I have often mentioned that we followed an interest based learning over the years. Whether we were immersing ourselves in trains, art, baseball or just reading a book for fun, the method served us well. Having plenty of time, resources and encouragement enables anyone to make the subject they are interested in their own. There is no one right way, but every individual finds the methods that work best for them.
My grown son still has the photo in his office that a major railroad sent him when he wrote them asking what the very fancy train was that occasionally sped by our house. They wrote back that it was the old “President’s Train” that was now used for executives to travel the country, and set a lovely 8 x 10 along with it. They had so many of those experiences with the librarian, a zookeeper, naturalist and others in the community they learned to seek out information and solutions from others when they needed to. I’ve seen them use those same skills very well as adults.
Enjoy this carnival as others share their methods, lives and learning experiences in this week’s carnival.
- Why Homeschool presents: A great benefit of homeschooling: having children who become adults Henry writes about what may be one of the greatest benefits of homeschooling: having children who become adults
- DenSchool presents President’s Day CLIP (Creative Learning in a Pinch) DenSchool offers this free resource that offers, facts, activities, crafts, snack ideas, math and vocabulary printables to help celebrate President’s Day and honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
- Laura Grace Weldon presents Successful Teen Homeschooling: Two Vital Factors Homeschooling families often agree, the teen years are the easiest. What two factors are essential?
- Susan Ryan at Corn & Oil presents:Virginia Senators Turn Down Roomful of Hopeful Kids
- Katherine presents:No fighting, no biting! I’m grateful we homeschool our little boys so they can play like boys naturally do, shooting each other.
- Dewey’s Treehouse presents: Pomegranates, pears and literature: Philosophy of Education, Chapter Ten Mama Squirrel writes: “The words ‘wide and generous curriculum’ can mislead homeschooling parents into thinking ‘more is better.’ However, when arranging the term’s work in her schools, Charlotte Mason placed firm limits on both the quality and the quantity of the literature books that were assigned.”
- Tales of a Pee Dee Mama presents Creating a Homeschool Schedule sharing, “How I create our homeschool’s daily schedule”
- Home School vs. Public School Presents: Another Reason to Homeschool There are many reasons to home school. The new law being considered in Oregon is of concern and I would be pulling my children from public school if they were still attending. What is your state doing?
- Barbara Frank Online presents Raising Eager Learners Homeschooling can create the eager learners needed in the new economy.
- Kelli Miller presents Printable Black History Month Activities for Kids posted at 3 Boys and a Dog Deals.
- Home*School*Home presents Starting Homeschooling Mid Year and she asks “Should you pull your kids out of public
school mid year?”
- At Home&School Presents 5 Ways to prevent and recover from homeschool burnout Burnout can happen to anyone, but to fix it, you need to find the source.
- Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness presents More Blogs to Bless You and Using blogs to teach your children.
- Elena presents Teaching my Right Brained Learner to Read Teaching my Right Brained Learner to Read
Thanks again to all of you who shared your posts and to those who stopped by to read them!
Be sure to submit next week’s post to Judy Aaron for the 26 February 2013 edition at – Consent Of The Governed
Did you know that February is Responsible Pet Owners Month? Their official site explains that you can think of it as a month-long “Mothers Day” or “Fathers Day” for animals.
Here are some sites that offer resources on how to care for pets:
- Pet Care
- Pet Care Tips from the ASPCA
- BBC Scent Tracker Game
- The Incredible Dr. Pol
- National Geographic Animals & Pets
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here at The Informed Parent. We aren’t ‘officially’ homeschooling these day, but we do still learn at home on a daily basis.
I hope you will join those of us hosting this month. Here’s the schedule for this month:
Currently we have the future carnivals planned:
5 February 2013 – Dave Out Loud
12 February 2013 – HomeschoolBuzz.com
19 February 2013 – The Informed Parent
26 February 2013 – Consent Of The Governed
I hope you will join each of us!
February is library lovers month. Our local library has been in the same lovely old home for many years.
Later this month, they will be moving into a brand new beautiful facility.
I love my library every month, but in honor of the Library Lover’s Month, here are some library resources to enjoy:
- How to Love Your Library
- 5 Amazing Libraries (in addition to my own)
- Find A Library Near You
- American Library Association
- I Love Libraries
- @your Library