Vacation Planning with AI

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Vacation Planning with AI


272: Vacation Planning with AI

In this episode one Vacation Planning with AI, Meryl discusses using AI tools like Claude, ChatGPT, Copilot, and others to plan their upcoming summer road trip out west in their Sprinter van. She shares her experience asking the AI for suggestions on stops, restaurants, activities and more along their route through states like Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and others before arriving at  Capitol Reef National Park.

She also covers using AI to plan a hypothetical trip to Boston with kids aged 6, 9 and 14, asking for child-friendly museum recommendations under $40 total, outdoor activities, novels/websites to prepare them for the trip, and more.

Key Topics:

  • Using different AI tools like Claude, Anthropic, ChatGPT, Copilot to plan a road trip
  • Asking for stop suggestions with specific interests like hiking, cycling, kayaking, historic sites
  • Getting restaurant recommendations for certain cuisines and price ranges near highways
  • Planning a family trip to Boston with age-appropriate activities under a budget
  • Requesting book/website recommendations to prepare kids for the Boston trip
  • Tips for crafting effective prompts when using AI for planning

In Summary: Meryl summarizes the pros and cons of using AI for vacation planning based on her experience:


  • Using it as a family activity to introduce kids to AI
  • Finds unique suggestions you may not have considered
  • Provides a lot of relevant information in one place (activities, restaurants, books, websites)
  • Allows for very specific queries (price ranges, cuisine types, interest filters)
  • Good for getting a jumpstart on planning


  • Some responses were completely off-base or useless
  • Incorrect information given at times (e.g. non-existent books)
  • Still has limitations, paid versions likely much better
  • Requires learning how to craft effective prompts

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4 Things a Debit Card Can Teach

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4 Things a Debit Card Can Teach | Charla & Matt warmly welcome listeners to another insightful episode of "The It's Not About Money Podcast." Today's episode is special as they are joined by their daughter Kate.  A 17 year old junior who brings a unique perspective on financial independence for teens | #It'sNotAboutMoney #homeschooling #TipsHomeschooling #money #BeyondChores #Kid’sAllowance #AloneNotLonelyNurturingCreativitybyEmbracingBoredom #AloneNotLonely #EmpoweringTeens28EssentialLifeSkillstoStartNow #EmpoweringTeens #28EssentialLifeSkillstoStartNow #LifeSkillstoStart #Episode15 #FinancialReads #4ThingsaDebitCardCanTeach #4Things #DebitCardCanTeach4 Things a Debit Card Can Teach


Charla & Matt warmly welcome listeners to another insightful episode of “The It’s Not About Money Podcast.” Today’s episode is special as they are joined by their daughter Kate.  A 17 year old junior who brings a unique perspective on financial independence for teens.

Opening Banter:

Charla and Kate share a light-hearted banter about their roles in the family and how Kate has grown up learning financial responsibility under Charla’s guidance. Kate reflects on her journey from receiving her first debit card to becoming proficient in managing her finances.

Parenting Philosophy and Financial Tools:

Charla & Matt discuss their parenting philosophy, emphasizing that money is a tool that requires hands-on experience to master. Charla compares money practice to learning to play the piano, highlighting the importance of practical experience rather than theoretical knowledge alone.

Kate’s Experience with Debit Cards:

Kate shares her experiences with using a debit card, including moments of discomfort and learning. She talks about managing her monthly expenses, budgeting for personal and family needs, and the importance of financial independence in relationships.

Lessons Learned and Challenges Faced:

Kate recounts a humorous incident at a restaurant where she misunderstood the tipping process, leading to a funny yet insightful lesson about financial transactions. Charla and Kate discuss the value of making mistakes and learning from them in the journey towards financial literacy.

Teaching Moments and Real-Life Scenarios:

Charla emphasizes the importance of allowing teens to experience real-life financial challenges, such as a declined card or budgeting for different expenses. These experiences, although challenging, are crucial for building resilience and practical money management skills.

Recommendations and Wrap-up:

Charla & Matt recommend using practical financial tools like debit cards from reputable banks, sharing their positive experiences with Bank of America’s mobile app. Charla teases upcoming episodes and encourages listeners to subscribe for more valuable insights on parenting and financial wellness.


With laughter and valuable lessons shared, Charla, Matt and Kate wrap up the episode, thanking listeners for joining them on this journey of financial empowerment.

