Life Skills to Include in Your Home School
It’s recommended that you start teaching life skills, as part of your homeschool curriculum, very early on. In fact, the sooner you begin, the better. Keep reading, to find out more about some of the skills children need to learn in order to be successful in the future .
Staying safe encompasses everything from never playing with matches or talking to strangers to a wide variety of things in between. Contact your local fire station or go online to see if that particular location gives tours or makes educational materials available.
The best way to teach the importance of safety is, by hands-on experience. Let’s face it, what child wouldn’t want to sit behind the wheel of a fire truck?
When kids grow up, they’re obviously responsible for their own finances. If they don’t learn how to handle their money at an early age, life will probably be quite difficult for them. Consider giving your children an allowance at an early age. It doesn’t have to be much, by any means. Plan classroom activities around the topic. Setting up a “mini store” is just one example of this.
In addition, many websites offer free printables to make learning about money fun. A quick query using your favorite search engine should result in plenty of great options to print and share with your students. There are so many ways to include money type activities into your classroom!
Showing respect is another life skill that every individual needs to learn. Always demand respect from your children, in a calm and gentle manner. Schedule a time to role-play with one another, acting out scenarios where respect is basically nonexistent. This way, they get to experience what it feels like to be treated disrespectfully. And, hopefully it will help to prevent them from being disrespectful in the future. I love to use these Feelings Flash cards or this fun Social Skills Activity unit to teach children how to interpret body language in different situations.
These are just a few of many life skills that children need to learn when they’re relatively young. Failure to do so will ultimately make adulthood all the more difficult. If you’re not touching on these topics now, there really is no better time to get started.