Welcome to the October 9, 2012 edition of Carnival of Homeschooling.
First of all, sorry I'm late. It is early Thursday morning here in Illinois as I put the finishing touches on this carnival. It is so early Thursday morning that it is late Wednesday night in California. I hoped to have this ready on time, but I ran into so many deadlines this week that someting had to give. With that said, let's get Carnivalizing!
I think it is pretty comical that I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this week even though I have been not posting consistently about home schooling or anything for the past few months. I signed up for this week's spot months ago long before I started working full time and taking a class along with regular regimen of home educating.
I am so busy it is easy for me to imagine looking like this . . .
Chuck Brown and I cordially welcome you to the Comics edition of the Carnival of Home Schooling.
There are basically 3 things that come to mind when hearing the word comics: comic strips, comic books and stand up comics. Interspersed between this week's Carnival entries I will give my thoughts on all 3 types of comics.
I love reading the comics in the newspaper. I am a big fan of many Comic Strips. I would say my all time favorite 5 are Peanuts, Calvin & Hobbes, For Better or For Worse, Mister Boffo and The Far Side.
One of my favorite Comic Strips is Home Spun Juggling by Cristina Ramos Payne a home school Mom and frequent contributor to this carnival. I did not take the time to solicit posts this week and I am sure that if I had, Cristina would have contributed one. So I am breaking Carnival protocol and including one of her recent strips here as it fits my theme. If you don't like it, you can lump it. (You can take the guy out of Junior High, but you can't take Junior High out of the guy.)
I actually use Comic Books in my home schooling. Spider Droid and I have read Graphic Novel versions of 2000 leagues under the sea and several civil war battles including the Battle of Gettysburg. While you probably you know that you don't have to use comic books for home schooling, Linda Dobson of Parent at the Helm asks the provocative question: Homeschooling, do I need to use textbooks?
I always wanted to be a stand up comic. I am what you'd call a sit down comic. When I get up to tell a joke, I am usually told to sit down.
Steve Martin once said that he believed Ronald Reagan could turn this country (The U.S) into what it once was. He then paused for effect and said : A barren wasteland covered with ice. I happen to be a big fan of Reagan, but still love the joke because it is a classic example of the kind of word play and misdirection stand up comics engage in. Martin and other comedians have taken their comic sensibilities to the internet these days via twitter feeds and other social media. About the time of the Republican National convention, Conan O'Brien tweeted that he saw conservative Latino children playing Marco Rubio at his local pool.
Another one of my favorite comedians Steven Wright once said that he worked at a fire hydrant factory. He then paused and said you couldn't park anywhere near the place. Stand up comics and comic book heroes are similar in that many do their work at night. Mrs.White of The Legacy of Home shares about Home Studies in the Evening Hours.
I am hosting the Carnival of Homeschooling this week. The Carnival was supposed to go up this morning. I have not been able to finish the carnival on time. I hope to have to have the carnival up by Thursday at the latest. My apologies!