Helping Daughters Deal With Comparison

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Hey, homeschoolers! If you have a teen daughter, I think this episode is a must-listen. I interview Shannon Popkin and Lee Niehuis, authors of Comparison Girl for Teens, and I haven’t been able to stop talking about it. There is so much wisdom here about our girls and how to help them manage comparison and friendship in a God-honoring way.

Shannon Popkin invites you to drink deeply of God’s story, and live like it’s true. Shannon’s books include Control GirlComparison GirlComparison Girl for Teens (2024), and Shaped by God’s Promises(2024). Shannon also hosts the Live Like It’s True Bible podcast and has been featured on Revive Our Hearts, FamilyLife Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Proverbs 31. She’s happy to be sharing life with Ken, who makes her laugh every day. Together, they have the joy of watching their three young-adult kids become the amazing people God created them to be.

Lee Nienhuis is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She cohosts the Martha & Mary Show and the You Can Tell the Children podcast with Bible2School. Lee’s books, Brave Moms, Brave Kids and Countercultural Parenting are a clarion call for parents looking to raise wholehearted Christ followers. Lee and her husband, Mike, have four kids and live in West Michigan.

Here’s my chat with Shannon & Lee.


In this conversation, Shannon Popkin and Lee Nienhuis discuss the topic of comparison and its impact on teenage girls. They share personal experiences and insights on how comparison relates to anxiety and depression. They also discuss the role of family and church background in shaping a girl’s self-perception. The conversation highlights the importance of parents in helping their daughters avoid the pitfalls of comparison and offers practical advice on how to do so. The speakers also introduce their book, ‘Comparison Girl,’ and provide additional resources for further exploration.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Homeschool AI Courses, Interview with Chris Remboldt

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Homeschool AI Courses, Interview with Chris Remboldt.

Homeschool AI Courses, Interview with Chris Remboldt

Homeschool AI Courses

As we transition into an era of artificial intelligence (AI), we can see how influential it could be for our kids today, both by including homeschool AI courses for learning about its applications and also by using it to pursue knowledge. One such AI wizard is Chris Remboldt from Future Homeschool. Chris is passionate about AI and believes in empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to harness its potential. Learn more about Chris’s journey into AI exploration and it helped shape Future Homeschool into making AI education accessible and engaging for teenagers.

BTW- Technology courses are useful for homeschool high schoolers. In fact, a few states require a some kind of technology course for high school graduation. (For a look at what credits teens need for graduation, check out this post.)

About Chris Remboldt

Chris’s homeschooling experience had a profound impact on his life. From a young age, he was immersed in a hands-on and book-rich environment from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and he never attended public school. In fact, the closest he got to it was taking standardized tests in Kansas. 

Chris says he was a “nerdy kid.” And his mom is still proud of the fact that he tested at a college level in most subjects when he was just ten years old. 

With no screens or video games, Chris’s childhood was filled with books, Legos, and the wonders of nature. He loved reading books like Little House on the Prairie and nature field guides. 

His parents encouraged him to explore and learn, instilling in him a love for knowledge and discovery. Moving to Tennessee, they began a truly unique educational journey: building their own house.

Chris learned practical skills and the value of hard work, doing everything from plumbing to electrical work, and they even tamed the land around the house. Chris recalls it as an incredible education and upbringing, and he considers it the best homeschool story because it taught him that all of life is education, learning so much through that experience

From Building Houses to Hacking AI

Chris’s fascination with technology began early on when he tinkered with VTEC laptops and wrote his first lines of computer language. As he grew older, he dabbled in hacking video games, pushing the boundaries of what was possible. This curiosity and desire to explore the edges of possibilities in technology led him to AI. 

Chris has been studying AI since 2018 and has used it to build web apps and create innovative projects and explore the endless possibilities it offers. His journey from building houses with the Pythagorean theorem to hacking AI showcases his passion for pushing the limits of what is possible.

AI has become an extension of his exploration of the world and a tool that empowers him to do things that would have required an entire team of developers just a few years ago.

The Importance of AI Education for Homeschoolers

AI has the potential to shape the future, and Chris believes that homeschoolers are the perfect audience to embrace and harness its power. By equipping teenagers with AI knowledge, they can become the architects of a better world. 

Future Homeschool offers a platform where Chris adds a new lesson each week based on his experiences in AI. Each week, students receive a new lesson based on what Chris has learned in AI. These artificial intelligence lesson plans cover a wide range of topics, from large language models to online entrepreneurship, providing teens with a comprehensive understanding of AI and its applications. There’s even a free course on Chat GPT that you can learn more about. 

