Celebrate the Carnival of Homeschooling: 4-H Style

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling: 4-H Style2008 National 4-H Week

This week is National 4-H WeekNational 4-H Week welcomes you to connect with the 4-H community where young people across America are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

That sort of attitude seems to fit right in with what homeschoolers do every day.  Just as the 4-H motto is To Make The Best Better.

One of the most important aspects of empowering youth to reach their full potential (as in the 4-H mission) is in reading. 

Shauna posted reading recommendations at Treasure Seekers.

At Percival Blakeney Academy, Sebastian laments the urge to use video games to promote reading in her post,  Video Killed the Book.

Sonja provided a Video Wednesday: Rick Riordan Author Study in Scholastic’s Kid Lit Kit.

My mother always says that mistakes and disasters build character. The night before 4-H Fair and exhibit check-in with few hours and too many projects can be a stressful time.  In our family, those annual pre-fair evenings are not times I’d like to savor for posterity and I’m sure my kids would agree.

The Reluctant Homeschooler wonders why more families don’t share their homeschooling letdowns in her post:  Meltdown

Katherine at No fighting, no biting! posted that getting back into the homeschooling groove after a week off was a doozy.

Other 4-H’ers seem calm, cool and collected as THEIR exhibits were completed months ago.  I don’t think our family will ever be one of those families, as much as I wish we would.

Irene posted her thoughts about Keeping Up with the Homeschool "Joneses"  at Taschek Tales.

 Bettina shares her thought process as she ponders the question of Choosing What’s Best for Your Family in the The Life Without School Community Blog.

So How do you avoid homeschool burnout?  Janine at Why Homeschool provides her tips.

Sallie posted Lured By My Own Desires at Seaside Tales

Lori read my mind and introduced Project-Based Learning: How to Start that is posted at Camp Creek Blog.

Many homeschooling families are multi-generational 4-H families like ours.  Hard core green with my mother living in the 4-H Clovia house at Kansas State University a few years back.  Her dad, a carpenter and farmer, worked on the 4-H campgrounds way back. 
My parents were 4-H leaders and our club’s name was called the Steers and Dears.  I had a steer and likely wasn’t a dear.  But I now wonder who wanted to be Steers?  
I don’t remember how we chose that name. 
The 4-H Club that I lead is called the Peppers.  I don’t know how we got that name either.  The club is at least 50 years old and was founded by long time family friends.

4-H clover

The 4-H clover symbolizes the luck of a 4 leaf clover while each leaf stands for the four H’s of Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Homeschoolers are known for using their heads for clearer thinking.
Christine of welcome to my brain . net explains in Stick that in your mouth and chew it!  that brains can work well with the use of your teeth.

I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

And my HEALTH to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world.

Carole has some ideas about "school" in her blog’s Thoughts of Home on Why I don’t like calling it "home school".

was thinking clearly and long term in her blog, The Thinking Mother.  Read about it in her post, Our Family’s Homeschooling Aims.

Tiffany questioned an educational expert and reported the results in What If I Disagree? at Life on the Road.

NerdMom covers Things I Learned Homeschooling which is posted at Nerd Family.

4-H programs put a great emphasis on science and technology the last few years. October 8 is 4-H National Youth Science Day

Download the experiment that is provided this year about those helpful, super absorbent polymers.….also known as parents’ little helper (hydrogel in disposable diapers).

Deborah is concerned about our Need for science education and hands-on experience and posted her thoughts at Families Learning Together.

Curt believes Education Reform Should Be a Top Priority and posted his thoughts at Save Money Homeschooling.

Theodore Pappas presents Karin Chenoweth’s article: There He Goes Again (Charles "Bell Curve" Murray on Education) that is posted at Britannica Blog.

One newer 4-H project is Robotics

Christine’s family knows a thing or two about robotics and their Lego Tournament Preparation is posted in Our Curious Home.

Abundant advantage can be taken with Natural Resources and Enviromental Education in 4-H. 4-H programs are often blended into the state parks.

Lance and Liz of Home Educate in the Sunshine State – A Homeschool Blog explained how they created A Geyser in South Florida.

Entomology is a 4-H Natural Resources project.  Our kids have passed along specimens to younger siblings for their own collections, even as new ones are added.  Freezing insects seems to be the favorite form of preservation here.   Need I explain why we had squash bug remains (and baggie) pop out of our icemaker into the glass?  Awkward moment when you have company.

But Cristina at Home Spun Juggling understands those strange moments in a homeschooling life, as shown in Home Spun comic strip #274.

A Camping and Outdoor Living Project would suit Alison’s  Rocket Stove – cooking with just a few sticks that is posted at Homeschoolers’ Guide to the Galaxy.

One of the 4-H offices in a 4-H club is the Historian or Scrapbook Editor. 

Miss Jocelyn presents Summer ’08 Memoirs posted at A Pondering Heart and she’d be a plus in a 4-H club.

