Monthly Archives: November 2009

It’s Pay Day!

Pay DayAs funny as it may sound, CJ is learning more about money with this board game that he was with the worksheets and a real allowance!

Pay Day is not some super-secret, super-hard game for super-smart kids (or adults, Webmom says). It’s a fun game where you learn what it’s like to get bills, keep them safe until it’s time to pay, and really think about any investments.

Is it a good return? Will I really have a chance to sell it before my month is over? If you don’t sell, you lose ALL the money you invested because you can’t carry the investment over to the next month.


Did You Know … A Center for Media Literacy article written by Texas A & M University’s Marketing Professor James U. McNeal says that kids spend around $4.2 billion a year of our own money on what we want. Plus, we help our parents spend their money too!


We are proud to say we were having family game night before it got cool. You know, before they started advertising it. This is just one of the games we play as a family but it’s the one that helped CJ to “get” how the money cycle works.

The best part? We get to learn while having fun AND without losing any of our real money!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


Product Description
The classic game of Payday makes family finance fun as it reminds everyone just where the money goes. Players take turns along the game board, which is designed as a 31-day calendar. You could make a big profit or lose your shirt on a bad investment and have to take out a loan to pay the bills as they pile up. Don’t worry, you might win the lottery or hit the jackpot and pick up money. At the end of every month, you get paid. Play as many months as you like, pay off all your bills and figure out how much money you’ve got left. Whoever has the most money is the winner. Includes game board, four plastic tokens, one die, 64 deal and mall cards, savings and loan pad, paper money. For 2-4 players.

Want One Too?
Amazon has them for $14.70 right now and it’s eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime. Nice!

Easy Drink Mixing

Okay, admit it. Sometimes you want a cup of cocoa or some other kind of drink but the adults are tired or don’t want to make a big batch of something.

Or maybe, you want to make your own drink. CJ is always saying “thanks but no thanks, Mom”. He is growing up and wants to do some things himself. Maybe you feel the same way.

Anyway, you are thirsty and all you need is a drink for one kid. You. We know the kitchen is the place for noms (food) but it can also be dangerous. So, what’s a kid to do?

Mix your own drink like CJ does, of course!

The Webmom let me have a couple of her wide-mouth, 8 ounce canning jars. They make perfect servings for one person and you can close them up so they don’t spill. I use one packet of cocoa and the right amount of warm, purified water for me.

Get ready ...

Step 1 - Ready?

Shake!

Step 2 - Shake!

Drink up!

Step 3 - Drink!

Some people may make fun of us and call us hillbillies or something for using the “Mason jars” but guess what? It works, CJ got his drink and the Webmom just had to supervise.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


Safety Note
The Webmom still supervises whenever CJ is in the kitchen. Even when he’s just making a drink. So don’t get upset if your parents still want to be there with you. Like the Webmom says, safety first!

Get Your Own
You can probably find them in your local grocery store but, if not, you can get a 4 pack on Amazon for less than $5.00.

Becoming A Storm Ready School

CJ and the Webmom
Although we are rural homeschoolers and not a school or school district, we do believe that disaster preparedness is a very important topic. Keeping our children – and ourselves – safe is an ongoing series of life modifications and planning. This webinar promises to be an informative and helpful resource.

Hope you can make it,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


From The Website … Learn how your school or district can easily become certified as StormReady by attending this informative webinar. Guest speaker Angelia Enyedi from NOAA’s National Weather Service will walk educators and district administrators through the simple process as well as the benefits of becoming Storm Ready.

To Register … Discovery Education Event Center

Transformers Bath Fizzies

Transformers Bath FizziesYes, we know, we know. We just shared a really cool Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Soap we found. Well, we just found these cool “Transformers Bath Fizzies” on that same website!

“Fizzies” sounds girlie but Transformers rocks anyway! It says “unisex”. The Webmom says that means it can be for boys *and* girls.

The site doesn’t say much about it but it does look like there might be 5 “fizzie” balls in the package.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


From The Site
6.32 oz unisex bubbling bath fizzies.

Want One Too?
Lisa’s Bath Shoppe, Kids Stuff, Page 2

Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Soap

Glow-in-the-Dark AlienCheck this out! We found this while looking around for fun bath stuff for CJ.

The Webmom had been talking about making something like this because we’d never seen anything like it and I am into aliens. Now, we’re going to buy from this site instead. It’s easier than making it ourselves and the price is pretty good!

What does “oxygen scented” mean? As soon as we get our soap, we’ll let you know.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


From The Site
The alien glows in the dark, and is in glycerin soap. Along with the alien, is outer space bath confetti, which is small shaved pieces of soap in outer space shapes (rocket ship, planet, moon). Soap weighs approx 3 ozs & measures 3″ x 2″ x 1″.

Want One Too?
Lisa’s Bath Shoppe, Kid Stuff, Page 2

Earthbox Education

EarthboxAs homeschoolers, we’re lucky that we get to investigate and explore whatever CJ gets interested in. Besides Tech stuff, we like doing things to help the environment and stay healthy.

Did you know that most of the food we buy is processed? They have too many chemicals and the vitamins and minerals have been sucked out. We wind up with stomach’s full of nothing. Then we wonder why we are tired, feel sick and our minds can’t think right!

What makes the EarthBox so cool is that it can work for everyone. You can get organic soil and grow your own veggies in an apartment or outside in the yard and not worry about digging holes or what was in that dirt before your seeds.

 


Did You Know … The artificial colors and flavors in food and medicine can actually make ADD and ADHD symptoms worse!

 

We live out in the country but our place is surrounded by oil and gas wells. The Webmom used to work for one and she knows how they plug wells by pumping nasty stuff down and then “capping” them. Yeah, we’re not even safe out here because that stuff gets in our water and into our food.

It may be part of our homeschool science curriculum but we still think it’s really cool to say, “I grew that!”

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

 

 

 

 


From The Site
The EarthBox® support curriculum structure intentionally and substantially increases student understanding of the science behind light, soil, water, plants and nutrition from grade level to grade level. Pre school students grow plants from seeds in their classroom to learn about the life cycle and the interconnectivity of plants, light, water, soil and nutrition. Elementary students learn scientific principles behind light, water, soil, plants and nutrition and middle school students perform science-based experimental activities that develop critical thinking skills. High School students perform authentic scientific experiments.

For More Info
THE EDUCATIONAL EARTHBOX® Standards-Based Site Packages

Hello World!

CJ and the WebmomWelcome to CJ’s Kids Club. A club for kids, by a kid. Well, at least, CJ dreamed it up and the Webmom helped make it happen. =)

This site is about kids having fun and making friends. Oh, yeah, we definitely want to add “safe” in there. So, this site is about kids having fun, making friends and being safe. We’ll be adding fun stuff about homeschooling but this isn’t just for homeschoolers. We want to have stuff for ALL kids!

Every month we are going to be having contests, giveaways and reviewing some cool stuff. Websites, toys, tech .. if it’s something someone wants a kid to use, you can bet we want to check it out. The Arcade and Video sections will be ready soon too.

Want to know more? Sign up for the official CJ’s Kids Club Newsletter and you’ll get all the details. Don’t worry, we won’t share you info with anyone or send you a ton of messages. You’d automatically get a message every Sunday with all the details about what’s in the works, if we added a new game, video or other cool content during the week and what the latest subscriber-only contest is.

Yes, you can win real prizes!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom