Growing Successful Readers

 

Growing readers successfully is at the top of every mom’s priority list.  This episode from the Planning a Successful Roadschool Year series puts the topic front and center. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the west cost from her beautiful coastal location. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, refers to her call-in location from the gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Tips from this broadcast come from the traveling mamas’ rolling homeschools while living full-time in a RV.

Listeners get bonus tips from this season’s  series sponsor, Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own roadschools. Language arts along with LA extensions are favorite lessons from Time4Learning from this Roadschool 101 crew.

On this special episode, Stephanie Simpson, from Explore with Usborne, shares her recommendations for growing readers from every season including:

  • Emerging Readers
  • Early Readers
  • Fluent Readers
  • Expert Readers

How is this possible? Hit the replay to hear the fulltime RVing mama trio talk about their favorite reading development tip: family read aloud time. All three veteran homeschooling moms agree that including read aloud time in homeschool days is a benefit to all ages of readers. The Road Trip Teacher talks about a specific situation with the developing reader in her household and what she did to solve the issue.

Family read-aloud time is a great way to ignite the spark of curiosity for independent readers. If a plane enthusiast is in the midst, find a book set in the World War II time period. This teaches historical information and provides an introduction to the reader on fighter planes. Have kids that are enthralled in the prairie life era? Introduce the Little House series from the Prairie Life book club or start your next read-aloud session with Little House in the Big Woods. It’s all about listening to the nature of your kids and designing their surroundings with subjects or ideas to help them grow.

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wraps up with the dynamic duo mention of Morning Time. This is their favorite element to the roadschool day. Further, Mary Beth refers to the Morning Time plans she is working on to share with other moms from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher. Kimberly reminds listeners that Morning Time is not complicated. As a matter of fact, it is a simple process. The RSM team agrees that their favorite recommendation for a Morning Time starting point is from Holly Giles. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time by Nature.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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How to teach teenagers about managing money (when you’re not doing so great yourself)

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Teach Teenagers About Money

It’s tough to teach teenagers about managing money, especially if you’re not doing so great yourself!

But we all know that money management is an important skill that your teenagers will use every day of their adult life. They may never use Algebra II again, but money skills are vital.

I have an episode of the Dollars and Sense podcast to help you teach teenagers about managing money. Click here to listen

Our motivation to be teaching teenagers about money

  • Other people’s bad examples are all around us, including the US government.
  • We want them to avoid excessive debt. Did you know that college debt now exceeds credit card debt? Unbelievable!
  • Someone is watching you! So teach them how to avoid the mistakes you made.
  • We want to avoid boomerang kids, who are adults that return to live in their parents’ home, usually for financial reasons. Imaging the movie “Failure to Launch -Homeschool Style!” Always remember, we are raising adults, not children.

How to Teach Money Skills to a Teenager

  • Go with a natural style. Talk about money, what things cost, what people earn, decisions and trade-offs  a you go about your day. Stores are a great place to talk about money and choices.
  • Use real life examples. Share your own money stories (good or bad)  or those of people you read about in the news.
  • Get someone else to teach your teenagers. For example: Sunday school class, Scouts, or a homeschool co-op class. See the Resources below for curriculum that works well in a group setting.
  • Make personal finance a required class for graduation from your homeschool high school. The Resources below has several options for curriculum.

What to Teach Teenagers About Money

  • What things cost and what jobs earn.
  • Career exploration and post high school education.
  • Checking accounts and financial software such as Quicken or Ace Money Lite (it’s what I use and it’s free)
  • Budgets. One teenager I know is given $150/month as an allowance, but she has to buy everything: clothes, food, entertainment and gas.
  • Avoid credit card debt, but start building credit history in college.
  • Student loan debt. With her dad out of work, one college student chose a state school when shown the debt she would have from staying at a private college.
  • Taxes and federal spending. My husband says it’s his goal to raise taxpayers! We should all want that.
  • Entrepreneurship. My Micro Business for Teens books help a teenager earn money while learning a lot about business. Starting a Micro Business, a public television show features six students who started their own micro businesses. Ethan pays his own cell phone bill by teaching guitar and Linnea paid her way to China by tutoring.
  • Investing. Try a stock market simulation game.

Resources mentioned in the podcast

Schoolhouse Teachers  offers my Career Exploration 8 week class

Free! National Endowment Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Curriculum http://www.hsfpp.org/

Generation Change for youth groups and Foundations in Personal Finance for schools at http://DaveRamsey.com

Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money from Crown.org 10 weeks, individual or class use

Money Matters for Teens Ages 15-18 Edition by Larry Burkett (oldie but still available on Amazon.com)

Micro Business For Teens books at http://MicroBusinessForTeens.com

Starting a Micro Business television show on YouTube

Our federal budget graphically displayed at http://WallStats.com

Tax return simulations from the IRS at Understanding Taxes www.irs.gov/app/UnderstandingTaxes

 

I hope you’re on your way to raising money-smart teenagers!

