Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Maine: The Postcards Don't Lie edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

Welcome to the #199 edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!

One of the great benefits of educating our own children is the ability to be free of the standard school calendar. Our family takes advantage of this by spending 16 weeks each summer in Maine. I want to share the beauties of our adopted state with some snapshots and fun facts.

Maine is a land of forests and shore. The tides rise and fall about 8 feet so there is a stark contrast between low and high tide so even little children can tell the difference and can figure out scientifically if the tide is coming in or going out. (Hint, look at boats on their moorings to tell which way they are being pulled)

Tom DeRosa presents The Very Exact Science of Guessing posted at I Want to Teach Forever.

Carol J. Alexander presents a neat way to teach the value of 100 in Place Value Game posted at Everything Home...with Carol.

Barbara Williams presents 100 Useful College Tools for Homeschoolers posted at Online Degree Programs.org.

Shakira Dawn presents The World’s 10 Weirdest College Campuses: Crazy University Architecture posted at College Stats.org.

Maine has many potato farms and blueberry barrens. We visit a local farm in August and buy quarts of berries to freeze for pancakes, muffins, and bread. The pickers only work in the early morning to not bruise the fruit and use blueberry rakes as it would take hours to handpick each tiny berry off one bush. Local teens can earn up to $300 a day raking but it is hard work.

Many of the towns along the coast have lobster pounds where lobstermen sell their catch and folks can eat a boiled dinner on picnic tables. Some partake off of plastic trays and drink cold soda while others prefer unpacking elaborate baskets filled with china, hors d'oeuvres, and bottles of wine. Since I’m the only member of our family who likes lobster I splurge and get two!

Angela Mills presents Tea for Two: The discipleship of your sons and daughters posted at Angela Mills.

Michelle scores big at the library with one of my favorite Maine storybooks Blueberries For Sal with Book Review Bonanza Part III posted at Rosetta Stone.

Dave Roller presents Apple Butter Day posted at Home School Dad.

Christina presents Canadian Thanksgiving posted at Lesson Pathways Blog.

The beauty of Maine is legendary in coffee table books as well as children’s picture books. Robert McCloskey’s One Morning in Maine features a family who summer on Little Deer Isle and go into Buck’s Harbor for groceries and an ice cream cone. While driving through I indeed saw a sign for Condon's Garage.

John Mastro presents The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks and Children’s Learning posted at got audiobooks?.

Dana presents Treasures from the library book sale posted at Principled Discovery.

Jeanne shares her favorite children's books at Books and Brownies.

Cristina shows what many homeschooling families (including mine) look like at the library in Home Spun comic strip #403 posted at Home Spun Juggling.

Mrs. White presents Mama and John's Bible Plan posted at The Legacy of Home.

Kaitlyn Cole presents 25 Speed Reading Secrets Every Student Should Know (for required, not pleasure reading) posted at Online Colleges.net.

Amber presents Book Review: Five Little Peppers posted at The Mommy Earth.

There are dozens of picturesque towns along the coast like Belfast, a mecca for art lovers and sailors.

Carlotta gives us some great reasons her kids thrive on textbooks at Successful Homeschooling.

Sarah presents Studying Art posted at SmallWorld.

Henry Cate ponders on how homeschooling saves souls in the wonderful recovery of his developmentally delayed son at Why Homeschool.

Annette Berlin presents 10 Easy-To-Craft Educational Toys posted at Craft Stew.

Rachel Lynette presents Make a Soma Cube posted at Minds in Bloom.

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in New England with the trees turning into torches of red, orange, and yellow.

Kim Kautzer presents Fall- and Thanksgiving-themed word banks posted at In Our Write Minds.

Rose presents Halloween Stencils: Adorable Scarecrow posted at Fine Craft Guild .com.

Jennifer presents Fire Safety Unit Study posted at schooling memoirs.

A hike up to the top of Mount Battie shows a majestic panorama of islands dotting the Penobscot Bay.
There are not many homeschoolers in Maine and only one store dedicated to them located in the lovely town of Hope.

Alasandra presents Nominees for Best Homeschool Blog 2009 posted at Alasandra's Homeschool Blog Awards.

Susan presents Corn and Oil » A Narrow, Homogeneous Life? Not for Homeschoolers posted at Corn and Oil.

Barbara Frank shares a story of love despite adversity in Jaycee Dugard Homeschool Mom at Barbara Frank Online.

Patti presents A Few Favorite Online Resources for Lesson Planning and Worksheets posted at Indie Education.

Laura presents Montessori Pink Level Available for Free posted at Practical Homeschooling.

Amy LeForge presents Fun For Your Friday posted at Earnest Parenting.

Erin Manning gives us some reasons why so many Catholic parents are homeschooling in What's Wrong With Catholic Schools, posted at And Sometimes Tea.

With the long winters and short summers, folks here get together often for public suppers, grange events, and town festivals. Homeschoolers tend to host picnics and playdates at the pond for socializing and swapping curriculum ideas.

Stacie Young presents 50 Excellent Blogs About Education Reform posted at Online Schools.

Lara DeHaven presents A Not-So-Perfect Life posted at Texas Homesteader.

Psych Syke presents Dangers of Black & White thinking… No Tolerance Policies posted at Psych-Syke's Blog.

Katie shares a day in her life at elocutionist.

Chetan presents Learn to get College Scholarships for Mothers posted at College Distance Degree Online Courses .

Maine is an affordable, family-friendly, homeschool friendly state. I hope I have sparked your interest in its beauty and hospitality. Thank you for stopping by this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling. See you next week at Consent of the Governed.


SmallWorld at Home said...

Thanks for hosting, and I love your Maine pictures. I grew up in NY but actually never visited Maine. It's on my list!

In Our Write Minds said...

I love your theme, and you did a great job weaving the different links into each category. Thanks for including our blog in this week's carnival!


Carol J. Alexander said...

Hi Katherine,
Thank you for the beautiful travel piece on Maine. I have always wanted to visit there. My oldest son got a chance to this summer as he is marrying a young lady with a grandmother there and they went for a visit. I was, indeed, jealous.
Can't wait to check out a bunch of the links. Everything looks so interesting.
Thanks for your efforts.

Lara said...

Thank you for including my article. There are so many interesting posts to read through. And you certainly, peaked my interest in Maine. It is absolutely spectacular. Thanks again, Lara

Alasandra said...

I hope I get to visit Main one day. It looks lovely. Thanks for including my post.

Home School Dad said...

Thanks for including my article. There seem to be quite a few goodies in store for me when I get some time to read all these articles you gathered.

Nancy said...

More about Deer Isle. Emily's Wildflowers of Deer Isle. Check it out at lulu.com Emily did this book as an eighth grade project.

Susan said...

Fascinating information. The teens raking blueberries reminded me of teens here detassling corn. Your pictures and description made me hungry and looking for my McCloskey books.

I'll post the Carnival later this week. Thanks for doing such a lovely job.

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John Mastro said...

Thanks for including my post this week! I appreciate it, seeing as how you seemed to be the only one in the homeschool blog carnival world who accepted and included my article on audiobooks and childrens learning!

I hope everyone here who reads it gets inspiration to try them either themselves or in their families as a great learning and entertainment tool!


david said...

that was an exiting travel information on Maine. I really loved the Maine pictures a lot. All the articles you linked were so informative and amazing.
Thanks for sharing good resources.
Keep posting.