Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Carnival of Homeschooling #364: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling #364: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.

For some people it's been a week of holidays, or holiday preparations (or even summer vacation, for those Down Under).  For others it has been a struggle to find seasonal beauty amidst terrible ugliness and grief.  The posts received reflect both ends of the spectrum.

The Good

Fill Your Bookshelf presents a list of books for a unit study on Snow.   (Is snow good?  Not when you have to shovel too much of it, but I guess it's mostly good.  I actually wouldn't mind seeing a bit of snow--it's a green Christmas so far where I live.)

More books, this time at MomSCHOOLHow Can I Compete With Santa? How to Get Reading in Your Homeschool!  (Reading is definitely good.)

Trivium Pursuit presents Short Stories We Like.  "I want to share with you some of the short stories we have enjoyed over the years. Our three favorite authors of short stories are Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and O Henry, and we particularly enjoy listening to these stories as books-on-tape."

Homeschool Atheist Momma takes "a humorous look at someone else's idea of a good homeschooling day" in I Stumbled on This...

The Equuschick, former homeschooler, now homeschool mom, posts at The Common Room about a catch-the-moment learning session with a preschooler.  (And that, according to the "Dread Pirate," wasn't School.)

Learning Curve presents Nutcracker–Unit Study.  Did you notice that today's Google Doodle represents the 120th anniversary of The Nutcracker ballet?

Corn and Oil presents some Great Learning Resources, including iCivics.  "The last couple of days, I've run into some fantastic on-line resources. Besides the library and the great outdoors, the learning opportunities on the 'net are endless."

Golden Grasses presents Law, Grace and Classical Ed

DenSchool provides tips for making homemade ornaments and a link for an ornament swap.

Practical Pages tells how she uses Google calendar to do all her lesson planning.

Why Homeschool presents "An update from a homeschool graduate."

Proclaiming God's Faithfulness presents Preparing to be Thankful.  "Often we forget or just can’t imagine or believe God’s goodness toward us."

The Bad:

Living Life and Learning is Re-evaluating our homeschool year. "After a rough start to the school year, my plans and goals for the new year are laid out."

At Our Curious Home, K's Intuition acknowledges that even four-year-olds deal with grief, fear, and pain.

Dewey's Treehouse presents Uncle Eric and Limited Liability.  How does a business model illustrate a lesson on evil thinking?

The Ugly:

Tales of a Pee Dee Mama presents Reasons to Homeschool.   "I love to hear about others choosing to homeschool their children. There are many wonderful reasons to homeschool; fear should not be one of them."

Notes of a Homeschooled Mom presents Week in review: tears and joy.  "There is not way to avoid talking about the tragic events of this week. Even has homeschoolers, whose kids are not in the way of school shootings, events like this are far reaching and affect us in more ways than we can fathom."

Homeschool vs. Public School presents Preparing for Tragedies in Our Lives.

And Something to Sum Up:

Homeschooling Hearts & Minds presents DO-ing It With Love.  "While I’d love to completely organize my home and never be threatened by clutter again, and while I’d love to fulfill some of my life-long dreams or conquer same age-old fears…this challenge is really about trying to be all we can be in the time we have here on earth."

Looking Ahead:  The December 25th Carnival (yes, there is one!) will be hosted at No Fighting, No Biting!  (Well, at least not on Christmas.)  Submission information is here.

Thanks to all who participated this week! 


christinethecurious said...

The links look good for my post; thanks for taking on the carnival this week, what a challenge. You met it gracefully.

Living Life and Learning said...

Thanks for putting this together!

LaughingLioness said...

Great Job! Thank-you for another terrific Carnival!

Karen said...

Thank you for hosting the carnival this week! Well done!

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