Help Your Teen Discover a Career Path

Help Your Teen Discover a Career Path

Fun ways to get your teen (and you) thinking about different jobs and a career goal

1. Personality Testing: Take a 16personalities test with them, then read about career that are well suited for their personality.

2. Job versus Career: Explain the difference between a job versus a career.

You will have multiple jobs, but only 1 OR a few careers during your lifetime.Jobs help you discover your likes and gain skills toward a career. That’s why it’s smart to find jobs that teach skills or knowledge required for your career choice. Example: Your goal is own a restaurant. 1st job = host/hostess; 2nd job = waiting tables; 3rd job = managing a restaurant. During your jobs, you take education courses in business management to help you run your restaurant successfully.

3. Interest Profiler: Complete the MyNextMove Interest profiler and/or the MyFreeCareerTest to discover additional jobs and careers based on their interest. Combing the personality test and interest profiler will help secure a few career interests. is a government run site that offers three useful tools:
1. Interest Profiler: A customized career list that combines 60 short Interest answers with a job zone. 5 Job zones are based on your desired education and/or training level.
2. Career search
3. Browse careers by industry such as: medical, construction, etc.

4. Career Search: Use MyPlan and/or the US Bureau of Labor to search careers and salaries. The cost of schooling and how much will be made should play a major role in career choice. Here are a few questions to ask while doing a thorough search.

  1. What type of lifestyle do you want to have as an adult? Do you want to live in a city or suburb? List three possible locations.
  2. Search the cost of living and salaries in those areas. Explain how taxes work and what amount they will actually take home. Once they write down a possible take home salary and housing costs, they can use that amount as a starting point to for the following questions..
  3. What is more important to them? Owning a home, starting a family, traveling, eating out, entertainment, etc?
  4. Will they need a car where they live? Explain insurance, gas, and maintenance costs versus using public transit or living close to work so they can walk or bike.
  5. How much do they eat each week? What will their food cost be?
  6. Explain utilities and basic needs such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, medical co-pays, etc.
  7. What will they spend each month on clothes and personal wants like getting their nails done?
  8. Will they have school loans, a car loan, credit card fees, or other monthly costs to pay off?
  9. What will they do for savings? How much do they need in their savings account in case of an emergency?
  10. Create a monthly and yearly spreadsheet of costs and compare salaries for each job and possible living options. If you don’t do this, you risk having children who never learn how to live without debt on their own. Unless you want your kids calling you for money and/or moving back in with you.
mnm_whiteMyNextMove is a government run site that allows users to generate a list of careers based on their Interest Profiler.  Search careers by name, and browse careers by industry.
imagesYourFreeCareerTest is a fantastic job and career site.
It has a job quiz and career test, plus college and career tools.
My Plan is a solid career exploration resource
The US Bureau of Labor is great way to search career salaries. It’s also loaded with job and career resources.

Myplan – career exploration
MyNextMove – Solid government run career search
Yourfreecareertest*- FREE career test & exploration

***use any job search engines: put “internship” after job you’re seeking
Chegg internships
Internships @ Dream careers

Indeed – Job
Monster – job search
Snagajob – Read article then job search

These Kids Mean Business Documentary – for future entrepreneurs
Youth Rules! – Labor laws
Occupational Outlook Handbook – US Bureau of Labor salary & career outlook search

+ Career Exploration

Myplan – career exploration
MyNextMove – Solid government run career search
Yourfreecareertest*- FREE career test & exploration

+ Internship Search

***use any job search engines: put “internship” after job you’re seeking
Chegg internships
Internships @ Dream careers

+ Job Search

Indeed – Job
Monster – job search
Snagajob – Read article then job search

+ Things to Know

These Kids Mean Business Documentary – for future entrepreneurs
Youth Rules! – Labor laws
Occupational Outlook Handbook – US Bureau of Labor salary & career outlook search

Daily History: September

Daily History: September

Get a daily dose of history to prompt discussion. Help your children gain an appreciation of historical figures and events that have impacted our world. A daily historical fact is chosen from then additional videos, quotes, and/or facts are used to create questions to help you THINK and DISCOVER. Historical dates are from’s This Day in History and most quotes are from BrainyQuote. This’s video embedder does not work consistently so links are given to watch their videos.

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    September 1, 1939

    September 1, 1939 ~ WWII Begins When Germany Invades Poland. Learn more about today at  Watch Why America Entered WWII to discover why the US entered the war

    It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~ General Patton

    The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. – British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill

    THINK: What do those quotes mean to you? Explain your ideas to your kids and the importance of these two leaders during WWII.
    DISCOVER: Learn more about WWII at Who were the Allied Powers? Who were the Axis Powers? Who were the leaders in each country? What was the war about? Ask them if they believe history will repeat itself?

