Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling! Our theme this week is:
As Time Goes By: Reflecting on 25 Years of Marriage and 12 Years of Homeschooling
In 2009 my family celebrates two milestones, our oldest daughter graduates from homeschool high school and my husband and I are celebrating 25 years of marriage (today!), so I’m reflecting on the passage of time.
Before you begin
This is Dave and I before we were married, setting the stage for marriage with a period of engagement. Like engaged couples, parents just starting to homeschool can be excited and fearful at the same time.
Teri’s Take asks Will you begin homeschooling this fall?
Praiseworthy Things asks parents to consider the important question, What About Preschool?
Percival Blakeney Academy compares Home Schooling VS Home Cooking
Starting to homeschool
Our family went from just the two of us to four when we added two daughters. We had a lot to learn as parents and many parents learn a lot as they begin homeschooling. I am so grateful for the parents and experienced homeschoolers that shared their wisdom with us.
Wired For Noise shares a review of a book set that is great for beginner readers in Reading Together
The Frugal Homeschooling Mom adds reason number 8 in Why Homeschool? Eight Reasons (and more to come)
Terri Sue Bettis presents Homeschooling an Only posted at Cricket’s Corner.
explore-discover-learn asks Why do Kids Bully? and offers Bully and Cyberbully Printables
Terry presents Art Supplies Can Spark a Child’s Creativity posted at My Creativity Blog.
Growing and learning
This is one of my favorite pictures from early in our homeschool journey. My daughter is about seven and is pretty happy to show us her spelling book! Notice little sister peeking out from behind her shoulder. Our daughters kept growing and learning as these homeschool bloggers also continue to do:
Purls of Wisdoms blogs about learning styles in Homeschooling Styles
Whippasnappa’s Blog notices the changes in her children because of homeschooling in Thoughts on Homeschooling
C h r y s a l i s tells us that stargazers across the world are in for a major event next month. Scientists say that on July 22, a total solar eclipse will be visible from India, China, and parts of the South Pacific in The Eclipse Will Look Like a Diamond Ring
Barbara Frank Online asks Is your young teen sleeping through the summer? in The Young Teen in Your House
A Mountain Mom shares The process of being organized.
ChristineMM presents Homeschool Stuff Reorg Before & After posted at The Thinking Mother.
Freehold2 discusses an important topic in Copyright and Homeschoolers
Kathy presents Airborn: Homeschool Review posted at Homeschoolbuzz.com Reviews.
Jen presents My Homeschool Recipe posted at Cage Free Monkeys.
Jimmie presents Living Math Curriculum Review posted at The Curriculum Choice.
Travel and field trips
My husband used to say that the money we saved by homeschooling meant we could take really big field trips and here’s a picture from one of our biggest “field trips” ever-to China in 2003. We all learned so much and see the world differently as a result of traveling. Here some homeschool families share their travels near and far.
Summers’ Family Adventures enjoys Cleveland’s Metroparks in Rocky River Nature Center
Kimberly from Life of a Homeschool Family visits a local museum in Macon Museum of Arts & Sciences
Home Spun Juggling shares photos from her recent trip to the aquarium in Sharks, Jellies, and Penguins, Oh My!
Amy from Neighborhood Clubhouse explains How Homeschooling Families Can Find Free Travel Accommodations
Dave from Home School Dad explains a service project his family did in Oh Where is My Hairnet?
Susan presents Riding the Escalator posted at The Expanding Life.
My daughters have continued to be committed to homeschooling all the way through high school. This picture shows their books from one year of high school! They really felt a sense of accomplishment when they saw their book towers! The following posts will encourage you to continue in your commitment to homeschool.
Aimless Conversation discusses the importance of setting goals in Homeschooling With a Purpose
Loving Learning at Home reflects on her homeschool life in Assessment Time; Reflection Time
Homeschooler Cafe’ encourages other homeschool parents in Just Hang In There!
See what the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers will be using next school year in Our 2009-2010 Curriculum
Kiwi Polemicist is concerned about homeschooling freedoms in Sweden in Update: Sweden wants to outlaw homeschooling done for religious and philosophical reasons
Take Dana’s poll How Involved are Dads in Homeschooling? at Principled Discovery
Beverly’s Homeschooling Blog shares Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl was homeschooled. Pfc Bergdahl is a soldier being held captive in Afghanistan
Milestones and celebration
Here is my daughter, Emily, on her graduation from homeschool high school. Quite a milestone in her life that we’re happy to celebrate! Of course milestones mark an event, usually an ending, but in Emily’s case this milestone is a beginning as well as she heads off to Grove City College in PA this fall.
Homemaking 911 celebrates a milestone in Christina is Graduating This Month
Amanda presents I Think I Can, I Think I Can, Wait? Yep, I Know I Can! posted at The Daily Planet.
From my other blog I share Homeschool High School Graduation and Sending Your Kids to College.
Thank you to all the bloggers that shared their posts! I hope you have enjoyed this reflection on our family life and marriage. No matter where you are on your path, remember that the joy is in the journey!
This final picture is Dave and I at a family celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. We haven’t changed a bit, right? Wrong! Of course our past 25 have years have changed us for the better, I hope. Homeschooling our daughters has been a rewarding, fulfilling experience.
The next Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Small World. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. The deadline is Monday July 27 at 6 pm PST.