The Strangest Thing We Studied This Year.

Aluminum or Tin (year 10)

At Trivium Pursuit the Bluedorns write about their Very First Podcast. I wonder how much tin was involved in the equipment.

Jet planes are made of Aluminum alloy. In Dads – Part 7, from her series on Dads and homeschooling Janine writes about leaving on a jet plane for a trip away.

Steel (year 11)

Hundreds of pounds of steel go into each car. In Teaching Real Life Candi writes about how her son and husband designed a car to run on coffee at Homekeeper at Heart.

Isaiash5413 read a book recently which nailed her. The book helped her to step back and realize she can have Peace for 2007.

Silk (year 12)

A Chinese proverb says “With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” From 7ValleysHomeschool Nikki reminds us in Re-Evaluating your homeschool that re-evaluating our time and what we are doing is very important for our children.

Parental guidance takes a soft touch. At Life Without School Stephanie writes on parenting in Who’s in Charge?

Lace (year 13)

Making lace is an intricate process. So, is choosing and using a curriculum. At The Upward Call Kim points out that we need to avoid depending on others as we make decisions regarding homeschooling in Follow which leader?

Ivory (year 14)

Music is important to many homeschoolers. Many children start off with the piano. Tickle the ivories is a common expression for playing the piano. At Gray’s Academy Cher Mere explores how homeschooling allows her daughter to be an individual.

People speak of those in an Ivory Tower as teachers who delve so much into abstract thought that they become divorced from reality. Sheri from Classical Education writes on a latest “improvement” in education from California in What Are the 3 R’s Again?

Crystal (year 15)

Often gifts of crystal have to do with glasses. Mark and Cyndy Weiss of Trust The Children address the question of if the glass is half full or half empty. In The Total Package encourage parents to recognize that the glass may be more than half full when considering a husband’s contribution in a true light.

A crystal lens can widen our view of the world. Twice Bloomed Wisteria writes about importance of the inclusion of multicultural resources in a classical education and provides ideas and resources for implementation in A Broader View.

Often time and distance can help make things crystal clear. The Head Mistress of The Common Room writes about her Favorite Read This Morning in which she realized a truth about herself.

Turquoise (year 17)

At All Info About Home Schooling Patti Miller shares her experience on Homeschool Record Keeping. (We couldn’t find anything to match Turquoise, and we couldn’t find an anniversary gift to match record keeping, so this post fills in the gap.)

China (year 20)

Trust is fragile, like fine china. Trust is an important part of rapport. From Families.com Homeschool Blog Andrea Hermitt writes about the Vocabulary Word of the Day: Rapport (ruh-poor) and the importance of trust.

Silver (year 25)

A traditional 25th anniversary gift is a mirror. Bruggie Tales reflects on their homeschool style Structured Classical Unschooling.

Another traditional 25th anniversary gift is silver candlesticks. Minnesota Mom likes to wind down by lighting a candle and playing some relaxing music.... but her children find their Inspiration in different ways.

In many cultures money has often been made of metals like silver. The Imperfect Homeschooler writes on the importance of Teaching Our Children About Financial Freedom and how to teach children to handle money wisely.

Coral (year 35)

There are different kinds of coral reefs. Each reef has a slightly different structure. Finding your structure is an important part of homeschooling. At Crafty Mama’s Homeschool Charity writes about Homeschooling in the New Year and reevaluation of their homeschooling method.

Ruby (year 40)

From the Mother-Lode Kim Anderson recommends a book about a treasure hunt to celebrate Christmas in Trumpet Stars and Wise Men.

“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer had a very shinny nose…” Down at Texas Ed are some profound thoughts on Rudolph and the Road not Taken.

From The Scratching Post is a cool description of building a DIY Rock Tumbler, used to polish gems.

Pearl (year 30)

In Homeschool Resolutions Mother Crone’s Homeschool has a good reminder that we need to reevaluate our homeschool plans. Get rid of what's not working and keep the pearls.

Gold (year 50)

My wife and I are coming up on our 15th anniversary. Fifty years is longer than we’ve been alive. The traditional gift is Gold. Gold is very valuable. Carmon of Buried Treasure reminds of us of something even more precious in her review of R.C. Sproul, Jr.'s book "When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling"

Over at the Rosetta Stone Michelle writes about a golden moment in Do you have a MOOS-stash? She writes about the dangers of memorizing poetry.

Diamond (year 60)

Often homeschoolers get hit with the Socialization question. Alasandra notices that lately homeschoolers are getting hit on Another S Word. Are homeschoolers really selfish? Or are they just guarding the family jewels?

Platinum Jubilee (year 70)

Do you know what a Platinum Jubilee is? I didn’t. Maureen Wittmann prepared a quiz for her readers to see how well they know her in her first Anniversary Edition.

Oak (year 80)

For nature study, get out under the old oak tree and watch the birds. By Sun and Candlelight has suggestions on watching Winter Birds and shares their experience.


There you have it, the first anniversary edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. If you have enjoyed this carnival, please spread the word. Please mention the carnival on your blog, and other appropriate places.

Go here for the archives of previous carnivals.

Next week the carnival will be held at HomeSchoolBuzz.

If you are interested in submitting a post for a future carnival, click here for information.

We'd like to thank everyone who has helped out. Thank you to all the participants in this carnival. And thanks to all those who help promote the Carnival of Homeschooling.

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Anonymous said...

Awesome job, Cate Family! Placed a link on my blog. Happy New Year!

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

Great Carnival, it was wonderful to wake up too.

Anonymous said...

The Carnival is wonderul! Thank you so much!

Shannon said...

Congratulations! Thanks for a great year.

Anonymous said...

This Carnival Edition was so creative and fun to read.
Thanks for the time that you put into it.
Many Hugs from CT.

Kelly Curtis said...

What a creative organization to this list!!! Thank you so much for hosting this excellent carnival. I've learned so much from the participants in the past few months.

Kim Anderson said...

Happy Anniversary! and thanks for all the support to the homeschool community!

K T Cat said...

Wow! What a carnival! This is the first time I've posted or come by to look. I'll be sure to see what I can do to make a return appearance.

Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

What fun! I'm always amazed at the creative ways you organize these carnivals. I'm off to post a link, and I'll be back later to browse the articles.

Anonymous said...

My goodness--it's going to take a year to get through all of this! Great carnival, and happy anniversary. Thank you for a wonderful resource!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! it will take some time to read all of these! :) Sorry I didn't get a submission in by the deadline; hopefully I'll get back in the swing of things.

Anonymous said...

thank you for your "blood, sweat and tears" ... I am looking forward to the reads today, and the kettle is just about to boil!

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Henry Cate said...

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Hanley Family said...

A little late in posting the link, but it is up now. Great carnival and thanks for hosting it!

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