Threats to Homeschooling – Michael Donnelly (HSLDA)

In 2020, there are threats to homeschooling freedoms on the horizon. Michael Donnelly (HSLDA), talks about the postponed anti-homeschooling summit at Harvard University and other concerns on the horizon related to home education In 2020, there are threats to homeschooling freedoms on the horizon. Michael Donnelly (HSLDA), talks about the postponed anti-homeschooling summit at Harvard University and other concerns on the horizon related to home education

Learn more about Michael Donnelly here: https://hslda.org/bio/mike-donnelly

Harvard Summit on regulating homeschooling: https://hslda.org/post/harvard-summit-to-discuss-regulating-homeschooling

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Money Saving Tips For Teens

Money Saving Tips For Teens | Is it easy to teach money-saving tips? No. What about teens? Many kids do not know how to save money and we will help you! My special guest Meredith Curtis is a mom of five and the queen of frugal! | #podcast #homechoolpodcast #homeschool #savingmoney #teensavingmoney #moneysavingMoney-Saving For Families and Teens ~ Episode 404 with Felice Gerwitz and Merit Curtis 

Is it easy to teach money-saving tips? No. What about teens? Many kids do not know how to save money and we will help you! My special guest Meredith Curtis is a mom of five and the queen of frugal!

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership and Meredith’s curriculum – Powerline Productions

Meredith wrote an economics book for teens that teach kids how to be frugal, budget, and save money. Teens are interested in money so what better time to start.

  1. First renew your mind when thinking about money. Many times the attitude in saving money can be, I just want to get something as cheaply as possible, but the Bible tells us the Workman is worthy of his wages. And so the right attitude that one more time, the money is to start with this.
  2. Everything I own belongs to God now, yes, I give him the 10%, But even that rest of that 90%, that’s the Lords. And so my question becomes, Lord, how can I manage your money? How can I get the things you want me to have in a way that honors you? Because I’m a steward and I’m accountable to the Lord for how I spend my money. And I’m accountable to the Lord for the things that I accumulate. And there are many things that we need, and I believe it’s the Lord’s desire to bless us. He said in his word, it says that he creates all things for us to richly enjoy. So I think when we think about teaching our kids money, saving tips, the first thing we need to teach them is that you, as a Christian, everything, we have belongs to God and we’re taking care of things for him.
  3. I need to decide if I really need the items, and ask the Lord what do you want, what do you want from me? What is your will for me?
  4. And would you provide that for me? And that’s a really key step because I think so many Christians forget to just ask for things.

We should work hard and save money. And it is amazing what will happen in your life. God provides through hard work. So God provides through us working hard and saving that money to buy what we need. Debt is really more of a result of the fall. And the Bible calls that foolishness. It, doesn’t say it’s sinful to go into debt, but definitely as a young team, you don’t ever need to go in debt.

You can work hard, you can save money and save money up for the things that you would really like to have. And again, if you’re living in a way where you’re, you’re a steward of the Lord’s money is it being a good steward to buy fast food, everything, or would Jesus not have you do that? You know, those are the kind of questions you tackle. I find when I remember that I’m a steward, I spend less money. And when I do things, I’m much more cautious in what I purchase.

When you’re thinking about working hard and saving money, many times, if you’re living that way, you will actually have quite a large savings. And sometimes the Lord will have you use that savings to help someone go on a mission trip or something like that. But a lot of times, if you’re really living, a life with Christ at the center, you are going to end up being able to save money rather easily, because you’re less likely to splurge on little things.

When I counsel young people some don’t listen, but many of them do. I’ll say if I were in your place and I was able to save this much money each month, I would save up. I know this is crazy, but I would save up $10,000 and I would get a really nice car that would last me for 10 or 15 or even 20 years. One of the money saving tips that I’ve learned over the years is it’s better to buy quality that will last than to hurry and buy the first thing you can afford. And it’s also better to save up over a long period of time than to just get the first thing you can, you can get.

Remember, the Lord will help you in this journey.

