The Five W’s and One H
Welcome to the 38th Carnival of Homechooling.
As I raise my children, I begin to remember more and more of my childhood experiences. Each year as my children grow older, more experiences that I had at that age flash back to me. While homeschooling my children, helping them learn certain topics, or knowing what grade they are 'in', and while thinking about how we will approach home education versus my own experiences in public school, yet more memories flash back. While compiling this Carnival of Homeschooling I had a flashback to Mrs. Schmidt, my Fourth Grade teacher, standing in front of the class teaching us that the key to writing non-fiction pieces is "The Five W's and the One H"--that if each is addressed, the piece will be complete.
Wikipedia taught me today that:
"The "Five Ws" (and one H) were memorialized by Rudyard Kipling in his "Just So
Stories" (1902), in which a poem accompanying the tale of "The Elephant's Child"
opens with the lines:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me
all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and
Some topics in homeschooling blur the lines, but for fun I have categorized the posts into these six categories.
Who We Homeschoolers Are or Who Are The People Who Affect Homeschooling?
Mama Squirrel presents Smells like sour grapes on her blog Dewey's Treehouse.
Barbara Frank of the Imperfect Homeschooler opines in "This'll Get Your Blood Going" that educrats tend to use many tactics in discrediting homeschooling, though logic is not one of them and warns that still, we must be wary.
The Tutor of Apollos Academy feels that government educators are changing the definition of socialization... and not for the better in her post "The Age Old Question".
Mother Lode asks not whether your homeschooled children are socialized, but whether your homeschooled moms are in her post “Socializing Homeschool Moms”.
What Is Homeschooling, What Is Taught
In the post “Public School at Home is Not Homeschooling” Home~Schoolers Rule discusses why it is important to distinguish between public school at home and real homeschoolers because how public school at home being labeled as homeschooling may lead to restrictions and more government oversight of real homeschoolers.
Notes From A Homeschooling Mom comments on the new Kindergarten guidelines in Illinois.
How to use study guides such as Cliff Notes to help you teach high school literature and how to find them is discussed by The Thrifty Homeschooler, also known as Maureen Wittmann, at "Literature Help For Parent Teachers". Maureen continues the discussion in two more posts. Part One is "High School Literature" and after reading the interesting comments she received (make sure to scroll down to read them), she wrote Part Two, “High School Literature Course” where she shares the books that she chose for her high school students' literature course.
The Progressive Homeschool blog discusses phylogeny (evolutionary biology) and resources for teaching evolution to a variety of age groups in the post "Phylogeny - Tree of Life".
In "Geography Lessons", Texas Ed writes about learning about geography by teaching it.
Why We Homeschool and Why We Don’t Use School
Henry of Why Homeschool explores some of the reasons we educate our children in his post "What is the Value of an Education?".
Laurie Bluedorn presents Reasons to Avoid Government Homeschooling Like the Plague posted at Trivium Pursuit.
Where We You When…
Sprittibee shares some of her son’s artwork as she reflects on the horrible events that took place on 9/11/2001 (the month that she began homeschooling her kids) in her post “Remembering 9/11 in Art”.
Homeschooling Happens In The Home and In The World
The Thinking Mother writes that books for homeschooling are overtaking her house to the point of causing physical injury in “Broken Toe From Books? Book Clutter Needs Addressing”.
Bruggie Tales shares a glimpse into the fascinating world of homeschooling camps as enjoyed in Australia. A quick week of socialization and fulfillment with lots of other homeschooling families. “The Evans Head Catholic Homeschooling Camp”.
How We Parent, How We Homeschool
On the Biblical Parenting blog,
Robert M. Lindsey shares a post that his wife wrote titled “Goals For Parents” in which she lists her goals for raising quality kids.
Deputyheadmistress presents a thoughtful post The Wrong Sort of Perfection posted at The Common Room.
Phat Mommy writes in “Bordering on Unschooling” that although something keeps her from identifying herself as an "unschooler." Because she consults the "Typical Course of Study" lists - not because I want to force my children to learn something, but because I'm genuinely concerned I might forget to expose them to something! (Then she lets her children learn what, and when, they desire.)
The Two Kid Schoolhouse writes about how she came to change my view on home educating my children in “Changing Perspective”.
Loni of Finding Joy in the Morning
writes in “Putting the Math Book Away” another reason to homeschool - to teach her children a strong foundation, in this case math, without letting the math book guide her, but her children's learning and shares a great link to what she calls the "math tune-up site".
Denise of Let's play math! offers us a challenge: "Can you and your students make up some original math problems?".
Mrs. Darling of Dishpan Dribble asks "What Does a Bear And a Beaver Have In Common?" as she tells a story about teaching her daughter to read.
And Just For Fun
Spunky of Spunky Homeschool is running a “Capture the Educational Moment” contest for homeschooling parents this week, take a peek to see what you can win if you enter.
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