Our 10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum (2021)

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My oldest will be in 10th grade this year. It feels almost unbelievable, as it feels like just a few years ago he was in first grade and we were starting our first year of homeschool.  Last year we learned a bit about what worked well for us and what did not for high school level courses.

As always, there are many great options, you just have to find the ones that are right for your family and your child’s strengths and goals.

Thinkwell Math

Math

First, we were blessed with the opportunity to review Thinkwell Math for geometry last year. This went really well for us and I loved that he could go to office hours to get help each week if needed. They also allowed for a flexible schedule so that we could take our breaks on our schedule.

We enjoyed the combination of support with flexibility and are signed up for Algebra II with them this year. I purchased the self-paced course and we will add in the office hours if we see that he needs the additional help.

I love that while I am available to answer questions, he can complete this course with very little input from me (it has been a few years since I have taken upper level math courses.)

Literature

We used Schoolhouse Teachers last year for literature after our original plan did not work well and plan to continue that for this year. Last year he took a course focused on Tolkien and this year he is doing a course that covers a variety of British Literature.  For literature, he will read and answer the questions that come with the course. We will then discuss the questions together.

History

He is going to take a Modern World History Course from Schoolhouse Teachers. We did ancient history last year and wanted to make sure he had a good foundation in modern history before we move on to US History and Government. This course is set up with readings, writing assignments, maps, and activities.

He will complete most of the assignments on his own and I will grade them. We will also have some discussions about what he is learning and add in a few documentaries.

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Electives

He wanted to take Horticulture and Animal Science for two of his electives. These courses tie in very well to the hobbies and extra-curricular activities he was already doing. They also fit well with his college goals. To facilitate this, I am using 4-H and FFA materials as a guide.

We will also be adding hands-on projects including raising animals for the livestock show, growing a garden, and doing a 4-H presentation about one of those topics.

In the spring, he will be taking Culinary Arts. We are still working on the exact syllabus for this course. However, I know that we plan to use some of the course work from the Home Economics course at Schoolhouse Teachers and some episodes of Good Eats with projects based around the different techniques that he learns.

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Music

Last year he took Music Performance I and he really enjoys his music so we are doing Music Appreciation and Performance II this year. We plan to continue using Practice Monkeys for his guitar lessons. Last year he did guitar and violin but is planning to focus on guitar this year.

In addition, we will be using Schoolhouse Teachers Advanced Music Theory and  SQUILT Music Lessons for theory and music appreciation. He also has the opportunity to play with our youth group band which gives him the opportunity to perform for other people.

Biology Lab with Journey Homeschool

Science

Last but not least is chemistry. Last year we reviewed the biology course from Journey Homeschool Academy. My son really enjoyed it, so we decided to try their new chemistry course this year. The videos were interested and easy to understand but also thorough.

There were tests that they graded and discussion questions and lab reports that I graded.  It was so simple and required very little time on my part, which was important with everything else we had going on.

They have elementary, middle, and high school level science courses. All of their courses are done from a Christian world view.  (If you are interested in Journey Homeschool Academy science courses their open enrollment ends at the end of August.)

Family Studies

He will be joining us for our Bible and hymn study time in the morning, but that will not count as a course. I still feel the family time is an important part of his development.

Overall, we are looking forward to a great year. Since my son wanted to be able to take a few extra days off this fall for hunting and fishing, he has already started some of his courses. We will stay flexible throughout the year as always and change if needed but I think we have a good plan for the year.

What courses or programs do you love for high school? Anything you are trying to find or need suggestions for?

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Our Seventh Grade Curriculum Choices (2020)

 

Today, I am sharing with you what we are using for my daughter’s seventh grade curriculum. While there are a few things that are similar to what I shared a few years ago for my son in seventh grade it certainly is not exactly the same. That is because there is no one best program, it all really depends on the student and what works best for them. Hopefully, a few of these wonderful programs will be a great fit for your family.

