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Home-schoolers hold third annual Entrepreneur Day

Posted: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 


 On the sunny day of March 23, Helping Hands Homeschool Co-op held its third annual “Entrepreneur Day” at Valencia Glen Park, organized by parent Robin Yule. 

Situated around the playground, one could hear the hustle and bustle of these excited kids shopping, giving sales pitches and making deals.

Through this experience, the children practiced applying their mathematical skills, utilizing their creativity, and learning important life skills — along with offering the individual skills that their own unique services required.

There were 44 homeschoolers ages 5-16 hosting about 20 booths. Their products and services ranged from nice and quintessential to wonderfully creative.

Some of the many highlights included face painting, decorate-your-own pillow case and tote bag, hand-made bracelets, portrait drawings, “Star Wars” snacks, nail and hair salon, “El-Taco-Loco,” Harry Potter snacks and items, hand made PC games on CDs, knitted items, homegrown produce, popcorn, decorated buckets, baked goods, burgers, duct tape accessories, silk worms, bracelet-bookmarks,miniature terrariums, no-care aquariums, foam weaponry, piggy banks and yo-yos (with 50 percent of profits benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project).

These home-schoolers gained practice and skills through this event. They took many steps in carrying out their businesses:

Students invented and/or prepared their products, created business plans (calculating pricing, expenses, income, etc.), made their own displays, set up their “storefronts,” and brought their businesses to life.

After a productive day of business, the kids calculated their profits and reflected on aspects of their businesses that strengthened and weakened it — and enjoyed the beautiful day in the park.

Though some earned more money than others, they all left with a positive attitude, with many important and useful lessons learned.

Karlie S. Kemper is a 16-year-old post-home-schooled student who takes classes at College of the Canyons.

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