“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” – Henry Beston, Northern Farm
Last Saturday our planet’s northern hemisphere rolled into autumn. The autumnal equinox reminded us of the later sunrises and earlier sunsets. Cool autumn evenings with a bit of frost here and there prepare us slowly for winter in the northern states. Fall is my favorite season and sometimes it seems to pass too quickly. Digging up the spiked iris plants and magnificent cannas to pack away from the bitter cold, while troweling in garlic bulbs to root and settle in preparation for a late spring harvest is a usual pattern here on our Illinois farm. Homeschoolers know how to tuck in and prepare in the comfort of home.
Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – Fall Transition
It is the summer’s great last heat, It is the fall’s first chill: They meet. –Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
A beautiful review of a read-aloud book – A Family of Foxes – is posted at Sage Parnassus Misty at HomeschoolBytes offers fun ideas from her family that helped her kids enjoy learning to read. Check out her post – 20 Tips and Ideas for Teaching Reading at Home. Courtney submitted some favorite books at Well Wise Happy | Homeschool Books for Kindergarten posted at Well Wise Happy. Interviews with two women, aged 23 and 24, who were homeschooled for most of their lives was shared on NerdWallet-Education. Read these intriguing profiles in the post – To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool The blog – Higher Up and Further In – offers informative resources about a “tool that was widely used by readers for centuries” in the post – On The Commonplace Book: The Need To Keep Records of Words Not Ours. Letters from Nebby provided different writing methods and what they ended up doing for writing this year. Get some ideas in the post – Writing: How we are doing it this year
Eclectic Momma provides tips, strategies and links for teaching communication skills in her post – Speech Class Chris at Homeschoolvspublicschool explains how to spice up the learning experience and make it fun. Read how you can inspire your homeschool child to learn more.
One fall tradition our family loves is loading our bikes up to hit park trails. Hands-on science, physical education and the joy of being in a natural and beautiful environment are sweet memories.
Home School Dad appreciates School’s Everywhere and summarizes his post with this: Who has time for math? This is how we are making time. Dave’s family likes bicycling and being in the great outdoors too. Elena at My Domestic Church points out One subject I insist be in my daughter’s high school curriculum. The realities of pregnancy, childbirth, human anatomy and breast feeding are marvelous lessons for all to know.
Another Illinois rooted homeschooler, Karen Campbell of ThatMom, gives us real encouragement for real homeschooling moms in her post – Mom Guilt. We can find our own groove that works for our very unique families. That is the beauty of homeschooling. I hope you enjoyed this Carnival celebrating the rapid transition from summer to fall with all our displayed homeschool life activities. I leave you with my particular view of home on a recent fall day. Thanks to all contributors for the posts. I enjoyed reading about the diversity and distinctiveness of our homeschool community.