Homeschooling: Life Skills

Published October 12, 2017 by lynn k scott

This year, our homeschooling journey has landed in the 6th grade.  In addition to my daughter learning how to take detailed notes, beginning to independent research, math, grammar, science, etc., she participates in Life Skills.

If we were in a brick and mortar school, the skills she is learning might be classified as home economics.  However, it’s more than just that.  She is learning to make grocery shopping lists, assisting with pet care, cooking for herself as well as her family, doing laundry, etc.

In our home, my husband doesn’t cook.  It’s a fact; he doesn’t know how.  I, on the other hand, have a catering and hospitality background, so I am passing my cooking and baking knowledge to her.chicken adobo

Since school began in August, she has learned to and can make grilled cheese, fried hot dogs, fried eggs, chicken adobo with rice and ramen.  She has been exposed to making pot roast, pan-seared pork chops (finished in the oven) and baked chicken and chicken wings.

rice

Now, to be be fair, the chicken adobo and rice shown are actually for a church event, but it’s the same food she proudly makes for her family ever week now.  She won’t even let me make it any more and gives ME tips on what I should be doing in the kitchen.  If she only knew, I’ve been at this about 30+ years longer than her.  It’s a cute sentiment though.

In addition on learning important cooking skills, when she has to follow a recipe and using measuring cups and/or spoons, she is reinforcing her fractions.

Lastly, spending time in the kitchen will create memories that one day, she will remember as she stands in her kitchen, showing her children, what I taught her.  Life skills….so important….not just in a technical sense.

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4 comments on “Homeschooling: Life Skills

  • Life’s simple things are the most needed life skills for survival! I am so glad your kid is in home school and is able to learn things differently! Our blog is mainly for my daughter who is an avid reader and into philanthropy. We are still figuring out to blog and working on our basic pages. So far, we did two posts but made them public to test. But we are trying to understand about blogging and so might move the content around into about page etc. So for now, please do visit and leave us your feed back. Thank you.

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    • I completely agree! So many kids can’t cook and it’s a hindrance later on. Such a lost art to be able to cook from scratch. This is also why my daughter goes grocery shopping with me; to learn how to select ingredients to make dishes.

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