Friday Four: Why Even Bother To Volunteer!

Representing MomsRising.org at this Food Advocate Forum with other food justice pals at Heist Brewery 

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan

This week has been a doozie! The boys had three different practices. I have a wedding to prepare for , on top of a few other business projects. Little seven month old Avi Baby to tend to and tax season to keep a float. But I still make time to volunteer. And I will not drag out the reason’s why:

  1. I REALLY like helping people reach goals that will improve their lives.
  2. I always learn a new life skill set ( or my children do)
  3. My children and I get to meet very interesting people that impact our lives in various ways.There are 7.4 billion people in the world, all from different cultures and backgrounds and the bonds we form can be so strong they last a lifetime. The most interesting and strongest of relationships have formed in some pretty unusual ways, volunteering and helping others puts you center stage. You’re now in a position to learn about the people you meet and what their world looks like, you’ll learn things you didn’t know before and become friends with people you didn’t think you would, how’s that for free.99?
  4. Serving others with my children is a great way to remind my children to remain humble, grateful, respectful, resourceful and charitable. Because the people that we may be serving today, maybe the ones serving us tomorrow.
  5. BONUS – You could possibly land your next job by the quality of work you do for free.
  6. BONUS – Spending more quality time with your kids is never EVER a waste of time. Kids grow up so fast! The more time listening to their voice the better. I promise.

7. BONUS- Some volunteering* leads to free travel, food, adventures and other unimaginable opportunities.

8. Bonus – Volunteering May help you discover what you want to do with your life. There’s so many ways to be a blessing to others. Not just passing out sandwiches and/ pamphlets. Volunteering looks, sounds, moves, and hits in so may ways. For example, did you know, that in Charlotte, there is a nonprofit housing repair company, a cute service that set up mobile farmers markets that offer fresh produce at a donation to residents living inside food desserts. (I’m on that board. It’s “The Bulb” ) and a Female Boxing Company? I’m sure there’s more, but I need to get some rest. I’ll list more later. Take care ya’ll!

Last thoughts, people will make time or excuses for what they want to do. I chose to be a helper, learner, servant, teacher, healer, mother and Earth Keeper- on top of everything else that I do. Because I know that if it wasn’t for alla that’ stuff, it wouldn’t be any Kelle.

(I just thought of another one- volunteering could also extend or improve the quality of your life. Especially if you a widow, live alone, etc.)

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Wednesday WOW: CHEAP Teacher’s Appreciation Day Ideas

Teacher’s Appreciation Day is coming up! If you’re like me, you end up waiting until the last minute before you have something to present.   your child has a cool gift to share. I tend to look for gifts that are original, reflects my child, useful  and of course cost effective. As a holistic mom coach, it also has to promote wellness! That’s all!

In our home, we have one in college, two in charter schools, two in homeschooling circles and 2 just enjoying the adventures in everything their older sibling do. so for us,  me, this is a fun, creative time.

cute teacher gift

I must say that we are a “Work For Gift” family. I tell my children all of the time that “I do NOT reward back behavior.” I carry that rule onto teachers gifts. I allow the children to reward the teachers they feel has helped them the most. That way I will be sacrificing my money on those that have really contributed in making a difference in my children’s life. Sometimes it’s every single one and other times it’s just 2 or 3.

Consider it an investment in your child! Dr Shropshire and Cassie Sweetz

YES, Charter, tutor, and home-school circle teachers count too! For us, this is as special a holiday as Mother’s, Fathers, Grandparents Day. On average, teachers spend up-to 8 hours a day with our child. They are indeed part of your child’s well being team! Showing gratitude to them is a way of saying thank you for all that you do. Once in a while, everyone needs to hear that!vegan gift cookiesThose cookies above can be purchased from the teen vegan baker, Cassie’s Sweetz! Another great idea is gift cards! If you have a service like The Big Sister, you can offer a free night of childcare for your teacher , who would really enjoy a night out way from the children. My last idea is

The cutest DIY  gift bag EVER for the little ones. My two youngest guys will be participating in a “Mommie and Me” craft workshop. We will pay just $5/child and created a simple, cute, gift, functional gift for me.

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Homeschooling: The High School Years

We have two in high school. One is in the 10th and the other is in the 11th grade. I’ll admit it, high school instruction has been a challenge for me. So we have researched and learned alternatives to offer our girls. It’s called hybird  Homeschooling.

It keeps the kids on target toward college* when their dad and I can’t teach them.

If your high schooler has ever started their day with an online chemistry class, studied math at the kitchen table until lunch, spent the afternoon in a homeschool cooperative taking English literature followed by band practice at the local public high school, then you may be a HYBRID HOMESCHOOLER too! Hybrid homeschooling is a homeschooling style that incorporates multiple avenues and even locations of learning.  High-School-Requirements1-467x1024

 

Need help Planning Your High School Homeschool Program?  My advice would be:

  • Create the connection between pursuing the career of their dreams and going to college. By identifying interests early and incorporating them into a high school education plan, college often becomes a goal rather than an obligation.
  • Plan your students’ future with them. Ask them what their post-high school plans are and use those goals to help tailor their coursework toward the future they want to pursue.
  • Research college admission requirements and the array of standardized tests your student will need to take in order to qualify. Check out the “High School Requirements for Higher Education Goals” for more detailed information.
  • Consider your options for taking AP and college courses to earn college credit. Some homeschool high school students take some courses using interactive curriculum and mix it with courses taken as dual enrollment at local colleges.(Like CPCC) .
  • Look into homeschool friendly colleges and universities. With the number of homeschoolers climbing steadily year after year, many colleges and universities have admission policies specific to homeschoolers.
  • Explore college alternatives. Not every student will be interested, ready, and/or a proper fit for a college degree. If this seems to be true of your child, then take time to research the multiple college alternatives available to graduates such as military service, vocational apprenticeships, entrepreneurial endeavors, and volunteer corps.
  • Understand the differences between homeschooling versus distance learning with an accredited school. With homeschooling, the parent is the school and teacher of record, taking full responsibility for structuring and supervising the student’s high school program. This includes signing the diploma. This is different than a distant learning option in which the student enrolls in an accredited school program which they work with through the internet. Of course, many families blend these approaches taking some courses from schools online, others at local colleges or high schools, and teaching some themselves using resources such as

Coursera                      Khan Academy                                     Connections Academy 

K12                                  Online High School Course

Whatever you do don’t make your children suffer educationally. If you are struggling to teach them, they aren’t learning. Getting help could mean sending them back to public school. Just be open for doing whatever is best for your child.

Be Smart, Cassie love theater and baking.

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