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For language arts, we are continuing to use several different programs.  First, we are sticking with All About Spelling. It is one of my favorite programs ever because it was such a game changer for our family. This program helped both of my older children to finally understand spelling and translate what they were learning in spelling to their everyday writing. This will be her last year with the program as she completes the final level. We also plan to continue with Fix It! Grammar from IEW. The short lessons are effective without being overwhelming and I have seen an increase in her understanding and use of proper grammar. Last year she started Sharon Watson’s writing program Jump In and will continue that program this year. The program is designed to be broken up between two and three years. Since we also include several research projects and essays through Junior Historians and 4-H we will probably take the full three years to complete the program. It is a gentle but effect approach to improving writing.

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Finally, for literature we are really switching things up.  Last year, my daughter started a wonderful music appreciation course from Zeezok that she had planned to complete. However, we found that it was just too much on top of all of her other school work and extracurricular activities.  The program is based around some wonderful biographies. So this year, we decided that for half of her literature we are going to focus on those biographies and activities. She loves music and hopes to be a violin instructor one day so this is a great way to incorporate her interests into her school work. In addition, we are going to read a novel together in between each biography. We are still working out the exact list but we are looking at some classics including Anne of Avonlea, Pride and Prejudice, and Little Women.

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She was very sad that she had to switch programs for math this year because she had completed the highest level of Math for a Living Education. We tried samples of various programs, and she decided that she wanted to try using Teaching Textbooks for pre-algebra this year. This will be her first time using an online program for math. We will see how that works for her, but she enjoyed the sample lessons at the beginning and is looking forward to getting started.

For science, she will be doing a study of anatomy and physiology. We are using Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology course as our spine. This is the last book in that series that she needs to complete. We have really enjoyed using the series with both she and my ninth grader. My first grader will be joining her for science this year, though obviously with much different expectations.

For history this year our family is going to study ancient history. My daughter along with my first grader will be Story of the World Volume 1. My high school student will also study ancient history but using a high school level course through SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  This will be my daughter’s second time going through volume one and I will be adding in some addition reading. In addition, she will be adding in some history pockets from Evan-Moor.  Those can be purchased individually but they are also included in the Evan Moor Teacher FileBox which has a ton of great resources all in spot and they are offering a 30 day free trial right now.

For art, she will work on lessons from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. She does not see herself as much of an artist, but has found that she can follow along with Nana’s simple and clear instructions to create adorable pictures. She is also very excited to try the new sewing course that is being offered from You Are an Artist. Needlework is an art form that she really enjoys.

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For music, she takes violin and piano lessons from Practice Monkeys. We love this gentle and convenient approach to music lessons. She is progressing through the levels of the program quickly and enjoys practicing each day. I love that I never have to push her to practice or even remind her. She sets an alarm on her watch so she doesn’t forget and she is happy to virtually go to class each day.

We have also been using a subscription to SQUILT Music over the summer for music appreciation and the children have asked to continue to us that program through the year. This program supports her love of music and encourages her to learn more about other great musicians. Each month there are two new ‘live’ lessons that are done virtually and introduce students to a new composer or musician. In addition, you can access all of the previous lessons as recording at any time.

In addition to these programs, she will be doing Bible study each day and our morning time which will include read alouds, hymn study, nature study and more. We try to stay flexible and change things up if they are not working well. We will also be included a wide variety of  review products.

What are your favorite middle grades resources?

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Our First Grade Curriculum

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This has been a year of extreme interest in homeschooling!  Several times a week, over the course of the summer, I have been asked, “What is the best curriculum for….?” I will be the first to tell you that there is no one right answer to that question. Each child is different, each family situation is different, and there are hundreds of wonderful curricula. However, I did want to share what we are using in case it benefits someone who is looking for good options.

There are so many great options, but I think it is important to remember that sometimes less is more when it comes to younger children. They need plenty of time to play and explore. They need to use their imaginations and learn from active life experiences.  Even with our list of curricula for my first grader, he will only be doing about one to two hours of school each day.

