Fun-e-tic Spelling

One of the best things about having kids are the homemade gifts.  It’s also one of the funniest.  From hand and foot art, to popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners, parents see it all.   And let’s not forget the genius that thought it would be great to mix food and crafts and the teachers that have kept up this tradition.  Journey is a bit of a pack rat so I have to sneak and throw away most of this stuff when she’s not at home.  But every now and then I see trail of ants that lead to the fruit loop necklace or the macaroni Santa that I completely forgot about.  I digress…

For Father’s Day she made a book about what makes her dad special.  She’s at the age where she spells everything phonetically, which can make for some pretty interesting reading.

My Dad is a Rapping King

What a difference one letter can make!  I had her add attempt to add another “p” so that Colby wouldn’t be mortified that I’m posting this.  He didn’t think it was funny at all and wants to know why the teacher didn’t correct her.  They say at her age, it is more important for her to write all the sounds she hears rather than focus on spelling.  Poor thing!  She meant well.

My dad is special because he owns a radio station

How To Make A $1 Out Of 15¢

Lately, I’ve been teaching my daughter Journey about the value of money.  Since we have become more of an electronic society, kids hardly ever see actual money anymore.  If you have ever answered, “We don’t have money for that” to a request for yet another ball (oh, but this one rolls when you kick it!), undoubtedly you’ve heard the matter-of-factly reply, “Just use your card.”

So, I set out to teach Journey more about how money works.  I started with this fabulous financial literacy program for children that PNC has called Grow Up GreatFor Me, For You, For Later is done in conjunction with Sesame Workshop and features characters from the beloved children’s program.  The packet is available for free at all PNC branches in English and Spanish and includes a DVD and activity book.

After Journey watched the video countless times, we collected her piggy banks around the house and labeled them—1 for saving, 1 for spending, and 1 for sharing as seen in the video.  Now she’s obsessed with saving every penny that she finds.  And lately when she asks me to buy something, I say “Sure, if you want to spend your money.”  After a brief pause, the response is usually, “Ok, I’ll think about it and maybe we’ll come back for it later.”

For Me, For You, For Later is also available online.