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    September 2, 1789

    1789 – Congress founded the US Treasury Department to help solve the Revolutionary War debt problem. The US Treasury is responsible for making all US coin and currency, collecting revenue (taxes), and borrowing money to run the US government. President Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton to spearhead this department. Hamilton is well-known for writing the “Federalist Papers” with Madison and dying in a dual against Aaron Burr on July 12, 1804. He was only 49, but he accomplished more than most presidents do today. Read more at

    Those who stand for nothing, fall for everything. ~ Alexander Hamilton

    THINK: What does Hamilton mean? What does our country stand for in regards to our national debt? Think about how our country prints money and the stock market. Whats the difference between the US Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?
    DISCOVER: What is our current national debt? What is the US Treasury doing to improve it? Where are all the US Mints located? See where you can take a currency tour. What US figures are on our coin and currency? Create a new US currency. Add a famous figure of your choosing, create a motto, and choose images to represent our country.

    Watch a great documentary on How Money is Made & Printed by the Travel Channel (42 min.)

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    September 3, 1783

    The Treaty of Paris was signed by the colonies representatives after a year of negotiations between the US and Great Britain after the US won the Revolutionary War.This document states the colonies are their own Republic, which is free from Great Britain. Learn more at and/or

    THINK: Why do countries sign treaties? Watch video below if you need help understanding. If Great Britain was the strongest military force at the time, how did we win the war? Think about how your friends help you when you’re in trouble.
    DISCOVER:  What were the United State’s borders after the treaty? View map at Learn more at studyzone.

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    September 4, 1884

    George Eastman patented the first film in roll form. Eastman’s inventive film led to the idea behind a “film” recorded movie, which most kids relate the word “film’ to. By 1888, Eastman invented the Kodak camera, allowing 100 exposures to be taken in his Kodak camera box. Read more about Eastman and his innovative mind at and/or view the Eastman Museum Technology Vault online.

    The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education. ~ George Eastman

    THINK: What did Eastman mean? Do you agree or disagree with his quote?

    ACT:  What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are. ~ Eastman.
    What can you do in your leisure (free) time that can help you figure you who you are?

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    September 5, 1877

    Crazy Hose, a Lakota Sioux Chief from South Dakota, was killed by soldiers at Fort Robinson after surrendering to General Cook in Nebraska. He is well-known for fighting to stay on his native Sioux land that the US government took. Read more at or watch this short video about the Crazy Horse Memorial.

    One does not sell the Earth upon which people walk. ~ Crazy Horse
    I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become one Circle again. ~ Crazy Horse

    THINK: What does Crazy Horse mean by his quotes? Would you move or fight for your home? What did he mean by the Sacred Tree of Life?
    DISCOVER: Learn more about the Battle of Little Bighorn.  What other famous Indian Chief was involved? 1. What are two interesting facts about both chiefs. 2. Locate the battle on a map

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    September 6, 1901

    President McKinley was shot two times in the chest by a 25 year-old anarchist and Polish immigrant, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died on September 14, from gangrene and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took office. Learn more about President McKinley and/or President Theodore Roosevelt and

    War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed. ~ President McKinley
    Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. ~ President Theodore Roosevelt

    THINK: What does McKinley or Roosevelt mean? Which quote do you like better and why?
    ACT: 1. What are 3 important character traits for a good president? What are 3 traits a first lady should have? 2. Learn 2 facts about Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt.

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    September 7, 1813

    The United States government gets the nickname Uncle Sam. explains, “The name is linked to Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, NY, who supplied barrels with “U.S” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as Uncle Sam’s. A local newspaper picked up on the story and Uncle Sam eventually gained widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government.” Read more at

    Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man’s funeral is usually Uncle Sam. ~ Olin Miller, businessman, brain quotes
    It’s my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can. ~ R. Lee Ermey, actor, brainquotes

    THINK: 1. Do you have a nickname? What does your nickname say about you? What could Uncle Sam say about the United States? 2. What does one of the quotes mean?
    DISCOVER: 1. Create a nickname is for the United States. Give a strong reason why it’s a better  nickname than Uncle Sam.
    2. (Older kids)  Google search the current states that have inheritance tax. Do you live in one? The tax Olin Miller refers to is more likely Uncle Sam’s estate tax, which tends to affect wealthy Americans. What is the current estate tax rate? How much money does an estate have to be worth to be charged estate taxes? Do you think it’s fair that the government can tax money that’s already been taxed?

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    September 8, 1664

    New Amsterdam is renamed New York after four British warships attacked the Dutch controlled territory and took control after a 13 day attack. This territory was originally settled in 1624 by the Dutch West India Company. The name New York comes from the English Duke of York who organized the takeover. Native New Yorkers were the Algonquin people who hunted and fished along the Hudson River. New Amsterdam began with less than 300 people, but today is has more than 3 million and is known as New York City.  Watch 8 Forgotten Capitals in the United States to learn another interesting fact about New York City. You can also watch an hour long documentary on Dutch New York, or go all out an watch Ken Burns New York City Documentary.

