Here in Alaska, the dark night skies have returned, which means we have the wonderful opportunity to witness this wonderful, awe-inspiring phenomenon.
And with the return of autumn, comes lots and lots of activities.
Some of the activities involve homeschool-related things. Some are related to volunteer work, holidays, family, work, and on and on. I find that this time of year, with these added activities filling up my calendar, I will often find myself stretched too thin. I love homeschooling. I love spending time with my children like this, and it is my first priority. I find myself having a sense of "obligation" that can get me into a great deal of trouble in other areas.
And sometimes that means I have to say "no."
Setting boundaries and limits for our family or personal activities can be hard. I hate to disappoint people, and I always feel awful if I can't be everything to everyone. But I have learned, the hard way, that if I have too much on my plate, I can't finish everything to the best of my ability. If I can't do something 100%, then I am not the person to do it in the first place.
Again, my family comes first. My husband and my children. Everything else is secondary.
Now on to the Carnival!
Here are this week's submissions for the 353rd Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling. There are so many creative and inspiring homeschoolers out there. If homeschooling is a new concept to you... take some time and check them out. Homeschoolers do not fit into a cookie-cutter. We come in every flavor out there...even some you have never heard of!
Seeds of Learning at Homeschool-Idea.com
Pitfalls of Homeschooling the Compliant Child at theHomeschool Circus
Teaching ASL Sign Language to children: Homeschool Resources
Testing Homeschool Knowledge at Corn and Oil
The Fine Art of Standing Aside at Letters from Nebby
Living the Extremes, Finding the Balance at Homeschool Journeys
Should Homeschoolers Keep a Low Profile? atHomeschool and Etc.
Academics vs values at Notes from a Homeschooled Mom
SAQ: Seldom-Asked Questions About Homeschool atHomeschool Atheist Momma
Making Time to Be Alone at Barbara Frank Online
Puffballs! at A Child's Garden
Are You Hiding From God or Hiding In God? atProclaiming God's Faithfulness
Balloons Around the World Day - October 3rd atDenSchool
To Help Homeschooling, I Changed Some of My Routines This Fall at The Thinking Mother
Creating Your Own Preschool Curriculum at MomSCHOOL
Fun Activities about the 2012 Elections at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage
Long Weekend, Time to Get Back to Work at 3 Partners in Shopping: Nana, Mommy & Sissy too!
Fun Mailat Fill Your Bookshelf