A Life Style of Learning – 25 years later…

Taken from http://www.heatherhaupt.com/

Developing a life-style of learning leads to life-long learning and lessons that stick with you for the rest of your life.Using the envelope system is a great way to help kids understand finances.

I still remember the day, some 25 years ago or so when my mom taught us the envelope system.  Every time we made some money, we’d set aside 10% for tithe and giving.  I don’t remember if I had a defined way to split up savings and spending money, except that I preferred the idea of saving for something special so most of my money went into that envelope.  I remember just talking with her about finances and going to Scripture together as we explored what God had to say about money.  Oh I felt so excited to have my VERY OWN money to drop in the offering bucket at church.  Since we needed something to hold our envelopes, each of us 3 girls were allowed to select a tin pencil box.  While I sort of seem girly now, I was quite the tomboy at that age and nothing would do except this sports themed tin.  It saw me through several years until I finally opened a bank account and started keeping money there.   And being an overly sentimental pack-rat {I can hear my friends snickering}, I realized that I still had it!    (more…)

Should Reading and Spelling be Taught at the Same Time?

Taken from http://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/why-we-teach-reading-and-spelling-separately/

Why We Teach Reading and Spelling Separately

Some things just go together.

You know…like spaghetti and meatballs, salt and pepper, and Snoopy and Woodstock.

Or like reading and spelling.

But wait…should reading and spelling really be taught together? As strange as it may seem…

I recommend that reading and spelling not be taught in the same lesson.

Would you like to know why?