Trees, canoes, and crickets in your sleeping bag. Swimming, counsellors, talent shows, hot dogs, mosquitoes, and lost laundry. Summer camp!
Well, sort of. Mama Squirrel's only experience as a summer camper was at a local budget-version Girl Guide Camp, a relic from the '40's right down to the lats, the songs ("We wear our brothers' shirts, we wear our fathers' ties") and the marching around the flag pole. We didn't have canoes or swimming, since the camp was built in an old schoolyard; they just hosed us off every couple of days or when things got desperate. We brailed our tents, cooked our lunch, washed our own pots over our own campfires and then, hi ho hi ho, walked the half mile into the village to buy pop at the Red and White.
But not having been punished enough, Mama Squirrel spent several more teenage summers working at three other summer camps--two of them with lakes, one landlocked but with a garden-hose-and-drop-sheet waterslide created during a massive heat wave. She left a shoe in a Laurentian lake (trying to windsurf), deposited an unknown amount of skin with the Parry Sound blackflies, washed hundreds of dishes, supervised approximately a hundred and fifty straw-weaving headbands, learned to sing O Canada in sign language, and survived every permutation of camp cooking, from powdered juice to breakfast prunes to Jamaican patties (one of the cooks wanted to be a Rasta).
Ah, what wonderful memories. And welcome to Camp Carnival of Homeschooling.
(All quotes are from "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp)" by Allan Sherman. If you click on the link and minimize it, you'll have some musical accompaniment as you browse the carnival.)
There are going to be some contests and awards this week:
Little Acorns Treehouse is sponsoring a Moms Mentoring Moms Contest--this week only! Pass on your best homeschooling advice and you could win!
Making Money, Keeping Money reminds us about summer bookstore reading rewards in Freebies with Reading.
Mom Is Teaching presents Apple Loves Home Schoolers. And more computer stuff on An (aspiring) Educator's Blog, with Daystreaming Allowed.
And more freebies: One Child Policy Homeschool - Homeschool Blogger presents Online Freebies! Homeschool Launch & Homeschool Catalogs.
And we have some great off-site trips planned:
My Domestic Church shares photos of a cave trip and a visit to a historic house in Summertime field trips.
THE MESS HALL
Learning at Home presents yogurt and much more in This will keep you busy all summer.
"Camp is very entertaining..."
Denise presents If It's Slimy, It's Biology posted at Frugal Homeschooling.
Elisheva Levin presents Summer Solstice: All Hail the Monsoon! posted at Ragamuffin Studies.
But Look Out for the Poison Ivy
Barbara Frank presents Wanted: Common Sense.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Homeschooled twins presents Ooey, Gooey, Messy, Summer Art Camp. "It was incredibly good for my soul to do an activity with my children and their friends that was full of sheer, unbridled fun. No one was expected to learn a thing, this was just about feeling the paint and clay between your fingers, smooshing it all about and creating with all the exuberance we could muster. This is what summer should be all about."
HowToMe presents How to Make a Birthday Tablecloth. "The traditions my parents established for our home are a source of nostalgia for me today. My husband and I wanted celebration in our home to reflect the joys of our childhood but also be unique."
A Ten O'Clock Scholar presents Art Resource: My Lesson Plan for French Impressionism.
MOVIES IN THE REC HALL
Miss Amanda presents I Am EXPELLED! posted at The Daily Planet.
RAINY DAY GAMES
"And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining."
Let's Play Math! presents Math Game: What Number Am I?.
You can join in with the Homeschooling Forum Fun at Beverly’s Homeschooling Blog (About.com) .
Sharp Brains presents Brain Games: Spot the Difference.
OR YOU COULD READ A BOOK...
Mother Hen says that reading good books naturally improves your spelling, in Homeschooling on the Cheap - Spelling posted at Ship Full O' Pirates.
(ChristineMM has a different spelling strategy in Tried a Right-Brained Learning Strategy for Spelling posted at The Thinking Mother.)
THE LITTLEST CAMPERS
Life Without School presents So What About the Littles?. "How do you homeschool with younger children? Because the needs of each stage when they are young are so different, where does homeschooling fit in? How do you work with the older children when the younger children need me, too?"
Vanilla Joy - Family Fun and Education presents Reading with Toddlers.
LETTERS FROM CAMP
"Now I don't want this should scare ya...but my bunkmate has malaria..."
The Upside Down World writes, I'm In Search of the Perfect Curriculum - Help! (And send cookies, too.)
NerdMom responds with How I Schedule posted at Nerd Family. Dewey's Treehouse sends along a package of Chocolate Fruit Balls.
Works in Progress sends some advice about managing catalog fever, and Coffeemamma puts in some of her health-smart chocolate chip cookies.
Alasandra's Homeschool Blog Awards presents You are invited to a homeschool mixer.
LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH
A Pondering Heart presents Next Generation of Homeschoolers Blogroll.
Homeschoolers Tell All! "Homeschoolers come in all shapes and sizes. Do you have a blog post
that describes how you homeschool? Come add your story to the
Homeschoolers Tell All page." Check out the announcement here, and the main page here.
HOW ABOUT STAYING HOME INSTEAD?
"Let me come home if you miss me...I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me."
Jay P. Greene's Blog presents something to think about: are virtual schools the real future of education? "The Shape of Things to Come" is "a post about the article by Harvard business guru Clayton Christensen that online learning is a "disruptive technology" that will eventually displace much of traditional bricks and mortar schooling in the not so distant future."
No fighting, no biting can't understand why if gas prices keep going up, state regulations make it so difficult to homeschool. (Read another viewpoint on gas prices in A New And Unique Philosophy? posted at OLIN e-Book e-Publishing.)
Activities Coordinator presents Three Words posted at Life On The Planet. (What can public schools learn from homeschoolers? Can you say it in three words?)
The Informed Parent presents When children don't want to go to school. "I have been following a story about a MO Mom who is being jailed because her handicapped son does not want to go to school and has been found truant."
In a similar vein, Percival Blakeney Academy posts German Homeschoolers Jailed. "My concerns over curriculum choices and minimal home school regulations pale beside the spectre of being jailed for homeschooling."
A Woman On Purpose presents Ask A Stupid Question? Part 1. She says, "Not every parent can home educate, but what home education has taught us is that we do not have to be satisfied with the status quo." (Home Spun Juggling finds herself asking a silly question too in Home Spun comic strip #237.)
And finally, Yarns of the Heart presents School, an Endless Summer. "My son just graduated from homeschool. This post recaps his schooling that ended with a full ride to the University of Chicago."
Thanks to everyone who participated this week, and to the Cates for building the campfire. Next week's Carnival of Homeschooling will be hosted by Homeschooling.about.com. 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.