Welcoming Skills Made Easy for Teens

Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #172, Welcoming Skills Made Easy for Teens, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkWelcoming Skills Made Easy for Teens

In “Welcoming Skills Made Easy for Teens,” Episode, #172, Meredith Curtis interviews Vicki Tillman of Seven Sisters about helping even shy teens learn the skills they need to welcome others. These life skills helps in relationships, ministry, and in the business world. It is a great investment in your teen’s heart and life to equip them with these important life skills. Best of all, welcoming skills allow us to express the love of God to others.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Welcoming special guest Vicki Tillman.

What are Welcoming Skills

Especially important for teens.

Welcoming Skills Require Confidence

Greeting

Scriptures

Role Playing

Teaching Kids as Welcoming Skills

Need a Set of Behaviors that Work – Tools

Nonverbal Helps

How to Walk over and greet a new person

Ask a Question

After 2 or 3 Questions, person you are welcoming feels safe and able to talk

Help for Parents

Shy Children Can Learn to Be Welcomers

It is okay to be shy, introverted, and also okay to be treated the way they would want someone to treat them.

Reap what you sow.

Friendliness is a character trail not a personality trait

When to Start

Fifth or Sixth Grade is a great time to learn to reach out to others in their Sunday school class or homeschool co-op. In high school, Vicki gives them the assignment to be a welcomer.

Manners are now called life skills but they still matter.

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Life Skills Resources

God's Girls 101: Grow in Christ by Meredith Curtis with Powerline Productions, Inc. God's Girls 105: Homemaking by Meredith Curtis with Powerline Productions, Inc. The Making of Real Men by Mike Curtis with Powerline Productions, Inc. Real Men 103: Leadership

 


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Getting Started with Online Learning

Getting Started with Online LearningGetting Started with Online Learning

There are a variety of ways to enjoy and participate in online learning and in this episode, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring is going to walk us through everything you need to know about getting started with online learning!

We’re going to get started with definitions because there are a LOT of different ways online learning can look!

Next, we’re going to talk about expectations for online learning, how to create a beneficial online learning space, and then a list of 18 questions to ask as you consider an online learning environment or class.

Finally, we’re going to talk about the 7 Benefits of online learning and why incorporating online education into your homeschool is a great idea!

Online learning is exploding at the speed of sounds and at True North Homeschool Academy we’re honored to be offering amazing resources for homeschooling families!

Resources and FREE Printables from True North Homeschool Academy!

 

True North Homeschool Academy offers 1st – 12th grade live on-line, dynamic, interactive classes for the Homeschool family that will inspire and delight! World class teachers, international community, syllabus and grading done for you, private and secure virtual campus that provides Parent and Student Dashboard, communication with instructors, monthly newsletter, topic and bulletin boards and more! We utlize gamification and the SAMR model to bring you time tested educational pedagogy and cutting edge technology. Discover the True North Homeschool Academy Difference! Fall registration is OPEN and classes begin the week of August 22!

 

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Life Skills Your Kids Need Before They Launch

This show is called Life Skills, so let’s talk about 6 Life Skills Areas that will allow your kids to launch!Life Skills Your Kids Need before they Launch

This show is called Life Skills, so let’s talk about 6 Life Skills Areas that will allow your kids to launch!

  • Food – Plan, Prep, Budget, Shop, Cook, Clean, Use Left-overs
  • Shelter -Shop for, save for pay mortgage and insurance
  • Vocation/ Work -what areas make sense for your kids, preparing for the future economies, including Gig Economy
  • Money -how to earn, save, spend, give
  • Health -keeping it, re-building, mental, social, physical, spiritual
  • Transportation – how to buy a car, maintain it, clean it, repair it and insure it.

True North Homeschool Academy Classes that teach Life Skills:

Personal Finance

Life Skills `

Health

Career Exploration 6 Week Summer Class

Career Exploration Full Year Class

Study Skills 6 Week Summer Class

Study Skills Full Year Class

Economics

Classes in Bible, Theology and Apologetics

Other Resources

Joy of Cooking

Usborne First Cookbook

Hear Lisa speak in person at the Great Homeschool Conventions in SC, OH and TX! She’ll be talking about the Future Proof Your Kids Towards Success and Credits, Transcripts and Tests, Oh My!

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Edventuring with Ethan Nehring

Lisa Nehring is joined by her son, Ethan Nehring. Ethan teaches Latin and Clubs and is going to share about various ways to Edventure!Edventuring with Ethan Nehring

Today, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring is joined by her son, Ethan Nehring. Ethan teaches Latin and Clubs, such as Medieval Weaponry and Battles that Changed History at True North,  and is going to share about various ways to Edventure!

Edventure is simply Educational Adventures. There are 3 Specific Ways to Edventure and they all build off of and energize each other.

  1. Books- Books allow you to engage in other’s lives, circumstances and thoughts. Language is thought.
  2. Get Outdoors-  engage in Green Therapy!
  3. Travel- local, national and international.

Edventuring is an important life skill that will enrich your students life and allow synergy and serendipity to permeate their life; hardships and joys alike.

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Resources:

  • C.S. Lewis
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Laura Ingalls Wilders
  • Mt Vernon
  • The Hermitage
  • Monticello
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • Star Wars
  • CUFI

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Building your Mom Team

Lisa Nehring is joined by Jennifer Uren, who podcasts at This Mom Knows. Jennifer says, “Every business  "yes" can feel like a parenting "no"Building your Mom Team

Today on the show, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring is joined by Jennifer Uren, who podcasts at This Mom Knows. Life Jennifer says, “Every business  “yes” can feel like a parenting “no” – and that’s when mom guilt kicks in.  Through her website and podcast, This Mom Knows, Jennifer Uren coaches and encourages mompreneurs to find the right systems, tools, and people – their “Mom Team” – so they have the support and energy to be their best as both “mom” and “entrepreneur”.

