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 homeschoolers 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
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.
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.
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.
Where does time go?! A ramble, an Ode to a parent and educator is posted at Living Education. Michelle 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.