Why Teach Practical Skills - Part 2
January 24, 2007

A few weeks ago, I began an article about teaching your children practical skills. I continue that article today. I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. Have you?

Does your child have practical skills?

If you spend most of your time “in the book”, you might re-consider your approach to homeschooling. Although I highly praise reading classics and teaching “how to think” with books, I believe there is a balance. Don’t neglect teaching your child practical skills for the future.

Before I get to my regular article, I want to mention a few ways we are encouraging you to teach practical skills.

1. Listen to my Interview of Woody Robertson, College Plus!

On Thursday, Jan. 25th I am interviewing Woody Robertson about life planning and college. I realize that most people equate
books & college. But Woody has a different way to get a degree that can apply your child’s internship (practical skills) to his
college degree. WOW! I know because my 18 year old daughter just entered their program we are saving time and money as she
earns her degree. If you want to join me on the interview, click here:
College Plus! Interview

2.  Attend Free Workshops
Every Tuesday in January & February, my husband, Stephen, continues to interview experts on building an online business so you will
have more time, money and freedom. Talk about practical skills!!
These interviews are free and full of content.
Profitable Home Based Businesses

Last night (Tuesday, Jan 22) Steve interviewed Craig Perrine about developing relationships with your customers through email.
Craig is a former homeschool dad and an all-around good guy. Most of all, he is the online king when it comes to email. You
can listen to a recording of Steve’s interview here:
Christian Home Businesses

You will also have access to experts about free publicity for your business, using the press, writing a page on your site that
really sells your product.

Hey, there are 4 more weeks of these free workshops. After you request the training calls, you will receive an email that tells you where to listen to the recordings. This is one of my favorite ways to integrate practical skills with “book” learning with my own children…our family online businesses.

3.  Attend a Live Conference in your child’s area of interest.

My children benefit greatly from attending a weekend seminar with Steve or I.

If you or your teen want to start a successful business, you should join us at our FamilyEbiz Expo in San Antonio on Feb 23-24, 2007.  You can read all about it here:
Christian Home Business

One of the most important things you can do for your children is give them practical skills so they can make a choice about
their career. Your kids should have the choice between working for themselves or depending on someone else for a pay check.
How can you prepare them with the right skills? What skills should you teach? Why should you give your children practical


(c)  Kerry Beck
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Kerry Beck is a homeschool mom and wife! She is the author of Raising Leaders, Not Followers, which encourages parents to train their children to be leaders who rule wisely. She would like to give you a free report about Leadership Education in Homeschool Curriculum

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