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New Series! Homeschool Teens and Jobs

Homeschool teens and jobs can be so rewarding! I’m here to help with tons of tips!

Almost all of us remember our first job, whether they were really great, or really awful.  I landed my first job working the jewelry department at a department store at 15.  I was so proud of myself.  Now, two of my kids are working and number three is on the hunt.  We’ve learned a lot over the past several years, trying to balance homeschool, extracurriculars, jobs and social lives.  It wasn’t always easy, but we made it work.

I thought I’d share what we learned with you in a new blog post series, Homeschool Teens and Jobs.   Heres’s what I plan on covering for the next five Thursdays:

  • Balancing work, school, and extracurriculars
  • Where to apply
  • Interviewing
  • Things you and your teen should know about working
  • How to fit a homeschool schedule around your teen’s job
  • Teaching them to manage money
  • Dress for success
  • Responsibility-Asking my child to pay for things

Homeschool Teens & Jobs

Preview!  Next Thursday’s post will be all about applying, interviewing and landing that first job.  Stay tuned!

Do you have any other suggestions or ideas that you would like to know about having a teen working while homeschooling?  Let me know!

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Check out My New Homeschool Planner!

It’s a black tie event!  Or should I say a Hot Pink tie event?  The beautiful Tuxedo Homeschool Planner is here and ready for you!

This is the cutest, or should I say chicest homeschool planner that I’ve ever designed.  I am in love with the tuxedo bows.  Makes me wish I was still homeschooling just so I could use it!  It has everything you need, just like all of my other planner designs.  But, just like a simple black tux, with a crisp white shirt is simple elegance, that is how I designed this planner.  It has simple crisp, black and white pages with a touch of hot pink.

To give it a look, go to My Shop page here and to purchase you can go to my Etsy shop here.

How to Use Your Vacation To Sneak In Fun Summer Learning

Think a vacation is just a vacation? What about using it to slip in some serious learning fun and gain a few extra school days at the same time?

I love vacations!  They are the best.  They’re relaxing, casual, lazy, crazy and educational.  Yes, I said educational.  Think I’m crazy?  It was so funny when my kids were younger and my friends heard that I counted trips to the aquarium, and the battleship as school days while we were on vacation.  Why not?  I was able to in them at a homeschool discount and they were having a great time and learning.  So, I counted them as homeschool days, even though we were on vacation.

But then, more of my friends started to do it.  Matter of fact, we found out that a veteran homeschool family, had been doing it every summer for years.  Every summer they packed up their RV and traveled!  They loved it and had the most special memories.  The dad even spoke about it at one of our support group meetings.  Don’t fret if you don’t have an RV, I don’t have one either, but you can still make some great summer vacation memories and clock in some insane learning!

There are several ways to get in some fun summer learning that you can count as school days.  You can go to a destination vacation overseas and visit a foreign country.  There would be museums to see, cultural experiences, and lots of history.  Your child could try out speaking a foreign language that they are learning.  The possibilities are endless!

Take a destination trip to somewhere like Colonial Williamsburg.  Every state has historic sites.  Really take some time to experience them.  But don’t think of just history, think science, math and art, too.  You could make these trips really immersive, or just a casual visit.  You want to have fun as a family.  The trick to summer learning is that it’s not forced learning on vacations, it’s casual and memorable because the whole family is having fun.

Don’t forget about National and State parks!  They have all kinds of things going on and lots of learning opportunities besides camping.  Have your kids make a photo journal of plants and trees on a nature hike.  Learn about local wildlife.  Learn about the terrain, geology and any history.

Take short day trips to local sites near you.  I live in place that is surrounded by history from colonial to modern.  I’ve lived here my whole life and there are tons of things that I haven’t even seen, or heard of that are within an hour of my house.  Think of trips like that.  Take off and go to the zoo for the day.  Maybe do a civil war trail in your town.  Go see a reenactment of a battle.

Here’s a really easy idea!  Have your kids, or teens interview people who you know, about their life.  Let them tell them what it was like during a war, or living during a particular time period.  It doesn’t have to be a serious Q & A, just a nice sit down chat.  What about your own backyard?  Take a walk in a park and look at tadpoles.  Get creative!

And don’t forget about those amazing summer nights under the stars.  Start the day at a planetarium.  Then, when it gets dark out, break out the telescope!  Spend the night under that stars and fun looking for planets.

