It isn’t uncommon to hear a homeschool mom who is having a less-than-studious day say something like, “We are learning life skills today!” We laugh understandingly, but in the back of our minds we wonder,
“Can you do that?”
As a matter of fact, YOU CAN!
If you are actively and purposefully teaching your children, it is school. Life skills count as school if they are being actively taught.
What do I mean by “actively taught?”
If you use the life skill to teach formal school subjects, then you can count those hours as school hours. You must be engaging your children in conversation and education and they must be engaging in the act of learning. You cannot simply DO a life skill and then call it school, but you certainly can teach along with the life skill and call that school.
Here are some examples of life skills and the school subjects they might encompass:
- Math – price comparison, weights, units
- Nutrition – calories, ingredients, additives, preservatives
- Science – digestive tract, food production
- Geography – origin of foods
- Science – anatomy, medicine
- Math – weights, measurements, volume
- Home economics
- Science – properties of common cleaners
- History – points of interest, historical figures and events of area
- Math – mileage
- Geography – map reading, topography
Hunting & Shooting sports
- Science – animal science
- History – history of hunting and weapons
- Math – trajectory, distances, windage and elevation, reloading and ammunition
- Geography – landscape
- Math – measurements, angles
- Science – textiles, gears and machines
- Math – weights, money
- Math – money
- Nutrition – food groups, menus, content
- Foreign language – based on restaurant
- Cultural studies - decor, music, food
The possibilities truly are endless, but remember, you have to be actively and purposefully teaching while engaged in these life skills and activities in order to call it school.
So, fear not homeschool mama, you CAN be creative with your school hours!
What are some ways you have taught school using life skills?