Welcome to the Carnival of homeschooling. I’ve dug through my blog and photo archive to see what things were typically happening in our family in early December. Over a month since the change, and we were still not used to the early dark. “Poison Hour,” (AKA Arsenic Hour and Suicide Hour) had re-emerged.
Getting outside makes such a difference, even if finding the hats that don’t scratch takes forever.
The Mommy Earth recounts a Nature Study project that spanned three seasons in Preying Mantis Oothecae. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post – you do not want to miss the photos of the toddler investigating olive oil.
Imagine if you could tell your Poison Hour Wigglers and Whiners to go run around in your own gym. A family in Kentucky can do just that because they just moved into an old elementary school. Corn and Oil posted the story.
I love this post and especially the photo. Roscommon Acres tells how Mouse discovered her mechanical inclinations by fixing some broken toys. (My husband, an engineer heard me hooting over this post, read it, and enjoyed it as much as I did. But he is trained to think of the worst, so he asked me to write a warning that even unplugged, a microwave, electronic device with screen or anything else with a large capacitor can hold a lethal charge. Toasters are great for tinkering with though.)
The Christmas Crafting Fair at the L.I.F.E. group is a huge event in our homeschool. Every year I quiz my crafting friends to help me find a project, experiment on my kids to get it just right, then interact with other people’s kids while mine roam the crafting tables with friends.
Co-oping is near and dear to my heart – I organize the other co-op we attend. Reading Coach Online has a great post on the organization journey of Starting a Co-op – Finding Others. He is 100% right in his closing line, “If you are thinking of starting a co-op, dont feel bad about being selective and laying out firm expectations from the very beginning.” To paraphrase Debra Bell, a co-op is not a support group, if you feel badly that you cannot help all comers, start a support group.
Jimmie’s Collage is a resource for me as a teacher. I had a star on this post in my blog reader before she even submitted it for the carnival, because much as I empathize with my kid’s writing struggles, I still don’t always know what to say to encourage them.
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