There are tons of ways to sneak in summer learning while on vacation, besides a kid’s camp;  whether you travel, or stay home. Just don’t make it forced, your kids need a little break from homeschool and so do you.  Don’t forget to check with places that you visit and ask if they offer discounts to homeschool teachers and students.  Lots of places do.  There are even homeschool travel agents out there to help you plan a perfect trip!

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Movies For School

Movies are a great way to spark interest in a subject, book or time period for school…

They also make a great reward for completing a book.  We are huge movie buffs at our house and I use a lot of movies, documentaries or TV specials to break up the monotony or as a reward or in place of a book if we’re short on time or I really just want them to get to know the story.  Sometimes a movie can give you a better understanding of the time period or subject.  Here are some of the movies we used over the years.  I hope to get it organized by age and time period and with a review of each movie.  This isn’t a complete list, but it’s a great starting point!  Keep checking back, I’m sure to be adding more titles!

I recommend for anything over PG that you watch it first and make sure of what you want your kids to see.  Sometimes, the TV version is better than the full DVD version.  For example, I love Braveheart but I’d only watched it on TV and when I got the DVD I was surprised to find out that they moon the English army and there was nothing under their kilts and it’s a lot bloodier than what I’d seen on TV.  So use your judgment and not mine.

Just click on the picture to be taken to a description of the movie and preview clips if available.

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Ancient History/Mythology

   

 

  

Middle Ages

  

 

Exploration up to early 1900’s

  

 

  

  

  

  

   

  

 

   

  

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Good Books!

      

Thanksgiving/Christmas

   

Biblical

    

Documentaries

 

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Girl Talk Time: Hysterectomy

Time to talk about some girly issues for a moment and something very personal to me, a hysterectomy…

As I’m writing this all kinds of emotions are flooding me, anger, hurt, disappointment, fear and even some depression. I have found out that I’m going to have to have a hysterectomy. I should be throwing a party, right? Who doesn’t want to get rid of having their periods? They’re a pain, literally and that bloating, month after month. So why am I so hesitant and having all of these emotions while my friends are just like, “Yank that thing out!” “What’s the big deal?” I’m not really sure, if I was a little younger and thought that there was a possibility that I might want more children, then I would definitely understand what the big deal was. But I’ve been done having kids for quite some time now and I’ve come to learn that for myself, even after having problems since the very first visit from my little friend, and wishing that this would all go away, that maybe, I’m not as ready now that it’s a reality like I thought.

First of all, let me point out, I’m in no way a doctor and I can not and will not take the place of your doctor. Ok, disclaimer done!

There are so many emotions that have hit me when I found out that I was going to have to have one and to my surprise joy wasn’t one of them. I have been diagnosed with Adenomyosis. It’s like Endometriosis, but inside the muscle wall of your uterus. Yuck! And very painful. I have learned that a lot of what I’ve been suffering through for years (since my 20’s), lower back pain and painful, heavy periods was not normal. I thought it was normal. Aren’t we taught that periods are uncomfortable? It’s just a part of life, right? Apparently not.

I guess I just got used to it. I was busy with babies, and then kids, homeschool, teens and now young adults. I didn’t have time to think about it. Again, I just thought my periods were normal and I didn’t find out till recently that it wasn’t. If you have painful periods, or heavy periods, talk to your doctor. It may not be normal. We girls don’t take our girly health seriously at all. I went for years without going to an ob/gyn after my last daughter was born; I think probably about 10 years. So now, I’m experiencing all kinds of emotions like fear.

Fear is an easy one to start with. I’m fearful of having major surgery and yes, I know that makes me a bit of a wimp, but I don’t care. Fear of the recovery process and how much pain I might be in, but knowing I actually might be feeling better than I have in while. By the way, how am I supposed to finish up homeschooling this year when I’m stuck in bed? Ugh! I feel angry because, I’m mad that I must have surgery. Angry that my body has betrayed me. Anger that my husband doesn’t talk to me about my surgery except to ask when I’m going to schedule it (Please note, he’s a great husband, but he’s a man and sometimes they don’t understand girly stuff). Anger that I can’t bring myself to schedule a date. I’m angry because my daughter and I just got on a roll with homeschool again because she has to deal with EDS and it’s her senior year and I wanted it to be perfect.

