Something every child needs to learn is how to take care of him or herself as they grow older. This doesn’t mean that you’re just throwing them under the bus or tossing them into the water without knowing how to swim when they’re still babies. It means that it’s the responsibility of parents to teach their children life skills. In the absence of parents, it’s the responsibility of whatever adult is taking care of the children. All adults need to have some basic life skills so that they can grow up knowing how to get through life successfully.
Because of this, every homeschool curriculum should include lessons that teach these skills. When your children are adults, they need to know how to cook, do laundry, keep a home clean and in order, and how to manage money. These are skills that nearly everyone takes for granted. That’s why you want your children to be able to take them for granted, too, rather than stumble through the world because they don’t know what they’re doing.
It’s quite easy to work in these life lessons as part of your homeschool curriculum. One very simple way to get them started is by having them take part in family grocery shopping. This can begin as soon as they can read and understand what they’re reading. Start by letting them help you make your grocery list. Take them with you through the kitchen, bathroom, and any other part of the house that you check while making your list of what you’re out of. Making the list is a very important part of the process.
When you reach the store, give your children a small list of their own. As you travel through the store, allow them to shop for their items. Teach them how to locate the items that are the best bargain. It’s also good to give them a set dollar amount to spend so they can learn how to save money on things. At the checkout counter, let them put their own items up on the belt for scanning and take care of paying for these items on their own. This should be a weekly event.
Cooking lessons can be done anytime you’re in the kitchen. Let your children take part in measuring, mixing, and stirring. Find kid-friendly recipes so that they can create their own culinary masterpieces with little to no help from you. Being able to cook is an important skill and doesn’t have to be gourmet.
Being able to do laundry correctly may not seem like a big deal, but it can be when you run out of clean clothes. Even three-year-olds can be taught how to sort laundry. Bring your children with you to the laundry room and show them each time you do laundry how it’s done. Eventually, they can do their own laundry.
Knowing how to keep a house clean is vital to fight germs, dust, and dirt. Let your kids sweep, mop, and, when they’re old enough, vacuum. Dusting can be done by even very small kids. Keeping a clean house is valuable knowledge.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that homeschooling is only about books. Kids tend to love getting involved with “grown-up things.” Take advantage of that while they’re young
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