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.
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.
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.