Carnival of Homeschooling: The Building Character Edition


The Homeschool Post is happy to host this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling.  We’re continuing our month-long focus on building character in our children.  Homeschooling is about more than just academics — it is a lifestyle of learning with an emphasis on strong character.  How do you encourage your children to make good choices and to think critically?  In a culture sadly lacking in good role models, how do we point out positive examples of good character?

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Cindy at Our Journey Westward shares a simple way to teach your children about positive character traits by making a Fruit of the Spirit tree craft.  She has a 10-Day series devoted to teaching values.

Machelle at Kingdom Life and Blessings shares a beautiful testimony of building character in her post Disaster Relief and Home Education.

Would you like to see some character-building and discipleship resources in action?  Victoria at Homemaking with Heart shows what they are using in their homeschool and shares her thoughts on the topic of discipleship.

In case you missed it, our team writer Renee wrote an excellent post, The Parenting Road to Good Character.  It’s a great reminder that we are to teach by example.

You can read a 5-Day series on Discipling our Daughters, as well as a post about Purposeful Homeschooling on Embracing Destiny.

There are so many great homeschool blogs around the web.  Here are just a few for your reading enjoyment:

The importance of competition and comparison for homeschooled teens at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Science Reference Books to Have on Hand is a handy-dandy list from Nerd Family.

A Net in Time shares a day in the life of learning without the use of books (at least directly). She says, “We had bugs and dirt and decomposition and discovery. It was the best day ever!”

You can find free Revolutionary War activities for a unit study from Funtastic Unit Studies.  These are also made to complement the Our America history series book The Revolutionary War Adventure by Susan Kilbride.

Finally, Carnival founder Henry Cate shares I am Grateful for Homeschooling at Why Homeschool.

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Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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Carnival of Homeschooling: Reaping What You Sow

Carnival of Homeschooling October 2013

Welcome to The Homeschool Post’s edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling: Reaping What You Sow.

It is October! Time for harvesting the fields before winter sets.

As homeschoolers, our ‘harvest’ has yet to come. Our children are still growing and learning. We still have storms that threaten to do damage to our hard labors. We wanted to take this month to offer encouragement to our readers. The time you spend sowing now, will bring in a great harvest.

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6


Sometimes changes need to take place in our homeschool. Michele shares a personal look at one homeschool mom coming to grip with that reality in her post “Coming to Grips with My Homeschool Reality” on her blog “The Holistic Homeschooler”.

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Stephanie said “I never planned on homeschooling. I always just thought my kids would be like me and go to a Catholic school. My oldest child, however, was very special. A heart of gold but always seeing the world his way. It didn’t take long for us to start hearing about problems from the teachers because he wasn’t conforming to the standard. Let me share with you the reason why I homeschooled him and why I am so glad I did!” She shares her reasons in “10 Reasons to Homeschool an ADHD Child” on her blog Harrington Harmonies.

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Jes is new to blogging, but sharing her heart beautifully in her post “It’s My Job“. She shares why she brought her daughters home.

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Julie Bogart {one of our Awards Sponsors!} is sharing how to treat our children with the love and sympathy they deserve. It’s possible to bring clarity and support to another with kindness. No sternness required, no assumption of nefarious motives. Her post “What healthy looks like” can be found on her blog “A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief.

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Homeschooling in Buffalo contributor, Liz, shares her experience of mom being proven wrong in “When Defiance Turns Into An Experiment“. This extended experiment ending with an unexpected result.

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Jennifer wants to help you incorporate nutrition education into your typical homeschool day. Her post “Nutrition is A Worthy Elective” can be found on the Time4Learning Community Blog.

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Great Peace Academy’s Renée, is participating in the iHomeschool Network Autumn Hopscotch with her 10 Days of Meal Planning. Her post, “How I Stock Up with Canning“, is perfect for this time of year. Canning doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated.


Lori, from, gives many reasons why she finds homeschool support groups important in her post “Homeschool Support Groups: Do You Need One?

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Henry Cate {the coordinator behind these carnivals!}, has been sharing the many reasons to homeschool periodically on his blog “Why Homeschool”. Today he shares his new reason “It is easier to see the doctor“.

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Shannon shared with us a post about A Season at Home. Sometimes you just have to let go of the groups and activities and hang out close to home.

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From Stephanie: “One of the biggest challenges I have faced in my 12 years of homeschooling experience has been learning to be flexible and enjoy homeschooling even when it doesn’t go my way. As a young mother I had big ideas about how homeschooling should be. But life taught me, and still is, how to accept and even appreciate the things I can’t control. I am really working on applying these strategies when things get crazy and knowing what to do on bad homeschool days.” She is sharing her post “What to do on bad homeschool days“.


Government is a hot button topic these days, and Chris wants to help make sure our children understand the Bill of Rights. His said ” It is surprising to me how many adults do not know what the Bill of Rights contains. How it should guide our government. Why our forefathers put these protections in place for us. As homeschooling parents I feel that a study of these amendments will better educate our children on the power that we as citizens hold and how to best protect that power from abuse.” The first post in his series on the Bill of Rights can be found on his blog HomeSchoolVSPublicSchool.

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Robin, from Heart of Wisdom and one of our Team members, shares her post Apple Orchard Field Trip. It’s full of great links and ideas for your own Apple Unit Study.7615 by tww, on Pix-O-Sphere

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SisterLisa, from our Team, shares how to use the principle of “reaping and sowing” in bestowing blessings on our families in her post “The Practice of Blessing“.

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Lisa B. shares her attempt to be the mom she always wanted to be on her post about finally saying “yes”. Her realization that over time she had gone from the mom she always wanted to be to the mom who does it the way people say you’re supposed to do it and it was making her family miserable.


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Carnival Of Homeschooling May Mashup

Carnival of Homeschooling May Mashup

Welcome to The Homeschool Post’s edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling! Since this carnival is full of a variety of topics we’ve decided to call it the “May Mashup”.


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Let’s get the party started with Mindy from DenSchool. She is sharing creative ways to welcome the start of summer – including summer bucket list cards, resources, and worksheets.

Sara shares her post “Homeschooling in a Crisis” from her blog Embracing Destiny.

Lisa offers up her opinions regarding education in her post Allow the Tortoise to Teach the Hare at her blog The HomeSpun Life.

Tiffany Holley presents Moment of Insight posted at As For My House.

Barbara Frank asks the question “should we blame homeschooling for the few unhappy homeschooled adults who are upset over their upbringing?” with her post A Homeschool Tempest in a Teapot.


Mama Squirrel, from Dewey’s Treehouse, shares her review of Planet X, a thrift store book find her family has been enjoying!


Tricia from HodgePodge Mom shares with us her post “Imperfect Homeschool: Drama and Trauma” saying “Every now and then when I share our weekly homeschool wrap ups or an art tutorial, I will get a comment like those above. I always think to myself… if only they knew the drama and trauma that goes on here daily. Also, remember that with a photo, you don’t get all the sensory overload that is happening at the time. The noise!”

Sharon has worked with special needs children in Occupational Therapy and she offers up suggestions for Homeschooling in our Sensory World.


Henry Cate, the wonderful coordinator for the Carnivals of Homeschooling, shares with us his post on the Cate Academy Year in Review- Kindergarten at Why Homeschool.


Celeste presents Nature Study at the Beach posted at Joyous Lessons.

Andrea shares with us her post “You’re right and I’m wrong” from her blog Notes from a Homeschooled Mom. She speaks on respecting children and making sure they know how to be confident and respectful as adults.


Planning on a study in Geology? Natalie from Fill Your Bookshelf shares with us her list of books from their Geology Unit Study.


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Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.

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