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Have you heard the one about the homeschooling family that lives on less than $22K a year in an area that costs above 100% (116%) of the National CoL Index?

I haven't quite figured out why so many people still persist in perpetuating the myth that living on a single income and homeschooling on a dime aren't possible. I can only suppose these are people who can't imagine life without a daily trip to Starbucks and dinner out several times a week. The people who actually shop at malls (*shudder*) and think "Brand Name = Best". The people who really live by the "Keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.

That? Would not be us!

Welcome to our world. We cook from scratch. Buy from thrift stores. Find 95% of our homeschool materials for free. This is my blog and this is how we do it.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Learn to speak "WebSite".

Okay, learning HTML isn't like learning Spanish, but it can be a useful skill. And learning things beyond HTML, like CSS, and PHP can prove to be valuable skills as well. Some people/companies pay very good money to webpage developers.

If you have a budding techie in your brood, the W3SCHOOLS ONLINE SITE provides extensive, all-you-need-to-know, free lessons with interactive features and quizzes to test proficiency.

For my own part, my skills are fairly limited, but they've paid off in their own way. For Mother's Day this year, I built two webpages - one for my mother and one for my MIL. They were essentially slide shows with fading images, set to music, with family pictures and quotes, going with the theme, "Why we love *name*!"

Last fall, I surprised my children one morning with an online treasure hunt. I built several pages that linked to games and other fun sites and they had to work their way through them by solving puzzles and finding the links.

My children also have their own homepages - not for others, but for themselves. They say, "Hello, *name*! Where would you like to go today?" and have links to sites I have pre-approved. They start from these pages whenever they go online.

In any case, check out the W3School - it's a remarkable site and could easily be used as a credited computer course for high schoolers.



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