I’m disappointed with myself, although none of this is my fault, personally. I hurt physically and emotionally. Although I have all the children I want, it’s the finality of it. I will NEVER be able to have kids again. And I’m totally frustrated because now I have to get everything together in advance to finish out homeschool this year and now everything else I wanted to do is shot. Like gardening, I wanted to have a garden this year. That’s shot! And I wanted to work on our addition and for me that’s shot! There are so many emotions and I wasn’t prepared for them. I’m still dealing with them and will be for quite some time.

I did find out that I’m not the only one that feels like this. I found Hystersisters.com an online support and information group for women going through a hysterectomy. I was so surprised by how many women grieve over it, like me and that it’s not being crazy, it’s natural. It is a process and I will get through it. Have you been through this? Have you had a hysterectomy? I will probably be blogging about my experience, as a way of helping myself, but hopefully it will encourage other women to get to their doctors and take their own girly health seriously. We can’t be supermom, if we’re in pain or sick. We have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our families and it’s part of setting a good example for own daughters.Blog Signature

 

Dipped Rice Krispies Treats

Want to get fancy with your rice krispies treats?  Try this easy how to…

Emily and I made these for my great-niece’s first birthday party.  They were a huge hit, especially with the adults; because we’re all just kids at heart!  They are so much fun to make and go great for any occasion, holiday, or any day.  Not to mention, they’re super quick to make.  Maybe I’ll make some today!

Start with any rice krispy treat recipe that you like.  I prefer the original recipe here.  You need a semi-thick recipe because if it’s too soft, it won’t maintain it’s shape, and if it’s too dense then it’s just really hard to eat.  That’s why I prefer the original recipe; it’s the perfect consistency.  Feel free to use your favorite, just remember you may need to cut back on the butter a bit if it’s too soft.

Once treats have cooled, flip out onto a cutting board and using a cookie cutter, cut into your favorite shape.  I just did squares using a chef’s knife.  Be creative and have fun!

Melt chocolate for dipping.  Any chocolate will work.  I used Wilton’s Candy Melts in pink and purple.  Follow the directions on the package for melting the chocolate or candy melts.

Dip treats into chocolate!  That’s it!  Place on wax paper to dry.  Unless that’s as much decorating as you want, or you want to add sprinkles now, then do so while it’s still tacky so they’ll stick!  But if you want to add more color keep reading!

Next comes the decorating part!  We melted purple and used a spoon to drizzle it on the treats.  You can be really creative here and use multiple colors or add sprinkles, chocolate chips or candies.  Really anything your heart desires, so have fun and get the kids involved!

Need some more inspiration?  Check out these links below:

Spring Rice Krispie Pops from Glorious Treats

Birthday Cake Rice Krispie Treats from Celebrating Sweets

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats from Dreaming in DIY

Rice Krispie Treat Hearts from Intimate Weddings

First birthday Rice Krispie Treats from Pretty My Party

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Get a Head Start on Homeschool Supplies!

Wanna get great homeschool products, curriculum and even online classes at great prices?  You have to go to CurrClick’s Summer Sale!

You can get my products, and tons of other publishers, including my new Daily Homeschool Life 2017-2018 planner at 30% off!  Just click the picture below to view the main sale.

I must disclose that I’m an affiliate and publisher on CurrClick, but more than that, I have bought and used products from other publishers in my own homeschool.  They are quality products at amazing prices.  You have to check them out!

To go to my publisher page just click here!CurrClick Summer Sale

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If you are a homeschooler and you haven’t used CurrClick yet, what are you waiting for?

Disclaimer:  I am an affiliate of CurrClick and I am publisher.

But more than that, I am a mom that has used CurrClick for years.  They offer great homeschool products and online classes at amazing prices.  You have to check them out!  Starting June 5th – 12th, they are having a huge 30% off Summer Sale.  Tons of publishers, including yours truly, Creative Girl Publishing, will have their products on sale.  This is a great time to get what you need for summer classes, or next school year.  Go check them out!

New Homeschool Planner Designs Coming Soon!

I’m so excited! New homeschool planner designs are coming your way soon…

It’s going to get really busy around here, at least around my desk.  I’ve got all these amazing design ideas for new homeschool planners and accessories.  I can’t wait to get started!  I’m even going to be revamping my older planners so that they will no longer be year specific and you can use them from year to year.

I’m also going to be giving my books major upgrades.  I’m really into crisp, clean and minimalist.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t be pretty!  Of course, they will pretty and girly.

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