Happy New Year!

Everyone here at CJ’s Kids Club is currently on holiday but we are popping in just to wish you and your loved ones a New Year filled with peace, happiness, success and good health!

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History (Part 1)

The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History has a bit of everything on exhibit: prehistoric dioramas, oil industry facts, ranching history, the importance of corn and potatoes, the NAACP and LULAC, and at least two different play and exploration areas for children (an outdoor playground and an indoor learning play area).

We had a lot of fun learning and exploring and it didn’t look very big, so we thought we’d be able to see it all in a few hours. We were wrong!

The museum presents the story of the cultural crossroads of the New World. In addition to the major interpretive “Shipwreck!” exhibit, there are also “Cultural Encounters” galleries, “Seeds of Change” exhibit (focused on five “seeds”— corn, potatoes, diseases, horses and sugar), and full-scale reproductions of the Columbus Ships which can be toured. A Children’s Wharf, interactive exhibits on early navigation, and galleries of natural resources provide additional learning opportunities.Texas Beyond History: Spanish Shipwrecks

We wound up seeing around half of the bottom floor and actually had the lights turned off on us! Apparently, the don’t announce they are closing. You have to set an alarm to remind yourself when it’s time to go because you will get caught up in the various displays and the easy to digest snippets of information.

Click on the arrows or the images below to explore with us:

Stay tuned for Part 2 …

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

CKC Kid Chat: Your Arm Is Grass

What would you do if your arm was made out of grass? Based on what you know about human and plant cells, how would you…

  • Eat? Would you graze on your arm?
  • How would you process your plant sugars?
  • Would you turn green or what color would you be?
  • How would you take care of it?
  • How strong would it be?
  • What would you do with it?

Don’t be afraid to comment – no matter how wild and out there your answer is – as long as it has a basis in real science. This can either be work that has already been done or work that is in progress but it has to be scientifically plausible.

REMEMBER: Some of the most amazing breakthroughs were NOT publicly accepted at first
and those scientists were even considered crazy!

Need some inspiration? Here are a few links to get your think on:

Join this crazy – but educational and fun – science discussion by leaving your comment below!

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Studying Fungi, Learning To Sew, and Kittens for Preschool

Hey, guys! How’s your day going? We’re getting busier and busier as our homeschool year is picking up speed.

KUDOS AND CONGRATS

We’d like to send a big “Congrats!” to our Facebook page fan Mayra Solis and her husband Jorge on their new addition. Little Diego has officially taken over Damian’s spot as the baby of the family and Jerehn gets to be a big brother from scratch all over again.

HOMESCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Today, CJ is starting a study on mycorrhizae (fungi) and planning out his 4-H projects. He will need to use a sewing machine, so he’s learning with his Discovery Kids starter machine before he starts using Penny the Webmom’s Singer.

These machines are out of stock on Amazon but you can get a different 4 star reviewed one here. [aff]

Skylar Marie started a 3 Little Kittens/Kittens Mittens theme. CJ is – as usual – the Teacher’s Assistant. We *might* use this for our next Storytime theme.

CJ’S KIDS CLUB

We’re working on the return of Storytime and our Book Club. We’re also adding some amazing events to our Calendar.

Penny the Webmom is working to bring our Membership system back online, so if you aren’t already a CKC Member, you’ll have the chance to do that really soon too.

What are you up to?

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Horse Farm Adventure – Part 2: Homeschooler In Action

Yesterday, we mentioned that Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Jr. – University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) Dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA) – spoke to our homeschool group about the importance of education, the advantages and disadvantages homeschoolers face in the collegiate world, and gave first-hand examples of homeschoolers taking the world by storm.

One of the three talented, homeschooled, young women that Dr. Ozuna mentioned just happened to be the daughter of the owner of the horse farm we were visiting. Nacole Ricks (in the blue shirt) is now in her third semester of college and is actually the Program Assistant at the UTPA COBA!

Decide what you want to do.Nacole Ricks

Nacole woke up one morning and told her mother she was going to graduate in one year, not two. Then she started to consistently put in 80 hour weeks to reach her goal. She didn’t let anything slide while doing it either!

Nacole was already volunteering and networking by the time she was 14.
In addition to upping her study time, she was still working on her mother’s horse farm, active in 4H, participating in community events, attending town hall meetings, volunteering with our local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and a few other things. It was a lot to take on but she was determined and networked her way into the hearts of those she worked with.

As soon as she met her goal of early graduation, she decided her next goal would be a 4.0. She did it and she has kept it so far. She credits the opportunity to work with Dr. Ozuna to networking.

The biggest takeaway from our time with Dr. Ozuna and Nacole is to have a goal, prioritize, network, and put the work in.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Horse Farm Adventure – Part 1: A Visit With The UTPA Dean of the College of Business Administration

Our homeschool group loved having Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Jr. – University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) Dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA) – speak about the importance of education, the advantages and disadvantages homeschoolers face in the collegiate world, and to give first-hand examples of homeschoolers taking the world by storm.

Don’t be afraid of what you choose.Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Jr.

Don’t get stuck trying to pick the “perfect” route. Start somewhere and be open to opportunities that come your way. The degree you start out with may not be exactly in line with the career you wind up in or the only degree you wind up getting.

