Carnival of Homeschooling – March Madness

March-Madness

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – March Madness.  Homeschoolers could relate to the sense of madness we feel at times fussing over our children’s well-being and education.  NCAA basketball is another frenzy starting the middle of this month.  St. Patrick’s Day is one week from today and three days later, spring is officially sprung.  This sort of madness can be fun and reflective.

Let’s start this Carnival with a fellow Illinoisan and long-time homeschooler Laurie Bluedorn at Trivium Pursuit – “If you are not enjoying the adventure of homeschooling — and it truly is an adventure — but are rather seeing it as a job which must be endured, perhaps you might consider changing your perspective.”  Laurie’s blog – Are you experiencing homeschool burnout this month? passes along the reminder to relax.  Her post’s first paragraph describes that state of madness many parents feel as they wonder if they are doing enough.  My favorite mantra I learned was no one can do everything – just keep it quality-driven and fun.

One joyful piece of learning is art and SusanOnline suggests An Early Start with Art in The Every Day of Education blog. Susan says: “Art is a subject where children develop and exercise important skills by exploring on their own.” Hands-on art projects for little ones are wonderful in exploration of their world.

Speaking of hands-on, chemistry was the showcased theme in Colleen’s blog at Solagratiamom. These kids were having a blast making their DIY Giant Periodic Table of Elements out of egg cartons and some imagination.

They were also fortunate to have an Experiment Extravaganza introducing them to the world of elements and experimentation.  It’s easy to play with Element Concoctions using everyday products we have around the house.  It looks like learning science was a good day when you see the pictures at Solagratiamom.

Household goods are used in many innovative ways by homeschoolers. With that savings and other financial considerations in mind, Karen at Living Unabridged offers thoughtful tips in her blog – Homeschool Budget: Burden or Blessing?  Karen says: “Budget” doesn’t have to be synonymous with “Burden”. Here are 17+ ways to stretch your homeschool budget, no matter how high or low it is.

Susan at The Every Day of Education posted a thoughtful article on the importance of communication with writing and speaking skills.  Check out STEM+Liberal Arts=Innovation for reasons to integrate language arts into science.

Finally, the Carnival of Homeschool founder – the Cate family, offered their post on Why Homeschool. Janine writes about one of the benefits of homeschooling – allowing children to move at their own pace in The Curse of Grade Level Standards.  Each family and each child have their own “normal”, which rarely matches up to grade level standards at an exact point in their lives.

I truly appreciated Janine’s description of an IEP meeting and the “social sophistication” displayed by their child.  Homeschoolers have been saying all along we generally know how to socialize, but “school socialization” is a whole new bag of tricks.  Illinois’ Social/Emotional Learning Standards have always troubled me for public school students’ sake, along with the concern that it will land on homeschoolers’ backs at some point. That’s something that makes me a bit mad.

There you have it, the Carnival of Homeschooling – March Madness.

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  We are able to be home with our kids and life is good.  Enjoy!Bridget on sandbar


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