Vintage Homeschool Moms

Making Money From Home

making money from homeLet’s Talk About Making Money At Home with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #176

Making money at home has never been easier…or harder. The options can be overwhelming. Do you know your passion? What is the right business for you? In this podcast, we discuss options and ideas for starting your own part-time job, from home.

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Show Notes – Making Money At Home

Criteria: Look at your Season – Sales of products/ franchises / MLM

  1. Younger: with little kids
    1. Home parties
    2. Essential oils, or housewares/ make-up
    3. Socialize, meet people, make money
  2. Busy Mom: Looked for products w/ least amount of work
    1. Had to love the product
    2. Wanted to earn points/ sales to get free product
    3. Recruit others
  3. Mom of Teens: Looked for products with great growth potential – something that can scale
    1. Had to love the product – see value and benefit
    2. Needed to see almost immediate results
    3. Great income potential

Rules – When you should start a home business?

  1. Only if you are caught up on everything else
  2. If you have your spouse’s support
  3. If you are passionate about the product/ service
  4. Bandwidth – We run out of energy and time, especially homeschool moms – so it is important to figure out how much time it will take and your ability to keep up
  5. To make money – notice this is last. IT will come, every single venture I’ve worked has made money, but I stay with the things that I am passionate about…

Finding Your Passion –

  1. Blogging:
  2. Service:
  3. Product:
  4. Sales:

Gain More Time In Your Day

gain more time in your dayLet’s Talk… and Gain More Time In Your Day with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #175

We all struggle! In this podcast Felice will share how YOU can gain more time in your day with this one bit of advice that is sure to help. So if you are under a mountain of to-do’s that can’t get done, be sure to listen to this podcast for real help.

 

Thanks to our show sponsorElephant Learning

14-days free trial and evaluation of your child’s learning potential. Don’t miss this great opportunity for our listeners.

 

Show Notes: How to gain more time in your day

Handout: Gain More Time in Your Day – Flyer

Here is where I struggle –

  1. I have trouble putting things on a list
  2. I have trouble following the order of a list – even if I put things on it
  3. Life happens – even if we list or plan

Here are some reasons I accomplish my goals

  1. I pray – I begin my day with God first
  2. I am single focused –
  3. I multi-task – and maybe you can’t but this is how I’m wired.

Exercise

exerciseLet’s Talk About Exercise – It is Not a 4 Letter Word! with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast 174 – Vintage Homeschool Moms ShortCuts

I never liked exercise and I don’t like it now… but I hope after I throw out this challenge, my dislike of exercise changes! In an effort to get healthy and avoid the dreaded time and effort it takes to exercise, I’ll make it a priority. I hope you take me up on this challenge!

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Show Notes: Exercise

My Goals to Exercise!

  1. I will walk at least one mile each day and build up to 3-5 miles daily
  2. Add some type of aerobic or stretching exercise
  3. I will eat healthy foods
  4. After I walk I get a reward!
  5. My goal is to lose 5 lbs this month
  6. My goal is to lose 20lbs overall

 

My plan to reach my goals to exercise and lose weight

  1. I’m going to get on the scale and record my weight – again, I’m not brave enough to share that with all of you – but I’m going to have that info so I have a place to begin.
  2. I will use devices such as mobile apps to attain my fitness goal. There are all kinds of apps – I’m actually using a free one for now, but I may consider purchasing it because it has all kinds of information that I can use.
  3. I’m going to use the 4Life supplements – my portal is here  – I will take Citri-Shape Trio – It is a weight loss management supplement – that helps boost my metabolism I will let you know how that works!
  4. Start a conversation on my private group page for our radio network to keep me on task! –  and join me! Post your victories or struggles with me.
  5. And – I am going to do this with your help – LOTS of prayer and help from my family!I pray you have success…

 

Elephant Learning Math Matters

Elephant Learning Math Matters the importance of math in early education is a predictor of later academic success

Math Matters with Elephant Learning

Early Learning

Learning begins at an early age. We are bombarded with early learning programs for our children and as homeschool parents, we are rightly very wary of the predicted results. In college I majored in Education and “Early Childhood Education” was an extra certification to my degree. I loved it! As a student, I had the opportunity to work with preschoolers and play games to gauge their understanding as well as propel their love of learning. We would show them two beakers of water, one a tall beaker and the other a squatty one. Then we had two pitchers of water with equal amounts that they watched us pour in the beakers. We’d then point and ask them which beaker held more water. The results were telling of their developmental age. The taller beaker was always considered the one with “more” water.

