I’ve just finished reading the last Carnival of Homeschooling for 2011 over at Susan Ryan’s Corn and Oil. These days my boys are gone from the homeschooling nest as well, but they often reflect that the opportunity to learn at their own pace and explore their interests has stayed with them as they venture on in life.
I was pleasantly surprised to see my good friend Kaye Swain participating over at Susan’s edition of the COH. I know Kaye as a monthly contributor to the EldercareABC, Inc. blog. It’s delightful to know how small and connected our world truly is. Kaye has been a great source of care giving encouragement to me over the past year, which is a good segue to explain where I’ve disappeared to since my last post in May 2011.
On July 2nd, 2010, my Dad coded after an emergency endoscopy to unblock a blocked liver duct. After his resuscitation, we all began a journey my dad would not have chosen, but that led him and our family to meet some very wonderful people. Due to his limited mobility after the resuscitation, Dad moved to the Renaissance Health Center where one of us visited him daily until he passed away peacefully and with dignity on July 8th, 2011.
Dad often told others about the wonderful opportunities that homeschooling offered our family. He was even buried in a biodegradable urn made by our good homeschool friends Debra and Stephen Bures at Elements Gallery. We had a memorial celebration at the Renaissance where we were delighted to celebrate his life with friends, family, many of his fellow residents and the awesome staff who cared for him. Even the local newspaper editor, Mary Jane Skala, whom my Dad sparred with regularly over their political differences over the years came to the service.
Shortly after he passed, my Mom took a tumble on a loose rug at the local bank. After a long series of emergency room visits and hospital admissions, she ended up at the Renaissance as well, so we are once again making our daily visits there. The staff and residents continue to be great and will forever remain a part of our family. (One thing we found enriched our lives when we were homeschooling was volunteering. If you are a homeschooling family or group in the Cleveland area, you couldn’t ask for a nicer place to volunteer. If you are interested, just contact me!)
If homeschooling has taught me anything over the years, it is to be an advocate, stand up for my rights, stand up for others and to embrace the responsibilities life presents me. To have so many of you in my life who do the same brings great joy to my life. Thank you and Happy, Healthy 2012 to each of you!
Thank you for stopping by while I host the Carnival of Homeschooling! I appreciate everyone who contributed, those stopping by for a look and to Henry and Janine Cate who continue to keep this great free resource going. Enjoy!
Paul Munger presents Podcast! Heartbeat of a Homeschool Family: The Mungers posted at The Homeschool Show.
Cristina presents Tips for Running a Successful Homeschooling Program posted at Home Spun Juggling.
Susan Ryan presents Keeping Track of the Good Things about Homeschooling posted at Corn and Oil.
That concludes this edition of the Carnivial of Homeschooling. Bookmark the COH submission link to participate every week.
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Kelli presents Homeschooling Quick and Cheap Craft Ideas | 3 Boys And A Dog posted at 3 Boys And A Dog.
June Tree presents Beyond Homeschooling Your Kids: Radical Unschooling? posted at The Digerati Life.
Barbara Frank Online presents Seems Obvious, Right? There’s evidence that students do better with less school, so what can we conclude?
Linda Dobson presents The 15th Anniversary Edition of The Art of Education for Bloggers and Publishers for Review posted at PARENT AT THE HELM.
Thanks to everyone for joining in this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling!
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The Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week at Susan Ryan’s Corn and Oil blog.
“What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out.” ~John Holt~ Teach Your Own
Homeschooling offers children the time and space they need to learn, grow and thrive. As we turned the clocks back this week-end, I thought of all the many hours we have enjoyed with our children over the years thanks to homeschooling. Below are a variety of posts that offer ideas and ways others are enjoying that precious family time.
Mrs. C at Homeschool & Etc. presents Star Trek Homeschooling “Read along and decide which character suits you! We Star Trek Homeschoolers can’t be a monolithic sort of group, you know. That’s why it’s called the Federation of Star Trek Homeschoolers when we get together for conventions each year.”
Barbara Frank Online Presents Inspiring Story for Teens. She shares:A young newlywed couple with no debt and $50,000 in savings is a great inspiration for teens who hope to become financially free adults.
Kim Kautzer at In Our Write Minds presents Stumbling block #1 – Lack of Confidence She shares that, “In the first of a 10-part series on stumbling blocks to writing, Kim takes a look at practical ways to help your reluctant writer gain more confidence.”
Thanks to everyone for submitting their great posts and to all those who stopped by to read them!
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Judy Aron is hosting the 200th Carnival of Homeschooling this week! Congrats to the COH and Happy Birthday Judy!
Judy’s a really hard act to follow, but I’ll be hosting the carnival here next week. In the meantime, stop by and wish Judy a Happy Birthday and enjoy the awesome carnival she set up.
You won’t want to miss this week’s COH- NO Child Left Inside over at Corn and Oil this week.
We need to restore the full meaning of that old word, duty. It is the other side of rights. ~Pearl Buck
Our family started home educating over twenty years ago. Many things have certainly changed since then, but it is still important to help new folks know the importance of understanding their responsibilities so they can then claim their rights. As Miss Buck points out, the two are firmly connected. It is also important to take the time to encourage new parents, help them find groups such as La Leche League and others that will encourage their natural instincts. Taking the time to share a kind word or lend an understanding ear may be the difference between success and failure. I still recall and appreciate those who took time out of their already busy lives to help me.
Parents today need to know that they are their own best experts when it comes to their family, the education of their children and the protection of their child’s educational rights. A great resource for any new parent is Larry and Susan Kaseman’s book, Taking Charge Through Homeschooling; Personal and Political Empowerment. Don’t let the Politics in the title scare you. Politics and knowing your rights are really intertwined with every day life. The Kasemans present these principles in an easy to understand format in the book. After reading it you will not only be empowered politically, but personally as well.