~In the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything! Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is. I think the reason it is so hard to find the Ultimate Question is that it is unique to each person and it changes in the course of our lives. Right now, my question might be "Why do you homeschool?" and the answer would be "I have at least 42 reasons for homeschooling."
- In Transforming Family Life and Learning Through Homeschooling (Part One of Two) Parent at the Helm explores the many reasons we homeschool and how it brings meaning to our lives and the lives of our children. Love this quote from the article: Following this natural, loving approach, children involved in community service, volunteer work, and apprenticeship opportunities build experience, increase maturity, and find connection with the greater world.
- I believe all homeschooling parents share one very basic interest, regardless of educational style, political leanings or religious affiliation. We all desire the freedom to educate our own children. Corn and Oil discusses our parental rights in The Right Thing to Do for Children.
- What is the right thing? Sometimes it is radical unschooling. Balderdash and Blokus ponders why some homeschoolers consider radical unschooling evil in The Ultimate Question.
- The Family talks about how some people think you Have to be Patient to Homeschool.
- Sometimes strength lies in knowing how to prioritize. Everything Home...with Carol explains why she doesn't do it all in I'm No Superwoman.
- Learning at Home doesn't do it all either, but she still manages to squeeze in some stealth learning this time of year while her children are Writing Christmas Lists.
- Are you in the mood for counting birds now? Punctuated Equilibrium has a cool project for you-- The World Parrot Count.
- And speaking of Christmas, Sage Parnassus has been thinking about What to Read for Christmas.
- Barbara Frank has found a Great Advent/Christmas Idea for Young Children. I read this suggestion when she first posted it and loved it! I wish I had known about it when Marina and Chase were younger.
- If you are tired of giving the typical swan or goose for Christmas, you might want to take a look at Crack the Egg and learn how to make your own Christmas Kits for Kids-Muffin Baker.
- And if you are doing too much...don't! Read this wise advice, 3 Ways to Avoid Martyr Syndrome this Christmas from Successful Homeschooling.
~Lewis Carroll used the number 42 often in his work. As a mathematician, numbers in general fascinated him. It is possible that his supposed obsession with 42 had to do with the 42 seconds he needed his subjects to be still when photographing them.
~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland had 42 illustrations. What I love about the Alice stories is that nothing is ever what it seems. Sometimes the lesson we imagine turns into something completely different.
- Ina's 5 & our Native Homeschool Blog tells about the poetry lesson she fantasized about and what really happened in Poetry: Fantasy Meets Reality.
- In Facebook and Your Teens, SmallWorld has some great tips to share for keeping your young teen safe on the popular social networking site.
- Guiding our teens toward the next phase of their education is an important step for homeschooling families. Why Homeschool talks about that First Step to College.
- The California Homeschooler offers some great ideas for having children start The Culture Notebook as a way to introduce them to different traditions and cultures.
- NerdFamily has finally realized the reason why she doesn't have to worry about testing her kids in Evaluation.
- For homeschoolers who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, Lesson Pathways has some helpful ideas and advice about Managing it All.
- Speaking of managing, good management skills are important for home educators and their children to learn. EverydayChristianFamily.com is Reviewing The One Minute Manager.
- Adventures in Mama-Land publishes a weekly Bible-based kids' poem, based on the Jewish "parsha" or yearly Torah portion cycle. Take a look at Vayigash. It's set to music! If you want to see more, she has several in her Parsha Poem series.
- How good is your bible knowledge? Take the T or F? Christmas Trivia Quiz at Chrysalis!
- Witty Jester shares a unique take on the story of Noah and the Ark in Just Like Old Times!
- Practical Pages has a wonderful article about how to make and use timelines, wall charts and Book of Centuries. Check out the Frugal Timeline Book.
- If you have a history buff in the family, you might want to take a look at The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson which covers life in Chicago from 1890 -1912. Read the review by Alasandra.
- Math curricula are commonly divided into mastery vs. spiral. But perhaps there is a third way that works more naturally for younger learners: a number-centered approach. Introducing the World talks about Math: A Third Approach.
~The symbol for 42 in the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) is * (an asterisk). Technology is wonderful isn't it? Where else can you find useful lists of links to various resources?
- DIY Learning offers this list of The Top 50 Education Pundits to Follow on Twitter.
- Online Masters in Education offers a list of 20 Trend-Setting Teachers Worth Following on Twitter.
Every time you frown, you use about 42 muscles.It's only 17 if you smile. I hope I've made you smile today and brought a little meaning to your life. Thank you for visiting the Carnival of Homeschooling! Next week, the carnival will be hosted by No Fighting! No Biting! You can submit an article to the next carnival here!Wikipedia: 42 (number)
42opus: 42 Reasons to Love the Number 42 by Brian Leary
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theodore Gray
My First Body Book by Melanie and Chris Rice
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Wikipedia: Jingle Bells