Goal Setting for Internet Homeschoolers part 2

In part 1, we realized that if any Internet high-school homechooled students imagined that it is difficult to change anything or achieve anything then they will not be able to overcome that hurdle no matter what size it is, then what we need to learn is how to eat an elephant.

Eat an elephant? Yes! Eat an elephant…piece by piece, like army ants – until it is devoured…in a matter of hours – which means, it can be done.
Proverbs 6:8
Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

So mothers/teachers/fathers encourage our Internet high-school homeschooled students to have faith, doubt not that the elephant can be eaten like the ants have been doing for centuries and dinner will be served on each and every hurdle they face or come across, each and every time… It was the exact same idea expressed in Matthew in Matthew 21:21 in part 1 of Goal Setting for Internet Homeschoolers.


Dealing with Doubt

As we began our seventh year of homeschooling this August, I found my mind plagued with doubts and fears. Are we doing the right thing? Why are we doing this? Is this what is best for our children? Are they missing out on a real school experience? Some homeschoolers have their kids take achievement tests […] Read more

Homeschoolers Can Pray Too! SYATP!

At 7 o’clock tomorrow morning, all across America, Christian middle and high school students are gathering around their school flagpoles before school to pray. My 16 year old daughter is homeschooled, but I wouldn’t dream of excluding her from this yearly event. See You At The Pole is a student led prayer movement that happens just once a year. […] Read more

3 Pointer Interview closer to reality…subject – Debt Management

Clarence E. Taite is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Marketing. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity incorporated.

Experience is right here…
Mr. Taite has worked in the mortgage industry with both 1st Capital Mortgage and Countrywide. After an exhilarating stint of instructing on the collegiate level, he started his financial career with John Hancock, and is now an excited member of the Primerica team.
Primerica has been in business for over thirty years, going public on April 1st, with the highest IPO of 2010. Currently Mr. Taite is a district manager with the company. He is on track to become a regional vice president within the next ten months and expand his business throughout the Dallas Fort Worth and North Texas areas.

Opportunity is here…
Mr. Taite’s expansion is being built through recruiting highly motivated individuals seeking to change their quality of life and help others do the same. At Primerica we focus on helping individuals become DEBT FREE, PROPERLY PROTECTED and FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, by serving the community with the following financial necessities:
1. Debt Management
~ Debt Watchers
2. Mortgages
3. Life Insurance
~ Term Life
4. Securities
~ IRA’s
~ Mutual Funds
~ 401k’s
~ College Saving Funds
~ Annuities
5. Auto Insurance
6. Home Insurance
7. PPL
~ Legal Services

We are going to have several interviews in a series, one a week – so that I won’t take up too much of Mr. Taite’s time and eventually move over to Youtube for more inteviews and video as well as audio. This series is dedicated to our mompreneurs and wahms visitors for whom I would not have an audience at all, thankyouverymuch. Anyone else who is directly affected in this current economy this goes out to you as an eye-opener and hopefully we can get something online that will help everyone out…homeschool moms this will be great knowledge for educating your children – it is for their future when they have money, we don’t want them faced with an economy like this and not know what to do!

The Powers of a Positive Attitude in Homeschoolers

Get weird for 1 minute…
I am going to ask mompreneurs to do something very weird right now, for you and your homeschoolers. First of all, I want everyone to listen to your thoughts. Now tell me, what thoughts fill your heads? Would anyone label them as positive, or negative?

Now let’s say you and your children are walking down the street with these thoughts. Do you think anyone who would meet you and your homeschoolers would be able to tell you what’s on your mind?

The answer to number one is up to you. But, the answer for number two can be pretty generic. Although people will not be able to tell you exactly what you or your homeschoolers think, they will more or less have an idea of how you are feeling.

Party pooper…it’s a frame of mind.
Here’s another question. When you and your homeschoolers enter a party filled with friends, do they all fall silent as if something terrible had happened? Or does everybody there perk up as if waiting for something exciting to happen?

You know what? The answer to all these depends on your frame of mind.

Thoughts are very powerful. They affect your general attitude. The attitude you carry reflects on your appearance, too – unless, of course, you have a family of great actors.

And it doesn’t end there. Your homeschooler’s attitude can also affect people around you.

The type of attitude your homeschoolers carry depends on each of you. It can be either positive or negative.

