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.

The Weekly Homeschool Planner Is On Sale!

Homeschool Planner Sale
Deadline: Saturday, December 31st

We just found out that the Weekly Homeschool Planner is going to be on sale for 3 days only, starting tomorrow!

From Thursday, December 29th through Saturday, December 31st, you can use discount code ORGANIZE12 to get it for just $12.

What an awesome deal!

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.

Earthbox Education

As homeschoolers, we’re lucky that we get to investigate and explore whatever CJ gets interested in. Besides the tech stuff, we like doing things to help the environment and keep ourselves healthy.

The artificial colors and flavors in food and medicine can actually make ADD and ADHD symptoms worse!
Sadly, most of the food we buy today 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 just can’t seem to think right!

We live out in the country but our place is surrounded by oil and gas wells. Penny the Webmom used to work for an oilfield company and she knows they plug wells by pumping nasty stuff down and then “capping” them.

We may be rural but not even we are safe. That stuff gets in our water and into our food just the same as if someone had sprayed pesticide on it.

COULD THERE BE AN EASY FIX?

Eating organically is considered the best way to stay healthy and as close to the natural food cycle as possible. The biggest reason why most families don’t do this is because it can get expensive to buy Certified Organic food.

The other alternative is to grow your own produce, raise your own meat, and cut out all the extra processing most grocery store food stuffs have.

Except, that’s complicated, right? I mean, you have to have a green thumb and know a lot about plants, soil, fertilizers, pest control products, …

Actually, it can be a lot easier than most of us think!

EarthBox® | Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden

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.

The EarthBox® can work for everyone. It’s easy to get organic seeds and soil at your local gardening supply or hardware store. Then you can grow your own organic veggies in an apartment or outside in the yard and not worry about digging holes or what was in that dirt before your seeds.

It may be part of our homeschool science curriculum but we still think it’s really cool to say, “I grew that!” and know we’re eating a bit better.

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.