The third annual “Back to (Home) School” carnival is here! Well, it will be on Monday. Every Monday in July (starting the 9th, since July has FIVE Mondays this year,) we’ll be joining together to have some fun and learn from each other as we look forward to the upcoming school year. If you’ve never participated before (*gasp!* — just kidding…) you can check out last year’s Back to (Home) School series and posts – the links are still good!

The idea behind the BTHS carnival is best summed up by what I said about it last year:

It’s a month long exhibition of what works for YOU (because sometimes we all need to remind ourselves what we DO have working for us– there’s plenty of opportunity to lament over what’s NOT working.) And most of the time we all enjoy looking at what other people are doing, too. We can find great curriculum recommendations, organizing ideas, record keeping tips and other goodies by taking a minute to step outside of what *we* think and take a look at the advice that other people are offering. (I’m particularly bad about not doing that sometimes.) And that’s my hope for this carnival, that you’d find at least one tip or piece of advice that you can really use to help your school year go even better. And I also hope that it’s fun! And that you find some new blogs and that some new followers find yours.

This year’s schedule of events is as follows:

July 9  – Your Students / Your School

You can do either/or (and/or both.) Share a little about your kids, their interests, their learning styles, (pictures if you want, or none if you don’t.) If you’d rather, write about your homeschool, your school name, your goals for the year, that sort of thing. It’s up to you!

July 16 – Your curriculum (or must haves, or resources, etc.)

One of our favorite things to look at – what books and resources do others use? You may not have all of it yet (or any,) or even know what you want yet. But that’s okay, join in anyway!

July 23 – Your School Day / Lesson Planning

We love to learn from each other when it comes to scheduling our day and planning (even record keeping.) What does a day of school look like for you? Do you lesson plan? Do you have an amazing record keeping system? You can write about all of these if you want to, but you don’t have to!

July 30 – Your School Room / Area

(I saved this one for last this year!) Where does school happen for you? Show us your space – whether it’s a room, a corner, or the dining room table! Don’t forget to share your bookshelves, file cabinets, and whatever else you use to organize your school stuff. Organizing is something we ALL love to see!

The linkies are found on each page and are open through the end of August (2012.) See you there!

P.S. I know there will LOTS of linkies for back to school posts over the next couple of months!! Don’t feel bad about linking up posts that you’ve already written for something else, just throw a linkback in the bottom and join in! What I’m saying is, I don’t expect you to write NEW posts for this carnival if you’re already writing for something else, I’m not expecting you to do twice the work! What I AM saying is that we all travel in different circles, so while some of the Back to (Home) School participants may overlap with other carnivals you’re sure to find and benefit from some new blogs here at BTHS. So let’s have some fun together!

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Hey, y’all! I’m Amber and I wear many hats. I drink a ton of coffee and I’m constantly sweeping crumbs off the floor. After 18 years of homeschooling, I’m getting close to graduating my third child and now we are starting over at preschool with our fourth, Lil Miss Mouse. She keeps us young and she’s the main reason for my excessive coffee consumption. Drink up!