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My son was very reluctant to start learning to read and so we held off until he showed more readiness. Over the summer we started the pre-reading level of All About Reading. It has been a really great fit for us. He was finally ready and willing to learn how to read and doing it over the summer allowed me to really be focused on him while my older children had a break from regular school work.  We will finish that level around October and move right into level 1.  In addition to All About Reading, he is going to use  Reading Eggs for a little fun reinforcement.  He adores getting on the computer to do reading eggs, can navigate the program himself, and earning the eggs seems to be highly motivational for him.

Next, he will be using MasterBooks Math For A Living Education. My daughter used the program for several years and we really find it to be a quality program and a great fit for our family.  In addition to the math skills sheets, there is a story woven throughout the book which is engaging and also helps students understand how they use math in day to day life. The Level 1 story involves children at a farm which I think my son will really enjoy.

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For science, he will be joining my daughter in a study of anatomy and physiology. As a seventh grader, I will expect much more from my daughter but I think they will enjoy the study together. We are using Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology course as our spine. I think he will enjoy learning about the various parts of the body and it will be a good course for them to work through together. However, if I just had a first grader, I would probably choose a different book in that same series. The zoology ones are a lot of fun with younger children.  This is the last one in the series that my daughter needed to complete and he will go through the series over the course of his elementary years.

For history this year our family is going to study ancient history. My son and daughter will be using Story of the World Volume 1. My high school student will also study ancient history but using a high school level course through SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I have found that the short, story style lessons and the fun projects really make Story of the World a great option for young learners.

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For art, he will continue to work on lessons from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. He loves doing the lessons with nana and has progressed from her simple preschool lessons to being able to do some of her more advanced lessons. She has so much to choose from and we rotate between choosing lessons that align with what we are studying and just letting him pick lessons based on what looks like fun.

For music, he takes violin lessons from Practice Monkeys. We love this gentle and convenient approach to music lessons and looks forward to them each day. We have also been using a subscription to SQUILT Music over the summer for music appreciation and the children have asked to continue to us that program through the year.  Each month there are two new ‘live’ lessons that are done virtually and introduce students to a new composer or musician. In addition, you can access all of the previous lessons as recording at any time.

He will be joining us for Bible study each day and our morning time which will include read alouds, hymn studies, and more. This will give him a good base while still allowing time for free play, field trips, and life learning.

What are your favorite first grade resources?

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Avoid Summer Slide with Evan-Moor Daily Summer Activities Workbook K-1 (Review)

Balancing four children, ranging in age from two to thirteen can be a challenge some days, especially when you add in homeschooling. I want to be sure that I am giving all of my children the time and education that they deserve and for me that often means utilizing resources that can help simplify our homeschool.

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I personally believe that kindergarten work should be short and allow for lots of time for play, reading, and life skills. I also know that retention will be better if we keep doing at least a little reading and math through the summer.  I love how the Evan-Moor K-1 Daily Summer Activities book gives me age appropriate activities that reinforce key skills in just a few simple minutes a day and help us avoid the ‘summer slide’.

 

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The K and 1 Daily Summer Activities book is designed to be used during the summer between kindergarten and first grade.  We started using it as a supplement to some of the work our six-year-old was already doing  to see if it was a good fit for him as we are finishing up kindergarten and preparing for summer.

I really liked the fact that it is very open and go, there was no preparation needed on my part and each page or activity took just a few minutes to complete.  This book includes activities that cover reading, math, spelling, critical thinking, and geography skills. There are ten weeks worth of activities. Each week has five days of activities with two pages per day. There is a sheet at the beginning of each week with stars representing the different pages. The student can color in the stars as they complete each page. This is great motivation for young students. Each week also has a space to draw something fun they do each day and to track their reading time each day.

