Carnival of Homeschooling – We Are Clark Kent

Welcome to the: We Are Clark Kent Carnival of Homeschooling

You are likely thinking this is odd.  Let me explain.  There has been much talk in the last couple of weeks about the new documentary concerning public school education called: Waiting for Superman.  It's a story that pulls hard at your heart in following 5 children and their educational realities.  I suspect that like me, many Clark and Lanahomeschoolers following this issue want to shout: Just homeschool. 

But we're a tiny minority compared to the millions and millions who are part of the public school community.  What we live and learn every day is hard to explain unless you're doing it.  To much of our society, we could be that incognito, even nerdy sort of fellow with the glasses, known as Clark Kent.  But we go against societal norms valuing that time where our children often feel like a Superman or Wonder Woman. 

From New Adventures of Superboy #4 (March 1980). Art by Kurt Schaffenberger

Katey of Crazy Homeschool Mama shared some of her family's life in her post: Crazy Homeschool Mama: First Day of School 2010.

Henry thinks Sir Ken Robinson does a great job arguing for homeschooling, while pleading to fix public schools in the Why Homeschool post: Pick for video of the week: Thoughts on education from Sir Ken Robinson.

Barbara Frank of Barbara Frank Online wonders whether children's picture book usage is declining based on lack of sales, or just being bought used or borrowed because of this economy.  Check out her thoughts in her post:  Picture Books vs. Chapter Books
Homeschoolers wear our Clark Kent disguise proudly, and NerdMom presents Cosmic Mysteries in Your Kitchen posted at Nerd Family (Pro Nerd Family who are Pro Family Nerds). 

Monarch and Marigolds
More natural science is offered by Mary Nix who helps us in 
Finding Resources in Local Parks.  It's posted at The Informed Parent

Lynn describes a Nature Field Trip posted at Nature Notes, which also shares learning adventures at parks.

Pamela Jorrick talks about her Stinkin' Goats posted at Blah, Blah, Blog, saying, "Our animals are a big part of our homeschooling journey".   I completely understand Pamela's predictament.  We have "stinkin' chickens" that love to scratch out everything lurking on the ground…..grass, flowers, shrubs, toads.  But I do have a hard time not posting pictures of our silly chickens. Maybe just a little one to honor poultry science…

We're also fortunate enough to often wander out of The Planet newsroom – also known as our home – and explore libraries, museums and other community learning centers.  The traveling is nice too.

We homeschoolers discovered the government is not necessarily the best source of educational expertise.  Katherine presents another state, another round of deciphering homeschool law… posted at No Fighting, No Biting!, noting she's " not sure I like homeschooling in a state that requires consulting with a lawyer to understand what is necessary to follow the law".  Superman should not need a lawyer to make use of super powers. 

Lynn submitted Math File Folder Games posted at Eclectic Education.


Tammy also offered A Great Homeschool Resource Link posted at 1Homeschool.

 Open House DemoNancy from Sage Parnassus  put forward her post: Four Freedoms and Bing.  Homeschooling affords time to explore the fine arts to your heart's content. 

Homeschoolers use innovative ways to learn about subjects like math and measuring.  Mama Squirrel presents How homeschoolers do things: a lesson on milliliters posted at Dewey's Treehouse.

 ChristineMM of The Thinking Mother asks: Is Your Child Attending MIT Splash 2010?; sharing information about a weekend of classes held at MIT for middle and high school students, happening in November.  Great opportunities abound.

Homeschoolers have the benefit of finding the right fit philosophically for their children's education, but it takes time to achieve that.  Jessica presents Is Classical a "Wise" choice for us? Part 2 of my journey series….. posted at Teachable Moments, which discusses her homeschool philosophy quest.

High on Homeschool's Vicki Mlady has a post about working with less structure while homeschooling, allowing your child to follow his or her instincts.  Check out:  Not to be Missed.  Free Range Homeschooling.

Brand new homeschooler Theresa, of Our Life in Words, now enjoys the benefits her family experiences homeschooling and points them out in her post: Changes.  Welcome to Krypton, Theresa!

SupermanWhere does time go?! A ramble, an Ode to a parent and educator is posted at Living EducationMichelle describes "how quickly our children grow, and how, as homeschoolers and parents, we get to see all of it ." It is a joy.

We have our own Emilys, Daisys, Biancas, Franciscos and Anthonys, the children's lives portrayed in Waiting for Superman.   Our families are not any more special or loving of our children.  But most homeschoolers are happy there is no more waiting for Superman regarding our children's education.  Our little guy to the left might be wearing his caped jammies on Halloween, but he is obviously Superman.  He now has his own Supermen that attend public school.  That concludes this edition. I hope you enjoyed it.  It was an honor to host the Carnival of Homeschooling.  


Carnival of Homeschooling – We Are Clark Kent — 8 Comments

  1. Clever and timely carnival theme, Susan. Yes, I’m one of those who responds to blog posts about this documentary by saying “Just homeschool!” It seems so obvious….

    Great carnival—thanks for including my post 🙂

  2. Thanks for hosting. You did a great job!

    I liked reading your intro into this week’s CoH and would like to add this:

    BE GRATETFUL! Many people simply cannot afford to homeschool. We are all so incredidbly lucky to be able to do this. Yes, I realize we all make various sacrifices to make this work, but for some people that additional income makes the difference between living on the street or having a home, however humble it may be.

  3. Thanks, Barbara, I’m not surprised you had the same reaction to Waiting For Superman
    Yours and Katey’s submissions, along with the others, was much appreciated.
    Alasandra! I missed you in the Carnival. Thanks for coming by.
    Marlis, Thanks for coming by and your thoughts are always on my mind. I appreciate you pointing the cost factor.
    I think that most homeschoolers are very grateful to find and be living the life we live. I’ve often thought about the price we pay to homeschool. Having lived in both the public school world and the homeschool community, I think home education is affordable for anyone with the will. Public schools are not a particularly “free education”.
    Libraries have incredible resources, and so does the internet.
    This blog is full of educational resources, as are many of the blogs posted in the Carnival. But I’ll leave a couple of links here:

    I believe it was Mark Hegener of Home Education Magazine who said: All you need is a library card and love. I’d love to see other thoughts about this important subject.

  4. Excellent job as always! 🙂 I don’t know if I will have the patience to sit through the movie, or if I will end up screaming, “JUST HOMESCHOOOL ALREADY!!!” 😉

  5. I am signing the "JUST HOMESCHOOL" petition! I think that there is no room for excuses, do what needs to be done. Thanks for the post, very interesting.

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