Another office is the Reporter. 

4-H reporters practice their writing skills by sending their club news to county newsletters and the local newspapers.  Journalism projects are also available for enrollment.

Susan compares Writing and Swimming and it is posted at The Expanding Life.

Kim of In Our Write Minds tells the story of a reluctant writer who used Stepping Stones to gain success as an adult.

Joy presents a Curriculum Review: Rod and Staff English that is posted at Happy to be at Home.

A popular 4-H project area is Visual Arts. 

There are many art projects displayed at the 4-H fair and our Carnival provides fine arts assistance.

Julie tells us How to draw the face of Venus- A video tutorial at Ms. Julie’s Place.

Annette provides Drawing Lesson Links posted at Craft Salad.

Thomas advises as to When Should You Get A Private Music Teacher For Your Child? at Thomas J. West Music.

The Cooperative Extension Service hosts the 4-H program and provides many resources for 4-H members.  Project resources, embryology kits and other specialty kits and clubs that counties create for their needs are more benefits for 4-Hers. 
Homeschoolers know how to find and develop educational resources.

Denise at Let’s Play Math! gives us Free Learning Tools, Games, and More.

Barbara wrote some about A Homeschool Mom’s Paradise in resource centers on Barbara Frank Online

There are many special 4-H days.  4-H Camp, Legislative Day, State Fair, project workshops and hanging out in the livestock barns during the fair are just a few examples. 

Practical Homeschooling requests submissions in the October Contest: Show us your homeschooling day!.

On those rough days, Carletta tells us about
Homeschooling while Sick – 5 Sanity Savers at Successful Homeschooling.

Our 4-H Federation (4-Hers’ service council) pays 1/2 of our 4-Hers’ camp fees IF they work at the annual chicken barbecue setting up tables, serving food or cleaning up.  It’s a great deal all around as the servers and the patrons all get great bang for the buck and efforts. 

David of Oz had some thoughts about Another Homeschool Reason – No Fundraising that is posted at Bruggie TalesI don’t miss school fundraisers.

Kris at
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers wrote about the importance of The Gift of Service

Community service is very pertinent and noted in 4-H records. That dedication follows the pledge to use our hands to larger service for our club, community, country and world.

Mary from The Informed Parent provided some
Special Needs Resources and thoughts about a Wonderboy. 

The Ohio Extension offers good advice for 4-H leaders in supporting 4-H members.

Treat each child as a special child – regardless of special need or not.  Recognize each child’s skills, abilities, talents and needs.

Thank you for visiting this 4-H edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  The C of H was founded by the Cates of Why Homeschool.  I hope you gained from the posts of our bloggers and enjoyed celebrating National 4-H Week with me.   Next week’s Carnival will be hosted at Homeschool Buzz. The submission form is located at the Blog Carnival site.


Celebrate the Carnival of Homeschooling: 4-H Style — 26 Comments

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  2. Sorry I didn’t get something submitted. With Salamander leaving for Korea next week, my brain is a little scattered. (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!) 🙂

    Good job, and I’m looking forward to enjoying the offerings of those who were with it enough to submit something!

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  4. Thanks all, for your comments and links. It’s much appreciated and I enjoyed reading the posts.

    Lori, your post about “project based learning” and “slow learning” is what we try to do with 4-H projects. I appreciated your title this particular week. 🙂

    Judy, you’re busy with local politics?! Good for you and as always, Good Luck!

    Dear participant of Life on the Planet, 🙂 you have much understanding from me sending your Salamander out into the world not under your protective eye. It’s nerve wracking but the results will be so beneficial. It’s so hard waiting for those results.

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  6. Okay, no more blog time off for me. I missed the carnival. 🙁

    I did write a post about homeschooling last week, but alas, it was for Heart of the Matter and hasn’t published yet.

    I look forward to reading what everyone else wrote though! You did a great job!

  7. It is so exciting to see this carnival. I’m a “forever 4-Her” having grown up in 4-H, worked professionally with the 4-H program, and now coming full circle as a 4-H parent and volunteer leader. My homeschooled 6 year old learns more about reading, math, and problem solving with his 4-H projects than he does with any other curriculum. We truly “learn by doing” and I’m very happy to see how many other homeschoolers are doing the same thing! Thank you so much for putting this together.

  8. I look forward to your article, Renae.

    Janet, High Five to another Ag Major. Animal Science for me.

    Lori used the term “slow learning” in her post and I think that’s what many homeschoolers use because we have that time to do that.

    We haven’t used a science curriculum ever. But our kids have a solid base in sciences with their activities and projects and workshops that come along. They proceed through an animal science, entomology or electricity 4-H project and in comparing their accomplishments and real learning to public school standards, they seem to be in a good place.
    4-H is a large part of our 14 year old boys’ formal education.
    It’s one government program that counts on lots of volunteers’ involvement without so much bureaucracy. I think that’s largely the basis of the success.

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