 

 

Saving Money – Field Trips

Saving Money Field Trips | Are you ready to save money? These field trips are wonderful for kids and will not break the bank! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #savingmoney #fieldtrips #tripsthatsave #homeschool #homeschooling #summertripsSaving Money – Field Trips ~ Replay

This is a replay of another podcast on the same topic – but now is the time! Saving money and field trips is always a good idea. If you are interested in saving money and field trips that won’t break the bank – tune in!  Today my special guest is Meredith Curtis – who podcasts on Finish Well (be sure to check it out)!

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership and Meredith’s curriculum – Powerline Productions

Saving money isn’t always easy especially if you are like us and have lots of kids! A fee such as $10 a person seems unaffordable when you multiply it by five kids and then add in the adults. Today we talk about places that we can go for free or you can do things and get a discount, or even get family passes! Even a field trip to a nature center or even go on a hike, can turn into a learning experience. And, you’ll save money in fact it might be as little as $3 for the whole family.

Here is another great podcast to save you money! Virtual Field Trips – here

Don’t forget to pack well! You can visit this blog post by my granddaughter, Samantha, here with a field trip packing list.

Money Saving Field Trips:

  1. Start around your house.
  2. Think Parks! Bring binoculars and a magnifying class. A bird and nature book.
  3. Railroad tracks (be sure there are no trains coming!)
  4. Farms
  5. The Dentist or doctor’s office
  6. Grocery store: give the kids a list of things to find. Talk about the grocery store and talk about how the food got there!

Money Saving Tips:

  1. Group discounts (can be as little as ten people).
  2. State discounts
  3. AAA discounts.
  4. Attend practice or dress rehearsal for the symphony (get permission)
  5. Family passes for nature centers, movies, parks, museums, zoo
  6. Ask for family passes for presents
  7. Bring lunch to save more money.
  8. 1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach
  9. Church festivals – Greek Fests
  10. Outdoor activities where the kids can learn – oceans/ beach/ streams/ fishing

 

 

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas | We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won't break the bank.  | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #graduationpartyideas #graduationideas #graduationparty #graduate #graduation #partyideas #partyideasonthecheapGraduation Party Ideas On The Cheap

We have graduation party ideas that are wonderful ways to include the entire family and the best news? They won’t break the bank.

Enjoy this replay! with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis Episode 196

Graduation Party Ideas Here 

Have you started your high school graduation party plans yet? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Inexpensive graduation ideas are our specialty. Meredith has graduated five children and Felice has five graduates as well, so between them, they have quite an arsenal of ideas that you can implement even if you waited until the last minute. Grab your notepad and listen in.

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Show Notes: Graduation Party 

There are many locations that are great for a graduation party. During the season of the pandemic we had to be creative with ideas, and we were! We hosted our graduate at home and she even “walked” in her cap and gown ordered for under $20 from Amazon. We made the best of the situation!

  1. Location: churches, park, church fellowship hall, party at home
  2. Invitations – VistaPrint, at home computer
  3. Food
  4. Decorations
  5. Personal Touch

We discussed deciding on the type of graduation you want, planning the type of graduation early, and saving up money. Pray about the type of graduation that is right for you. Include your teens as well.

More great ideas

  • Food -finger foods – fun: candy bars – ice cream with toppings
  • Open house – visiting times staggers friends
  • Photo booth with props for teens
  • Personal touch – poster boards, items important to the teen

 

Literature Based Homeopathy For Kids

Homeopathy For Kids | Have you wanted to teach a class on homeopathy for kids? What about a literature-based program? Join Felice Gerwitz and Paola Brown, the author of a brand new course for kids. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeopathyforkids #literaturebasedcurriculum #literaturebased #curriculumforkids #homeopathyLiterature Based Homeopathy For Kids ~ Episode 403

Have you wanted to teach a class on homeopathy for kids? What about a literature-based program? Join Felice Gerwitz and Paola Brown, the author of a brand new course for kids.

Check out the other interview with Paola Brown here.

