Tag Archives: education

Free Videos

7 Aug

Quickly I wanted to update you about a free video resource. You can search by category or topic and they are all available online to view (just like the one I shared the other day about Sesame Street and Utensils)

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Watch This Video With Kids on Eating Utensils

6 Aug

Looking for a way to teach your little how to use their utensils. Well I came across this kid friendly Sesame Street lesson – isn’t it cute?

Free Educational Resources & 17,000 Free Downloads!

5 Aug

Its safe to say that one of my favorite things is to help share free resources because I think people in general are so unaware how many completely free resources exist out there. Also I know plenty of people really don’t know how to search and find the free resources that are out there so they’re left out of ever getting to use them because they don’t know how or where to look.

Go here to view what interests you and to be able to download the FREE Resources.

Also please note things like the Online math – provide free grading  but if you click on the online math you can also choose the option to work offline which will open the worksheet in your browser and allow you to print it.

Free Illustrated Books and Flashcards

3 Aug

Here’s some more handy resources that are completely free! In my search of free endless resources I have compiled a list of two more items that I think will make you happy. These illustrated books and flashcards are completely free you download and print whatever ones interest you and your little. I found this great site which specializes in educational materials and they offer several free items which I feel is great especially with today’s economy and tighter budgets. 

Learning Tools for You Little Ones (for Free)

2 Aug

HI Everybody, I am sorry my updates have been a little slow and far between this past month but I assure you I have lots of good postings coming up. First off I decided that since kids will be starting school again pretty soon (bummer I don’t know where the summer has gone I am shocked its 8/2 when writing this) I decided to feature some items for those of you who are  home school parents or just parents looking for extra resources to develop your little ones mind beyond the classroom or to get them better prepared for K5 even if you can’t afford a traditional PK-4 program. So here goes:

Alphabet Posters A-Z download here

Handwriting Practice Sheets download here – I know you can purchase these in the store but here there free 

Number Posters 1-5 download here

Number Posters 6 -10 download here

Number Posters 11 – 15 download here

Number Posters 16 -20 download here

 

Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

1 Jul

Here’s what your little one is looking for (and just doesn’t know it yet) – personally I think bed time stories are a great way to help children wind down from the day and go to sleep. So feel free after washing faces, brushing teeth follow it with a lavender bath and then go ahead have your little one put on their pajamas and read them one of these classic fairy tales while laying in bed. Reading together at night will allow for more bonding time with your child and less stimulation form the television or other distractions. I recommend this book whether its for your child, grandchildren or a gift.

This book includes the following: Enchanted Stag; Twelve Brothers; Puss in Boots; Jack and the Beanstalk; Princess on the Pea; Ugly Duckling; Light Princess; Beauty and the Beast; Hansel and Gretel; Jack the Giant Killer; Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor; Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp. Illustrated with 8 engravings by Mary Hamilton Frye. Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846-1916) was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer.

Saving for College

7 Jun

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Most parents know that some day their little bundle will grow up, graduate high school and might pursue going to college. With that said very few parents actually make a road map for this financially. Going to college costs a lot of money and its not getting any cheaper. Here are some suggestions to help get you started. If you have a young baby or toddler now is the time to get started. The longer you have to save the better.

  • When your child is little make sure to save all monies given to them for birthdays and holidays (tell friends and family your toddler really doesn’t need another cute outfit) 
  • The younger you start saving means the longer you have to save / grow that college fund
  • Open a UPromise account – don’t buy items just for Upromise sake but a small percentage of purchases will go into a fund for your child this won’t take the place of traditional savings but will help add to it
  • Consider opening a Coverdell Education Savings Account (parents, g.parents anyone can contribute) or an Independent 529 account – not familiar with these learn more here
  • Consider using cash back options on credit cards to deposit “extra money / rewards money” into a savings account
  • Commit to saving a percentage of your monthly income for college savings now just like you would for retirement

What Every Mom Needs – part 3

11 May

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Where in our third installment – and hopefully helping you get a strong financial foundation in place.

What does every mom NEED?

Life Insurance (whether your a high powered career woman, stay at home mom, or single parent) you NEED life insurance. Now here’s something many people overlook: the reasons they need life insurance, especially women.Where should I look for life insurance?  Well, consider getting online quotes from multiple sources try Select Quote and Insure

Myth # 1 – I don’t need life insurance I’m a stay at home mom, so I don’t need income replacement. 

Ready for my answer? WRONG!

And here’s why a stay at home mom needs term life insurance to cover expenses that would usually be unaccounted for. Take this example, God forbid something happens to a stay at home mom and she dies who will take care of her children while her husband works? A daycare or babysitter if there not school aged. If the children are old enough to be in school you must figure there will still be before and/or after school care since your spouse may need someone to get the children on the bus or watch them till he gets home from work.

Myth # 2 – I only need a small policy.

Have you realistically calculated the costs both present and future (remember inflation rates need to be calculated) for what your policy will need or you want it to cover. Typically when someone does work many advisors suggest 20x their income – so a person making $50,000 per year would be advised to buy at least $1,000,000 policy. This only sounds like a lot initially trust me every dollar will need to be earmarked.

What are some items life insurance money should be used to cover:

  • Your children’s daycare or babysitting,
  • The mortgage on your family home (wouldn’t it be nice to know your mortgage would be paid off and your spouse will never loose the children’s family home)
  • College tuition (with student loans being such a huge burden it would be great to help give your children a head start in life by graduating college debt free)
  • Maybe private school tuition
  • or money set aside for children’s lessons (he likes soccer, she likes gymnastics, etc)
  • Also one item very much forgotten about is any debt you may have (credit cards, student loans, car loans, etc)

Great Books to Supplement Curriculum

8 May

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Are you looking for some great resources to help teach your child outside of their present curriculum?

Maybe your looking for a more in-depth learning or perhaps just to have some additional resources to pull from. These books are perfect for both the home schooled child or school educated child. Many parents have found these books easy enough to use at home for children that might have struggled with classroom instruction.

The Blue Back Speller by Noah Webster – for  5 generations this book was used in schools to help teach children to read & write

McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers by William McGuffey – many parents have used these books to help teach their children to read when they were struggling learning in class room techniques

Math Fables by Greg Tang – helps children learn beyond just counting

 

 



Teaching Children the Value of Money

26 Mar

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Money is something everyone could use more of most days, however teaching children the value of money, hard work, and budgeting at a young age will most certainly help them succeed in life. These resources I believe can help children and teens learn an appreciation for money and to be wise with it. 

These books and tools are good for children home schooled and non-home schooled. For children that are home schooled it could easily be incorporated into an additional daily / weekly math lesson.

The Motley Fool: Investment Guide for Teens 

Dave Ramsey’s: Home Schooling 

Dave Ramsey’s: For Children ( ages 3 to 12)  and for Teens

and make sure to read this article written on Simple Organized Living they have a well written article on children’s finances