    THINK: 1. What country are the Dutch from? Why was New York originally called New Amsterdam?
    DISCOVER: 1. New York City comprises of 5 boroughs. What are the names of the boroughs? The Dutch have 12 provinces in their country. What province is Amersterdam in?
    2. Where did Manhattan get its name? Learn from EF Explore America Blog

    There is no place like it, no place with an atom of its glory, pride, and exultancy. It lays its hand upon a man’s bowels; he grows drunk with ecstasy; he grows young and full of glory, he feels that he can never die. ~ Walt Whitman
    I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, “There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world now. That’s the way it is. That’s it.” ~ Robert De Niro

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    September 9, 1776

    1776 ~ The United Colonies of America is renamed the United States of America.
    1893 ~ President Cleveland’s wife Frances gave birth to the first child to be born from a president in the Whitehouse. The first grandchild to be born in the Whitehouse was Thomas Jefferson’s grandson, James Madison Randolph.
    Watch at

    francesclevlandOfficeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. ~ President Cleveland

    THINK: Do you like the United States of Colonies or States better? If you renamed the United States of America, what name would you choose?
    DISCOVER: What other president’s wife had a baby in the Whitehouse?

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    September 10, 2000

    Halle Berry became the first African American female to win an Oscar for lead actress. Her outstanding performance in Monster’s Ball won her this award, although her acting ability, personality, and drop-dead gorgeous looks won her the hearts of many Americans prior. Her  X-men character, Storm, or the voice of Cappy in Robots are a two of the kid friendly items she’s been in. Watch her best kid friendly clip.

    Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child. ~ Halle Berry

    THINK: What does her quote mean? What do you think she had to do to get comfortable in front of the camera? How much practice and perseverance do you think Halle has?
    DISCOVER: 1. In what way can you build your self-esteem? Think about what you like to do and how you can get out of your comfort zone.  Help you kids brainstorm and take action.
    LEARN: Who was the first African American man to win an Oscar as a leading actor?

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    September 11, 2001

    Thousands of lives were lost when Islamic terrorists used passenger aircraft to strategically attack important US building. At 8:45am, the south tower of the World Trade Centers in New York City was struck by American Airlines Flight 11. Eighteen minutes later, the north tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. The fall of the towers killed nearly 3,000 citizens and injured another 10,000. Another tragedy hit at 9:43am when American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the US Pentagon in Washington D.C. causing the death of 125 military civilians and personnel. Learn more at The video below is 20 minutes of live footage from Fox News on September 11, 2001.

    Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. ~ President George W. Bush
    One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice. President George W. Bush
    If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. ~ Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

    THINK: 411 emergency workers died trying to save lives in New York City. 343 firefighters, 60 officers, and 8 medical techs and paramedics (Source: Would you be willing to risk your life to save the life of strangers? Think about what police officers
    DISCOVER/ACT: Think about all the emergency workers and men and women in the armed forces who keep our country safe. What is one way you can thank them for serving you by serving our country? Act upon it!
    Ideas: 1. Make a thank you card and bake a homemade treat. Give the card and baked goods to your local fire department. 2. Call up your local fire department and ask how many officers they have. Organize a “thank you” day with your friends or class. Create individualized baskets for each firefighter or make one large gift basket for the station. Since they have long shifts, think about items that would benefit them such as board games, baked goods, fresh fruit, nuts, chocolates, funny coffee table books, card games, and even mouth wash and toothpaste!

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    September 12, 1940

    Lascaux cave paintings were discovered near Montignac, France by four teenagers. These prehistoric cave paintings are 15,000- 17,000 years old. The cave included paintings of animals and a bird-headed man. It is believed to have been the center for hunting and religious rites. A replica of the cave was opened in 1983, so the original paintings are not destroyed by artificial light.  Read more at In 1994, the Chauvet Caves were discovered by Dr. Jean Clottes in southern France, which are 30,000 to 33,000 years old.

    THINK: What would you have done if you discovered a cave with these pre-historic paintings?
    ACT: View the Lascaux Cave Art and/or the Chauvet Cave Art and have each family member draw one or more. Vote on the best drawing.

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    September 13, 2001

    Air traffic is re-opened after being shut down from the terrorists attacks on 9/11/2001. Osama Bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group, was named the mastermind behind the devastation. Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 in Pakistan thanks to a well planned CIA operation executed by US Navy Seal Team 6.

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

    THINK: Many innocent people from the Middle East were mistreated after the 9/11 attack due  prejudice caused by fear. Do you think it’s okay to judge people based on their religion or how they appear?
    LEARN: 1. Read about Islam to help eliminate ignorance. Malala Yousafzai’s remarkable story is a great way to introduce how innocent Muslim’s fight terrorism.  2. If this doesn’t interest you, learn about how to become a Navy Seal.

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    September 14, 1901

    President McKinley died after being shot eight days earlier from anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. McKinley was less than a year into his second term when he was shot in the stomach. Today, McKinley probably would have survived, but doctors were unable to locate the bullet and he died from a gangrene infection. McKinley was the 25th President whose face is on the $500 bill . He is well-known for acquiring (getting) Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines from the Spanish after winning the Spanish American War. McKinley is also known for his “open door” foreign policy and promotion of big business. Read more at

    We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny. ~ President McKinley

    THINK: 1. Where are Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines located? Visit National Geographic Countries A-Z. 2. What does McKinley’s quote means? Tip: Manifest Destiny refers to expanding the United States by taking over more land.
    LEARN: 1. Choose one country from above and learn 5 interesting facts to share with family or friends.  2. Pick five interesting facts about President McKinley from,, or the video below and share them.

