I started college at 15. I thought that I needed to rush through everything to become a doctor as fast as possible. I didn't do this for myself. I did this to please my parents and for accolades from others. Any others, it did not matter.
We do not require our kids to go to college. They will have what they need should they choose to attend, but we do not require it. We recognize that there are amazing careers to be had that do not require a college level education and some that do. If they want to be a doctor, lawyer, marine biologist, etc, they will go to college.
If they want to be an artist, photographer, musician, surfing instructor, writer, dancer, or the town troubadour, they will pursue the necessary education that does not require a college degree. Whether that is tech school, online courses by an expert, or specialized training.
If they want to own their own business, they do not need to waste money and time on a college degree. Unless of course they would like to attend college in Europe for free or at a huge discount...then we can agree to that!
We prefer to have them discover the gifts that God has given them along with their passions, and then figure out a way to create a career around that. Each of my kids wants to own their own business so that they can have the freedom that Daren and I are now working towards. One of those, if only I knew then what I now know, things.
Both of my daughters have expressed a passion in owning their own businesses as kids. They may or may not choose that for later in life, but for now, they really want to do be kidpreneurs! I'll list links to all of our resources below the pics.
Lorelai also likes to use her blog and instagram to promote brands she loves. That's also part of her entrepreneurship. The pictures at the top of this post are of Lorelai promoting Aloha Ke Akua Clothing Company. [Aloha Ke Akua means God is Love in Hawaiian].
1. Waldorf Business Math
We are using Waldorf math by Earthschooling & Christopherus Homeschooling. We chose both for the different elements. Not sure I can truly pick a favorite. I love Earthschooling for the artistic direction it gives [with in color main lesson book samples]. For a visual people, we need that.
We use the graph paper lesson books to hold the math. Even though Lorelai is in 7th grade, we chose 6th grade math from both sources. They focus on pre-algebra and business math. Since we knew we were doing a block study on entrepreneurism, it was perfect!
The business math has them go through naming a business, designing fliers, and so much more. It's a great way to get the kids thinking about their business and taking ownership from the beginning. Also those Lyra Colored Pencils are worth it. They are super vibrant & durable.
I printed out the math at staples, and designed a quick cover for it. Most pages I printed black and white and the sample lesson book pages, I printed in color. Had the whole thing bound together with a clear cover and vinyl backing. Not pricey!
2. Kidpreneur Reading Material
I chose three books for Lorelai to read through & work on. Some have workbook like pages that she will do in a separate notebook. These books are written for kids and Lorelai has already started reading each of them because she was that excited about them. One of them : The Making of a Young Entrepreneur is written by a successful Kidpreneur. They're all pretty inspiring, really.
3. Technical Business Knowledge
These two books have got to be Lorelai's hands-down favorites. She plowed through several of these activities before our school year even began. How To Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons & How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons are huge resources to her. She really likes how easy they made learning the techy stuff for her.
The Blogger/Vlogger one tells you how to create a blog, vlog or podcast. The Coding book teaching how to code design and code your own video game. Lorelai has a great idea for a computer game so this is a great start for her. Both of these books are full color, spiral bound and full of hands on activities for your kids to get acting on those dreams.
4. Resources + Inspiration
I wanted to help Lorelai with her blog writing skills, so I got a book that spices up writing. I wish I hadn't waited so long to purchase : Banish Boring Words. Best. Buy. EVER. It's simple, it's effective, it's inexpensive. Not sure what my hold up was.
She uses the words "A lot" and "really" like I am known to do as well, so this book has already been a huge help. We have two jewelry books for her online etsy jewelry shop. One is Beach themed and the other Bohemian. Those are the items she is stating with but she has big dreams to expand into a brick and mortar shop on the Island someday.
Links to Resources
Earthschooling 6th/7th grade Math
Christopherus Mathematics for 6th Grade
Lyra Triangular Super Ferby Pencils
Waldorf Main Lesson Arithmetic Books [left column, scroll down]
The Making of a Young Entrepreneur
Be A Changemaker
Kidpreneurs : Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas [FREE]
How To Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons
How To Code in 10 Easy Lessons
Banish Boring Words
Earthy Boho Jewelry
Beach Chic Jewelry
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