Saturday, November 04, 2006

Telecommuting Reviews at Telecommuting Moms.com


Where can you turn to when you need honest, helpful advice on work products and services for telecommuters? Head to Telecommuting Reviews at Telecommuting Moms.com. Nell Tailercio, Telecommuting Answer Lady, has reviews on resume services, job lead sites, books and more. And while you're there don't forget to sign up for her free weekly e-newsletter. You'll read about career advice, telecommuting updates and job leads.

My Contributed Reviews at Telecommuting Reviews:

Customer Service for Dummies 3rd Edition by Karen Leland and Keith Bailey

Telework Recruiting - A Telecommuting Job Lead

Friday, November 03, 2006

November 3 is National Housewife's Day


As the Home CEO I do use many online resources to get the job done. Microsoft Excel helps me balance the family budget. I use our online banking to pay bills. The Internet allows me to do comparision shopping. And I do order our groceries and have them delivery from Vons.com.

My Home Management Binder helps me keep many records, paperwork, cleaning tips and schedules organized. I can refer to my personal library for help on sewing a button, cleaning the windows and the proper temperature for baking a ham.

So, today be proud to be a housewife. Scrub the toilet with pride and a smile on your face. Your job is extremely important to the family. And as our teenage son so elegantly put it, "All moms are working moms".

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Today is National Men Make Dinner Day !


My adorable husband and son love to cook. On many nights you'll find them watching cooking shows like "Emeril Live" and "Iron Chef America" on Food Network. Our teenage son has been taking cooking classes for the last 2.5 years with his homeschool group. Most of the attendees are male.

So today is National Men Make Dinner Day. It's the first Thursday of every November. My guys don't need a reason to be in the kitchen. So buy your guy(s) an apron, grab them a pot and let them get cooking!

Food Network

Real Simple

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wordless Wednesday - My Husband and Teen at Sea World on Homeschoolers Day

November 1 is Family Literacy Day

Originally posted November 1, 2005, this is still a great concern in the USA.

One of the customer service position I had was working for a pay-per-view satellite company. We dealt with the entire United States. Most of our customer base was located in rural areas. One of the issues they wanted me to know about before accepting the position was that we had customers that could not read well. I thought to myself okay, I can deal with it. Well, how could I know what I was really in store for. I had never been knowingly been exposed to someone who didn't have the ability to read.

It was difficult to assist these customers. Some were very embarrassed by it. Others informed me that they would call back when their child got home. Most of our customers were not immigrants but American born. They dropped out of school early, never finishing their education.

November 1 is National Family Literacy Day. It's a day to focus on the most at-risk kids and parents. That can be families who English is not their first language. Parents who have difficulty with reading and writing English.

Do you want to know ways that you can help? Visit 'The National Family Literacy Center' website for more information.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Enter Prim Crafters Talk Radio Xmas Shopping Contest

Just visit the website to enter the Primitive Crafters Talk Radio Xmas Shopping Contest. There are weekly prizes announced every Friday. This week's prize is a vintage basket filled with soap products from Colonial Primitive Peddlers.com.

This Internet talk radio show is dedicated to those who make and purchase primitive crafts. Niki Jackson, Prim Crafters Talk Radio host, interviews other prim crafters and other experts about running a home business, techniques, and much more. Stop by Niki's website for more contest details, enter the contest and of course, listen to the show.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Blockbuster Online - We Love It!

We just finished watching 'Nero Wolfe TV Series: First Season' starring Timothy Hutton and Maury Chaykin. The episodes are based on the 'Nero Wolfe' books by Rex Stout. If you're looking for an old fashion who dunn it this DVD series is for you. The writing, acting and direction remind me of a well done performance. Our teenage son boasted, after watching one DVD of the series, that he was hooked.

We also enjoyed watching 'Adam 12: Season One', 'Batman Beyond: Season One' and 'Johnny Quest: The Complete First Season'.

Enjoying The Teenage Years by Audrey Okaneko

I remember someone telling us 'Enjoy them now, soon they will be teenagers'. My husband and I responded 'Bring it on.' Our son is now 14 years old and we've been having a ball. We love this time because soon he's be graduating high school and off on his path.

Enjoying The Teenage Years By: Audrey Okaneko
I can not count the number of times I’ve heard well meaning parents say “enjoy them now, soon they will be teenagers”

I see so many reasons why this sentence is harmful and misleading. First of all, each time you personally say this phrase in front of your own children, it affects their feelings of self worth. If you have a teenager who hears you constantly warn others about teens, you are basically saying your own child is troublesome to you.

If this sentence is being said in front of preteens, those preteens are listening and hearing and watching for reaction. They want to know how mom and/or dad react to being told that in a year or two, their own child will no longer be enjoyable.

Let’s face it, every stage of life brings about its own set of challenges and opportunities. Toddlers are learning independence. Preteens are learning a new sense of independence. Teenagers are learning about the independence of becoming adults. By midlife, we often hear the phrase “midlife crisis” and then we often hear that the elderly can get away with anything because they are elderly.