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    September 15, 1858

    mailrouteThe first government mail service began between the east and west coast. The Overland Mail Company improved its 2,8000 mile mail route with the help of a $600,000 US subsidy. They  delivered mail twice a week from San Francisco to St. Louis Missouri, but horse carriers took about 25 days to arrive. Read more at

    Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas. ~ Johnny Carson, comedian

    THINK: Carson’s quote is funny and often true. How often do you think mail was lost or never received in 1858? How much is postage today versus 1858? How much as it increased since 1858?
    ACT: 1. How long does it take for an email to be sent or text? Think about people’s patience in 1858 compared to today? Write down one way to improve your patience and do it!
    2. Look at postage images from the Smithsonian Museum. Create your own image and explain why you chose the picture or words you used.


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    September 16, 1932

    Gandhi began a six day hunger strike in his jail cell in Bombay, India. Gandhi used nonviolent strikes as part of his “passive resistance”. Passive resistance or civil disobedience is when people go against authority using nonviolent methods such as hunger strikes and boycotting. Boycotting is when people refuse to buy or use goods or services. It is a way to protest against a company or government people don’t agree with. Martin Luther King was greatly influenced by Gandhi’s methods of passive resistance. An example is when King led a movement against riding public transportation because African Americans were forced to rid in the back of the bus due to the color of their skin color. An article in Time Magazine by Jennifer Latson discusses how Gandhi went to South Africa in 1893 to help an Indian merchant with a legal problem because Gandhi was a well educated lawyer. Despite buying a first class train ticket, Gandhi was forced to sit in the back of the train because he was not white. This was shocking to him because he came from London where professionals were not discriminated against. This train incident is what spurred Gandhi’s lifetime fight against discrimination and rights for all classes and races in both Africa and India. Read more at,, or The World History Project Gandhi Timeline.


    Gandhi Quotes. Read more at Brainquote
    Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. 
    An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
    Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. ~ Gandhi

    THINK: What is your favorite quote? Why? What does that quote mean to you?
    LEARN/ACT: How many times was Gandhi arrested while living in South Africa for 21 years? How many times in India? Why do you think he was willing to spend his entire life fighting for human rights? Name one thing you feel is unjust. What can you do to make a difference?

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    September 17, 1787

    The US Constitution was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The delegates were men chosen to represent each of the 13 colonies, which you know today as states. Their signatures ended the Constitution Convention, although the Constitution was not ratified or approved until June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it and make it the law of the land . Read more and watch a brief video at

    The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~ Ben Franklin
    The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon. ~George Washington
    But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you’ve got to compromise. You’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward. ~ Colin Powell

    THINK: What do the quotes mean? A compromise is when two people or groups give something up in order to end an argument. Why is it important to make compromises? When have you had to make a compromise.
    LEARN: 1. Who were the signers of the Constitution? 2. Learn 3 more interesting facts about the Constitution and share those facts with friends.  3Three major compromises were made between the states. Watch this Slideshare to learn what they were. 

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    September 18, 1793

    President Washington laid the cornerstone to the US Capital building after making the decision to make District of Columbia the US Capital. The District of Columbia, Washington DC, is land that was given to the US government from Maryland that also borders Virginia. It took nearly 100 years to complete the home of the US legislative branch, which houses six congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings. William Thornton was the original architect from Scotland who won the capital design competition. View his original design as well as others HERE.  Read more at


    THINK: What president was in office 100 years after Washington laid the cornerstone? Find out at Scholastic. After watching the video, what part of the capital design do you like the most?
    LEARN/ACT: 1. When was the original dome replaced by the cake-like dome seen today? 2. Learn one fact about the Library of Congress. 3. Draw your own capital design.


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    September 19, 1796

    President Washington’s Farewell Address was published and is still read by students nationwide as a primary source to teach government. Watch a brief video at  Washington’s address set a precedent (example) for future presidents to serve a maximum of eight years to avoid a US president leader to be seen as a king or dictator. Washington’s Farewell was never read out loud and it warned against political parties and making alliances with other countries.

    THINK: As you watch presidential campaigns, why do you think Washington warned against the destructive nature of political parties? Do you think the candidates behavior is something our country should be proud of?
    LEARN/ACT: 1.What are the names of the two political parties? Was Washington part of a political party? 2. What president served more than 2 terms?  3. If you were president, what are two things you would like to change about how our country is run? 4. Write a letter to the president about something you believe needs to be changed.

