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The Homeskoolery Newsletter - April 2021 Edition

Welcome to Our Newsletter! 

Every issue will have coming events for the website and somewhere in the newsletter, there will be a task for you to complete with the chance to win a prize. For this month, the prize is a full year membership to homeskoolery.com and a Golden Ticket. If you are already a member of the site, the full year membership will be added to the end when your current membership expires. The Golden Ticket enables you to sign up for any free live classes that we offer before official sign ups open. These free live classes are limited and they will all fill up fast so this is a great prize for some lucky family. The Golden Ticket is good for one full year and will expire on April 30th, 2022. To be eligible, you have to go to our Facebook page under the newsletter announcement and comment, "Golden Ticket", on or before Friday, April 9th. The winner will be selected from those who qualify by random drawing and their name will be posted on our Facebook page.

Good Luck! 

(Employees of The Homeskoolery LLC are not eligible.)
(Providing curriculum reviews for us does not disqualify you from participating.) 

 

This Months Featured Article
Teach Gratitude

In today’s, I want it now world of easy credit, teaching gratitude isn’t an easy thing to do. Everything is available with the click of a mouse. You no longer have to shop or plan or drive or budget for anything. “You can have it all,” is imbedded in the minds of children at a very young age. Unfortunately, that is what they see as an example from society. Think cell phones for example. We trade in perfectly good phones that are months old because something shinier and cooler just came out and we “need” to have it now! Everything you want or think you need is flashing in your face constantly on social media and television. Everywhere you go,
someone always has the latest, greatest, coolest gadget and
you too can have it expeditiously delivered the very next day,
all from the comfort of your own home.


We live in a world where instant gratification is certainly the norm,
maybe even the expectation. 



When my daughter was 8 and my son was 10, they believed I had a magic plastic money device. I put my magic card in this machine and it gave me money to buy whatever I wanted. They constantly asked for toys thinking we had unlimited funds. I got tired of them asking so I sat them down and explained to them that the money in the machine was money that our family earned. It was not unlimited and if we ran out of money, we could not pay our bills. So they asked how they could make money to buy the things they wanted.


Doing chores came up but I don’t believe in paying children to do chores. It sends the wrong message. No one pays me to do the laundry or cook dinner. They are part of the family and should help without expecting anything in return. Paying them teaches them to be entitled. It makes them think they don’t have to help unless they’re being paid. Maybe that’s a reasonable expectation at work, but at home,
it sends a bad message. So that arrangement was out. 



They were still pretty young to have a job, so we started to brainstorm. We began with the premise that they had to offer something that no one else wanted to do. So we went through the obvious choices: Mowing Grass – Too Young; Running Errands – Can’t Drive; Baby Sitting – Again Too Young, and so it went. Then a week later, I had a light bulb moment. Pet waste removal! It needs to be done and no one wants to do it. I told my kids and they were less than thrilled at the idea, but they were willing to give it a try.

Scoopy Doo Pet Waste Removal was born.

We advertised in our neighborhood and our neighbors loved the idea. Before long they had 10 regular customers. From their little business, they learned how to deal with customers, they learned to take pride in their work, they learned how to collect money, and they learned how to promote their business. Some customers asked them to walk their dogs so their business expanded. Within a year they both had quite a bit of savings and when we went to the store, they no longer asked me to buy them things. They knew they had to purchase the things they wanted and they didn’t want to spend the money they worked so hard for. They learned the value of money and they developed a great work ethic.
They took better care of their belongings and
they were grateful for what they had.


They are now 16 and 18. My daughter still has her own business pet sitting, and my son works at a local grocery store. Working from such a young age has really created not just a sense of gratitude in them, but patience. They know it takes a long time to replace the money they spend so they are very careful in their spending. They may not drive, but they do shop, plan and budget for their purchases. Even on their birthdays or Christmas they never ask for anything. They are happy with what they have. I’d call that a successful life lesson. 

By the way, they still call our debt card a plastic money device. They just stopped calling it magic
😉

 



Announcements!
New Content and Teachers Coming Soon!
Live Debate Class Included With Membership
Taught By Our Criminal Law teacher - Jamie Sulla

(sign ups start today and the class will fill up quickly)
Jamie's Story

I was born and have lived for most of my life in Texas. I moved to Illinois, the Chicago area, in High School and then attended Western Illinois University for my undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. After graduating with honors I moved back to Texas and attended The University of Houston Clearlake graduate program in Behavioral Science for a year before going to Texas Tech University School of Law. I graduated from Tech Law and began to practice immediately after passing the bar as an assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. I worked as a prosecutor for six and a half years before leaving to start my own criminal defense practice which I have been engaged in for over 14 years. In my 20+ years of practice I have tried over 120 jury trials and have either prosecuted or defended cases ranging from speeding to murder. I love criminal law and enjoy helping those who have an interest in either being a criminal attorney or exploring other careers in criminal law.


Introducing New Teachers Added in March!
High School Biology Teacher 
Emily Wahl
Elementary Science Teacher
Catalina Cerda
My name is Emily Wahl, and I am a military wife and dog mom.
I graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology last year.
Currently, I am working on my master’s degree from Liberty University in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. In my free time I enjoy walking my dog, hiking, tending to my houseplants, and making good food! I love sharing my passion for science and I look forward to teaching
High School Biology
on Homeskoolery.com.
I hope you love it as much as I do!  
Catalina is a junior at Texas A&M studying Human Resource Development. She graduates in 2022 and will continue her education by obtaining her masters. She has grown up in a family of educators and has experience teaching students from elementary level to high school in various subjects. Her most memorable experiences include aiding in science summer camps and tutoring high school physics. She enjoys athletic activities, and she loves teaching. Her favorite subject is science, and she hopes to inspire her students through various science adventures.
There is a exciting new section soon to be published on homeskoolery!
You can find it on the "Home" page titled: 

HOMESCHOOLING ADVENTURES – TRUE STORIES FROM EXPERIENCED HOMESCHOOL FAMILIES

We will be asking for your best homeschool stories to be submitted next month. If your story is published on homeskoolery.com or in our monthly newsletter,
you will will be paid $25.


New Content This Month
We are adding the following classes:
Live Debate  - Algebra Group Tutoring - Geometry - Agriculture

$79 for a year membership is an incredible value today that continues to
get better as we add more teachers and content!



Holidays in April

April 1st - National Burrito Day
April 2nd - Good Friday
April 4th - Easter Sunday
April 6th - National Caramel Popcorn Day
April 7th - National Handmade Day
April 10th - National Siblings Day
April 12th - National Grilled Cheese Day
April 13th - National Scrabble Day
April 16th - National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
April 18th - National Animal Cracker Day
April 22nd - Earth Day
April 23rd- National Picnic Day
April 27th - National Tell a Story Day
April 28th - National Poetry Reading Day
April 30th - National Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Day

Mark some of these on your calendar. Use them to educate
and to add fun to your family's homeschool schedule.

 
We are starting to accept advertising on homeskoolery.com.
We are offering 50% off of all annual packages
for the month of April. 
(sign up on homeskoolery.com)

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