Dr. Ozuna started with a degree in Agribusiness Management and a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics/Econometrics (Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas). Not exactly the route most of us would think a College of Business Administration Dean would take. He didn’t know he would wind up where he is today but he was open to what life had to offer and has been amazingly blessed.

In our area, only two out of ten students goes to graduate from high school and attend college. That is well below the eight out of ten average! Dr. Ozuna and UPTA COBA want to change that.

Homeschooler In Action

Tune in tomorrow for the second part of our adventure on the horse farm: Horse Farm Adventure – Part 2: Homeschooler In Action!

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

What To Do If College Isn’t Right For You

Something to ponder for sure! I used to think EVERYONE should go to college… I don’t anymore. What do you think?Homeschool Your Boys (Facebook)

We think this is a GREAT discussion topic! So many really smart people call themselves dumb because they “couldn’t do it”. They couldn’t go to college or had trouble with the classes. Penny the Webmom even had a very successful, highly respected mechanic tell her he was just a lowly grease monkey!

What We Commented

We’ve discussed this a few times at dinner. We hear a lot of comments about how doctors, lawyers, and other big-debt college/university graduates are more respectable but really, where would we be without mechanics, plumbers, and other tradesmen and tradeswomen?

A trade can actually pay more throughout a career if the worker does a good job, is good with people, and runs his/her own business well. IRA’s, budgets, insurance policies, and other typical ‘good sense’ things aren’t just for the white-collar employees either. We think it could be a great life plan option for the right person.CJ's Kids Club (Facebook)

In The Media

We’re not the only ones taking a second look at “other options”. This “Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College (Full Interview)” video is just one second shy of 41 minutes but definitely worth a watch if you’ve got the time.

If you think that is TLDNW (too long, did not watch), there’s an article on The Simple Dollar you might be interested in.

For a lot of people, going to a four-year college seems like an automatic choice when they graduate from high school. The reason is obvious – more income. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, a college degree accounted for $15,000 in additional income per year versus a high school diploma ($30,000 versus $45,000). Over a thirty year career in the workforce, that adds up to a $450,000 difference.

However, there are a few drawbacks with this happy picture.The Simple Dollar

Opinions are like souls, everyone has one (even if they aren’t nice), so you will definitely run across someone with one like yours and another totally against what you believe. That’s when facts come in handy.

What is it that YOU want to do? What kind of life do YOU want to have? How much money do YOU want to have? Remember, a good financial planner can help you reach your financial goals so you don’t have to force yourself to do something you hate!

Instead of waking up complaining that it’s Monday, decide who and what you want to be, get the facts about which educational route is best for you, and then aim to do what you love so that you can live each day like it’s a blessing.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Scientists Grow A Functioning Organ Inside A Mouse! (For The First Time Ever)

We’ve posted about scientific events like this (and how we aren’t sure it’s a totally good thing) before.

This latest breakthrough is admittedly something we can’t use for a long time because it messes with our immune system – something that could kill us – and there are other treatments out there that can already help.

Check it out:

As the future doctors, scientists, and patients of our world, how do you feel about this? Leave your comment below and don’t forget to keep the conversation going by sharing this post!

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Free Child Safety Kit

We will be re-posting this Child Safety Kit every year,
for as long as it is available. [This is our fifth year.]

Since we can’t always be with your kids, it’s important to teach them how to find help and keep themselves safe.

Most importantly, we need to do this in a way that doesn’t scare us or our children. Instead, we want to build their self-confidence. Our kids will feel safer when they can confidently recognize dangerous situations and respond immediately.

The free Child Safety Kit can help us keep your children safe, even when we are not with them. With special no-scare methods for each age group, the Child Safety Kit includes:

  • Asking for help when no trusted adult is nearby.
  • Unacceptable adult behaviors that can threaten children.
  • Recognizing dangerous situations.
  • Ways to respond to dangerous situations and keep safe.

Additionally, parents are introduced to the “What If” game, an engaging way to teach safety to their kids, which can be fun and build self-esteem.

This free Child Safety Kit tells parents what they need to know, and how to say it to our children.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.


[ Reprinted (with minor edits) from the Polly Klass Foundation. ]

Car Seat Safety: Which Seat Is Right For Your Baby?

NHTSA’s Car Seat Finder is easy to use: Visit Parents Central to enter your child’s weight, birth and height, then find the right fit and compare car seats!Parents Central | Keeping Kids Safe

You know those cute but sometimes annoying commercials that talk about how a lot of parents don’t know they are using the wrong car seat or have the right car seat but have it installed the wrong way?

Well, we just had a question about Skylar Marie’s car seat and how she was fitting in to it. It was scary to think she might get hurt because we didn’t do our homework. A quick Google search lead us to Parents Central. The same website in those commercials!

It was free, fast, easy, and – best of all – helped us make sure we are doing the right thing to keep our little tiny safe.

We highly recommend going through the site and checking out the helpful tools and hints. As we always like to say, “Have fun, stay safe, and God bless”. This site really helped us do that just now.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
CJ Lane and Pearl 'Penny' Lane-Soliz
The Kidpreneur Mentors™

PS: If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.