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    September 20, 1519

    Ferninand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, set sail from Spain to prove the world was round. He departed with a 270 crew members on five ships. He proved skeptics who thought he’d fall off the globe when his ship returned three years later with only 18 of the original crew members. Unfortunately he was killed on April 27, 1521 during a battle, but his courage sparked exploration into new lands. Read more at

    Magellan Video from

    The church says the Earth is flat; but I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in the shadow. ~ Magellan
    The sea is dangerous and the storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been a reason to remain ashore... ~ Magellan

    THINK: What do Magellan’s quotes mean? Is there anything you’ve accomplished despite others telling you you’re wrong? Imagine being in the ocean during a storm on a wooden ship. How would you feel?
    ACT: Write down one goal you want to achieve this year that will not be easy. Write down steps and actions you must take to achieve your goal.

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    September 21, 1792

    The French Monarch, government ruled by king/queen, comes to an end. The First Republic, a government run by citizens who choose representatives, begins in France. Shortly after this decision, King Louis XVI was found guilty and put to death on January 1793 for treason. During Louis XVI’s nineteen year reign, the French Revolution took place, which was sparked by the American Revolution. The French people believed they deserved liberty and rights just like the American people had received thanks to France’s American Revolution war support. Learn more about why Louis had a difficult time as King and why he was charged for treason. Read more at BBC and/or watch their Origins of the French Revolution video.

    THINK: If you were king or queen, how would you treat your subjects (the people you ruled over)? What character qualities would make a good ruler versus cruel ruler?
    DISCOVER: King Louis XVI became king when France was dealing with a major economic crisis and food shortage. That means most of the French people were poor and hungry before King Louis XIV began his rule. What is something he could have done to help the French economy and his people?

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    September 22, 1862

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War. 100 days after proclamation was announced, over three million slaves were given their freedom in rebellion (Confederate) states. This document not only gave slaves in southern states their freedom, but also helped the Union win the war. After the war was won, the 13th Amendment was passed and gave all slaves their freedom. Read more at or watch The Emancipation Proclamation.

    1961 ~ President Kennedy signed legislation to begin the Peace Corps. This new law set forth a federal run international volunteer program to promote freedom in underdeveloped countries by sending American teachers, doctors, engineers, agricultural scientist, and other volunteers improve the development in certain countries like Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. ~ President Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation 1/1/1863

    THINK: Slaves were bought and sold like objects instead of human beings. Children were often separated from their parents and sold to other slave owners in other states. How would you feel if you were taken from your family and expected to do hard manual labor? 2. How do you think the four million slaves felt after they received their freedom? Do you think slave owners treated them better when they had to pay them?
    DISCOVER: 1 How many years after the proclamation did African Americans get an amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed their freedom? Were they really free after the amendments were passed? Watch’s video to learn more. How many years went by before Martin Luther King began his fight for African American civil rights?

    And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. ~ President Kennedy

    THINK: The Peace Corps allows Americans to volunteer to improve underdeveloped countries. How is volunteering in the Peace Corps a way to do something for our country even though your are helping people in other nations? 
    Visit the Peace Corps website and learn more about its history. Read one Peace Corps Story from a volunteer and share it with your friends or family.

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    September 23, 2004

    Hurricane Jeanne devastated Haiti and killed thousands of Haitians. Haiti’s already poverty stricken economy was not prepared for this natural disaster. Learn more at Footage below is from after it hit in 2008.

    I can’t think of a better model for Haiti rebuilding than Rwanda. ~ Paul Farmer, physician and one of the founders of Partners in Health, which brings healthcare to Haiti and other countries in dire need.

    THINK: After Hurricane Jeanne, 76 Peace Corps volunteers were told to leave Haiti for safety reasons. Unfortunately, the Peace Corps no longer exists in Haiti. Would you be willing to go help in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere or would you be afraid? Partners in Health is another remarkable organization that brings healthcare to countries like Haiti. What would you do if you didn’t have basic medical care like vaccines and medicine to fight sicknesses?
    DISCOVER:In 2010, Haiti was hit by another natural disaster, an earthquake, which demolished their main city, Port-au-Prince. Habitat for Humanity is an American run non-profit organization that builds homes in Haiti as well as other parts of the world. Learn more about how Habitat for Humanity is helping Haitians. Is there something you can do to help?


    This documentary is over an hour long.

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    September 24, 1789

    The Judiciary Act of 1789 was passed. This act established the US federal court and lower court system. Two days later, George Washington appointed five Associate Judges and one Chief Justice to serve at the first Supreme Court in Philadelphia. A Supreme Court Justice is the only government lifetime appointment. That means Supreme Court Justices serve until they step down (retire) or die. Learn more about the Judiciary Act at American-historama.

    The founders realized there has to be someplace where being right is more important than being popular or powerful, and where fairness trumps strength. And in our country,  that place is supposed to be the courtroom. Sandra Day O’Connor, Retired Supreme Court Justice

    THINK: Why is it important for a government to have a court system? What do the courts do for citizens? Why do you think Supreme Court Justices have a lifetime appointment? What qualities do you think a judge must have in order to rule fairly?
    DISCOVER: 1. The Judiciary Act was one of the first bills decided on by Congress. Why was it important to pass this act quickly? 2. The US Constitution established three branches in our government in order to create a separation of powers. Learn more about them at Write down the three branches of power. Why do you think our Founding Fathers believed a balance of power was vital to our countries success? Think about how kings treated their subjects and nobles treated the poor.

    Learn How the Court System Works

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    September 25, 1957 and 1981

    1957 – Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas is integrated. Integration is combining a racial or religious group into a community. Today in 1957, nine African American students were integrated into an all white school in Little Rock, Arkansas. The courage of these nine students is remarkable. They are heroes for their willingness to fight segregation. Read more at

    THINK: Would you be willing to be called names and treated unfairly for something you believe needs to be changed?
    DISCOVER: 1. Who was the president during this integration? Watch the video about him. What made him a good president?  2. What did the Arkansas governor do that forced the President to send US troops to Central High School? Read for the answer. 3. Who is the Supreme Court Justice who fought for Civil Rights?

    1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. 

    THINK: Why do you think it took so long for a woman to be nominated?
    DISCOVER: Which president nominated her? Why do you think he chose her? Watch the video at

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    September 26, 1991

    Biosphere 2 opened in Oracle, Arizona, but is now owned by the University of Arizona and is able to be toured. This man-made biosphere consists of seven man-made ecosystems whose mission is to advance science education. Scientist ask questions like, “How does water flowing through landscapes influence change”. You can also ask how humans affect ecosystems. Think about the first ancient civilization, the Mesopotamians. Watch the video below to learn how they influenced their landscape.

    THINK: 1. How did the ancient Mesopotamian’s influence their environment? Learn more about Mesopotamia at BritannicaKids.
    DISCOVER: Watch the video below. 1. What are the four spheres? Write down one fact about each to share with family or friends.  2. Watch Jane Poynter’s TED Talk. She lived in this Biosphere for 2 years!! Respond to the questions on the LYFTeacher Blog.

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    September 27, 1722

    Samuel Adams, one of our Founding Fathers, was born today in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of the signers on the Declaration of Independence, but is most well-known for his role in the Boston Tea Party. The Boston Tea Party was an American protest against an unfair tax Britain placed on Americans for tea. Adams spoke up against Britain’s taxation and founded Boston’s Committee of Correspondence, which allowed Colonies to communicate ideas before and during the American Revolution. Read more about Adams at

    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. ~ Samuel Adams

    THINK: What does Adams quote mean? If you believe strongly in something, do you think you can convince others to follow you?
    DISCOVER: What are taxes? Watch the video below to learn more about Income Taxes then ask your parents a question about them. If you make $50,000 a year, how much do you actually get to take home after taxes are removed?

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    September 28, 1991

    Miles Davis, a legendary jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at the age of 65. Davis began playing the trumpet at the age of 13 and was getting paid to play by the young age of 15. He created a style known as be-bop. He later created a style called hard bop. His ability to start musical movements makes him one of the most well-known musicians who led with his  confidence and love of music. Read more at

    Miles Davis Quotes
    Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there. ~ Davis
    It’s always been a gift with me, hearing music the way I do. I don’t know where it comes from, it’s just there and I don’t question it. ~ Davis
    I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life. ~ Davis

    THINK: What do his quotes mean? Clearly, Davis was born with a natural ear for music. What do you think about when you wake up every morning? How can his drive inspire you?

    DISCOVER: Listen to Carlos Santana and Davis’s 1986 audio. Jazz music may not be what you’re use to hearing, but listen closely. What are your thoughts?

    September 28, 1060

    normandymapWilliam the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, invades England. Normandy is part of present day France. William invaded because his cousin, English King Edward, promised William he would give him his throne after his death, because he had no children to pass the crown to. Instead, King Edward gave the throne to Harold II. William kills Edward at the Battle of Hastings and this marks a new era. On Christmas day 1066, William is crowned the King of England. William is known for creating modern day English by merging his French dialect with the Anglo Saxon tongue. Beyond conquering, William is famous for his Domesday Book. Read more at

    THINK: What happens when a king or queen does not have children? Who do you think should take control of the throne? Do you think it was right for William to take control of the throne?

    DISCOVER: Go to the United Kingdom’s Domesday website and learn what the book was about then take their short quiz. Learn more about the British Royalty.  Who is the current queen related to?

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    September 29, 1988

    mteverestmapStacey Allison became the first American woman to reach the 29,035 foot summit of Mt. Everest in the Great Himalayas. Allison of Portland, Oregon accomplished this great feat with a team. The first woman to reach the peak was a Japanese woman Junko Tabei in 1975. Read more at Watch Stacey Allison’s inspirational video below or skip down and watch the Why is Mt. Everest so tall video?.

    THINK: Oxygen decreases as altitude increase in our atmosphere. If you watched the Jane Portner’s Ted Talk about the oxygen issue in Biosphere 2, you learned oxygen greatly affects your energy. How do you think Mt. Everest climbers feel while climbing without little oxygen?

