Carnival of Homeschooling presents: The Simple Pleasures of Homeschooling
Here at Simple Pleasures, I don't write much about homeschooling. At least not directly. Part scrapbook, part musings, it is more a collection of small moments dedicated to the little things in life which otherwise may go unnoticed. It serves to remind me to:

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brau

This carnival was supposed to be hosted over at my homeschooling blog, Principled Discovery but the server hosting it has been having difficulties, resulting in a sort of jack-in-the-box blog that is sometimes up and sometimes not for the past couple of days. Technical difficulties do NOT belong to the simple pleasures in life, but the Carnival must go on, even if it is a day late and hosted on the wrong blog. So, without further ado:

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Thomas More

The pleasure of discovery

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.

Helen Keller

Practical Homeschooling is journeying toward unschooling.

GHomeschool was present the moment Munchy emerged from his coccoon.

At A Hen's Place is trying on a new jacket: a little unschooling.

Life Nurturing Education discovers nature through some nature crafts.

The More, The Messier finds that homeschooling is not just for kids anymore.

The Shades of Pink is growing her own snowflakes.

Life on the Planet has discovered that homeschooling is good for the planet.

The pleasure of worship

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3 John 1:4

Learning at His Feet shares their treasure from a recent lesson on Columbus.

Why Homeschool takes some time to look at the sea of information available and sort through what is really important.

The HomeSpun Life finds that a little concentration on scripture helps in many other ways.

The pleasure of frugality

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.

Elise Boulding

NerdMom offers some free election resources for the frugal homeschooler.

Ms. Julie's Place teaches you how to draw a hummingbird for fine art friday.

Site4Teachers links to an offer for a one year subscription to Yes! magazine.

Save Money Homeschooling shows how we save taxpayers money by homeschooling.

Destroy Debt discusses college for free.

The pleasure of daily work

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the start, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

Robert Louise Stevenson

Day by Day Homeschooling is working on a little pet shop math.

Word of Truth Boys' Academy offers some hands on phonics.

A Day in the Life constructs a model of the tabernacle.

Adventures in Daily Living shares the first day of school.

Giggles, Grins and Grades takes a look inside the ear.

Home Educate in the Sunshine State journeys to Hawaii...sort of.

The Daily Planet shares her Consitution Week activities.

The pleasure of toddlers

A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.

Bill Vaughan

Little Sanctuary is homeschooling with preschoolers.

Gist Academy for Gifted Youngsters shares some pictures from Tot School.

Homelife shares the first day of school for her three musketeers.

Seaside Tales focuses on the economy.

The pleasure of a good tool

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.

Bill Gates

Works in Progress rejoices in a reading program that worked.

The ApplePeel shares a joy of lapbooking.

Homeschool Buzz reviews a biography of Marie Curie.

Biblical Parenting gives an idea for making timelines.

Homeschool Software reviews some grading software.

In Our Write Minds shows how to use diaries to write about history.

The Reluctant Homeschooler shares a new discipline she is introducing into her homeschool.

SharpBrains provides some brain teasers to strengthen your brain.

Happy@Home shares some worksheets she made for troublesome letters.

Let's Play Math gives us 20 things to do with a hundred chart.

The Narrow Path shares a wonderful project to do with the Impressionists.

The pleasure of the unfinished and the interrupted

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.

Liu Yu Tang

Percival Blakeney Academy looks back at hoards of undone projects.

Homespun Juggling is trying to homeschool with pets.

The pleasure of planning

When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.

Chinese Proverb

Marybeth Whalen looks forward to her fall plans.

Sprittibee shares her weekly routine.

The pleasure of tradition

We learn simply by the exposure of living and what we learn most natively is the tradition in which we live.

David P. Gar

Bruggie Tales invites us to take a peek at how homeschoolers party.

At Hayes Happenings, an intended consequence turned into a new family tradition. (Yes, the "intended consequence" was to involve corporal punishment.)

Small World collects some resources for Punctuation Day.

Alasandra is celebrating Banned Book Week.

My children and I spent a morning walking in the Waterloo Harvest Days Parade to help campaign for a homeschool graduate running for legislature.

The pleasure of simplicity

Friends, books, a garden, and perhaps his pen, Delightful industry enjoy'd at home, An Nature, in her cultivated trim Dress'ed to his taste, inviting him abroad - Can he want occupation who has these?

William Cowper,
The Task, 1780

Semicolon shares some thoughts about what her children are missing out on as homeschoolers...or then again maybe not.

SpunkyHomeschool shares her greatest challenge.

Barbara Frank reassures us that a lack of formal training is not the same not being qualified to teach.

Tami's Blog reminds us to take time for mom.

The pleasure of individuality

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

Cyberschool Kids are Cool asks what you think about skippin g grades in the homeschool.

Corn and Oil notes that Christopher Paoline, author of Eragon had a unique life which aided him in his current success.

Kristina's Soapbox is taking a look at religion and homeschooling.

The Thinking Mother has collected links related to eye tracking problems.

Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers discusses the learning differences of her daughter.

The Homeschooling Experiment shares her reflections on her son's achievements after a year of homeschooling.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling, owned by Why Homeschool. Next Week's carnival will be hosted at Corn and Oil. To submit, you can use the handy submission form over at BlogCarnival. And remember to e
njoy the simple pleasures of homeschooling!

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra