Thursday, June 01, 2006

The 22nd Carnival of Homeschooling

SchoolmarmThe latest edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is hosted this week at The Common Room.

Just to pick out a couple of samples at random…

Sprittibee explains the virtue (via necessity) of Low Tech Lesson Plans:

My printer is not working currently due to lack of money to buy ink, so I’m back to hand-written lesson plans for the next few weeks. It is nice when you have to manually write everything down. It reminds you how wonderful technology is, and helps you remember the things you need to get done better than you would if you had typed it. I type much faster than I can write... but something about writing triggers my brain to remember things.

Jen's Horde writes about the virtues of timelines:

Many traditional curriculums are organized in chronological order, but there’s nothing magical about doing it that way. If you want to be able to study different time periods as interest and opportunity arise you just need to have a way to keep the information organized.

This is where a timeline can come in really handy. With a timeline you can work on any time periods in any order. In one week you can read a book about Laura Ingalls Wilder, study the use of the trebuchet in medieval combat, and take a field trip to a dinosaur dig and still be able to understand them all in their proper historical context. You aren’t subjected to a syndrome Steve Lambert described as “the tyranny of the next.” As in, “No, Johnny, we can’t study the Civil War right now, we’re studying mummies because they’re next…”

There’s more, much more, at the Carnival. And you don’t have to be a homeschooler, or even a homeschoolmarm, to drop by and visit.