    DISCOVER: 1. Watch the video below, then explain, why is Mt. Everest so tall? 2. Who is the youngest and oldest person to climb Mt. Everest? Discover at BMC. 3. Many climbers go with Sherpas. Learn what a Sherpa is at the BBC website. 4. How can climbers make it with so little oxygen. Learn more about oxygen levels at each altitude at

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    September 30, 1927

    Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run as a New York Yankee. During his career with the Yankees, he helped them win four World Series. Ruth held the home run record until 1961 when another NY Yankee, Roger Maris, hit his 61st. Ruth was a trouble maker as a child, so his parents sent him to a Catholic orphanage and reformatory where he was educated, taught positive values, and how to pursue his passion of baseball from the monks. While at the reformatory George Herman was give his nickname, Babe. He is not only respected for his home runs, but for his kind personality. He Unfortunately Ruth died at the young age of 53 on August 18, 1948 from throat cancer. Learn more at or .

    It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.~ Babe Ruth

    THINK: 1. What do you think Ruth’s quote means? 2. Why do you think he was given the nickname Babe? Then read the story at Babe Ruth Central. 
    DISCOVER: 1. What was Babe’s other nickname? How did he get it? 2. What is your favorite sport? Why to you like it? Do you prefer a team sport like baseball, an individual sport like golf, or a mix like swimming, which offers both individual and relay events? View TopEndSports extremely long list of sports and learn about a sport you’ve never heard of or are interested in trying.

    VIDEO 1: What does the video show about Ruth’s character traits?


    VIDEO 2: What does the footage portray about Ruth’s impact on his fans and various leaders?

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is a bountiful teacher and parent resource that promotes creative lessons and activities for children of all ages. This teacher sharing concept was developed by Paul Edelman, A New York City public education teacher. The site offers an array of free and paid downloads worth viewing. Teachers, nannies, parents, and even students can upload their own inventive lessons/activities to be shared or purchased by others too. Check out some of TPT’S FREE DOWNLOADS, which are particularly useful during summer breaks.

Teacher Favorites

Teacher Favorites

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-2-33-25-pmBirthday: March 1st
Flower: Yellow roses & Stargazer Lillies
Coffee: Starbucks: AM: Grande iced soy latte w/1 pump vanilla;  PM: Lime Refresher
Restaurants: Islands, Sharky’s
Nail Salon: Nails by Rose & TK Nails
Hobbies: Running, camping & playing at beach
School Supply: Office Depot, Staples & Lakeshore
Favorite Candy & Cookie: Jelly bellies & chocolate chip cookies
Favorite Snack: Kettle corn & almonds
Food Dislikes: Veggies
Favorite Shop: Nati,  Siany
Favorite Colors: yellow & aqua
Favorite gift cards: Amazon & Starbucks
Rose: white


Sweet Potato Muffins or Loaf

Sweet Potato Muffins or Loaf


These are super moist and delicious. Since they hold together due to eggs, don’t try eliminating.

Potato to cook
About 12 ounce sweet potato or yam; 1 medium-large uncooked – 1¼ – 1 ½ cup cooked
1-2 tbsp orange juice
1 ½ tsp orange zest ( ½ tsp to cook potato, 1 tsp for final mixture)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup whole pecans ( ½ cup processed, ½ cup as topping)
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground ginger
** can add additional spices of your choosing like pumpkin pie, cloves, allspice, etc.
4 eggs
¼ cup honey, agave, and/or maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil (liquid form)
¼ cup coconut milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Cook potato ~ Peel, then cut sweet potatoes into 1inch cubes. Place potatoes in oven safe pyrex and toss with orange juice, 1 tsp. orange zest, ½ tsp cinnamon and olive oil. Bake for about 30 minute at 350. Remove from heat and let cool. Smash and measure about 1 ¼ cup.
  2. Food processor or blender ~ Quickly pulse ½ cup pecans. Add coconut flour, baking powder, salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, 1 tsp orange zest and pulse.
  3. In separate bowl mix: 1tsp vanilla, ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup coconut milk, and 4 eggs. Add smashed potatoes.
  4. Combine flour mixture to potato and mix. Scoop mixture back into blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If too thick, add coconut milk or tbsp orange juice or more potato or coconut flour if too runny.
  5. Use ¼ cup and a spoon to scoop equal amounts of mixture into muffin pan with muffin liners. Top with other ½ cup of pecans pieces, chop before topping. You can also use silicon or metal loaf or 8 x 8 with over lapped foil so you can remove easily after baking. You will need to add about 15- 20 minutes to bake time. Internal temperature should be about 205.

Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 for muffins; 45-50 for loaf. Toothpick comes out relatively clean. Check internal temperature if questionable (205).


Class Wish List

Class Wish List

  1. CHAPTER BOOKS for our classroom
  3. BOARD GAMES & ACTIVITIES for rain days
  4. SOOTHING MUSIC for class to listen to while working
  10. SMALL PRIZES for the prize box
  12. STICKY NOTES – all sizes

Anything that can be donated is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your generous support!

