Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Money Matters and Kids – How Young Is Too Young?

It’s important to have a good sense of money in life. However, when do you introduce those concepts to your kids? When you get right down to it, money can be extremely confusing (just look at my checkbook register!). My husband and I decided that it really was never too early to start teaching our kids about money – both how it’s valued and the real, hidden value of money. That is – it’s easily spent, but not easily earned. So far it’s working out well. Our seventh grader has gotten all of this down, finally, lol. He’s even helping our second grader try and get a good grasp of monetary denominations and they are both really beginning to understand how important money management is.

Now…if I could just get off of long enough to really work on this myself…

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dine Out and Learn Geography

If you’re looking for a way to get your seventh grader interested in geography, (besides just playing some really cool geography games online, lol) then dining out might be the answer. Huh? How can food help at all with learning geography? Believe it or not, it did in our situation. Our oldest didn’t have much interest in geography at all. But he did love to try new foods, and when he started asking about where particular dishes came from, we knew what we had to do. From spaghetti to fried chicken, we’ve been exploring the world through food. It’s helped a lot with geography, but it’s also helped to introduce him to cultural studies too. And it’s broadened his palate at the same time!