Paola Brown is a homeschool mom to a 12, 10, and 8 years old and currently lives in Budapest. She has written a curriculum that is language-based for parents to teach their children about health and homeopathy. Visit our guest on her website at PaolaBrown.com 

Homeopathy For Kids – Teach Health and Homeopathy

Paola describes her journey from illness that seemed hopeless to health and wellness and the ability to change all of this with an understanding of natural remedies. This translates to her new curriculum “Teach Health and Homeopathy” that contains an accompanying novel. I (Felice) have personally used natural remedies for years, but not until I worked with Paola as a content editor on her book did I *really* understand what all the terminology means. She explains it all in an engaging story that will capture the attention of younger children to adults. This novel comes from her personal experience and that of her extended family with real-life situations that she turned into a novel. (Paola says some of the stories have been condensed or embellished for the sake of story-telling and interest.)

Homeopathy for Kids – Here is the information about her upcoming curriculum.

Teach Me Health & Homeopathy can be used for homeschoolers or anyone interested in teaching their children what natural remedies are and how they can be used. Paola created this amazing curriculum and even has songs, a website for interactive teaching with videos for the kids and so much more. This is a literature-based curriculum designed to use with children of various ages, there is something for everyone. The set comes with a teacher’s manual, activity book(s) for different levels, audios, and videos.

Need More? Homeopathy for Kids and Adults

Paola teaches classes here.

 

Best Grad Gifts

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Do you have a graduate this year? What are the best grad gifts teens want? With five children and a group of friends with many children, I’ve participated in my fair share of graduation celebrations in recent years. However, it was after really thinking about my own graduation and those of my children that I realized what children really desire is not what they receive. In this podcast, Felice shares her ideas of what a graduation celebration should be and ways you can make lasting memories with your own special graduates.

Show Notes – Best Graduation Gifts 

A study by Hallmark reveals:

  • 95 percent give money for gifts for graduation from high school or college
    • $25 is about the average amount spent for a close friend (or child of a close friend)
    • 67 percent believe that $50 or more is appropriate for a close relative
    • $20 is the average for a not-so-close friend
    • And many would give no gift to a not-so-close friend, but they might send a card.

Some of the Best Graduation Gift Ideas:

  1. A book where the child can begin their memoirs – one leather-bound book entitled: “My Life Story Thus Far”
  2. Jewelry
    1. Necklace, bracelet, earrings
    2. Watch
  3. Money Clip Holders
  4. Posters with great sayings on it.
  5. Personalized gifts
    1. Personalized wooden box
    2. Personalized jewelry – necklace/ ring/ bracelet
    3. Mugs, glasses
    4. Candy wrappers
    5. Picture albums
    6. Backpacks
    7. Picture frames
    8. Baseball bats
  1. Luggage
  2. Throw Rug
  3. A Bible with their name engraved – if they don’t already have one.
  4. Popular gifts but they also become dust collectors
    1. Paperweights
    2. glass shadow boxes – elegant glass boxes with your grads name so they can store and see their special treasures
    3. a globe that is made of cork with pushpins to mark the countries visited
    4. The year with a spot in the 0 for their picture
    5. Personalized wooden box
    6. Personalized jewelry – necklace/ ring/ bracelet

Nothing replaces spending T-I-M-E with your teen or soon-to-be graduate, making memories through gift-giving, if the right gift is selected helps.

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Congratulations Class of 2020

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Yahoo! Congrats Class of 2020

Contest details below – Starts May 9 and ends on June 6th! 

*My own daughter, Anne is graduating from college with almost a 4.0 (and we just got word that she received the Summa Cum Laude distinction!)… and she is missing her college graduation! I started thinking about ALL of you who are missing out as well. So, I decided to honor all of the high school AND college graduates with a chance to win a gift card and to post your pictures on our Facebook Group and Pages for extra points.

Are you a 2020 graduate from either high school or college? If so, congratulations class of 2020! You did it. You accomplished something wonderful and I am joining your family to say, “Well done!” Now comes the fun part, all the decisions that must be made. They are pretty similar in some ways and different in others!

The ways the graduating class of 2020 is the same:

High School and College

  1. The decision about higher education – high schoolers decide if they are going on to college and college students decide if they are going to graduate school. For some of you this may have changed since January, and maybe several times.
  2. Work – are you getting a job while in school?
  3. You’ve completed your studies and now are looking for a job.
  4. May take a gap year before beginning further education.

