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It’s The Little Things…

on January 4, 2013

Certificates

When it comes to homeschooling there are many, many options available. Hundreds of curriculum, resources, books, supplements, tools and activities are available. While the options are plentiful, your financial resources may not be. Maybe you can’t afford $200 per curriculum per child. Maybe you can afford it but aren’t willing to pay it. Maybe you are in the middle. To be honest, you don’t really need the super fancy curriculum or the whole set one company puts out with all the extras. What you really need are solid books for the subjects you want your kids to learn and you can get extras you will need or use as you need them. There are also ways to make it a little bit more special that won’t break the bank.

For us, one of those ways is using certificates that are in the back of some of the books or making our own. I made it a fun an exciting experience so that way my kiddo looks forward to completing books more. When a subject or grade is done, we get a frame from the dollar store and decorate her certificate. She can color it and put stickers on it however she likes. Then it’s framed and hung on the wall. It’s a fun way for her to stay motivated and to remind her of her accomplishments. 🙂

My kiddo really enjoys doing it because I make it an exciting event. We make a big deal out of it and all that goes into it. I want her to feel special, excited and most importantly proud, of her accomplishment. She has more certificates on the wall than I do! 🙂 Not too long ago we found cheetah print duct tape, and since my daughter loves cheetah print, I am going to try to cover the frame edges with it so her frames are cheetah print. Adding things like that, or other decorations and embellishments, can make the process even more fun and personalized. Kids love attention, especially positive attention for an accomplishment, and it helps build up their self-esteem.

How do you acknowledge or celebrate your child’s homeschooling accomplishments?

 

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