There is also a great chart at the beginning of the book that shows which skills are covered each week. In addition to showing you what skills are being covered through the summer, this gives you the opportunity to skip around and focus on skills that your child may need reinforced or skip activities that your child isn’t yet ready to complete.

In addition to the skills chart, there is a great book list with suggestions for books to read together and ideas for learning excursions and other ways to encourage your student and set them up for success.

Each day’s activities only took a few minutes to complete which is perfect for keeping students engaged and on track through the summer, but still allowing plenty of time for fun and recreation. Each page has a couple of different activities, from tracing letters, simple math facts, drawing, following directions, and matching sounds. There are even some fun mazes and dot to dot activities to keep things interesting.

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At the back of the book there is an answer key for parents. While I did not really need the answer key for this level, this feature will come in handy at the older levels when I don’t’ want to have to try to figure the math out in my head. It is also helpful if there is ever a question about an activity. There is also a page full of stickers that you can use to reward your child for a job well done.

Overall, my son really enjoyed this workbook and the quick review.  I loved having the review for so many subjects all together in one easy to use resource. I think this book is an easy way to keep children on track and ready to go when instruction starts back in the fall.  While he did the K and 1 level, they also have a book for the summer between PreK and K and levels that go up as high as the summer between 7th and 8th grades.  They are available directly from Evan-Moor or on Amazon and only cost $12.99 (Amazon price may vary).  Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think.

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Adding Music To Your Homeschool (When You Aren’t A Musical Mom)

Anyone who knows me well, knows that music is not my gifting. I love to listen to music, but I do not have a talent for making music. I took piano lessons as a young girl, audited voice lessons in college, and had to learn the recorder for my Elementary Music course in college. However, I was never proficient at any of those and my ear just doesn’t hear tone the way some people can.

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My children, however, decided that they really enjoy music and wanted to work at becoming proficient musicians. This put me in a situation where I needed help them learn content that I myself was not proficient with, but there are some wonderful resources available to help me encourage them in their musical passions.

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It all started with a three-month review of  Practice Monkey violin lessons. My daughter enjoyed the lessons so much that she has continued for about 18 months and just passed her assessment to move to level six. In addition, both my five-year-old and thirteen-year-old sons are taking lessons. My daughter also began piano in January.  These online lessons have been a real blessing to our family because they offer the musical structure my children need, but the time flexibility that we needed for our busy schedules. Their teacher, Mrs. Sarah Van Kleeck is wonderful!

We had been taking the children to local symphonies for years to give them exposure to a variety of music. However, once the children started playing, they really developed a deeper interest in music. Since they had such an interest and passion, I have been working to include music into our home and school in a variety of ways.

 

For my two younger children, I wanted some additional music instruction. We found another online program, Musik at Home. These are membership based on line kindermusic videos. There are a variety of courses geared towards babies up to about age seven. These lessons help teach rhythm, tone, repetition and more all through fun songs and movements. Some days, I just let them watch and participate as they desire and other days, I work through the videos with them, waving our scarves and tapping our rhythm sticks.

Next, I wanted to focus on exposure to good music and music appreciation to support what the children were learning in their Practice Monkeys lessons. One program that I have loved for music appreciation is SQUILT music. We have used two different programs from them depending on what else we have going on in our school at the time. The first thing that we used was their monthly music calendar. This super simple and inexpensive resource is a calendar with a link to a different piece of thematic music each day of the month. We loved using it at Christmas to hear a variety of pieces from Handel’s Messiah as well as other Christmas music. It only takes about five minutes a day but it exposes them to so much good music. During months when we have had a little more time, we enjoy the SQUILT membership. This gives us access to several live classes that focus on different music each month, as well as recordings, worksheets, and other resources. In January, they did musicals and my children LOVED the lesson on Mary Poppins. If you want easy ways to incorporate more music appreciation into your school, I highly encourage you to check out SQUILT!