Thoughts have power…
Positive thoughts have a filling effect. They are admittedly invigorating. Plus, the people around the person carrying positive thoughts are usually energized by this type of attitude.

Negative thoughts on the other hand have a sapping effect on other people. Aside from making you look gloomy and sad, negative thoughts can turn a festive gathering into a funeral wake.

A positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels them. People tend to shy away from those who carry a negative attitude.

We can also define attitude as the way of looking at the world. If you or your homeschoolers choose to focus on the negative things in the world, more or less you have a negative attitude brewing up. However, if you and your homeschoolers choose to focus on the positive things, everyone is more likely to carry a positive attitude.

A positive attitude has positive gains…
Your family has much to gain from a very positive attitude. For one, studies have shown that a positive attitude promotes better health. Those with this kind of attitude also have more friends. Projecting a positive attitude also helps one to handle stress and problems better than those who have a negative attitude.

A positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. If you and your homeschoolers will love the way your family is and are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, everyone will also make others who are around feel the same way.

A negative attitude, on the other hand, has, of course, an opposite effect. So, carrying a negative attitude has a twofold drawback. You feel bad about yourself, and you make others feel the same way.

Fostering a positive attitude…
If you want your homeschooler’s to have a positive attitude, you have to foster healthy thoughts. This is probably very hard to do nowadays since, all around us, the media feeds us nothing but negative thoughts. A study shows that for every 14 things a parent says to his or her child, only one is positive. This is truly a saddening thought.

If you want a healthier outlook in life, you need to think happy thoughts, and you have to hear positive things as well. So, what can you do? Well, for starters, you could see a funny movie, you could play with your homeschoolers , spend some time telling jokes with friends. All these activities fill you with positive stimuli, which in turn promotes positive attitude.

Although it is impossible to keep ourselves from the negative things around us, you can still carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good things, the positive things in life.

And this positive attitude your family now fosters can be of benefit to other people. Sometimes when other people feel down, the thing people mostly do is try to give them advice. But sometimes, all they need is somebody to sit by them, and listen to them. If you have a positive attitude you may be able to cheer them up without even having to say anything.

Choosing the right attitude…
If positive attitude is really great, why do people choose to adopt a negative attitude instead? One who carries a negative attitude may be actually sending a signal for attention. Before you get me wrong, feeling sad, angry, or gloomy is not wrong itself. But dwelling on these thoughts for far too long is not healthy either. There is a time to mourn.

As always, if you are beset by troubles, even in anybody’s darkest hour, focus on the good things in life, there will always be hope. Problems become something you can overcome.

You do not have much to lose by adopting a healthy, positive attitude. Studies show that such an attitude actually retards aging, makes you healthier, helps you develop a better stress coping mechanism, and has a very positive effect on all the people you meet every day. So, what’s not to like about a positive attitude? Adopt one today.

Where the Teacher is Mom for Internet Homeschoolers

There is an army of teachers in this country and around the world that get no pay, do not show up at a classroom and get no recognition for the work they do. But they are doing the job of teaching young minds and getting them through a year of academic work. These are the heroes of computer based homeschool teachers who are quietly doing the job of educating the next generation. And we have learned from studies into internet homeschooling, they are doing a pretty good job because computer based homeschooled students often rank high in college preparation exams.

If you are considering becoming a teacher in the unlimited scope of internet homeschooling your own children, the task is not as intimidating as it seems. And the potential benefits to your children are great. Public schools are notorious for taking bright young minds and snuffing out that fire for learning that they were born with.

The reason this happens is simple. Public schools are mandated to teach a very large body of kids so because of the volume of kids they must pass through each grade, the emphasis much be on discipline and order and the priority for high quality academics has to slide so that every child can get through. A lot of adults can verify this viewpoint and the evidence is obvious that improvements in the near future are slim.

That is why the focused and specialized environment of a homeschoolers situation is perfect for a bright mind such as your child has because you can customize your curriculum to fit your child and to accelerate as fast as they show an aptitude to go. You don’t have to put a big emphasis on being in their seat when the bell rings and being in school uniform down to their underwear.

There are no bells in an homeschoolers environment and they can come to school in their underwear if they want to …(not recommended). As long as they learn, that is the emphasis in a home school environment.

