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TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Teaching Money Management

Teaching Money Management: Using Cash (Part 3)

There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of point in spending tremendous time and energy to homeschool children in an array of academic subjects, in order to prepare them for becoming responsible adults, if they are sent out in the world completely unprepared to handle money effectively. Part 1 and Part 2 of this series took a look at some of the ways homeschoolers can teach children money management skills, and set them up for success for the rest of their lives. Another fundamental principle for effective money management is to teach children to use cash to make purchases. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Teaching Money Management

Teaching Money Management: Give, Save, Keep (Part 2)

Fortunately, with a little bit of intentionality, homeschoolers can prepare their children to have healthy money habits from an early age. Part 1 detailed that money management training should include three major elements: giving, saving, and keeping, and that each of these areas not only prepares the child for financial well-being, but also develops character qualities which are even more fundamental than managing the money itself. One of the best ways to do build money management skills is to establish the principle that money is earned through work. Continue reading »

Homeschoolers: A Lifestyle of Opting Out Part 2

Many homeschoolers choose to do life differently from the norm. Interestingly, the choice to teach children in a way that goes against the status quo often belies an approach that permeates into many other areas of homeschoolers’ lives – the approach of “opting out” of the culturally accepted way of doing things. From choices about socialization to vaccination, it’s not a surprise that parents who so conscientiously (often at great personal and familial challenge) choose a non-conventional way of educating would also question the societally “given” path in many other areas. Continue reading »

Tips for Keeping Children Engaged, Part 2

Young children, as well as many special needs children, often struggle with keeping attention and focus during academics. Tips for Keeping Children Engaged Part 1 looked at some simple ways to help keep students engaged and interested in school work. Here are some additional tips for how you can help your child to stay on track and maintain his/her focus. Continue reading »

What’s Next? 8 Options After High School, Part 2

Last month, we explored four of the traditional college options for what comes after homeschooling high school.  This month, we will continue our discussion by looking at four less-traditional options – options that are growing in popularity and should be explored with your teen.  I say four options, but really one of them is a path I would not recommend.  Read on to discover some of the roads less traveled for homeschool high school graduates.  You may discover a path that fits your family perfectly. Continue reading »

Overwhelmed by Homeschooling and Life – Part 2

In Part 1, I described some difficulties that come with homeschooling and how to handle them. Now I think I should also remind those newer to homeschooling of all the advantages of this lifestyle. When we began homeschooling, it was so nice for us to be able to stay in on a cold rainy day and read book after book while the neighbor kids stood out in the rain waiting for the bus. I remember my kids spending happy hours in the basement, using an easel my sister gave them to paint masterpieces while I put classical music on the tape player (“Peter and the Wolf” was a special favorite; I loved it because it introduced my children to the orchestra and the instruments used in it.) Continue reading »

Learning Styles Part 4

This is part 4 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here. Does your child never stop moving? Does she like to get her hands on things and tend to “jump right in” to try out an activity? If so, your child may be a kinesthetic learner. A child’s Continue reading »

Learning Styles Part 3

This is part 3 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here.   "My child never stops talking" "I can’t watch a movie with her because she asks so many questions" "He interrupts me constantly" If any of these statements have been said by you, it is likely you Continue reading »

Learning Styles Part 2

This is part 2 of 4 in a series about learning styles. You can read part 1 here. Does your child like bright, stimulating colors? Does she scribble or doodle during homeschool lessons? Do you find your child always wanting to watch someone demonstrate how to do something before he tries it? If so, your Continue reading »

Tips For Struggling Readers – Page 2

Many people who struggle with reading have low self-esteem and feel stupid. They may have been called “stupid” or “lazy”. All research has been conclusive in proving that difficulty with reading has nothing to do with intelligence. If you know someone who feels this way, them know that their reading struggles have nothing to do Continue reading »

Avoid the Biggest Mistakes When Teaching Science Part 3

… Continued from Page 2 Mistake #5. Fear of making mistakes. Honestly, now… when do you learn more?  When you make mistakes, or when you get it right?  And how many of us have a hard time letting our kids make mistakes? Edison made thousands of mistakes before he invented the light bulb. Or did Continue reading »

Avoid the Biggest Mistakes When Teaching Science Part 2

… Continued from Page 1 Mistake #3. No space for the job. Once your child excited enough about something that they want to take it and run, your next task is to give them what they need! Now, kids need their own space. However, parents worldwide go crazy with the pack-rat syndrome kids seems to Continue reading »

Homeschool Conventions, Part 3: Workshops

Homeschool Conventions, Part 3: Workshops

Homeschool Conventions: At most bookfairs, there are two kinds of seminars: vendor workshops and non-vendor seminars/workshops. Each have their own benefits. Continue reading »

Homeschool Conventions, Part 2: Curriculum

Homeschool Conventions, Part 2: Curriculum

Homeschool Conventions: Sometimes we think that we might save money if we buy at a fair, BUT, if you are buying impulsively, you may live to regret that purchase. Continue reading »