The ways the graduating class of 2020 are different:

  1. College students may be able to get higher-paying positions even for the same job.
  2. High school students in the workforce are usually entry-level positions.
  3. College students may have more experience for a job position.
  4. Many college graduates go on to higher education rather than stopping.

I am sure there are many more similarities and differences but the biggest thing you both have in common is that it is a starting place for something more and amazing. This is your ONE life to live – how will you live it? Will you make great choices, will you regret some choices you’ve made, will you learn from your mistakes? Yes. Yes. and Yes. A life that is well-lived has it’s windy roads and bumpy trails. It isn’t a straight path but filled with right and left turns sometimes on the path least traveled. What will be your mark? Your legacy?

Most of us don’t sit around and contemplate the meaning of life, but one person that I admire did! Mother Teresa a little nun that made a huge difference in the lives of people who could never pay her back in any way, said this, “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it.

And to help you to dream big – I’m offering you a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card – just for you! I couldn’t let your college graduation go on without at least some type of gift, and what better than something you can use for your future! Best wishes for a blessed graduation day, with family!

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Patriotism

Patriotism | In this time of controversy, there appears to be a downplaying of patriotism in America. Am I the only one who sees it? If we say we "love our country," then we are not thinking of others. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool #patriotismandkids #patriotic #teachingpatriotism #military #militaryhonor #honor #honorablekidsPatriotism Is Not Dead – Episode 402

In this time of controversy, there appears to be a downplaying of patriotism in America. Am I the only one who sees it? If we say we “love our country,” then we are not thinking of others. In this episode, Felice shares ways to honor our Veterans and those who have fought bravely for our freedoms.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels books and Membership website.

Adults sometimes complicate matters that kids take at face value. One of the treasures of homeschooling is sharing our beliefs and thoughts with our children. The downfall is that one day your kids share their thoughts and beliefs and unfortunately they may not align with yours! When we teach it is often good to allow for a discussion time so that the kids will hear what you are saying and they can form an opinion. But, as I always told my children, “I think lead-in questions must have some good foundation behind it.

I was very surprised and created a podcast on the topic when my youngest signed up for the Army without first discussing the pros and cons with us. See Military Mom To Be here. It came as a total shock as he had vaguely mentioned looking into the military, but for us it wasn’t anything we talked about as a family or discussed, other than to explain how important it was to honor our soldiers and to respect their service.

How can kids respect something they don’t know anything about? They can’t. Depending on the age or grade of your children you may want to start with some basics.

Here is a blog post on Memorial Day Activities For Kids.

  1. Flag Etiquette:

Have you been to a game and watched people disrespect the National Anthem playing? People don’t know what to do with their hands or if they should wear a hat (only those in active duty military can leave it on) or remove it. It is a sign of patriotism to stand up and respect the flag and what it presents, our freedom. When the anthem plays, stand and place your hand over your heart, if you are a male, remove your hat.

2 Honor our Soldiers:

Do you know someone in the military, ask them what they like to hear when in uniform. I heard recently while watching a news show that the soldier did not like being told, “Thank you for your service,” a common phrase. That is typically what we say and it has been well received. Often active-duty military men and women are allowed to board the airplanes first, as well as receive discounts at various places. This shows respect.

3. Basic freedoms:

Do your children know about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The best place to look for information is at the source. The National archives are available online here. The website explains these three documents are known as the “Charters of Freedom,” and have secured our rights as Americans for more than 225 years. It is disappointing when we watch news shows that are the “man on the street” and they interview teens who have no idea what these documents contain! Sometimes our own education is lacking and it is wonderful that we homeschool because we can learn with our kids! We can also learn about the three branches of the government and what they do! (The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of Government).

4. Core beliefs as Americans:

What do we believe as Americans? In a nutshell, we believe in justice, liberty for all, the pursuit of happiness, we value truth, and of course the rule of law. This month be sure you sign up for our current Character Counts Planner which is on the topic of justice and honor. These traits can be practiced in our own homes!