Every stage of life is different. We continue to grow as a person from birth right through death. I smile incredibly thinking of a wonderful woman I know who is over 90. She still drives. She still sits on the board of a few organizations and she still participates in and leads a current events group. This is proof positive that we continue to grow and learn through out our lives.

I personally have enjoyed immensely the teenage years of both of my daughters. As a teen they are very independent, meaning you can leave the house for a few hours and not worry, you can ask for help with cooking, cleaning, and all other chores and you can enjoy incredible conversations with these kids who now have very strong opinions.

I have enjoyed meals out in exotic restaurants with my teens. I have enjoyed long walks where we can chat about life and our own thoughts. I have enjoyed weekend trips with my girls. I have enjoyed a morning cup of coffee. I have enjoyed the most recent movie release with them. Of course this list goes on and on.

Did my kids ever yell? Of course they did. Did they ever not follow a rule? Of course they did. Just as toddlers, preteens and elderly do all of these things, so do teens.

When someone tells me their child is about to become a teen, I hug and congratulate them. They are about to experience a wonderful new relationship.

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Audrey Okaneko is mom to two girls. She can be reached at audreyoka@cox.net or visited at www.scrapping-made-simple.com

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Geometry Homework Help: Some Ways to Help Overcome Your Frustration with High School Geometry - Linda Hinkle


Our teen is taking Geometry this year. He's actually doing very well and hasn't needed to see his math tutor yet.

Geometry Homework Help: Some Ways To Help Overcome Your Frustration With High School Geometry
By: Linda Hinkle


I know you. I have seen you in my geometry classroom many times during the last 29 years. You have always, and I mean always, been a very good math student. You made good grades in Algebra with very little effort, and you have always liked math. But now you are taking high school geometry, and you are really frustrated. You’ve got good study habits; you pay attention in class, ask questions, and do your homework. But for some reason this strange course just doesn’t make sense to you and you find yourself even requiring some additional help with geometry homework, which has never happened before. Heck, in past math courses you were the one that could give others help!

To make matters worse, you are seeing classmates who had trouble with Algebra suddenly doing very well in geometry, understanding it, and actually enjoying math for the first time in their lives. Not that you’re not happy for those fellow learners, but you can’t understand why this course is so different from the other math courses you have taken, and why are you not able to grasp it?

High school geometry is a strange creature. In my 29 years of teaching high school geometry I have seen the above scenario played out over and over again. Just what is it that makes this course so different? And what are some strategies that will help frustrated students master this course that sometimes seems so strange?

First of all, if you are experiencing frustration with your high school geometry course, it is very important for you to realize that this is quite common, especially early in the course. Please know that most students do get past the confusion and frustration if they don’t give up. Practice the techniques I’m going to give you, continue to work hard, and even though it takes longer for some than others, that light bulb should eventually light up for you.

It might help if you understand why geometry is so different from other math courses. A traditional high school geometry course is about logic. It is abstract. It requires a different way of thinking. It is not what I call “cookbook mathematics” where one is given a recipe and merely has to follow that recipe in solving every problem. Geometry is not about a lot of drill and practice. It is about critical thinking, learning concepts and principles and knowing when and how to apply them.

It is true that previous Algebra courses required critical thinking skills as well, but not to the extent that geometry requires them. However, as you work at honing these critical thinking skills in high school geometry, there are some simple, straight forward skills that also must be mastered if you are to succeed.

Learn all the terms and definitions as they are presented. This is absolutely essential. The same goes for postulates and theorems. And don’t just memorize them; as a matter of fact you don’t have to memorize them word for word. But make sure you have a very clear understanding of what each term means. I often told my students “You can’t expect to solve a problem about a scalene triangle if you don’t know what a scalene triangle is.” Develop your geometry vocabulary.

Don’t rush through your geometry homework. Your goal shouldn’t be to ‘just get it done’ so that you are finished with it but to really understand it. Before you tackle the assigned problems, review your notes from class and look over the corresponding material in your textbook. As you work through the homework problems, check your answers with those provided in the back of the book. If you have something wrong, go back and rethink it. If you still can’t figure it out, put a star or check mark by that problem to remind you to ask the teacher about it the next time the class meets.

Finally, when you have finished your homework assignment, make yourself think just a little more! Resist the urge to immediately slam your book closed and put your work away. Spend just a few minutes looking back over the problems and thinking about what you had to do on each one. Developing this habit of reflecting on your work can reap huge benefits in understanding and remembering important concepts. The more you understand and remember from each assignment, the less you’ll have to study and review when it comes exam time. And won't that be a welcome reward?

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Linda Hinkle is an educator, having taught high school mathematics for 29 years. She wishes to help empower students who are struggling with their math courses. Find more information about high school topics and sign up for her free newsletter at www.highschoolstuff.com