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Last year, we had an opportunity to review the Zeezok Music Appreciation  course for middle schoolers. We enjoyed it while we were working through it but found we were having a hard time making time for the whole course in our busy schedules. However, since it is very literature heavy with biographies on the composers, I am going to use it as the base for my daughters seventh grade literature course. This will combine her love of reading and her love of music for an interesting and personalized course.

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My son is going to be a 9th grader next year. This is an exciting (if a little scary) time for us. Since he is enjoying his violin lessons, we are going to turn that into a high school elective for him. He was very excited to know he could get credit for work he was already doing for fun.  In addition to the lessons and practice, he and my other children are playing for residents at a local nursing home each month. This blesses the residents with music and gives me children a chance to practice playing for an audience. I will also be including some music appreciation into his high school course to round it all out.

No matter whether you are a talented musician or, like me, can only play the radio, there are many wonderful resources to encourage your children’s passion for music. I hope you find these resources beneficial and I would to hear about your favorite resources.

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The Kingdom Code Journal #8

In the last lesson of  The Kingdom Code that we shared, my son learned about making sales calls and using his calendar to track his business obligations. Lesson 8 is titled, ” Are Your Books in Order?” and was a much needed lesson for my son.

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Key to the Lesson: ” With my calendar and ledger, I will stay organized so I can have a successful Treasure Builder”

My son has a wonderful work ethic, but is not always great about being organized. This has caused challenges for him personally and academically, so this lesson was a great way to help him make sure it didn’t cause problems with his business. Hopefully, what he learned is helping him in other areas as well. I know that he is getting better about using his calendar for other obligations as well as his business.

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My son learned that he should keep all of his business materials together in a bag, so that they are easy to find when he needs them. We found him a bag that he could dedicate to his sales folder, receipt book, pencils, business cards, business wallet, and thank you notes. Since he does lawn care and is often outside, he chose this heavy duty bag to protect his books and stand up to the elements.

Next, he learned about bookkeeping in his business. The Kingdom Code program comes with a KCK ledger and this lesson teaches students how to use the ledger to track income, expenses, and money in hand for the business.  This was a little tricky for my son at first as he learned how to use the form, but once he had practiced a couple of times he got the hang of it and was on his way to keeping good records.

Stay tuned  for lesson nine of The Kingdom Code and don’t forget that you can get 10% of this program using Coupon Code:  10TKC08! If you have any questions about our journey let me know in the comments and I will be sure to try and address them in our next installment.

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The Kingdom Code Journal #7

After the review and presentation work in lesson six of  Kingdom Code we are ready to move onto making a sale in lesson 7. Even as an adult, making sales calls can be a bit unnerving so, I think this lesson was really important in helping them to be proactive about growing their business.

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Key to the Lesson: ” With practice I am boldly prepared to make sales calls.”

This lesson started with reminding the student that they can be bold, because God gives us strength. Next, they gave a lesson on sales calls, which taught the student about gaining confidence by practicing and continuing to try until they reach their goal.

For my son, one of the most important parts of this lesson was learning how to use his calendar. This was something he had struggled with in the past, but this lesson and the encouragement from the program helped him to become more committed to using a calendar to track his business as well as personal obligations.

This lesson taught a really great acronym about professionalism: LAPS

Look Good!

Act Awesome!

Pay Attention!

Speak with Confidence!

The lesson then went through and explained those points in more details and talked about using good manners, paying attention to their customers, etc. They also gave information and help about the three types of sales calls: telephone, face-to-face, and written.

One of the bonus activities that my son really enjoyed was a project where you make fliers about your business with tear off information tabs. As the weather warms up and lawn care business gets going again, he plans to hang some of these at a couple of local businesses.

Stay tuned  for lesson eight of The Kingdom Code and don’t forget that you can get 10% of this program using Coupon Code:  10TKC08! If you have any questions about our journey let me know in the comments and I will be sure to try and address them in our next installment.

