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Teaching Financial Responsibility Without the Stress

Let’s face it, as much as we want to teach our kids financial responsibility, it can be a big hassle. Trying to keep track of each kids spending, savings and charitable activity can be just as complicated as balancing our own checkbook. The more kids you have, the more stressful it becomes.

Like any child of the information revolution, I was sure that there had to be an easier solution. A quick search on the internet did not disappoint. My favorite find was ThreeJars.com. This simple, straightforward concept emphasized the few things that were most complicated and most important for our family. It created an automated virtual “Bank account” for each child. As a parent you can pre-set a weekly allowance that will automatically be divided (according to the percentages you choose) into

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Teaching the Catechism Through Song

Music is a great way to support your homeschool curriculum. There are music CD’s for math, science, history, government and more. Unfortunately, most of them tend to be marketed purely for the educational content rather than the quality of music. I can’t tell you the number of times I have had to listen to a high pitch squealing vocal on a keyboard driven education CD. The grating melodies immediately take me back to the days of watching Barney with my two year old. I do it because it really does help the kids remember important facts, but it’s hardly a pleasant experience.

Then I discovered The Westminster Shorter Catechism CD’s written and produced by Holly Dutton. To say that this educational CD set is a breath of fresh air would be an understatement.

This folksy accompaniment to

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Welcome, Kelly Allen!

Kelly is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelors of Science in Education and a minor in Special Education.

I've known Kelly since 1985 when she was a young girl being homeschooled by her parents, Roger and Jean Rockey. Because of a death in the family, our family spent two years living in a motor home in the Rockey’s driveway while Bill, my husband, completed his master's degree at Regent University. Kelly and her brother, John, were about the same ages as my two children, Wil and Shelly; so, wherever we went, we usually took Kelly and John, too. They became part of my family as we became part of theirs. (I'll have to try to find some photos!)

Today, Kelly lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia with her husband, Mitchell. They homeschool four of their children: Josh,

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How to Stock a Family Library

You can save a lot of time and money by stocking your family library with books that can be used throughout your homeschooling years. Here's what I look for when I go book shopping:

I look for biographies that make learning about famous people fun for kids. I especially like Childhood of Famous Americans, Opal Wheeler biographies, and Rookie Biographies . I know these are wholesome books.

I look for classic literature published with interesting illustrations. Because much of the classical literature is written in vocabulary that is often no longer used or difficult to understand, good illustrations help hold a child's attention. (I also keep a dictionary handy! Try reading Robinson Crusoe in it's original version and you'll see what I mean.)

I look for science and history books

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Six Steps to Creating Your Own Unit Study

Six Steps to Creating Your Own Unit Study

Most children learn better from using a variety of senses -hearing, seeing, and touching - than they do from reading textbooks and filling in worksheets. This is not to say that textbooks and worksheet should not be used. Rather, a good textbook and appropriate worksheets are essential for learning math, phonics and handwriting skills. But the use of hands-on activities, visual and audio materials, and good books make teaching and learning much more effective. Literature-based unit studies are an excellent way to incorporate enjoyable reading and activities that use all of the senses. You can buy Unit Studies already prepared or you can create your own to suit the needs of your family. Here's a simple way to create your own unit study on any

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Edible Rocks Recipe: Sedimentary Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Sedimentary Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups crushed flake cereal
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • 1-1/4 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)

Directions:

1. Melt the margarine.
2. Mix with the cereal and the sugar to make cereal layer.
3. Press into an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan.
4. Sprinkle the chips over cereal layer.
5. Sprinkle the coconut over chips.
6. Sprinkle the nuts over coconut.
7. Pour condensed milk over the layers.
8. Bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. 

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Edible Rocks Recipe: Metamorphic Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Metamorphic Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cream the shortening and the sugar.

Add the beaten egg and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients and mix.

Stir in the fruit and the nuts.

Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 7 minutes at 375 degrees.

Note: Chocolate chips, coconut, wheat germ, etc. can also be added for more layers!

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Edible Rocks Recipe: Igneous Rocks

Edible Rocks Recipe: Igneous Rocks

This is a fun hands-on project and snack for a unit on rocks! I'll add an actual photo next time I make it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can evaporated milk (6 oz.)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1-1/4 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan.

Combine evaporated milk with sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring for 5 - 9 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently.

Pour into prepared pan. Let cool. (Refrigerate) 

1 pan (8 x 8) makes 30, 1-inch squares. 

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