Lentil, Quinoa & Bruschetta

Lentil, Quinoa & Bruschetta

A Trader Joe’s Basic Turned into a Meal


My sister introduced me to this simple household staple. Decide on which mix you prefer, but adding quinoa and avocado creates a perfect well-balanced work lunch. Add cold tofu, hemp seeds, or chicken for additional protein.

1 Package of Trader Joe’s precooked Lentils (typically in refrigerated produce section)
1 Container of Trader Joe’s bruschetta (typically next to Hummus)
1 cup uncooked quinoa (optional)
1 avocado (optional)

Instructions without Quinoa
Rinse and drain lentils thoroughly
Mix lentils and bruschetta together

Instructions with Quinoa
1.  Rinse, drain, then boil 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups of water with 1 tsp. salt. Once it boils, simmer for about 15 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed. Remove from heat. Remove lid and let cool.
2. While quinoa is simmering, rinse and drain lentils thoroughly.
3. Mix lentils and bruschetta in LARGE container that allow you to mix in cooked quinoa (about 4 cups quinoa).
4. Fluff quinoa with fork and let it cool for another 5 minutes then mix with lentils and bruschetta


Writing Guidelines

Writing Guidelines

1. Answers should be in full and complete sentences

What are the 5 parts of a sentence? 
1. Begins with a Capital Letter
2. Subject (noun)
3. Predicate (verb)
4. Complete thought (Does it make sense?)
5. Terminal Punctuation

2. Restate the question

Use the question to start begin your answer.
Who were the first three presidents of the United States? The first three presidents of the United States were George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

3. Do not use coordinating conjunctions to start a sentence.

Do not use FANBOYS to begin a sentence: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

4. Clarify

No one word answers. Example: Do you like cake? Yes.
Yes what? Yes you love eating snails?
Correct example: I love eating cake, especially chocolate cake.

5. Name the character

Write the character’s name instead of using pronouns he/she/they.

6. Proofread

Re-read your sentence!
1. Capital letter
2. Subject
3. Predicate
4. Correct Punctuation
5. Makes Sense


Make Health Your Wealth

Make Health Your Wealth

The US kills it as the 2nd richest country in the world based on our GDP (total gross domestic product).[i] Yet we’re riddled with bullet holes from our 2015 rank of 33 in health.[ii] Denmark natives, who rank #1 in happiness, must laugh at us for believing that money brings happiness.[iii] Then again, we’re also conned into believing Santa Claus. So if money doesn’t create happiness, what does?

Here are 6 tips to improve your health so you too can be a happy Dane:) 

  1. Physical Health: Detox your diet! Start by Detoxing your Kitchen and setting family ground rules on eating habits such as soda, alcohol, eating out and sugar. Avoid sugar 2 hours before bed, eat protein instead, and sleep! Your body produces HGH (human growth hormone) when you sleep so view it as an investment you can’t get back each night. Plus more white blood cells are produced when you sleep[v]. Those white knights are needed to fight viruses and bacteria to keep you healthy.Move! Contract your muscles while driving, walk after dinner with your kids, take “active” weekend outings like the park, pool, hiking, etc.  Read 12 Tips to Better Health for more pointers
  2. Emotional Health: Toss toxic relationships. Get rid of friends, associations, and/or family who focus on the negative or who promote narcissism. If you surround yourself with a animals with fleas, you will get fleas. If you want happiness, you must surround yourself with positive thoughts and people. You cannot change people who gossip, play the comparison game, and constantly complain.
  3. Social Health: Spend time with friends and family that love you unconditionally. This does not only include dinner and drinking. This includes going on hikes, taking weekend getaways, hosting potlucks, game nights, or “skill” parties where one person teaches everyone there a new recipe, art, craft, language, or random DIY project. Teach friends and family how to have fun like you were still a kid. Go to family camp, try new things, embarrass yourself, overcome fears, or do anything that allow you to bond with those you care about.
  4. Mental Health: Challenge yourself to learn something new. Take time to discover your passion and learn a new skill(s) to foster it. Challenge your mental state and become a lifelong learner. There are no excuses with the online resources and community classes available.
  5. Stop, drop and roll out of your negativity! When you feel hopeless, angry, or other negative emotions, stop what you’re doing and create a new state of mind. Try going outside to get fresh air and sun, or exercise, listen to happy music, go to sleep (if late), call a friend or think about all the people in the world who live in constant war, poverty, and lack the personal freedom and resources. No matter how bad things are, they will only be made worse if your mind allows them. Good solutions never come out of anger, exhaustion, or emotion.
  6. Put yourself in a Timeout! Set aside time each day for yourself. Wake up 20 minutes early to workout, read articles in silence with a cup of Joe, discover new music to add to a happy playlist, take a bath, etc. Do something each day that you enjoy without interruption.

Read 12 Tips to Better Health for more quick tips

[i] Ray Roy. 10 Richest Countries in the World. Published May 2, 2015.
[ii] Frohlich, Alexander Kent and Mark Lieberman. The Healthiest Countries in the World. 24/7 Wall St. USA Today online. Published April 3, 2015.
[v] Editorial staff. The Healing Power of Sleep. WebMD. Accessed February 2, 2016.