Nov 21, 2011

Home Economics: Money Management {How To Homeschool For Free}

Nov
21
2011
Monday


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As any parent knows, the economics of keeping and managing a home isn’t something you can learn overnight. The balance of saving, giving, and spending without borrowing unnecessarily does not come naturally in this generation of “get it now” and “instant download” accessibility. Starting young with the basics of “what is money?” and “what is a job?” is a priceless beginning that will build a foundation for the rest of the life lessons of how to be a wise consumer. My hope is that somewhere in these links you will find resources to help yourself and your children develop good habits for being a responsible consumer and manager of the home.

What is a Job?

Five J’s shows us how to discuss what a job means, how a person gets a job, and the kind of question one might get in an interview. If you have kids who want to practice filling out forms, Joy also has one link with a downloadable forms for practice.

Practical Money Skills for Life

Practical Money Skills for Life offers lesson plans about money for all ages. These lesson plans start with the basics of “What is Money?” to more complex budgeting & bill-paying lessons. The lecture guides, worksheets and even quizzes and tests are free to download and ready to use. There is a section of lessons specifically for students with special needs. You do have to register to use the lesson plans & play the games, but there is no fee involved at all.

Center for Economic Education

The Center for Economic Education has resources to promote economic literacy. The free lesson plans here are numerous, and many of them use books you could get at your local library. You can download all of them, or just pick choose the ones that fit your needs.

Hands-On Banking

Hands-On Banking has a plethora of resources for teaching money management. It has lesson plans for all grades, even for adults! There are some fun interactive areas for all ages as well. It is well worth clicking the link to see what is offered. I enjoyed exploring the kids area myself!

The U.S. Mint

The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™ web site is all about coins and learning basic economic understanding! Lesson plans and games make for a fun exploration of money and it’s importance in personal finance. The lessons are for grades K-12.

Money Math: Lessons for Life

Money Math is a four-lesson curriculum supplement for middle school math classes, teaching grade 7-9 math concepts using real-life examples from personal finance. The teacher’s guide with lesson plans, reproducible activity pages, and teaching tips is free to download.

Legacy Educational Resources

Legacy Educational Resources has more lessons that just about money. The lessons here are for developing good character in every area of life. The money section doesn’t just speak of how to earn and save, but also why it’s important to give back to your community.

Council for Economic Education

Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship. Not only do they have resources for kids, but also for teachers to help prepare for the lessons.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Have your kids ever asked what the letters on the bank window means? The FDIC has a mission to maintain the stability of the nation’s banking system. They also have a Start Smart: Money Management for Teens, which is a series of helpful information about saving and spending money. There is also a section about Identity Theft and how it can happen to kids, too. That section is worth reading for the parents as well!

Money Instructor

Money Instructor is a collection of Money lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, interactive lessons, and informative articles. They have printable budget worksheets and budgeting lessons to teach real life basic personal finance concepts and important fundamental money skills.

What is a kid’s job?

This lesson uses a chore chart with monetary rewards for teaching your child the value of a job. I like this one because the directions state that the job must be completed without reminders or prompting. Even if you only paid the children for a month, I think it would be good practice for kids to realize that jobs take dedication and diligence. We do not give allowances for daily chores in our house, but it would be a fun way for the kids to earn a paycheck for a month. I had an idea that kids could use the chart to see how long they would have to work and wait to earn enough for a certain toy or item they have been wanting.

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Nov 13, 2011

Home Economics: Sewing {How To Homeschool For Free}

Nov
13
2011
Sunday


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Preschool Sewing Skills

Kids Sewing Projects

Kids Sewing Projects has all levels of learning to sew. It begins with age-appropriate projects that focus on fine motor skills and getting kids interested in the mechanics of hand-sewing. Be sure to check out all of the links of learning to sew in this website as it has projects up the intermediate level. It’s not just preschool!

Preschool Express

Preschool Express has projects that are easy for kids. An explanation of how sewing skills can help young children reach developmental milestones is helpful for you to know it’s not just playing around. It’s educational fun, but you don’t have to tell that to the kids!

Elementary Sewing Lessons

Craft and Fabric Links

Craft & Fabric Links provides sewing lessons for parents & children to learn together. It starts with learning basic tools, how to choose fabrics, and how to read patterns. The website also offers several free patterns and other crafty ideas.

About.com

About.com has free lessons with pre-sewing basics. If you already know a little bit about sewing, you can go choose a project.

Older Kids without Sewing Experience

Sewing.org

Sewing.org has printable sewing information for learning the basic tools of sewing and working up to serious projects. You can print these .pdf file and use them to accompany any video or audio tutorial as a reference.

Simplicity

Simplicity has a Sewing 101 course available online. It starts with a list of materials need for various projects and what those materials are used for.

Sewing Solutions

Sewing Solutions has both lessons and ideas for new projects. This is for beginners as well as more advanced students looking for ideas or help with specific issues.

Older Kids with Sewing Experience

Homeschool Blogger

Homeschool Blogger has a webinar that was recorded live & is now available for viewing online. It is titled beginning sewing lessons, but I feel like this would have to be for a jr. high or older student who has already accomplished some hand-sewing projects. There are 4 lessons available with different projects.

Husqvarna Viking

Husqvarna Viking is a company that makes sewing machines. In the Sewing Room, your student can learn techniques and basics of sewing from an expert seamstress. To get started, click on the Assistance tab to read the Getting Started information.

More Projects

Your student might simply need some inspiration to start a new project. Here are a few links to spark some creativity.

Sewing.Org

Sewing.org has many, many ideas and projects. It also has information on how to start your own sewing business.

Retro Sewing

Retro Sewing has quite a variety of projects on video. There are links for tutorials, gift ideas, and tips for preparing your fabric for the best results.

All Free Sewing

All Free Sewing will keep you in stitches! …or so they claim. With the variety and number of projects, I have little doubt that it is true. It’s full of seasonal ideas as well as practical projects for any time of the year.

Burda Style

Burda Style has video tutorials on all kinds of sewing. From how to sew on a button to a more difficult task of altering garments, you will find something at your level of learning.

Happy Sewing!

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