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Homeschooling While You Shop?

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Summary:
Yes, It can be done! We are all busy juggling multiple tasks at once,
and it does not get any easier when you are homeschooling. Here is an
idea to get your children to help out with a chore and provide them with
a learning opportunity at the same time.


Keywords:
homeschool,homeschooling,education,learning,lesson planning,lesson plans


Article Body:
Yes, It can be done! We are all busy juggling multiple tasks at once,
and it does not get any easier when you are homeschooling. Here is an
idea to get your children to help out with a chore and provide them with
a learning opportunity at the same time.

Before going to the grocery store, ask your children to help you with a
shopping list. You can go around the house - the fridge, pantry, and the
bathroom cabinet, etc.- and categorise the list. You can also go through
the flyer and see what's on sale and check on the price differences from
one store to the another. (You can also discuss distribution channel and
marketing for older kids.) Bring a calculator (if your kids prefer doing
math that way) for your shopping trip.

Once you are at the grocery store, let the children do the shopping while
you supervise. Show them how to select items based on the quality and/or
price. While you are comparing the price, do a quick math lesson, or if
you buy multiple of one item, what the total price differences would be.
In the produce section, discuss where fruits and vegetables are from, and
why you find thing from that particular climate. You can also talk about
environment and organic produce. Have children weight vegitables and ask
them how much a pound and a half of grapes would be.

In the meat and seafood section, discuss where they come from, how they
keep them fresh, and what would happen if they are not kept cold. Many
seafood items are imported, so you may discuss geography. If you are
cooking a roast that day, you may have the children use the meat
themometer and determine how cooked it is, and if it is safe to eat.

While you are in line at the check out counter, take out your coupons and
ask them how much you can save if you use the double coupons. If you buy
3 Klenex tissue boxes on sale for $3, and have $.75 off coupon, how much
would each box costs? How about if you get "buy one get one free" can of
soup for $2.50 and have $.50 off coupon?

Don't forget to recycle those soda cans and talk about aluminum,
recycling, and environment! On the way home, talk about how much gas you
used for what distance, and how you can save money and environment by
reducing the number of trips you take each month. Why is the gas so
expensive? Where does the oil come from? How about the new hybrid cars?
If the kids are done talking, you can listen to a CD and complete you day
with a music lesson!

				
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