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CORRECTION: Home schooling offers one student chance to explore his interests

Posted: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

My home schooling group has many events throughout the year. Last year one of the moms created an Entrepreneur Day, where everyone makes creative products and sells them, and I knew exactly what I was going to sell. Comic books! I drew comics all the time and thought it would be a great chance to show the world, and to make money at the same time.  

Though the process, I learned how to cut the size of my books so that I make more copies for less money. This was a valuable lesson on profit margins.

At the event I sold all of my comics!  

I was able to pay for the material to make them and still earn $27 in profit. From this I now had experience in the business world and I was thinking about what I was to sell at the next year’s Entrepreneur Day.  

After a few months of school, I later went to my first Boy Scout summer camp on Catalina Island.  There I learned how to make my first survival bracelet.

These bracelets are made out of strong parachute chord that are braided and held together by plastic buckles. They are fused and can be cut to unravel to at least 10 feet of rope for multiple purposes, including emergencies.

Going to camp inspired me to make more bracelets for next year’s Entrepreneur Day, saving the money for next year’s summer camp. Exploring profit and loss analysis with my dad on entrepreneurship, I figured that if I sold 100 bracelets I could pay for camp myself.

My computer processing class with my mother came in handy when making order forms with pictures of bracelets. My speech class helped me to make announcements at Boy Scout meetings and classes.  

More people bought my bracelets each week. Now I have $75 in savings. Without Entrepreneur Day I would not have a bracelet business today to help me pay for summer camp. This is one reason why I love to home-school, I can learn while running a successful business simultaneously.

Mya Davis, age 11, with Homeschooling Explorers of Santa Clarita.

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