  1. How do we know we need a Mom Team?
    We need a Mom Team all the time. But, we often confuse need with effectiveness. When things are going well, we believe that we are managing just fine. But when things are going a bit sidewise, we are often too overwhelmed to put into place the systems, tools and processes we need to create the best team.
    So, we need to build our team as we go.
    The Best Mom team consists of systems, tools and people, most often a combination of all three, put together when things seem to be going well.
    Mom Team –  Most things that we are doing require both:
    System- the process repeatable recordable; like a recipe- allows us to delegate.
    Tool- the specifics we use to work the system.
    To create the best team, you need to spend some time observing yourself ,your rhythms and routines; what works best for you. You want to take yourself out of the equation- often Mom’s feel like they have to do it all and that creates a bottleneck. Take time to analyze how you  think, how you function, what tools work best for you, what processes do you need to put into place.
  2. How do we sort through the myriad of systems to create the best team?
    1. Start with what we know- do research and make a choice.
    2. Once the choice is made, put blinders on and lean into what you have  – don’t submit to the shiny object syndrome.
    3. All systems have a learning curve- commit to learning the system and realize that friction (i.e. frustration) might be part of the process).

3. Are there any good, “Start here” systems to begin with as we build our team

    1. Home- meet our basic needs
      1. Meals- Planning, Shopping, Cooking, Clean-up, Storing
      2. Laundry- gateway to all things clean in our home
      3. Paper -Bills paid, events planned, activities prepped for
    2. Business/ Homeschool- create space for meaningful work
      1. Workspace – is it virtual, portable, permanent
      2. Email- the heart of communication and represents need, implementation and response.
      3. Time- rhythms and routines around tasks- creating space adn protecting that space to get everything done

To create an effective Mom Team we have to get out of the mindset that we have to be the ones who do it all. We have to quit creating the bottleneck. If we delegate and off-load we can have the energy that we need to do things that we are called to do. Who can trade, barter and pay for others to join our team.

While it can be hard to ask for help, it’s hard to receive help when we receive.

Keep in mind that you can’t do everything, but you can do many things, just not everything at once!

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About Jenn: Jenn Uren is very familiar with trying to juggle and do all the things herself but too often found that it was at the expense of her family, especially relationship with her kids. She hit a breaking point five years ago when she and her husband experienced a surprise adoption of a sibling set (100% unexpected – you can hear about it on her podcast).  This started her down a life-giving path of transformation as she learned how to ask for help, offer help, and lean into systems to simplify and create space in her own life – and she wants to help you do that, too. Because the good news is that you can do it all, just not by yourself.

She and her family have recently left the hustle and bustle of the Chicagoland area and are enjoying discovering their new hometown in Northwest Indiana.

Resources:

How to create a laundry routine.

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Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

Tools for Struggling Learners pt. 1Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

Today we are talking with Cindy LaJoy. You might remember Cindy from a previous episode where we talked about the Soft Skills of Work Ethic. Cindy spent the pandemic busy as ever, learning many new videography skills, working on a graduate degree and co-authoring a book. Along with Natalie Vecchio, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Cindy and her husband have adopted 5 kids, now young adults from Eastern Europe and has a fantastic story of hope for other Moms homeschooling non-traditional learners. Her five kids, some of whom were adopted as older children who did not speak English and were illiterate have over 25 diagnosis between them and yet, as young adults, they have gone on to college, entrepreneurship, owning an award winning business and hiring other developmentally challenged adults. Cindy is also the amazing homeschooling Momma behind Blue Collar Homeschooling and the Facebook page and group, Blue Collar Homeschooling.

Cindy has spent the last decade and a half searching out appropriate curriculum, therapies and realistic opportunities for her non-traditional students, as well as helping them develop realistic life skills that have allowed them to not only manage and cope but thrive and become leaders in their own right.

Cindy and her family make their home in Colorado. If you are in the Montrose, Colorado area, stop by their “Best in the Valley” shop, Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, for great pizza, ice-cream and customer service!

In this episode, and the next, we’ll take a look at the what’s available for those who are homeschooling non-traditional learners.

FAFSD Hope Podcast Natalie Vecchio

Cindy LaJoy offers these services and classes through True North Homeschool Academy:

Special Needs and Transcripts

Meet Cindy LaJoy!

Join Cindy and I for Part II of Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1 next time on Life Skills 101!

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Life Skills 101 – Life Skills For A Digital Age

Life Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what are hard and soft skills?  

  • Hard skills, such as welding or heart surgery, are easily measurable and quantifiable.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously, and productively with other people.

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy!

My name is Lisa Nehring, and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our five kids for the past 27 years and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Teamwork/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

Over the course of each month, we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps curriculum, and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

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Incorporating Life Skills

Incorporating Life Skills

Podcast #58

In this epidsoce, we discuss incorporating life skills into your homeschool day. It is so important to pass on those life skills to our children. Homeschoolers have a unique opportunity to learn life skills in the home on a daily basis. Incorporating those lessons throughout the day in your homeschool lessons, will help your children be better prepared for adult life.

Some topics we discussed:

  • Time Management
  • Car maintenance
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Personal Finance
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • and more!

 

Books we mentioned on our show:

Clean My Space by Melissa Maker

The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week-By-Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity by Dr. Melanie Wilson


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