When you set out to becoming a internet homeschool teacher, you have a huge amount of flexibility in how you structure the learning environment. If you have a room you can set aside as the “classroom”, that is a nice set up – because you and your child know that when you go into that room, learning will happen here. But because the goal in that room is to complete one step along the way to finishing a curriculum, your young student knows that class will be over when they achieve their goals, not when the bell rings and that encourages productivity and focus.

It is also a myth that internet homeschooling will become expensive. In fact, you can virtually set up a perfectly valid year long curriculum for very little cost with resources on the internet. By logging into the public school’s system, you can find the curriculum for the grade your child is in school and what must be learned to finish that grade. In many cases, local public schools and many private schools have programs to help you get started so that your child follows a similar educational path that is going on down the street in the public schools. This is an advantage to you and the school because should you decide to send your child back to public school the next year, they are not out of step with the program.

Materials can often be had for very little expense as well. Many times a textbook that is being used for a particular subject will come out with a new edition. When that happens, you can pick up copies of the previous edition, now out of date to the public schools, for very little cost and often for free. The topics in the text book are just as valid in the previous edition so you can conduct full year of classes using that textbook and not face any serious cost investment at all. The Internet has vast free resources for homeschoolers that can be used parallel to what is taught in the public schools.

By looking for ways to take advantage of public facilities like the computers at the public library and of programs offered by churches, public schools and other institutions or online resources to help home school teachers like you be successful, you can set up a program at home that will help your child succeed as a student in this educational setting. It will be an adventure for you. And you will see a new appreciation come in to your child’s eyes when he or she suddenly realizes that mom is still mom but she is also an outstanding teacher as well.

Free Time Management Tips for Mompreneurs

Mompreneurs have always valued the essence of time. However, only a few people have mastered the skill of properly allocating their time for their work. We see a lot of books in book shops claiming they have the secret to proper time management. But do we really have to pay just to understand the secret of proper time management?

You really don’t have to buy these books to understand the secret of Proper Time Management. All a mompreneur needs is common sense and discipline. However, there are more reliable ways to achieve your goal. Here are a few tips to help mompreneurs manage their time.

Before you go and start making a list of things you need to do, a mompreneur has to realize that the list will never work if she won’t back it up with discipline. When talking about discipline here, it means you have to know your own priorities as a mompreneur very well, to guide you in abiding with the rules that you have set for yourself.

1. List a set of things to do for the day – This is the traditional way to proper time management. Make a list of things you as a mompreneur have to do for the day to keep you informed on what to do for the day. The list will help you to avoid distractions if any should arise during the day.

It is recommended to create a flexible “to do list”; having a flexible list allows you to fit unexpected events and occasions (only important ones) without destroying the whole list.

2. Change Bad Time Management Habits – It usually helps for starters to change Bad Time Management Habits. If you reflect on your everyday activities, you’d probably realize that you spend a lot of time watching too much TV or other forms of leisure. It is okay to spend time on leisure, but never when it exceeds the alloted time for it. Changing these habits would increase your time to do more meaningful activities.

3. Set some things to do for the day as top priority. – The idea of setting hierarchies among a mompreneur’s list of priorities is that those on top of the list are what you need to attend to first. It also helps you to finish on time when you use it in conjunction with your “to-do” list and daily timetable.

4. Learn how to say “NO” – When offered to do something, most people have trouble refusing. Hence, they are confronted with more tasks than they can manage. This is more important when it comes to tasks that are less important, such as watching a movie or going to a football game. You have to remember that once you have completed your pending tasks, you will have time to enjoy yourself.

If you’re planning to go out, you have to plan this a few days ahead. Therefore, you can finish your task ahead as well to save enough time for these long breaks.

5. Dividing your workload – This is specially helpful when working with other people as a team. You don’t have to do everything yourself. When dividing a mompreneur’s workload, people tend to finish faster because they can focus on doing a specific task.

6. Keeping your workplace clean and organized – When a mompreneur’s workplace is a mess, it is usually hard to look for things underneath the pile. Sometimes it takes hours for you to look for a lost paper on a cluttered pile. Therefore keeping things organized improves your over-all efficiency.

7. Setting Goals for yourself – Having practical and achievable goals for yourself is an important step in proper time management. Setting goals keeps mompreneur’s motivated to do jobs well. Remember that you need efficiency to get things done the right way.