The course is structured to be an elective, allowing students to earn credit for their homeschool transcript, all while fostering a supportive community where students can connect and collaborate.

Homeschoolers are the perfect audience for Future Homeschool because they are creative, curious, and wise. Chris’ goal is to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to make a positive impact in the world by providing them with the tools and knowledge to navigate the world of AI. 

He hopes to see graduates of his course starting their own tech companies. And, as an entrepreneur himself, Chris also plans to invest in startups that emerge from the Future Homeschool community, fostering a cycle of innovation and growth.

You are the future, and your potential is limitless.- Chris Remboldt

Homeschool AI Courses

In a world driven by technology, it is crucial to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to navigate the ever-evolving landscape. Future Homeschool offers a unique opportunity for homeschoolers to learn more about the world of AI, explore its possibilities, and develop their entrepreneurial mindset. 

Chris Remboldt is paving the way for a future where teens can utilize technology to create positive change. Learn more about Future Homeschool, where your teen can join the exciting AI journey that will undoubtedly shape their future.

Keep pushing the boundaries, exploring new possibilities, and embracing the power of education. You are the future, and your potential is limitless.- Chris Remboldt

Connect with Chris Remboldt

You can learn more about how your teen can join Future Homeschool by Chris Remboldt. Also, learn how AI continues to shape our world through the Future Homeschool YouTube channel.

Also, for more technology ideas, check out the Homeschooling with Technology Podcast, here on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Thank you to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast. Also, thanks to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post.


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Successful Parenting ~ That Works!

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Successful Parenting That Works | As parents, we want to be appreciated, but what does successful parenting look like? Are your goals met? Do you have goals, and where do you see your child in five, ten, or even fifteen years down the road | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #SuccessfulParentingThatWorks #Episode522 #SuccessfulParentingSuccessful Parenting That Works ~ Episode 522

As parents, we want to be appreciated, but what does successful parenting look like? Are your goals met? Do you have goals, and where do you see your child in five, ten, or even fifteen years down the road? In this episode, we will look at some misconceptions about parenting and ways you can have a peaceful home.

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Have you ever felt that success or failure is typically in the eyes of the beholder? I certainly have, and the articles I’ve read often discuss the fact that we set our own standards. In other words, what you consider a success or a failure might not fit my definition. I’ve come to realize that without a plan, I will struggle and fail. Unfortunately, parenting does not come with a manual, although some would argue that the Bible is all the manual you need! But even Christians like me face challenges when it comes to parenting.

Parenting Little Ones:

Your kids aren’t little forever, and when I was expecting my first I read every parenting book I could get my hand on. There is a ton of advice now on blogs, video and everyone is an expert, just ask them. While I’m not saying I’m an expert, I’ve spent most of my adult life as a wife and mother. More than 43 years at this point with five children and nine grandchildren. When my grandkids come to Sunday family meals, they know what is expected. Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder, or I appeal to my daughter, their mother for help. When kids know what is expected it is so helpful!

One misconception about parenting is that there is one right way, and your neighbor is doing a better job than you or anyone else. Another misconception is that parenting is one size fits all—or, in some cases, most! We equate our success in parenting with how well our children listen or like the family rules (if you have them).

Parenting is not the same as friendship. Sure, you should have a relationship with your child, but parents who attempt to be “friends” with their children end up struggling with discipline.

I have felt successful with some of my children and a failure with others. I can list all the excuses, but that doesn’t help with a solution. This is regarding children who are now grown up. Parenting looks different when the children are younger.

No matter what your level of success or failure, one thing that is certain is there is always room for improvement and apologies when needed. It is okay to admit you were wrong; it isn’t easy, but it is necessary and can go a long way toward repairing damage in relationships.

Successful Parenting That Works for Elementary Age:

  1. You have family rules. These are fluid and may change, but your children know what is expected.
  2. You say what you mean and you do what you say. (Threatening and repeating parents rarely are happy with the outcome.)
  3. Your child knows there will be follow-through.
  4. You are encouraging and look for opportunities to praise and encourage.
  5. Punishments work.