 

 

Flowers For Mom

Flowers for mom can mean so many things to us. Little children love to give flowers to mom. I’m sure you’ve received your share. Whether they were picked from the weeds in the garden or a picture loving created, there is something about flowers and moms that spell love for a child. Flowers symbolize beauty, hope, springtime, and love. It reminds us of the innocence of childhood andFlowers For Mom | Flowers for mom can mean so many things to us. Little children love to give flowers to mom. I'm sure you've received your share. Whether they were picked from the weeds in the lawn... | #homeschool #homeschoolblog #moms #parenting #relationshipsandkids makes parenthood memorable.

I absolutely love flowers! My husband use to buy them for me and give them to the kids to bring in from a trip to the grocery store. They were always so proud to be the one to “give the flowers to mom.”

How can we encourage this love and build relationships with our little ones throughout childhood but also as they get older? It is called time. Yes, that dreaded word, “time,” which none of us have enough of, and we always wish for more. Recently I listened to a good friend teach the topic of “time,” to a class of bloggers and potential podcasters on my 31-Day Podcast Blueprint Class. She claimed a truth we can all believe. We have time to do the things we want to do.

We have time for the necessities and we have time for the needs, but do we have time for the wants or the wishes that will pay off in big-time dividends? What if they pay off for the future and the future of your children’s lives? The answer is yes–you do have the time only if we make this a priority and schedule it into our lives just like we schedule the other things we do each day.

Often we are not aware of the impact our attention or lack of attention has on our children. As my daughter who has eight children said, “If I sit and listen to my kids and all they have to tell me, I’d get nothing done!” Yet, I’ve watched her tirelessly listen as one of her children has a complaint or a need. God gives us the patience during the time we need it, if we ask!

Listen, this list is not to cause you guilt or make you feel you are not doing enough. We all need a nudge from time to time, and I am going to be honest, I probably mostly resided in the okay-time-spent category. I’m a talker and often opted to chat with friends and let my kids have time “off” so I could have my own downtime. This list is just a “check” to see if there are ways we can improve because we can all use some improvement!

Time = Flowers For Mom ~ it symbolizes love, hope, and that you care!

There are different types of “spending” time with our children, and I wonder if most parents know the difference.

Good Time Spent

  1. Reading aloud to your children.
  2. You listen intently as your child tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You sit on the edge of your child’s bed each night and listen to any heart-to-heart issues, or just to say, “I love you!”
  4. You do activities with your child, cooking, baking, crafts, building, etc.

Okay Time Spent

  1. You sit next to your child while you view a read aloud on the computer.
  2. You listen while making dinner as your child tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You stand by the door each night and listen to any heart-to-heart issues, or just to say, “I love you!”
  4. Your child does activities such as cooking, baking, crafts, building and you are nearby.

This. Is. Not Quality. Time Spent.

  1. You surf the net or are in another room while your child listens to someone else read aloud.
  2. You listen but are distracted and are looking at your phone, your watch, or anywhere else but AT your child as he/she tells you play-by-play about any (or all) events in their lives.
  3. You wave to your child as he/she heads to bed and forget to say, “I love you!”
  4. Your child does activities such as cooking, baking, crafts, building, etc. while you are busy on a digital device or on the phone.

A little one recently shared that their mother is *always on the phone. This broke my heart because I remember my own kids telling me this at one point. And, this was just when cell phones became affordable enough for us to own one. It was a wake-up lesson for me, and I never talked on the phone until school was over and employed an answering machine. Those come built into our phones. Can you imagine how your child would feel if you saw an incoming call and said, “I can call them back, go ahead and finish what you were telling me.” Your child would feel he/she is more important than a phone call! That is building a relationship with your child that will be like money in the bank!

How do you tell your child you love them? By spending time with them, by caring for them and I get it moms, it is a thankless job for the most part. But my almost twenty-year-old said the words that every mother craves recently. “Mom, the older I get the more I see value and truth in what you have to say.” Bring on the tissues!

How did this happen? I was sharing my heart on a very touchy issue and I overstepped. He had some valuable and very authentic concerns and I answered in a way that was borderline heartless. (Yes, it happens to us all!) There were no raised voices, just raw honesty. Afterward, I had to think about our conversation and thankfully the Lord showed me where I was wrong. I wrote an apology note and put it in his room. He had gone out for a run. That note said I was wrong and where I needed to improve. We can learn from our children as well as having them learn from us.

