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Project based learning
Open ended exploration
Real life applications,
sharing with community,
and earning income based on
Keeping track of a household of kids and teens engaged in real work
Finding ways to streamline the management pieces is important.
You want them to be powerful tools
that are sustainable to use.
And I especially like when technology helps.
I like to think of myself as a techy girl.
Who would have thought that a chore app could do the job?
Benefits of Using Homey App to Track Homeschool Projects
Homey is a chore tracking app with some specific financial applications.
If you are not already inclined to using a chore app, I’ve found some happy ways to use Homey for our more relaxed project based atmosphere.
It works perfectly with our Kindles.
You might remember how much we love our Amazon Kindles!
- Assign jobs and project items– assign jobs to various kids within the app
- Set deadlines– choose when a job is due
- Track with pictures– require pictures of the finished work (which is mega cool for project work!)
- Batch types of work– categorize work and batch jobs together. Perfect if you have more than one project area going at the same time.
- Assign work to more than one student– you can create accounts within your family account for any number of kids and teens.
- Track payment for special work– If you pay for work at your house, this is a fantastic way to keep track of what kids earn and what you owe. My 12yo gets paid for work he does for my blog. There’s more than one type of task he does and they earn different amounts.
- Customize your chore list– You can include conventional chores in addition to student project work. You get to choose what chores are in your kids’ account.
If tablets and phones are a part of your family and homeschool culture,
a chore app is a productive use of the technologies.
Authentic Finance Management with Homey
Have you ever done an allowance system with your kids?
When we were newer parents, we gave it a go.
With four kids six and a half and under, the system quickly got out of hand.
It was unmanageable for us with lots of little kids.
Who got what and when and for what?
Did they finish the work?
Was it quality work?
We gave up.
Now that we have teens, the idea of paying them for special work is more attractive.
We are past the time of micromanaging chores in our house.
Paid work often coincides with project work.
For example, my tech savvy, computer programmer 12yo helps out with my blog.
He often writes code for me.
He helps to produce my podcast.
That’s real work. That uses a real skill.
He gets real money for that work.
One of the things Homey does well is to help manage what you pay your kids.
- Separates types of work– responsibilities are jobs without pay and jobs are those kids get paid for
- Assign a dollar amount to a task– so everyone knows what is being paid for the job well done
- Set up savings jars– you can set up a save, spend, donate
- Establish individual jars– for saving for different items
- Payments made easy– you could pay in cash or connect your child’s bank account and do an electronic transfer of funds.
- Reward extra work– parents can give one time extra payments within this system and kids can see the reward
The advantage of using Homey in this way for project work is that it connects real work with real payment.
Part of a project based homeschool is making that real-world connection with community and authenticity.
For a techy family, this is a win.
Other Uses for Your Homey App
- Medicine reminders– we have kids with chronic issues that require regular medicines. Homey app can be used for ongoing or short term meds.
- Regular chores–
- Occasional chores– it’s hard to remember the chores done less often or at irregular intervals
- Special project chores– these are chores only done once or very rarely
In short, you can remind your kids and teens of just about anything using Homey.
Think of it as electronic nagging.
Without the nagging part.
More Authentic Learning Experiences
Earning Credit with a Project Based Homeschool– How to record project work for your student’s high school credit count.
Blog, She Spoke– Want a listen to the work that my seventh grader does on the podcast? It’s a treat!
How to Homeschool with a Kindle– This economical tool has opened up worlds in our homeschool.
How to Incorporate Technology in Your Homeschool– Looking to get more techy? Here are some tips!
Find Homey in Your Favorite App Store
Download Homey from your favorite App Store:
If your family likes techy methods, this could be a useful tool.
For your parenting toolbox
For your homeschool teacher toolbox
For your project mentoring toolbox.
Batch project work.