Published On: Tue, Jun 12th, 2012

Carvival of Homeschooling: The Flag Day Edition

We begin our Carnival of Homeschooling this week with a short history lesson – in commemoration of this week’s celebration of Flag Day!

“The idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

Inspired by; three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designatingJune 14th of each year as National Flag Day.”(Read more here)

DenSchool includes Flag Day in their blog post and also shares with us something educational or just plain fun to celebrate everyday this week – Reasons to celebrate – June 10th – June 16th

Speaking of History …
Tea Time with Annie Kate skipped their book work but lived a part of history instead. Read more about it at
A Day Off in Honor of our Queen

and of course history will be made with the upcoming Olympics (also in the UK): 
Craft: Olympic Medals gives instructions on how to make Olympic medals at home, brought to you by Nirvana Homeschooling

We go from History to book reviews relating to History…
Book Review Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene the followers of Jesus in History and Legend by Bart D. Ehrman which can be found over at Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog

Hope Is the Word gives us a book response/review to 2012 Newberry honor book Breaking Stalin’s Nose, which would make an excellent addition to an upper elementary study of modern European/Russian history. Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Since we are on the topic of books … you should know that At Home and School thinks Homeschooling parents must exercise wisdom and diligence to make good choices about curriculum and resources because Home schoolers are consumers, too

and of course there are so many Homeschool “How To’s” to share…
My Domestic Church shares with us a video of a recent presentation given to new homeschoolers over at My Introduction to Homeschooling Presentation

Mel says, “Oh so you thought it was just mom that loves homeschooling? That children are reluctant participants in this thing called homeschooling. Well you would be wrong. Happy to say they love it too! They have plenty of reasons of their own, so I interviewed each one and asked them what they loved about homeschooling.” You should read more about the Reasons my children like homeschooling posted at Mel’s Mouthful on Mothering.

Homeschool Atheist Momma penned a light-hearted post that reminds us that being Unique is often confused with Weird and Momma examines Why Are Homeschool Kids So Annoying?

Harvest Moon by Hand says play is an important part of learning and homeschooling for them. Community festivals and local natural spots – like the ones written about in their post – provide wonderful, spontaneous opportunities to learn. Some of the most memorable parts of homeschooling have looked like “play” to their daughters…when, in fact, there is learning going on and great memories being made! Find more about it at Playtime

Random musings talks about accidentally unschooling on a sick day – and you can find out more about their discoveries at Home Is Possible with this post entitled: I Guess This is What Unschooling Is Like

Petticoat Government shares what their homeschooling looks like this summer with the blogpost Sum, sum, sum-mertime…

Barbara Frank Online asks/answers the question, “How involved should you be with your teens in their daily work?” find out more with her blogpost  Don’t Be Intimidated by Homeschooling for High School (Part 2)

and of course for the Math enthusiasts:
Denise presents Multiplication Challenge posted at Let’s Play Math!. Have some fun playing with multiplication this week: Test your understanding of the process, and then enjoy a couple of cartoon lessons with printable worksheets.

A Child’s Garden shares with us their color preference experiment for Exploring Creation through Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (Lesson 4) lent itself to comparing fractions using the Rule of Four. “What Color Attracts More Birds? – A Lesson in Fractions”

Well that wraps up another issue of the Homeschool Carnival.
I hope you had fun and learned some things…
because that is what Homeschooling is all about!

Don’t forget to fly your American flag on the 14th!

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- Judy Aron is the author of the Libertarian Blog "Consent of the Governed" Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.


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