Carnival of Homeschooling – Fall Transition

“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” –   Henry Beston, Northern Farm

Last Saturday our planet’s northern hemisphere rolled into autumn.  The autumnal equinox reminded us of the later sunrises and earlier sunsets.  Cool autumn evenings with a bit of frost here and there prepare us slowly for winter in the northern states.  Fall is my favorite season and sometimes it seems to pass too quickly.  Digging up the spiked iris plants and magnificent cannas to pack away from the bitter cold, while troweling in garlic bulbs to root and settle in preparation for a late spring harvest is a usual pattern here on our Illinois farm.   Homeschoolers know how to tuck in and prepare in the comfort of home.  

Welcome to the Carnival of Homeschooling – Fall Transition

It is the summer’s great last heat,  It is the fall’s first chill: They meet. –Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

Let’s start with the fact that Homeschooling Happens In Many Ways, as laid out on the Homeschool Online Blog.  Learning about food preservation at a historic site is one way. Homesteader Carol J. Alexander allowed us to Meet Jordan Green–Homeschooled on the Homestead on her blog, Lessons from the Homestead.  Look at what happens to kids homeschooled on the homestead!Jennifer pulled together lots of resources to help teach an all-ages unit study of horses – from the Bible and handwriting and math to lapbooks and library book ideas!  It’s posted at Horses Unit Study Resources | posted at HomeGrownMommy.

Since Fall is finally here, after many had a very warm summer, the arrival of Fall is welcome. Homeschool Journeys offers a set of Fall Fun Printables activities for your kids.
Phyllis Sather asksHas the Lord Been Waiting to be Gracious to You? on her blog – Proclaiming God’s Faithfulness.  She offers some freebie resources in this post.
Apple and Pork Festival
In the fall, we often take time to enjoy the many festivals.  One of our local fall events is the Apple and Pork Festival during the last weekend in September.  Food and many historical portrayals, such as candle making, as shown above, are offered.  Ham and beans cooked in an enormous kettle along with golden apple cider are relished by the patrons.
Linda Dobson at Parent at the Helm gives us many useful and enjoyable Homeschooling Resources: It’s Apple-Picking Time!  Johnny Appleseed would be proud.
Barbara West offers an index of Tiny Tots-Caring For Our Children posted at her blog – Tiny Tots-Caring For Our Children.
I would love to celebrate the 75th anniversary of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit with Annie Kate’s family after looking at their menu for a very special Second Breakfast, Hobbit Style.  Check it out at Tea Time with Annie Kate.
Following the great books’ theme and noting many homeschoolers enjoy snuggled on their couch on a rainy, cool fall day, Janice Campbell edifies us with Three Books for the Homeschool Journey posted at Janice Campbell: Taking Time for Things that Matter. Janice notes homeschooling can be challenging, but a good book can encourage and help to renew your mind.  

A beautiful review of a read-aloud book – A Family of Foxes – is posted at Sage Parnassus Misty at HomeschoolBytes offers fun ideas from her family that helped her kids enjoy learning to read. Check out her post –  20 Tips and Ideas for Teaching Reading at Home. Courtney submitted some favorite books at Well Wise Happy | Homeschool Books for Kindergarten posted at Well Wise Happy. Interviews with two women, aged 23 and 24, who were homeschooled for most of their lives was shared on NerdWallet-Education.  Read these intriguing profiles in the post – To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool The blog – Higher Up and Further In – offers informative resources about a “tool that was widely used by readers for centuries” in the post –  On The Commonplace Book: The Need To Keep Records of Words Not Ours.   Letters from Nebby provided different writing methods and what they ended up doing for writing this year.  Get some ideas in the post – Writing: How we are doing it this year 

Petticoat Government offers a discussion of memorization in their home schooling in part of a series related to Dorothy Sayer’s essay, “The Lost Tools of Learning”.  Check out the post – Dorothy Sayers and TLTOL (part thirteen)
Henry of Why Homeschool shares the recent experience of teaching two of his daughters to drive in his post – teaching my daughters to drive (Or earning a few grey hairs).  There is no doubt new drivers in charge of a big, non-flexible machine can earn anyone new grey hairs.  Parents in these parts appreciate clear fall days with no precipitation on the road for those times.

  Eclectic Momma provides tips, strategies and links for teaching communication skills in her post –  Speech Class Chris at Homeschoolvspublicschool explains how to spice up the learning experience and make it fun. Read how you can inspire your homeschool child to learn more

One fall tradition our family loves is loading our bikes up to hit park trails.  Hands-on science, physical education and the joy of being in a natural and beautiful environment are sweet memories.

Home School Dad appreciates School’s Everywhere and summarizes his post with this: Who has time for math? This is how we are making time.  Dave’s family likes bicycling and being in the great outdoors too. Elena at My Domestic Church points out One subject I insist be in my daughter’s high school curriculum.  The realities of pregnancy, childbirth, human anatomy and breast feeding are marvelous lessons for all to know.

Fall can be the start of a new homeschooling year for many families.  Sometimes that exciting spark can turn into discouragement. Jamie points out a positive approach with her post –  Battling Negativity in Your Homeschool.  Check it out on Homeschool Online.
Barbara of  Barbara Frank Online offers experienced advice to prevent homeschool burnout by using wise scheduling.  Check out her post – Take Control of Your Family’s Schedule.

Another Illinois rooted homeschooler, Karen Campbell of ThatMom, gives us real encouragement for real homeschooling moms in her post – Mom Guilt.    We can find our own groove that works for our very unique families.  That is the beauty of homeschooling. I hope you enjoyed this Carnival celebrating the rapid transition from summer to fall with all our displayed homeschool life activities.  I leave you with my particular view of home on a recent fall day.  Thanks to all contributors for the posts.  I enjoyed reading about the diversity and distinctiveness of our homeschool community.

Some resources for you: First Day of Fall 2012: The Autumnal Equinox – The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everything you need to know: September equinox 2012 Earth and Sky


Carnival of Homeschooling – Fall Transition — 12 Comments

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  3. Thanks, Carol. I really enjoyed the interview you posted on your blog.  From homesteading (YAY!) to Polyface (YAY!) to the Marines (YAY!) to his own farm (Double Yay!)  What a cool guy and family.

  4. Wow, this looks like a great carnival!  I can't wait until the salsa's all finished for the year and I can settle down to some quiet surfing.  Between salsa and other harvesting and that second breakfast, our lives have been all about food lately. 🙂
    Thanks for hosting.

  5. You're welcome, Elena.  I would like to take your class, btw.  Even after 4 kids, I would likely learn some things I should have known a LONG time ago.

    Annie Kate, I made salsa last year that we loved.  I mixed in our chilis and sweet corn with some black beans and it was special.  This year, I haven't figured out how to keep the chickens from scratching up our tomatoes (in our enclosed garden…the stinkers) .  Between the chickens and the drought, we had a bad tomato year.  You'll love that salsa in February!


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