I may not say that when the kids help me in the kitchen or around the house is school, but actually it is.
Helping in the kitchen, helping with laundry, sweeping, washing the dishes, or cleaning the bathroom are not just chores because you are part of the family.
They are Life Skills.
These “chores” are designed to help our children learn the importance of completing tasks as well as help them be competent in these tasks. Because at some point, even if this mama doesn’t even want to go there, these children will one day move out on their own.
They will be required to care for themselves in every capacity and what better time to learn life skills than at home. Where mistakes can be corrected, skills can be improved, and the “make sure it is done” thought processes can be instilled.
Will they screw up even out on their own, of course. But by being a constant now will make it easier to be a constant later in life too.
So, here are just a few ways that we do real life homeschool.
Just don’t tell my kids that it is school, okay?!
Helping in the Kitchen (Cooking and Baking Skills)
I know that many people would say that this isn’t really homeschool, but seriously, what better place to learn these vastly important skills than at home?
As parents, my husband and I pray that we do the utmost for our children. And this is just one of the ways that we exercise our parental duties.
Encouraging our children in everyday life skills so that they will be compete and able once they leave our cozy, little nest.
We know how hard it was when we left our parents homes, and we are trying to make the transition an easier one than the ones that we had.
I for one never quite learned all the necessary skills to be a good wife or mama, so I place life skills at one of the topmost skills my daughter (and sons) must learn to be functional adults, when the time comes. These may seem like old fashioned ideas, but most children nowadays have a selfish, lazy attitude and we want our children to understand the value of working hard and completely tasks. And the satisfaction that goes along with a job well done.
Here is a Basic List of Life Skills we Practice:
- Sweeping the Floors
- Cleaning the Windows
- Cleaning the Bathroom
- Washing the Dishes
- Loading/Unloading the Dishwasher
- Sorting Laundry
- Washing Laundry
- Changing Bed Sheets
- Making Beds
- Clearing the Table after a Meal
- Putting Books, Toys, Shoes Away
- Caring for Pets (Feeding, Providing Water, Cleaning Cages)
- Basic Home Repair (Learning to Use Tools)
This is just ONE way that we do Real Homeschool and I hope you come back to see my other posts during this Blog Hop. See y’all next time!
In His Grace.
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