Successful Parenting That Works Looks Like This: (Older Children/Teens and Young Adults)

  1. You and your child have mutual self-respect.
  2. You listen (and they listen). Discussion is allowed. There is open communication, you may not like what they have to say, but you will hear them out.
  3. Advice is considered and taken.
  4. Rules are mutually set, with the parents having more weight on the final outcome. (Especially for children who live at home or dependent children.)

There is, God willing always tomorrow for a “do-over” if you’ve had a very bad day. Children will test the limits of our patience and our rules and structure. However, if they know we will follow through the odds are in our favor that the outcome will be acceptable for all. I remember telling my teens that our home was a monarchy and I was the Queen. Yes, it may not have been my proudest moment, but I was struggling with the boundaries that they were pushing in full force! We did regroup, discuss and come to a compromise that was accepted by all.

My husband was never the disciplinarian, and I had to be okay with that, but I decided early in our marriage that I’d rather have well-behaved children than stress over who was the stricter parent. In the end, we did work together, and as long as we had discussions in private—not in front of the kids—when we disagreed with parenting, all was good.

I want to end with words for Christian parents. Many Bible verses are helpful, but first, it depends on your mindset.

Proverbs is a wonderful book filled with useful information, I especially like Proverbs 3:1-4 (Read on air).

As a Christian parent, I believe that God put our family together, giving me the spouse I needed and the children I needed, not necessarily for perfect happiness, although happiness can be found in family life, for the salvation of all. We, as a family, work to encourage each other toward the goal of eternal life, and it isn’t an accident. We are family. (Yes, salvation is through faith and Christ. However, those who are saved can go off the righteous path without nurturing whether adults or children.)

Keeping the commandments is more than just at home – 1 Kings 2:3 and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.

There are many other verses that deal with discipline, but I think that going to prayer and praying for our children is one of the best things you can do! As a mom of adult children, I will tell you I pray for them every day, and I prayed for them when they were younger. Friends, don’t be disheartened! If you have pressing concerns or advice you’d like to share, leave it on the post, or join our Facebook Family page and share there as well!

Some Notable Podcasts


Boys with Pens, Special Host: Beth Purcell

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Show Notes: LifeSkills101 Podcast - "Boys with Pens" with Special Host, Beth Purcell In this special episode, we welcome Beth Purcell, a renowned writing coach from True North Homeschool Academy. Beth shares her expertise on teaching writing to boys, focusing on their unique linear thinking patterns.Show Notes: LifeSkills101 Podcast – “Boys with Pens” with Special Host, Beth Purcell

In this special episode, we welcome Beth Purcell, a renowned writing coach from True North Homeschool Academy. Beth shares her expertise on teaching writing to boys, focusing on their unique linear thinking patterns.

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Beth starts by explaining linear thinking. It’s a straightforward, logical process that many boys naturally adopt. This way of thinking influences how they approach writing tasks.

Understanding this linear mindset is key to teaching boys effectively. It’s not about changing how they think but leveraging it. Beth suggests strategies that align with their logical progression of ideas.

First, use structured writing assignments.

These provide a clear framework for boys to follow. Outlines and templates can guide their thoughts from start to finish.

Introduce writing exercises that build on their interests.

Topics like sports, science, or technology can motivate boys to write. Engagement increases when they’re invested in the subject matter.

Incorporate visual aids and graphic organizers.

Tools like mind maps help boys plan their writing visually. This method complements their linear thinking style.

Beth emphasizes the importance of short, achievable writing tasks. Breaking down assignments into manageable parts reduces overwhelm. It encourages boys to tackle writing with confidence.

Feedback should be constructive and specific.

Highlight what they’re doing right and where they can improve. This approach fosters a growth mindset towards writing.

Encourage revision as a natural part of the writing process.

Beth suggests showing examples of revised works. This demonstrates that even good writing can be made better with effort.

Beth shares success stories from her coaching experience. These anecdotes illustrate how boys can excel in writing with the right support.

To wrap up, Beth offers encouragement to parents and educators. She assures them that with patience and tailored strategies, boys can become confident writers.

“Boys with Pens” is more than an episode title. It’s a call to recognize and nurture the writing talents of boys everywhere. With Beth Purcell’s guidance, we can help them express their thoughts clearly and creatively.

Join us next time on LifeSkills101 for more insights into educational strategies. Together, we can make a difference in the way our children learn and grow.

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Magic Student AI Tools

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271: Magic Student AI Tools

This episode covers the Magic Student AI tools  from Magic School, following last week’s episode ( (Episode 270 – Magic School AI)) on the teacher tools.