 

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The Kingdom Code Journal #6

Last week, we shared about how my son learned about advertising and marketing as well as making a financial plan using lesson five of  Kingdom Code . In lesson six, we reviewed what he had already learned and he had a chance to finish up a presentation on his business.

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Key to the Lesson: ” I will enjoy learning and show perseverance by reviewing what I have learned “

This lesson went fairly quickly as a review lesson, but was a great chance to make sure that he had a good grasp of the material and was ready to move on. We went back over the clues from the first five lessons:

  1.  All Knights need to put on the full Armor of God for protection.
  2. Treasure Builders make money by selling inventions, services, and goods.
  3. An entrepreneur takes a risk to start a business build on supply and demand.
  4. KCKs make plans so their Treasure Builders are successful.
  5. To be successful, KCKs know their strengths, study the competition, and have a winning strategy.

 

Next, he learned about Joan of Arc and her hard work and perseverance. Then he spent some time using the forms provided, finalizing a presentation on his business. He practiced giving the presentation to family and may at a later time get the opportunity to give that presentation to potential customers. We have the advantage here of having participated in 4-H public speaking events since he was about 5 years old.  That experience helped him have the confidence to be able to speak in front of other people and this course gave him a good outline of how he should present his business. Between the two, I think he has a winning combination.

Stay tuned  for lesson seven of The Kingdom Code and don’t forget that you can get 10% of this program using Coupon Code:  10TKC08! If you have any questions about our journey let me know in the comments and I will be sure to try and address them in our next installment.

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The Kingdom Code Journal #5b

Earlier this week, I shared about how my son had completed his marketing survey and learned about advertising strategies for his  The Kingdom Code book work and his business. The second part of that lesson involved financial planning and goal setting.

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Key to the Lesson: ” I can reach my goals because I am aware of my strengths and have a winning strategy. “

During this portion of the lesson, my son had the opportunity to work through a variety of the financial aspects of his business. He learned about start-up capital, customer and income goals, and determining expenses.

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This lesson included some very important vocabulary such as: advertising, capital, and financial.  It also included a valuable lesson about being successful. ” To be successful, KCKs know their strengths, study the competition, and have a winning strategy.”

To wrap up this lesson, he began working on a presentation about his business. He will finish this presentation in lesson six.  Younger students are also encouraged to spend some time working with money and practicing making change for customers. This is a great skill both for running a business and just for general shopping and transactions.

Stay tuned  for lesson six of The Kingdom Code and don’t forget that you can get 10% of this program using Coupon Code:  10TKC08! If you have any questions about our journey let me know in the comments and I will be sure to try and address them in our next installment.

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The Kingdom Code Journal #5a

I am so excited to be back sharing with you about our Journey through the Code. The nature of my son’s business (lawn care) and the busyness of the holiday season made us decide to take a break for a couple of months. However, as spring is arriving, he is ready to jump back into both his Kingdom Code book work and his business.

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Key to the Lesson: ” I can reach my goals because I am aware of my strengths and have a winning strategy. “

He completed through lesson five back in the fall before we took our break and it was really beneficial in helping him get some details of his business worked out.

amazon-photos-shared-media287131530711203713Prior to beginning this course and making his business ‘official’, he often charged people whatever they felt was appropriate. This normally worked out OK for him as he was working for family or close friends and they treated him fairly. However, we knew that as he grew his business to work for others and prepared himself to run a business in adulthood, he would need to have a more specific pricing structure.

 

 

 

During this first part of the lesson he had to do research into potential customers and his competition. This helped to give him the information he needed to know how much he should charge.  He also learned about advertising and various ways that he could share about his business to get new customers.

 

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He completed a marketing strategies ideas activity as well as compiling his survey results into pricing data. This was very eye opening for him as he started to think about the possibilities for gaining new customers.

Stay tuned  for the second part of lesson five of The Kingdom Code and don’t forget that you can get 10% of this program using Coupon Code:  10TKC08! If you have any questions about our journey let me know in the comments and I will be sure to try and address them in our next installment.

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