Carol Topp, CPA

Formerly Dollars and Sense now Homeschool CPA on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

How to teach homeschool teenagers about money

 

Independent Learners by Nature or Design

 

Independent learners, by nature or design, is the focus for Episode #132 from the Planning a Successful Roadschool Year series. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the west cost from her beautiful coastal location. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, refers to her call-in location from the gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Tips from this broadcast come from these traveling mamas’ rolling homeschools while living full-time in a RV.

Listeners hear a few tips about independent learning from the 10th season series sponsor, Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own roadschools. The duo reminds listeners that independent learners are not born! Consequently, they are trained.

Guiding independent learners is a challenge. Moreover, keeping an independent student interested and learning is another part of the picture. This over-the-road team with 30+ years of mom-experience highlights ways to accomplish these goals by training roadschoolers in these areas:

  • Self-Motivation
  • Curiosity
  • Persistence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Responsibility

First of all, hone in on these characteristics and help your kiddos help themselves. Independent learning is the greatest gift you will ever give to your homeschooler.

Family read-aloud time is a great way to ignite the spark of curiosity for independent readers. If a plane enthusiast is in the midst, find a book set in the World War II time period. This teaches historical information and provides an introduction to the reader of fighter planes. Have kids that are enthralled in the prairie life era? Introduce the Little House series from the Prairie Life book club or start your next read-aloud session with Little House in the Big Woods. It’s all about listening to the nature of your kids and designing their surroundings with subjects or ideas to help them grow.

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wouldn’t be complete without the dynamic duo the mention of Morning Time. This is their favorite element to the roadschool day. Further, Mary Beth refers to the Morning Time plans she is working on to share with other moms from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher. Kimberly reminds listeners that Morning Time is not complicated. As a matter of fact, it is a simple process. The RSM team agrees that their favorite recommendation for a Morning Time starting point is from Holly Giles. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time by Nature.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Morning Time by Nature

Does a Morning Time routine jumpstart your roadschool day? First of all, if you are unfamiliar with Morning Time, hit the Roadschool Moms replay featuring Pam Barnhill for details. Especially relevant in Episode #130, these two fulltime Rving moms share the benefits of carving out this family time in a homeschool day.

In addition, this episode features an interview with Holly Giles about using nature as a guide for this intentional family pace. She is the creator of The Giles Frontier, a favorite from Roadschool Moms Approved resources from previous episodes.

A review of the Blaze New Trails curriculum reveals its organic feel. Rather, it is a protocol to simplify your children’s day through nature’s classroom. The K-8 family guide seamlessly weaves together a nature study course including science, literature, and history. It is the perfect companion for homeschool moms new to the idea of Morning Time.

Further, other purposeful products from Giles’ smorgasboard of natural learning guides include Prairie Life, a 12-week unit study about pioneering life. And, Holly presents two math learning adventures at the beach or park.

Most noteworthy, Holly advises six specific ways to use Mother Nature as the focus for Morning Time plus these other ideas:

  • Copywork & Memorization
  • Observation
  • Read Aloud
  • Family Journal
  • Vacation Ideas
  • Family Vision

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

Andrew Pudewa – LIVE from FPEA

Andrew Pudewa, founder of Institute for Excellence in Writing, joins Roadschool Moms LIVE from FPEA 2017. Amongst the flurry of the homeschool convention in Orlando, FL, the mastermind behind the IEW shares his flair for the love of writing.

If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Record Keeping Made Easy

The pencils are sharpened and planner options appear everywhere on the table! The Roadschool Moms duo is sorting it all out. Moreover, with 30 years of Mom-experience, these two fulltime RVing mamas share affiliate links for products used in their own rolling homeschools. Episode four is all about homeschool record keeping for a successful roadschool year!

Record keeping requirements vary depending on the state. But, everyone agrees a record of family learning activities is important. Even unschoolers might record attendance, activities and projects in case of a domicile change. Being prepared helps families stay cool under pressure! As with any system, the best one is the one you will use.

In their usual quest for all the answers, the Roadschool Moms team talks with record keeping expert, Dave, from Homeschool Tracker, on the show. Hit the replay to reveal all the details about this comprehensive and easy-to-use online program from this feature interview:

  • Program for all levels of detailed record keeping
  • Includes grading option and other report features
  • High school transcripts a snap
  • Student access for assignments and more
  • Manages up to 20 students
  • Training webinars and video user guides

Live listeners earn the chance to win an entire year of Homeschool Tracker. Listen in for more details. Those who catch the replay still have a chance to take advantage of a free trial offer.

If a curriculum with integrated record keeping is in your sights, look no further than Time4Learning. This customized, self-paced K-12 program is a great fit for many roadschoolers. The log-in history for each child creates reports and an attendance record. As a result, homeschool portfolios and transcripts come together in a snap. For a free trial, use “roadschooler” to give it a test drive for the next successful roadschool adventure.