Magic School Features to Explore

  • New Google Chrome extension to easily access the tools
  • New YouTube channel explaining how the different products work
  • Can  create a classroom to control which tools students have access to

Magic Student AI Tools Discussed

  • Chatbot for students called Raina (not found very helpful)
  • Writing feedback tool (fantastic for getting feedback on student writing at different grade levels)
  • Research assistant (disappointing results)
  • Create a skit tool (fun for generating skits based on provided characters/scenarios)
  • Step-by-step tool (provides step-by-step instructions for any topic/task)
  • Literary devices tool (gives examples of literary devices based on a provided scenario)
  • Joke creator (jokes not very good)
  • Study bot (helps guide students in what to study for a test)
  • Study habits tips
  • YouTube video summarizer
  • SAT reading practice test
  • Chatbot builder (create a custom chatbot on a specific topic)
  • Character chatbot (roleplay as a literary character)
  • College/career counselor
  • Rap battle (super fun to have historical figures rap battle each other)
  • Book suggestions tool
  • Coding assistant
  • Debate partner (odd/not very useful)
  • Email writer (generated overly long emails)
  • Make Relevant (explains why a topic is relevant to real life)
  • Real World Connections (connects topics to the real world)

Here are the lyrics for the Rap Battle I generated

Round 1: Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, here, dropping beats, not bombs,
From the peanut farm to the White House with calm.
Habitat for Humanity, building homes for the poor,
Eradicating diseases, who could ask for more?

Negotiating peace, like it’s my prime mission,
Camp David Accords, now that’s a vision.
Energy crisis and inflation, I faced it head-on,
A Nobel Peace Prize, yeah, I won one.

Round 2: Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, the greatest, no dispute in the ring,
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, I bring.
Champion of the world, not just once, but thrice,
Against injustice and war, I didn’t think twice.

Rumble in the Jungle, Thrilla in Manila,
My fists do the talk, couldn’t be any realer.
Fighting for Civil Rights, stood against the norm,
Converting to Islam, sparking a reform.

Round 3: Jimmy Carter

Building hope and fighting disease, that’s my creed,
With diplomacy and compassion, I lead.
Solar panels on the White House, I was the first,
For renewable energy, I have an unquenchable thirst.

From Iran hostages to energy laws,
I dealt with it all, never paused.
A farmer, a governor, then a prez,
Always serving the people, yes, that’s my jazz.

Round 4: Muhammad Ali

I dodged the draft, said no to the war,
My fight was here, with poverty and more.
An Olympic gold medal, I threw it in the river,
For a country that practiced racial sliver.

I talked the talk and walked the walk,
For civil rights, I was the rock.
Philanthropic efforts, long after the ring,
Ali, the People’s Champ, forever the king.

End of Battle

Two giants from history with very different battles,
One fought with words, the other with rattles.
Carter and Ali, both champions of peace,
Their legacy and lessons will never cease.

So who wins this battle, it’s hard to say,
They fought in the ring and the world in their own way.
Let’s celebrate these heroes, from sports to the senate,
Their courage and conviction, limitless, infinite.



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Table Talk

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Table Talk | Questions to get your child thinking about the future. Charla and her husband, Matt, warmly welcome listeners back to “The It’s Not About Money Podcast,” a show designed for intentional parents | #It'sNotAboutMoney #homeschooling #TipsHomeschooling #money #BeyondChores #Kid’sAllowance #AloneNotLonelyNurturingCreativitybyEmbracingBoredom #AloneNotLonely #EmpoweringTeens28EssentialLifeSkillstoStartNow #EmpoweringTeens #28EssentialLifeSkillstoStartNow #LifeSkillstoStart #Episode14 #FinancialReads #TableTalkQuestionstogetyourchildthinkingaboutthefuture #TableTalk #Questionstogetyourchildthinkingaboutthefuture #thinkingaboutthefutureTable Talk- Questions to get your child thinking about the future


Charla and her husband, Matt, warmly welcome listeners back to “The It’s Not About Money Podcast,” a show designed for intentional parents. They share light banter about the podcast’s name and introduce their canine companion, Rudy, who occasionally snores during recordings, adding a touch of homey charm to the episodes.

Table Talk:

Matt & Charla introduce the concept of “Table Talk,” which is inspired by question cards they used in the past at their family’s dining table. These cards were designed to spark meaningful conversations among family members, touching on topics ranging from personal aspirations to self-reflection.

