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Social Studies for Homeschoolers

Building the Entrepreneurial Spirit

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006

From lemonade stands to family businesses...

Entrepreneurs can change the world -- a great 2 minute video by
"grasshopper" about encouraging kids to become entrepreneurs

Young, Fearless, and Smart: America's Best Entrepreneurs under
25 from Yahoo! BusinessWeek Online, no homeschoolers mentioned, but
many of these go-getters began their businesses as teens...

America's Best Young Entrepreneurs 2008 -- wow!

How are Entrepreneurs Different? by Carol Robinson for StartUpBiz

Cameron Herold: "Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs" -- a great
20 minute video on TED, encouraging parents to support entrepreneurial
skills in their kids (especially if they do poorly in traditional school settings)

Educational Resources

Junior Achievement Reading List for Young Entrepreneurs --
economics for K - 12, from picture books to chapter books

Free Online Economics Lesson Plans -- (K - 12)  from the National
Council on Economic Education, various topics, including entrepreneurship

EconEdLink -- a library of free online economics lessons for K-12

Free Online Business Course -- a great primer, includes e-commerce

Young Scholars Program -- Discovering New Ventures: Foundations of
Entrepreneurship -- a class at the U of MD in their Young Scholars
Program for high school sophomores and juniors, check with your own
local colleges for similar programs

10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online -- a list of free
adult-level courses from various providers (Nov 13, 2007)

Hot Shot Business from Disney Online -- be a virtual business owner

Coffee Tycoon -- a free online game

GoVenture.Net -- board games and virtual business games, free trials

Investing for Life: Youth -- complete personal finance and investing
self-study course for young investors from the NAIC

Foundations in Personal Finance: Homeschool Pack by Dave
Ramsey -- empowers students to make sound financial decisions for life

Maybe your student would enjoy free online courses from MIT Open
Courseware, such as
Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager  or
Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective? They offer
many other free business and management courses, too.

Your students may want to major in Entrepreneurship in college!  Have
them look for programs such as these:
Bachelor of Science in
Management -- Entrepreneurship from Berkeley College (online degree
available)  or a
Master's of Science in Entrepreneurship from the
University of Florida.  Many other colleges offer entrepreneurship courses
within their business departments, such as this
Center at MIT.   

Business Advice

What's in a Name? by Mike O'Donnell

Memo From our Founding Fathers: On Managing a "Start-Up" by
Jeff Belle and Sam Kahill

Start-UpBiz -- info and articles on starting a business

How to Write a Business Plan -- a free online course from Trump

Junior Achievement -- info on starting a business, info on school-based
programs and business partnerships, local chapters Teen Start-Ups -- info on starting a business

Teen Business Link -- from the US Small Business Association, info for
young entrepreneurs

Canadian Youth Business Foundation -- info and advice on start-up

US Dept of Labor -- 21st Century: It's Not Your Parent's Workforce!
-- what jobs have the best outlook for the near future?

10 Tips to Secure a Management Position without a College Degree
by Steve Olson

Definition of salespeople: They make the world go round by Jeffrey
Gitomer -- entrepreneurs need to be good salespeople, too.

Cultivating Your Enterprising Nature an article by Jim Rohn

The Art of Influencing Up by Marshall Goldsmith -- how to present new
ideas and process improvements to your boss

Ten Scarey Co-Workers by Patricia O'Connell -- several dreaded office
personalities and how to deal with them, from Business Week Online

Bounce Back after a Big Mistake at Work by Caroline Levchuck

Stanford Technology Ventures Program -- the entrepreneurship
center within the Stanford University School of Engineering, "... dedicated
to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship research and education
for engineers and scientists worldwide...",  free podcasts, online lectures

Online Support

Education Outside the Box -- a Yahoo! group to encourage teens and
families to become entrepreneurs, share tips and strategies

Homeschoolers-and-homebusinesses -- an e-zine for kids

Homeschool Businesses --  for the discussion of all things related to
running a business while homeschooling, family businesses, children's
businesses, income for SAH parents, etc

ExtraMoneyforHomeschoolFamilies -- an online group for home-based


Teen Workers -- from the US OSHA, regulations and restrictions for teen
workers (14 - 18), includes listing of hazardous jobs that 14-15 year olds
may not be hired for, also lists hazardous jobs where, under certain
circumstances, an internship is possible (such as wood-working)

Youth Rules! -- from the US Department of Labor, lists what types of jobs
children and teens can do, and what hours they may work, note that in
many states, homeschoolers are exempted from the "school hours"
restrictions and may legally work during typical school hours
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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can become great." -- Mark Twain

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth
if you lost all your money" -- unknown