This week's theme was inspired by Rachel Starr Thomson's lovely post Yes and Amen: The Magnificent Power of Yes at the Inklings. Rachel explains: "The sequel to "Thou Shalt Not: The Staggering Importance of 'No,'" this article explores the joyous freedom and power released by the word 'yes.'" I've also included some other quotes about Yes...No...and Yes!
From Rachel's post:
"Yes" is creative power: it is all possibility, all adventure, all life...."Yes" can mean so many things. It can mean the formation of relationships that will impact generations. It can mean the difference between daydreaming and pursuit. The difference between excuses and passion. The difference between a life of fear and a life of adventure.
Mom Is Teaching presents Wish you were here. "Sure they could have learned about the world from books, but true education comes from going out and exploring it, from getting your hands dirty, from being there as it is happening."
No Fighting, No Biting presents Socialization . "I asked a neighbor if she could come over while I went searching and of course found the two on the very next block. "What were you doing that took that long?" I asked them. "Exploring," was the casual reply."
Megan enjoys her son's explorations in Gem Tree, posted at Home Schooling Aspergers.
From Rachel's post:
Still, it is parents who speak the first and most important yes's in the lives of their children. If most of us have done anything unusual or wonderful in our lives, chances are it was the yes of our parents that got the ball rolling.
Principled Discovery presents My critique of Friedman's homeschooling statement. "The central problem with Friedman's statement is that the burgeoning homeschool movement is not evidence of a failure of the public school system. On the contrary, the massive scale of public education in this country demonstrates the failure of the family to take responsibility for the rearing and education of their own children."
Public School Education: Grizzly Mama tries to remember how her own public education may have conflicted with the values her family taught her. "As I've gotten older I have returned to the values that I was raised with. It's been a long revolution right back to where I started. God, Family, Freedom, Strength, Human Rights, Humility, Honesty, Justice, Courage of Conviction."
Rewarding Motherhood comes from Life Without School. "What makes motherhood truly rewarding? Have we been set up for "failure" by a society that rewards "success"?"
From Rachel's post:Little Acorns Treehouse presents Imaginary Play: When should it end? "A struggle with my 6 year old's new developmental milestones sends me on a search for age appropriate toys for a 7 year old girl."
Don't misunderstand. I am not at all saying that you should say yes to everything. That's why parents are so important. They're older than their children; they have a bigger picture. Theirs is a yes of discernment. But when they give it, it opens such doors.
The Thinking Mother agrees with this problem in KGOY Study Released April 2007 Causes a Buzz.
"There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.” --Russian ProverbKaber at All About (my) Boys shares No Bill Nye, a post about "real homeschool science experiments- the ones that are fun, but don't look neat and pretty like a science book or television show- The ones you learn more from because you did them incorrectly the first 5 times... or maybe I am just trying to feel better about our failed science experiments."
Patti at All Info About Home Schooling presents Periodic Table Worksheets Introduction. She says, "I've been working on this for about a month, and it's finally done! 12 pages that introduce older children to the periodic table. Each page had a different theme and covers several elements. The puzzles range from garden-variety crosswords to want ads and danger signs!!"
Eclectic Education has done all the legwork (she's found an amazing number of online resources!) for an Ancient Greece Unit Study.
Phonics Homeschool presents Can I have a quill pen with that? Using Noah Webster's Speller in Today's Home School. "In honor of Jamestown's 400th anniversary, I explain how to teach reading and spelling with the method they used at Jamestown, the syllable method."
Janine at Why Homeschool writes about how the Internet makes homeschooling so much easier, in Homeschooling and the Internet . (Lots of links!)
School of Thought provides a link to classical style science and history curriculum recommended by the Homeschool Atheists Yahoo list.
Online Education Database presents 80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives. (In other words, 80 links to educational resources and communities.)
I had to turn to a book title for the next section:
Yes--No, Stop--Go: Some Patterns in Mathematical Logic (Young Math Books), by Judith L. Gersting, Joseph E. Kuczkowski, and Don Madden
DeputyHeadmistress presents Counting Back Change posted at The Common Room. Mom & Pop Homeschool presents Multiplication: Sunshine Style. "My children were checking my teachingcredentials (so to speak) one day at lunch, and my four year olddaughter asked a question involving very creative use of themultiplication table."
“Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?” --Eric Allenbaugh
Melissa Wiley presents Baby Steps at The Lilting House. "When I re-read Donna Simmons's Kindergarten book the other day, I came across a very large note I'd written in the margin of one page on the first reading: RHYTHM, REVERENCE, TIME. Those are the things that I wanted to carry away with me from that book. Maintain a peaceful rhythm, bring more reverence to our days, remember that what the kids need most from me is TIME. "
Kristina at At Home, On Fire presents Move Over Charlotte. "I am beginning to practice the art of seeing by "being". I mean that I am trying to remember to take some time each day, in the middle of whatever it is that presents itself as pressing, to stop and observe what is happening on the outside of my concentration."
Mother Auma at CM, Children and Lots of Grace reflects on the value of kindness in the home, in her post "Housekeeping A-Ha."
“A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” --Mahatma Gandhi
Andrea presents her video post Another Reason to homeschool: Abusive Teacher at Notes From A Homeschooling Mom.
S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen presents We Seceded Where Others Failed! "Through the study of our local history we hope to inspire our daughter to develop her individuality and her sense of self, to raise her in such a manner as to be a strong leader who is unafraid to stand up for what she knows is right and never, ever follow the proverbial crowd off that 7-Mile Bridge!"
Megan Bayliss presents ANZAC DAY. A Black Day in Australian History. posted at Child protection: serious business.
Home Where They Belong presents one reason some Christians are pulling their children from public schools.
“Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.” John C. MaxwellElena presents The Dress, posted at My Domestic Church: "About my quandry of whether to take a week off from homeschooling to make a first communion dress for my daughter."
Judy Aron presents Homeschoolers - Delaying College, posted at Consent Of The Governed.
Barbara Frank adds More Thoughts About College. "College is not for everyone. Many young people, including my daughter, want to experience life outside of the classroom, not within it." But on the other hand, "college is just what some people need...."
“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” --Dr. SeussSandy at Falling Like Rain submits "Goodbye Dr. Seuss," about "one of the most memorable homeschooling milestones; when our youngest child learns to read."
Coffeemamma at Our Blue Castle presents a post simply titled "Finishing Up Term 2": but that doesn't begin to tell how successful this term has been. She says, "But even if none of these accomplishments had taken place, the one improvement that has made the most difference is the children's attitudes. All are eager, all are proud of their efforts, all are proud of each other, and all are stretching themselves, challenging themselves, without letting frustration take over."
From Rachel's post:
A life without "yes" will never be lived. Don't be the one who withholds it. It's spring. Go outside and feel the sun and think "Let there be light." Do something incredible today.
Cindy West presents What Will We Do Over Summer Break? posted at On Our Journey Westward.
The Queen of Carrots (at Carrot Duchy) sends My Big Back Yard, "considering ways to make our back yard a great place for observing nature and being kids."
On the Company Porch presents Homeschooling is Life! ~ The unschooling life's "Map Quest. "We each have a different idea of what homeschooling, unschooling, or life learning should look like. In the end what it should look like is what is best for our own families and where the Lord has led us."
“Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them.” --Anonymous
Thanks is also a short word. Thanks to everyone who participated this week, and to the Cates for their support! Next week's Carnival of Homeschooling will be hosted by On The Company Porch. You can submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of homeschooling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.