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Mother’s Day is a day set aside for making moms feel extra special and extra appreciated.

This year Mother’s Day might look a little different for some people.  No heading off to church, no special brunch at your favorite place, no gathering with extended family and friends.  Just because things may be different, doesn’t mean the occasion should be any less special.

I’ve gotten together with 24 of my blogging friends with the desire to bless FIVE moms this Mother’s Day (we really would love to bless you all) and make your Mother’s Day even more memorable!

We are giving away 5 $100 gift cards to the place of your choice, from the following options:

  • Hobby Lobby
  • Christianbook.com
  • Restaurant of choice
  • Grocery store of choice
  • Lehman’s

It’s our hope and prayer that your family, and most importantly you sweet mama, are blessed even more so during a Mother’s Day unlike any other.  May this be a time of new experiences, new traditions, and new peace.

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Now I know that is quite a few entries, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries; it will bless them in return. And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are at winning!

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Special Replay: Life Skills For Kids

Life Skills | With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #lifeskillsSpecial Replay:  Must Know Life Skills – Episode 343

With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn.

With smartphones, there is ready to access information on any imaginable topic – yet our children are at a disadvantage without this handy tool. By life skills, I don’t mean foraging in the forest to hunt and gather, better known as survival skills.

Here is my list and please add to this with your own ideas:

Personal Life Skills

Faith

  1. Convictions – Why you believe what you do
  2. Can you articulate your belief to others
  3. Can you defend your beliefs
  4. A hard look at your faith – and your relationship with Jesus

 

Communication – Verbal and Non-Verbal

    1. The ability to explain what you mean in a few words
    2. To be respectful and allow others to speak
    3. To listen when others talk and answer the question
    4. Cell phone etiquette – and oral communication
    5. The eyes and posture tell what you think

Critical thinking

    1. To realize that we must think for ourselves – but our parents have our best interests at heart!
    2. To realize that everything we read online is not a truth
    3. The ability to make decisions and solve problems
    4. How to resolve a bad decision
    5. Consequence

Control of Self and Opinion

      1. Everyone does not have to agree with you
      2. Everyone who does not agree with you is not wrong
      3. Allow others to have an opinion however know the difference between opinion and fact
      4. Anger management
      5. Stand by your convictions and know that “your own truth” or “he that defines the term wins” is just talk to make you doubt that you can have convictions.
      6. Self-awareness
      7. Empathy for others

Coping with Stress

    1. Daily stress happens how do you handle it?
    2. What are good ways to cope?
    3. What are bad ways to cope?
    4. How can you have less stress in your life?

 

Practical Life Skills

    1. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene and taking care of yourself.
      1. Make a sandwich or an entire meal.
      2. Do laundry.
      3. Plan a grocery trip and meals – comparing prices
      4. Clothing shopping and sales!
      5. Personal hygiene and why
      6. How to clean a house – a room!
      7. How to change a light bulb or do simple home repairs
      8. Order at a restaurant
    2. Money management
      1. (Allowance or earn money) – Save – Spend – Tithe
      2. Checking or savings accounts
      3. Understanding credit and why it should be avoided
      4. The difference between credit and debit
      5. Planning for the future
      6. Understanding household budgets
      7. Cost of goods – home, car, food, clothing, etc.
    3. Education and Learning
      1. Are you self motivated?
      2. Where do you find your information?
      3. Do you know about primary sources and what this means?
      4. Can you teach yourself? How?
    4. Writing
      1. Communication in the written form
      2. How to address an envelope
      3. How to write a nice email – or what should be in an email.
    5. Directions
      1. Can you follow a GPS
      2. Can you use a map?
      3. Do you know your general directions (N – S- E – W)
    6. Transportation
      1. How do you go from place to place
      2. Do you understand busses, subways, etc. if you are in a big city?
      3. Do you know how to maintain a car?
      4. Change the oil – or the tires?
      1. Insurance
      2. Social security cards
      3. Medication and things that do not mix
      4. Drinking / Driving etc.
      5. What doesn’t go in the microwave
      6. Cars and carbon monoxide