Some homeschoolers prefer a paper style record keeping system.  Most noteworthy, Roadschool Moms Sarah James sends her glowing recommendation for A Plan in Place. This site has it all with planners for kids at different age levels or even mom and dad! Shopper options include customized hard-copy planners as well as digital products. This site offers a straightforward way to stay organized.

If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Implementing & Maintaining Family Devotions

Do you implement consistent family devotions in your home? Join these two moms as they talk about how to start family devotions and keep God’s Word in your conversation as you “walk by the way” with your children. Whether you have younger children or older, a husband who is involved and desiring to lead or you are doing it on your own, children who want to participate or some who rebel against the Word of God, Richele and Lindsey have something in this episode for you. As they share from personal experience, how they implement family devotions in their own homes, they will also share tips on how to fit family devotions into your own schedule and system in a way that works for you.

 

Helpful Links:
A Catechism for Boys and Girls: http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/acbg.htm

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New Devotional Book for Families: http://amzn.to/2qBH0wF (affiliate link)

The ABC’s for Godly Children Bible Curriculum: https://www.talkingmom2mom.com/product/abcs-godly-children-bible-curriculum-bundle

 

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Exploring Home Business for the Homeschool FamilyRichele and Lindsey are passionate about entrepreneurship. We want to help you explore this option for your kids and your family in a realistic and fun way that leads to much many blessings. Children who are exposed to home business learn so much from acting professionally to business planning to time management. Find out how you can teach your child valuable lessons in a unique way that may even some day pay for college!

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Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year

 

It’s time to look ahead to next year’s roadschool plan. The Roadschool Moms team begins a 12-part series all about planning a successful roadschool year. Up first: Your traveling homeschool needs a vision! Special guest, Mary Jane Williams joins MB this week to share her tips on developing a mission for this important piece of the fulltime RVing family puzzle.

These veteran homeschool moms are here to remind listeners that it’s never too early to plan for the next school year. Tune in to this episode to find out how to stay on track and be intentional with next year’s learning adventure.

Every family’s goals are different. This podcast message is a reminder that comparison is a thief; therefore, it’s important to develop a plan that works for your household. Questions to lead you down the right path include:

  • What does education mean to your family?
  • Do your kids have specific interests to be addressed this year?
  • What are your spiritual goals?
  • How will your travel goals factor into your plans?
  • What life skills can you introduce to your kids?
  • Are non-academic areas a focus for your family?
  • How can goals be achieved for each roadschooler individually while keeping the vision for your family unit?

Other homeschool planning advice this week’s show brings to the table include staying off social media for this important task. Instead, look to your heart for the vision needed for a successful roadschool year.

It wouldn’t be a Roadschool Moms show without the discussion of travel plans. These mamas share  great tips on how to integrate travel goals into homeschool plans. Mary Jane talks about past trips in national parks, popular destinations, and food locales to find the best learning adventures. A few nuggets of information is revealed from their family’s  priorities for future travel and where it will take them later this year.

This podcast is summed up with the thought

Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.

Roadschool moms everywhere are challenged to set a VISION for next year’s roadschool  that will intentionally unfold their children while adding wisdom to the family homeschool foundation.

 If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

Homeschooling’s number one aim for many families is character building. I know when I started out, I wanted curriculum that built character! How about you? Are you looking for homeschool curriculum that builds character? I’ve been homeschooling since 1993, and I’ve got some favorites to share with you!

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

When we start thinking about what it means to build our children’s character what do you think about? I think about all the things that go into a child’s heart and mind. What are they watching, listening to, and reading? This never changes as they grow.

I once heard a story of a type of worm that cattle get when they graze that invades the nasal cavity and eventually attacks the brain. This always stuck with me as an example of our children in the world. They graze through so many things. What will invade their hearts and minds? I wanted to make sure that the ratio of things was always in my favor for as long as I had the influence to make that happen.

When my kiddos were very small we used a lot of song and books on tape. Steve Green and Your Story Hour were favorites. My own children even loved Shari Lewis’s One-Minute Bible Stories. Another favorite was the Arch books.

Children get older

As my children grew, it would take more than knowing the stories and hiding God’s word in their hearts, they would need to wrestle with concepts and a little theology to deepen their character. We grew to love family study time and found The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History a good choice for deep thinking that still taught the who, what, when, and where. We began to study the cause and effect of men and their actions in God’s Word and develop an understanding of God’s Providence.

Children as young adults

When my children all became of an age (we had enough overlap) and their homeschool studies took them to more and more independent learning I knew I had to find things that really challenged them! I turned to an in depth study (don’t let the name scare you off!) of Universal History by Ms. Katherine Dang.

History is a great tool to teach character because it allows your children to sit as a witness to those men and women who’ve gone before them and reaped and sowed. It shows them the role of conscience in the life of a believer and why to “go against conscience is neither right nor safe” for it is the “most sacred of all property” and the role of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in forming it to build good character!

For additional character building resources, I recommend:

 

Raising Children with Good Character by LaToya Edwards (Mommy Jammies Night)

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