The One Week Short of a Year Carnival of Homeschooling
Welcome to the 51st Carnival of Homeschooling, where we are celebrating being a week short of a year. As a Christian and a homeschooler, I am used to being considered a little short on something, so this Carnival will celebrate all those wonderful euphemisms used for those of us who don't quite fit in. (EC) stands for Editor's Choice and basically means that the blogger was an email short of an entry, but I chose to include it anyway.

First comes an array of posts showing that homeschoolers are not an ant short of a picnic. Ants are social insects. They are interesting to watch in the summer as they crawl out of the outlet in my kitchen, under the windowsill, down the wall and to the dish drainer. Always in a straight line, never deviating from their path. Ants are very well socialized.

AcceptanceWithJoy takes a look at socialization. How can you raise good little ants without such important events like the prom?

TexasEd takes a peek at the socialization the schooled ants receive and realizes they actually lead pretty isolated lives in the classroom.

I Can Do All Things recommends a book which tackles some of the myths of socialization. The best socialization of little ants occurs in the home, with the family.

Alasandra looks at the picnic itself and wonders why the ants in the public school aren't allowed to go.

Andrea confirms that homeschooled ants are pretty much like any other ant. They like variety in their picnics, and any present which can double as educational will be top on the list this Christmas.

I take a look at what has happened in the past when the state has attempted to take control of the ants and mandate its own brand of socialization.

When working with small children and dealing graciously with unsolicited questions regarding the socialization of your children in the check out aisle, the homeschooler must develop a sense of humor. Thus, we are not a clown short of a circus. In fact, when your oldest has suddenly forgotten everything she knew yesterday, the baby has emptied a cabinet and the toddler has turned the bed into a slide just before your neighbor inquires when you are finally going to send those kids to school, you might find that rubber nose very handy.

Why Homeschool clowns around a little with a traditional song and some of the most common questions every homeschooler hears.

Mama says...there are ways to see if that clown everyone thought you were is actually a homeschooler at heart. Even if not all of your child's education takes place at home.

Homeschoolers also have cards, and we know how to use them. For those "normal" games, and to teach learning objectives such as addition, multiplication and comparing and ordering numbers. Thus, it certainly cannot be said that we are a card short of a full deck. Actually, I do own two partial decks of cards, but that was intentional. It is hard for small children to add face cards.

You have to be playing with a full deck to take part in this challenge from Trivium Pursuit. Equivocation...but wait. There's a free book involved. I'll do anything moral and legal for a free book.

Dewey's Treehouse also plays a hand with a game for carnival goers who like to read. Don't fold too soon. You can always use the internet to search out some answers.

BFU-Self Directed Learning for Visionaries presents a new way to play our hand, I think. I'm not sure what a Squidoo or a lens is, but I think it is another way for us to communicate and share ideas.

Unbridled Learning has also expanded the capacity of the internet to bring homeschoolers together. The hand she plays is a Homeschool Parent Book Club.

Given the importance homeschoolers place on family and their traditions, we are not an unidentified congealed green thing short of a fruitcake. This oft gifted and much maligned dessert is making its obligatory, yearly appearance around this time, demonstrating that even odd traditions can draw us closer together.

Fernook Farmgirl (EC) takes a closer look at tradition, and shares why some bits of fruit need to go, while others stay.

A Dusty Frame adds a new fruit to her tradition, and begins to occasionally take tea with her son.

Over at Steph's Place, she has taken that sometimes railed against commercialization of the season and turned it into something meaningful for her family, much like the fruitcake has become for so many Americans.

Bringing School Home brings us a delicious slice of her homemade fruitcake as she shares how she celebrates Advent with some pictures.

Another aspect of education important to homeschoolers is laying the foundation for life. Each brick is laid carefully and homeschoolers are not a brick short of a wall. They select the finest materials for their children to construct their lives upon.

Susan Wise-Bauer shares why it is important to not hold back the materials. When a child is ready, it is time to start specializing the curriculum to fit his or her needs and interests.

The Thinking Mother shares how laying bricks through homeschooling gives the child the opportunity to develop his or her unique talents, and even exceed the knowledge level of his or her own parents.

A Complete Thought shares the experience of laying the first formal bricks of homeschooling, now that she has her building permit.

Chickadee is building some foundations in art and shares some work from her budding Impressionists.

Hot Water Bath started out having "one of those days" when the walls seemed to be caving in. Apparently, that was just the crashing of some weeds. Something of lasting value remained, anyway, or she wouldn't have been able to share The Nutcracker with her young children.

Mental Multivitamin gets out the mortar and begins preparing the way for Shakespeare.

Sprittibee reminds us that when we are working so closely with our children in building their character, we sometimes see only the imperfections that they are developing. Sometimes it is important to step back and see the whole wall and just how sturdy it is.

Homeschoolers can get pretty busy sometimes, but there is also a certain level of control the parent has of the schedule when a large block is not dictated by another entity. We learn pretty early to be flexible and see the educational opportunities in even the unplanned trips to the tire repair center. We are not a gallon short of a full tank. The following entries can help keep your engine running on all six cylinders.

Dominion Family shares some thoughts regarding a Veritas Press newsletter and how some homeschoolers try to do too much. Don't forget the other lessons which present themselves all around you every day.

For those days when things aren't quite going like they should, and the engine seems to be sputtering, Onfire recommends taking a look at the goal. Perhaps we are expecting too much to be gained while driving the wrong way.

The Foil Hat asks, "What's the rush?" It is easy to push children too hard, too fast. Declaring majors in high school is fine for the child who is ready, but the others?

Naturally, a few homeschoolers who have stood on the receiving end of the public school's cafeteria-style education system have wondered if perhaps it is the public schools who are a fry short of a Happy Meal.

TOSPublisher shares a little about the students who were forced to relieve themselves in a soda bottle. In class. OK, I'm sorry, but that teacher only got the box. A bit more than just a fry is missing from that order.

No Fighting, No Biting points out that at least homeschooled four year olds get to hug without incriminating marks on their permanent record. That's worth a fry, any day.

Dealing with the pre-cut package which public education comes in, Phil for Humanity notes that the public schools actually limit the potential of the individual.

If anything proves that the homeschooler is not a fortune cookie short of a Chinese dinner, it is the fact that some are now feeling the need to defend their decisions to NOT homeschool (Part I, Part II) (EC). Boundless responds, also in two parts (Part I, Part II). (EC)

Thank you for visiting the One-Week-Short-of-a-Year Carnival of Homeschooling. If you don't think I'm a Froot Loop short of a bowl of cereal, please consider linking to this carnival so that your readers, too, can rest assured that homeschoolers are not a cupcake short of a riot (EC).

This carnival is owned by Why Homeschool. The Cates do a fabulous job managing and promoting the carnival. Archives of past editions may be viewed here. Next week's carnival will be hosted by What Did You Do in School Today? Submission guidelines may be found here.

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