Fast forward to homeschooling my own children and my cupboards were overflowing with early learning games, many that my grandchildren now use. I love the idea of teaching young children to learn through play. So, when I met the CEO of Elephant Learning, I looked at the program and their claims with a very critical eye. The credentials of the creator of the software was impeccable, the studies based on a grant to the University of Denver impressive yet, I was still uncertain. Until I discussed the ideas behind the CEO’s purpose, and that was to bring math education to young children in order to jump start their learning not only in math, but across the board in all subjects. Okay. Now I was interested.

Please listen to my interview with Dr. Nargath as he explains his view on early math learning, his software program, Elephant Learning based in part on his business partner’s research based algorithms and his donations of one program for each one sold to a needy family. See what you think about this math program for your young children.

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Math Equals Success – Elephant Learning

math equals success - elephant learningLet’s Talk About How Math Equals Success  – Felice Gerwitz interviews Dr. Aditya Nagrath

Podcast # 173

As a long time homeschool mom, it takes a very special program to impress me – and this one impressed me enough to interview the CEO of Elephant Learning, Dr. Nagrath, who holds a PhD in Math and Computer Science. Ater realizing that early math learning is not only effective it can make the difference in the outcomes of a child’s improvement in education across the board!

Visit our sponsor Elephant Learning’s special offer for our listeners! ElephantLearning.com/mediaangels for a free 14-day trial with no credit card necessary. Also, sign up to receive the 50% off offer.

Did you know that math is the foundation for all learning?

 

I’m so excited to bring you a very special show – special because it isn’t often that the mainstream is supportive of the homeschool community and my guest and I crossed paths through a mutual friend some time ago, and when he shared his vision I was intrigued not only by his passion – but his excitement about the homeschool community. Some of you may not remember that my degree is in Education – with a certification in Early Childhood Learning and Specific Learning Disabilities – as it was termed then, however – I’m extremely interested as a homeschool parent in allowing our children free time to think, to explore and to learn – I’m also a big advocate of early childhood learning.

My guest and his team care enough about learning and homeschooling that they’ve agreed to sponsor  – the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network, and share a very special offer specifically for our listeners. Our sponsor is ElephantLearning – and my special guest is Dr. Aditya Nagrath who is the CEO and PhD in Math and Computer science – welcome, Dr. Nagrath –

 1. What made you decide to create an early learning program?

  • Alvaro Meeting
  • Flashback to childhood, mother
  • Expecting a child
  • How do I pass this gift to my child and the world?

A legacy is important to me as a homeschool parent – we want out children to gain from their experiences and education is essential to enter the job market competitively. I’m impressed that you used your time and talents for this purpose – but even further…

2. You and Alvaro spoke in great detail about early learning and education – how does this information impact those who homeschool—as well as the parents in general?

  • Preschool math scores predict entire life
  • Preschool -> 5th grade, it was not just math but English, social studies, reading scores … math scores predicted reading scores better than math scores.
  • Another study showed that 8th-grade math scores predict High School Drop out rates
  • 2 out of 3 high school students are not proficient at math
  • Many of the students that go to college and try to go into STEM end up changing majors.
  • Can you imagine, we tell our children right now that they can grow up to be anything they want… but 4 out 5 students enter kindergarten ALREADY BEHIND!
  • and statistically speaking, the students that are behind tend to stay behind unless there is an intervention. So you are telling me that children even if they are homeschooled children can enter kindergarten prepared, yet can fall behind? How does that happen?
  • Did you know that 50% of 1st and 2nd graders have math anxiety?

Felice -My prediction would be that many school children today have math anxiety because of common core and homeschoolers may or may not fall into this category, however, I can say that for some of my children math was their least favorite subject – so, please go on…

  • When you are a child who does not understand what a teacher or parent is saying in an academic setting…  it can be scary…
  • memorization strategy —> 1. ) NO adult can tell they don’t understand the concepts
  • you can memorize addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, processes of fractions but when you get to algebra its game over.
  • Statistically speaking at this point you never recover.

Felice – I homeschooled five children at various ends of the educational spectrum – and I found with my struggling learners that they could do the steps but you are right – often they did not understand the concepts.

4. Why do you think that the curriculum we typically use as homeschoolers designed for young children is not enough to teach children the math language?

