Homeschool Life Skills
When I set out to find curriculum for math, science, history, or english, I need to look no further than a few clicks of my mouse. But what about life skills? That one is a little bit harder to come by. I can’t tell you how incredibly important life skills are. As parents we must ensure our children are prepared for life when they leave the nest. We need to be teaching by example, so that they can learn valuable tools as they grow!
Getting back to that curriculum that is easy to find. We are required by law to teach grammar, social studies, science, reading, and math. As a homeschooler, we also have the freedom to add in French, Spanish, Religious studies, music, and the list goes on. So why not add in life skills?
Important Life Skills to Teach Your Child
I have created a small list of simple life skills I hope that my children will learn before they are ready to leave the nest. They might seem like simple things, but if we don’t stop and take time to teach our children, then we have set them up for failure. Although I’m just brushing the surface with the life skills I’m sharing, there are hundreds more you can teach your child based on what you find important.
- Can my child wash and dry clothes on their own?
- Is my child aware of the dangers of mixing bleach and ammonia together, as well as other harsh chemicals found in cleaners?
- Can my child make a grocery list, purchase items within their budget and make a meal at home on their own?
- Do they know who to call in an emergency?
- Can they create a monthly budget and follow it? Can they balance a check book?
- Do they know how to use public transportation?
- Are they capable of cleaning the house and doing chores on their own?
- Do they know how to sew? Nothing fancy, but basic sewing (i.e holes in socks, buttons, etc.).
- Do they know how to put gas in the car, change the oil, check fluid levels?
- Are they capable of listening and doing a job at hand when they start working?
As you can see these are all life skills that we have learned ourselves. We must pass these skills along to our children to help them be successful and independent. If you were to ask my husband, his list would look a little different. He would have skills such as fishing, pitching a tent, hunting, archery, reading a map, and navigating from one point to another, just to name a few. Regardless how your list looks, these skills are important to teach to your kids. And if you don’t know how to change your own oil in your car, that is okay. You at least know oil keeps the engine running and the oil needs to be changed around every 3,000 miles. All the basic things we might overlook are learning experiences for our children. I think it is a great idea to add in a life skills curriculum when homeschooling to ensure your child learns valuable skills!
Teaching Life Skills as a Curriculum Subject
Skill Trek is a hands-on life skills curriculum that starts as early as Pre-K and goes through young adults! They have programs that fit your unique needs for the child, including a program for a child with special needs, and how to integrate it into your lifestyle! They have expandable lessons that are great for being able to do hands-on experiences so your child can see first hand some of the life skills they will need to know for adulthood!
Kids Cook Real Food is another great course that helps your child become a chef! This course is videos teaching you tips for being in the kitchen and how to cook wholesome and nutritious meals! This is one life skill that is imperative! We live in a world where we can go to a drive thru for a meal, but we need to take the time to teach our children how to cook and create healthy dishes that will fuel their bodies! You can choose between beginners, intermediate, and advanced skills and learn how to cook like a pro! From tips on how to crack eggs, flip pancakes, measure out ingredients, steam vegetables, make white sauce and more. They have wonderful videos for all stages!
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