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?

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