  • What we do Elephant Learning is we introduce math experiences and add the language around it
  • And as we evaluate your child, we give you  tips on how they can add these math experiences to every day life
  • We know that our curriculum will propel your child forward if they are advanced or catch them up if they are behind

5. Homeschool parents often have more than one child, so how does a busy mom, perhaps with multiple children oversee their toddler essentially – because your program is geared for 2-8 year olds  –  how much parental supervision should be expected? *

  • Application does not need any supervision —>
  • Our activities come from University of Denver professors, who did research with grant money in early-age math education
  • They tested the activities against a control group and have a statistically proven result
  • The games alone cause learning.
  • But being able to integrate math into play time with a parent is like strapping on a jet pack…
  • playing basketball
  • board games

6. Felice – I’m one of those parents who doesn’t like their kids in front of screens for an extended period of time – so, what do you say to parents like me?

  • We recommend play time between 10-30 minutes a day.
  • The puzzles are hard for children, and if your child is getting tired it is natural, they are thinking hard… let them rest

Felice – I always taught my children that if the work is easy – they already know the information and if it is difficult that it is new material they are learning, so it is good to hear that when they reach frustration level they can stop…

  • We like to have a minimum of 10 minutes a day and a goal of around 60 minutes a week.  That is just the dosage that the research said was effective on the activities and what we base our guarantees on.
  • There are people in our system that are doing half the time and still getting surprising results.

7. Felice – When should a parent begin to see results?

  • After 30 minutes, the learning begins.
  • We have a child in our system now who is 3.5 years old and working math concepts that is typically taught in kindergarten.  She joined the system in mid October.  So you should see results fairly quickly.

8. So, you offer a free 14-day trial without a credit card –  what is it that the parents and their children are getting for this 14 day trial?

They get a 14-day free assessment of their child’s ability, what he knows and doesn’t know, at the end of 14-days the parent has the option to continue with the program with the discount code “mediaangels” – this will deduct 50% off the yearly membership. This is for your listeners only.

Felice – So, you are saying that for 14 days the child will have an evaluation and from this evaluation – sooner if they finish it quicker you will have a math baseline to show an increase in learning if they play the game consistently…

Yes – that is right.

9. As an early childhood education advocate – and longtime homeschool parent, I love your passion for early learning and your specific mission to help children succeed…   Why don’t you tell us more about that?

  • Children in low-resource communities are statistically speaking 3 years behind their funded peers.
  • 48% drop out rate in these neighborhoods
  • Graduating class of 2007 —> $329 Billion dollars in lifetime wages —> not including from changed majors
  • Imagine how getting children to just understand the teacher would change their life? how would it affect their families? their possibilities and outlook on life?
  • that is why EL offers Buy one give one program.  Purchase a subscription we give one to a family that is in need.

[Elephant Learning – gives free classes to a charity of our choice and we selected Homeschool Foundation the charity arm of HSLDA!]

Felice – this is wonderful information and I love that you are donating programs to underprivileged and also HSF because education is the key, and that is why homeschoolers can benefit from using this program with their children – so, as I promised earlier we have a special portal that will offer a special price point for homeschool families…

I want to thank-you for taking the time to come on Vintage Homeschool Moms – and also for your support of the homeschool community specifically through your sponsorship of our podcast network for homeschoolers – (You can say something here –

I want to let you know, as our listeners that we—all of the podcasters on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network are here to come along side you and your homeschool journey. As our network grows it is thanks to sponsors like Elephant Learning that we can stay on the air with quality broadcasts that help you in your daily work as a homeschool parent. I want to thank you for listening – trying out our sponsors and sharing this podcast with your friends. You can listen on iTunes, Google Play – any podcast app or on our website VintageHomeschoolMoms.com –

More Love, Joy Peace and Exercise

love, joy, peace, and exerciseLet’s Talk About: More Love, Joy, Peace and Exercise

Let’s Talk! IT’s time to get down to basics – we all want more love, joy, and peace – but what about exercise. That is a hard one for me, exercise is the last thing on the list for me. I’m surrounded by family members that do some type of physical fitness or training, every day. My participation consists of being supportive, until now. I’ve learned that love, joy, and peace can all be improved by exercise. Join me today as we discuss this topic.

Thanks to this week’s sponsors!

Fast Track Micro Business, now a product of Media Angels.com created by Carol Topp!- every wanted to start a business? Here is a step-by-step plan

 

and our website sponsor!

Elephant Learning – playing math games creates smart kids! Who knew? Visit our special portal for a free trial and evaluation plus a special offer just for our listeners. Listen to podcast 173 for the access code and more info on how to get your 14-day trial for up to three kids – with no credit card necessary!

 

Show notes: Love, Joy, Peace and Exercise 

  1. The connection between how you feel and what you do.
  2. Exercise – hidden connections
  3. Planning – how to juggle being a busy homeschool mom with a few minutes to feel better

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No Time For Mom

no time for momLet’s Talk About You! No Time For Mom with Felice Gerwitz

We are busy. We homeschool, we run errands, manage a household, take care of kids and of course, that is only what we do by day! Our list can grow when we add volunteering, field trips, caring for elderly parents and more. In this podcast Felice shares some simple truths with a plan of getting your time back and making the “no time for mom,” a myth!

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Show Notes: No Time For Mom  — 

I realized some very important truths…

  1. If we don’t fill up our tank it will run dry, stall and come to a screeching halt.
  2. The old saying, “If mama ain’t happy then no body is happy – is true.”
  3. While in the perfect world it is nice and wonderful and awesome to have a support team to keep us going such as a spouse, extended family members and good friends—there is only one person who will never let us down.
  4. We often make our lives much more complicated than they need to be –
  5. Having it all together is a myth
  6. Guilt runs in the veins of every person I know when it comes to taking time our for ourselves. Homeschool moms typically are not selfish beings – if they were, they more than likely would not homeschool… and that my friends is the underlying issue here …

Steps To Making And Finding Time – Dispelling the No Time For Mom Myths!

  1. Mom time means no kids, no spouse, only you and a few minutes of silence.
  2. Time to Listen to God – I’m beginning a new podcast – A Few Minutes With God – It has helped me focus on what is truly important. IF you don’t stop and listen how can you hear God? What is he telling you? Start with one minute a day – just one …and slowly add a minute each day until you reach 5-10-15 or whatever your schedule allows. IF you do this one thing (and I will go into more detail in the first series of podcasts on the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network – ) you will be on your way to a happier and more fulfilled person. This is what I was talking about when I said we needed to be filled up – only God can fill up our tank to overflowing with love and joy so that we can share that love with our family.
  3. Stop the internal guilt. Guilt is not from God and if you feel that you should not have any time to yourself, to be pampered (and that looks different for each of us) – then just take hold of that thought and discard it. I felt guilty for years, I felt that if I took any time for myself that it was taking time away from my family, so I began with little steps. And that is what I’m going to share with you:
    1. First I prayed everytime I began to feel guilt – “I am a child of God, God has made me in His image and Likeness and to be a wonderful spouse, mother and caregiver to my children and my husband – God will provide the grace and the strength for me to succeed.” This prayer may look different for you – but take time right now and promise me that you will take a few minutes to seek God in prayer, if you are a Christian and follow this step to becoming guilt free.
  4. Find that one thing that would give you some mom time.
    1. For me it is a long soak in the tub. When my kids were little it was a 5 minute soak after they were in bed – as they grew older it was the luxury of looking at a magazine – often a homeschool magazine, but whatever you feel comfortable with – other times it was a religious study or some other spiritual reading that helped me feel connected to the Lord.
  5. Make the time, schedule it.
    1. We can’t find time if we don’t look for it.
    2. Get rid of those time wasters. What are they – identify them ASAP and use that time for mom time. [FB – dd and getting annoyed – so don’t use that as a mom-time]
  6. Talk to your family – get them on board – you’ll be surprised at their response – get your family on board. When my children were little they would wake up and come into my room and see me with my Bible and prayer journal – they knew to leave me alone for a few minutes to finish up, sometimes they waited outside my door (NO GUILT) until I was done, because even at a young age they understood this time was special time – and guess what? Often they’d go get their Bibles on their own, and read alongside me! Kids copy US our good and our bad traits.
  7. Do it! Come to our FB group and let’s chat https://www.facebook.com/groups/homeschoolradiofamily/

 

 

 

 

How Will Your Life Improve

make this best year everHow Will Your Life Improve with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis

We can always learn and grow, right? Now it’s time to look at how you will improve your life this year. It’s a new year and now we look forward to a brand new to list – work, homeschool, and so much more! In this podcast we explore looking forward and the exciting things we can accomplish one day at a time.

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Holiday Let Down

holiday let downLet’s Talk About Holiday Let Down with Felice Gerwitz

The holidays are over and now what? After all the rushing before Christmas, and now it’s over — the day after and time to analyze what to do next. Is it time to return presents, write thank-you notes or just breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the day? In this podcast Felice explores the feelings associated with the day after and ways to combat feelings of holiday letdown.

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Depression During The Holiday

depression during the holidayDepression During The Holiday with Felice Gerwitz

#168

The holidays are not always full of fun and cheer – especially for those struggling with illness or loss of a loved one. The holidays can bring back memories that are difficult for families to face. In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice discusses ways to combat the holiday blues and focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

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