Question Examples:

They discuss specific questions like “What features do you want to have in your car?”,  “If you were given $1,000 how would you spend it?” and “What do you think the best part of being an adult is?” These questions are meant to encourage introspection and allow children to express their thoughts and dreams openly.

Discussion and Personal Stories:

Matt & Charla delve into the significance of these questions in understanding their children’s perspectives and future aspirations. Charla shares a personal anecdote about an encounter she had with the neighbor and how she fears she might have crushed his dreams!

Advice for Parents:

Throughout the episode, Matt & Charla emphasize the importance of listening to children’s dreams without judgment, fostering open communication, and using storytelling as a tool for connection and understanding within the family unit. They encourage parents to engage in meaningful conversations with their children about financial literacy and future goals.

Future Vision and Teasers:

As the episode concludes, Charla mentions upcoming topics and guests on the podcast, teasing future episodes focused on financial education and family dynamics. She invites listeners to subscribe to their blog for more insightful content related to parenting and financial wellness.

Conclusion and Closing Remarks:

The hosts wrap up the episode by thanking listeners for tuning in and urge them to continue being attentive and supportive parents. With a blend of humor and heartfelt advice, they sign off, leaving a positive and encouraging message for their audience.

Robotics in Your Homeschool

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Hey, homeschoolers! Have you considered learning robotics in your homeschool? I don’t have an engineering brain so I enrolled my kids in in-person and online classes. My youngest is now majoring in computer science in college. His classes had a major impact on his career direction.

Today on the podcast, you’ll hear about the advantages of including robotics and programming in your homeschool from my guest, Francie Black.  I met Francie at the Great Homeschool Convention last year. She is the founder of and is passionate about teaching. She and I are traveling to the IDEA conferences in Alaska this month. If you’ll be there, be sure to come by and say hello. Now here’s my chat with Francie.


Francie Black, a former tech professional and homeschooling parent, shares her journey into robotics and programming and the importance of STEM education for kids. She explains the scope of robotics and the skills it develops, such as critical thinking and problem-solving. Francie offers online classes for homeschoolers, teaching software, hardware, and electronics. She also discusses the upcoming speaker at her program, her son who works as a Starship engineer at SpaceX. Francie and Melanie Wilson discuss their upcoming conference in Alaska and where parents can find more information about Francie’s classes.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #208, Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!

In “Teen Life Skill: Plan a Road Trip!,” Episode, #208, Meredith Curtis talks to teens and parents about the benefits of teens planning the next family road trip! She gives the practicals of what to plan and how to budget for a trip. Teens can pack their suitcase, pack the car, and map out the trip. Oh, and don’t forget the itinerary!





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Show Notes

Most homeschool families hit the road in the spring or summer for that wonderful family vacation! Hey Teens, why not plan the next family road trip (with some input and help financially, of course). It’s super-fun and you should get homeschool credit for it! 😊 😊

Benefits of Planning a Road Trip

  • Finance & Budgeting Skills
  • Booking Hotels, Campsites, etc.
  • Mapping Skills
  • Food Planning & Prep Skills
  • Decision-Making & Planning Skills
  • Decision-Making on Behalf of Others for their Benefit

What to Plan

  • Itinerary
  • Overnight Stops – Hotel, Campsite, Airbnb
  • Best Route with Stops (Scenic vs. Speed)
  • What to Bring & How to Pack
  • Saving/Spending Money
  • Recording the Memories – Photos, Videos
  • Tune-Up, Tires, etc Before Trip

Road Trip Finances

  • Hotel, Food, Gas
  • Theme Park & Museum Expenses
  • Clothing & Essentials for Trip

Packing Practicals

  • Clothing, Shoes, Equipment (tennis rackets), Hats, Sunglasses,
  • Coolers for Snacks & Drinks
  • Blankets, Pillows

Snacks for the Cars & Other Important Vehicle Info

  • Snacks & Drinks for Car
  • Tune-Up Before Trip: Tire, Brakes, Fluids
  • Mileage
  • Flat Tire, Gas Tank, Stops

Map Out the Trip!

  • Use Atlas or Online
  • Are there any stops (e.g We’re driving pretty close to the Grand Canyon or Smokey Mountains)


  • Go, go, go family or rest, rest, rest?

What does your family love? Sports, beach, mountains, museums, theme parks, boating, hiking?

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