Welcome to the “First Teacher” Appreciation Edition of Carnival of Homeschooling!
Parents are children’s first teachers and that important reminder should always prevail. Our little ones gain contact with grandparents, siblings and other family and friends to help teach communication and socializing skills. Many youngsters now go into an institutional school environment at ages as early as three. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day and with no disrespect to the people working hard in the school classrooms, this 384th Carnival of Homeschooling will celebrate the first and most important teachers.
Barb Frank of Barbara Frank Online put forward one of her discoveries about long-time homeschooling success in her post – Faith in Institutions Vs. Self-Reliance.
As a teacher, Charlotte Mason felt formal schooling should be delayed, using nature walks and other more active teaching moments for young chldren. Nebby of Letters from Nebby looks at the Charlotte Mason philosphy in her post: Why We Give a Broad Education (Why Include the Arts, etc?). Feeding brains with living things, not dry textbooks offers fertile learning moments.
Mama Squirrel of Dewey’s Treehouse pointed out some Charlotte Mason concerns about the risks of homeschooling, and how to combat them in her post – “Homeschooled kids are sucks”: Charlotte Mason. (Parents’ Review Volume Two)
Joesette offered examples of unique and beautiful Junior She-Art posted at Learning Curve.
Along reading lines, Alasandra posted a Book Review ~ Under the Eagle Book 1 - Historical Fiction about life in the Roman Legions while on a campaign in Briton at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog.
Another respected day is coming up at the end of this month and DenSchool offers free download for fun, educational resources to help you honor Memorial Day. Check out the post - Memorial Day CLIP.
Liz shared her family’s practical experience with a A Crash Course in Citizenship and Business posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.
Eclectic Momma explains why it’s important to determine the unique and important priorities before planning for the next school year in her post - Family Priorities.
Janine Cate of Why Homeschool lists how she uses The Art of Delegation. The Cate family even has a bumper sticker on their car saying: “I don’t know why they call it homeschooling. I’m always in my car.” Many families could relate to that and the use of outside resources for those teaching moments.
As the academic year comes to a close, ChristineMM, The Thinking Mother, is revisiting what needs finishing up for her son’s tenth grade year. Tweaking, Finishing Up, and Revisiting High School Homeschool Courses shares Christine’s process of writing up a transcript and sharing her son’s work.
Cristina gives us one of her recent and perfectly expressed comics, along with parents’ frequent concerns about family over-scheduling. Check out Home Spun comic strip #803 in Home Spun Juggling.
Laura Grace Weldon notes parents “have more resources for learning than you might imagine. Not money, but the people you know. They have all sorts of expertise and experience to share. Add another degree of separation, the people they know, and the range wildly expands. These are your knowledge networks.” Read her post on how to Activate Your Knowledge Networks.
Rose looks at the current and expensive college landscape and wonders: Will a College Education Become Obsolete? It’s posted at Learning at Home.
Tea Time With Annie Kate posts on: Learning about Earthly Citizenship in the Light of our Heavenly Citizenship.
Julie’s Homeschooling Ideas Blog offers 5 key elements to practice at home. The Snickers approach is a good framework to consider. Check out: Be Snickers Good at Homeschooling.
Andrea Hermitt shared her heart-felt thoughts at the end of her son’s first year in college. Notes from a homeschooled mom offered parental reflections in: Has my homeschooling been successful?
I’ve had the same concerns as Andrea. If we’ve taught them how to learn and evaluate, the gaps fill in. Children will eventually move on to other teachers. The son pictured above with his mentor was receiving his own teacher’s certificate. He works with children every day, while also studying for a university degree.
Learn, teach and release with much love.
From a 1980 conversation
with John Holt, I leave you with a thought many homeschoolers have learned along the way about our children:
Marlene Bumgarner - What is your philosophy of learning?John Holt – Basically that the human animal is a learning animal; we like to learn; we need to learn; we are good at it; we don’t need to be shown how or made to do it. What kills the processes are the people interfering with it or trying to regulate it or control it.
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