Carnival of Homeschooling – Summer Camp Edition!

by Carletta on June 21, 2011

Last summer, a friend called to ask if I knew of any inexpensive summer camps. The cheapest summer camp she could find cost $150 per week! Aren’t you glad that we can give our children all those fun summer experiences right in our own homes?

Welcome to the Summer Camp edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling!


Summer camp gives children an opportunity to escape the confines of the classroom. These posts describe the benefits of homeschooling and share ways homeschoolers can free themselves from limiting beliefs:

Cindy from Get Along Home presents Things I Can’t Get Homeschoolers to Admit – Part 4, encouraging us to fess up and admit that chores are not schoolwork.

Happy Elf Mom from Homeschool and Etc. presents Homeschool Home Help, asking, Do you want to get advice on how to run your home from the makers of your curriculum?

In Homeschooling with Purpose – Purposeful Children, Amy from Raising Arrows encourages Christian homeschoolers to set aside guilt and remain focused on God as we homeschool our children.

At Association for Homeschooling, Bouwe van der Eems presents Public schools: Should parents patiently wait for the minister? – discussing the status of public schools in South Africa and the options available to parents.

And Henry from Why Homeschool shares a Nice Video about the Benefits of Homeschooling.

Arts, Crafts, Games and The Great Outdoors

No summer camp would be complete without arts & crafts, games and outdoor activities. Add fun to your summer with the following ideas:

Cathy from NurtureStore shares a free ebook Let’s Play Dough with all the playdough recipes you need, tips for mixing in math, literacy and science and a year’s worth of activity ideas.

Maureen from Spell Outloud presents Pretend Play: Preschool Ice Cream Store, sharing recipes and printables your preschoolers can use to run their own ice cream shop using scented play dough.

Vera Lang presents Newsprint Art at Fine Craft Guild, saying, “Teach fun in the sun, teach recycling, teach how to make roses, teach how to make art, teach creating handmade gifts… all in 1 home-made art project that does not cost a dime.”

At PJ’s All Day, Dena discusses the value of imagination, creativity and children who know how to entertain themselves in her post on Entertainment Free Education.

Angela Gray presents There’s Life Outside posted at Team Gray!, saying, “The outside has cures for what ails you.”

Amy shares a collection of picture books for young soccer enthusiasts in her post 7 Children’s Books About Soccer posted at Delightful Children’s Books.

Lisa Nehring presents Mud Works & Crepe Filling posted at Golden Grasses.

Angela of Blissfully Domestic shares 5 Educational Activities in Your Backyard.

Jamie presents Living Social Studies with Adventure! posted at Homeschool Online, saying, “Homeschoolers have that unique opportunity of making adventure the schoolhouse.”

And I share ideas to help you get moving and get fit in my post Moving to Win! – Get Your Groove Back, Part 4 here at Successful Homeschooling.

The 3 R’s and More

Summer is a great time to take learning outside of the box. Here are some thoughts on learning, along with creative ways to study the 3 R’s (and more!) in your summer camp:

Read Aloud Dad presents How To Travel AND Keep Your Kids Learning, saying, “Forget about batteries. Forget about electricity cords or AC adaptors. Forget about portable DVD players and electronic devices. It is time to introduce your kids to literacy-based fun that runs on some serious brain power.”

Nebby at Letters from Nebby presents Books in Which Children Find Themselves, and wonders what parents can learn from books that allow children to solve their own problems.

Laura Grace Weldon presents What Movies Tell Girls, saying, “What do movies (even kids’ movies) teach our children? You’d be surprised.”

At, PARENT AT THE HELM, Linda shares ideas for learning FUN with children in her post, 20 Money-Saving, Fun, Early Years Learning Ideas.

Joyce from Homeschooling High School presents Flash Cards for Studying & Vocabulary, sharing resources homeschoolers can use to create, study, test and print flashcards.

Sarah writes a review of 500 Writing Prompts for Kids at SmallWorld.

In Narration is Hard, Jimmie discusses narration problems and shares tips and resources that make narration easier. She also shares a Pilgrim’s Progress Homeschool Unit Study full of planning ideas and printable resources.

And Kathi presents Reading, Reading, Reading at Homeschool Online, sharing the joy of teaching her son to read.

Fellowship and Fun!

The best aspects of summer camp are the fellowship and fun! Here are some thoughts on socialization, along with ideas for nurturing family relationships:

Mrs. White presents How My Children Learned Social Skills posted at The Legacy of Home.

Cristina shares her Princess Bride homeschooling story in Personal Favorites: Revisiting the Fire Swamp posted at Home Spun Juggling.

Laura Grace Weldon presents Gentle Nurturance=Gentle World?, asking, “Does the way we nurture our children affect society at large? Yes it does.”

And Divya presents Feelings and Growth posted at Inside the Child, sharing thoughts about how each child is unique.

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Share Your Post in the Next Carnival of Homeschooling!

Submitting a post to the Carnival of Homeschooling is a great way to share your best blog posts with other homeschoolers. Just send an e-mail to by 6:00 PM on the Monday before the carnival. Please include the following information in your e-mail:

Title of Post
URL of Post
Name of Blog
URL of Blog
Brief summary of the post
(With “carnival” or “submission” in the subject field of the email.)

Follow this link to learn more about participating in the Carnival of Homeschooling.

Many thanks to the Cates family for organizing the carnival and giving me the opportunity to host it here at Successful Homeschooling!

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Rose :: June 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

Thanks for a GREAT CARNIVAL. Will link back to you, and make a FB announcement as well.


Cristina June 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for putting together a great carnival! Sorry I was so ridiculously late with my submission. Thanks for adding it!

Peace and Laughter!


Tiffany (As For My House) June 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

Thanks so much for this lovely carnival!!

By far the easiest way to submit to the carnival (for you, AND for the host) is to use the simple form at BlogCarnival:

…And, as next week’s host, I do hope you’ll join us! 😉


Joyce June 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thank you for including my blog in your carnival, what a fun idea.

Peace, <


Victoria June 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

You did an EXCELLENT job with the carnival this week!


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