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Thoughts on Life Skills Class

Thoughts on Life Skills Class

Thoughts on Life Skills Class

Here are my thoughts on our Thoughts on Life Skills Class for homeschooling.  This has been an interesting experiment, to say the least.

Child 1’s Job

Peach (works at McDonald’s):  We *sort of* have this ironed out.  She will be doing daily lunches, at my house.  Also, she will have to make sure the bathrooms, during the lunch hour, are clean.  Realistically, she will also have to keep the dining area clean and the kitchen clean.  She will create menus with prices.  Next, she will pull that hair back and slap on those rubber gloves.  Finally, she will cook, serve, collect money, and clean.

One day a week, she will be cooking McD type items (burgers, cheeseburgers, McChickens, fries) for our two families.  She will have to create fry holders and wrap all items appropriately.  She will be accepting checks, debits, and cash…she must learn how to count cashback.  We would like to get a field trip to a fast food place (or any restaurant) to see how things really work.  Pizza Hut is usually really good at doing this.

Child 2’s Job

Gigi (farmer):  She has had to clean out the meat chicken’s coops and the laying hen coops.  She has had to feed and water all farm animals.  Also, she has had to transfer the horse poop and work it through the garden area to prepare it for planting next year.  Then, she is weeding flower gardens and soon will be planting fall flowers.  Finally, she will learn how to feed horses/cows properly, any “how-tos” with horse maintenance.  We will be planning a field trip to a local farmer and learn how to milk cows and work on tobacco farms.  She will work the yards of both families.

Child 3’s Job

Boo (stay at home dad):  We have that pretty much covered. Whatever I have to do, he does.  He will be cooking/cleaning/chauffering, etc.

Child 4’s Job

Catfish (army):  He will do exercise drills, hiking, learning how to live in the woods, shoot guns…he will teach a couple of times to all the kids and every day do drills with my children.  We are going to try and plan a field trip to Ft. Campbell…we shall see on that one.  We will also be planning a field trip to the police station, ambulance service, and the fire department.  In doing that, we will bake these people cookies and create cards to show our respect and appreciation for all they do.

Child 5’s Job

Little Man (doctor):  He will take blood pressures, pulses, and blood sugars from everyone in the family.  He will learn how to clean out cuts, what types of creams to use on burns or cuts, how to bandage properly.  We would like to go on a field trip to a local doctor’s office.  We will also try to get a field trip to the health department.  They will talk about nutrition, staying healthy, how to do examines (hearing and vision), etc.

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Homeschooling has been really fun, this year.  Now, Meet Boo Lifeskills Class.  Boo is my 4th child and he is 13.  He drew high school drop out (pursuing his GED) and being a stay at home dad.  His wife makes $13/hour.  He has drawn out a small 2 bedroom/1 bath home and he wants 1 child (because that is easier).

Training Begins

We began his training on Monday afternoon.  We started off by going to the pharmacy (I wish I had taken a picture…will do better).  He had to walk in, talk clearly and concisely to the staff, hand them my prescription, as well as, getting 3 others filled.  We talked about why they only stock one item, at a time, of bathroom products (think cost).  What the difference is between Walmart and a drugstore.  Why people buy “expensive” things at the drugstore…what is the best thing to buy at the drugstore.  How to look for deals.  Also, just being polite and speaking up when talking to other people.

Grocery Store Time

After that, we headed to the grocery store.  Had I been brilliant, I would have let him create the menu for the next couple of weeks, but I did that and made my list.  He, however, took the list, a pen and did his thing,  We talked about branding and how sometimes you pay more for the brand name or the packaging.  We compared prices on the same item, 3 different brands.  I taught him how to shop for produce and fresh vegetables.

We set a limit of $200 for a 2 week period.  That includes paper products, cleaning supplies, dog food, food, etc.  He came in at $166.60.  I totally would have made him put something up if he went over budget.  Gotta learn to live within means!  It took FOREVER to get through the grocery, but it was time I got to spend with him…one on one!

A Proper Cashier

As we were loading the groceries on the belt thing…I explained to him that there are good cashiers (separate your items properly and don’t overload your bags).  Then, there are the struggling cashiers (those that suck and smash your bread).  I told him that it was our job to make their job a bit easier….especially when I normally shop for a month at a time. Sadly, I can be an overwhelming presence in the grocery store.  I taught him how to group cold stuff together, freezer stuff, canned goods, boxes, and always…always….load the squishy stuff last.  It makes everything go much more smoothly.

Credit Cards are From the Devil

When we went to check out, I used my debit card.  He was in shock because he *thought* it was a credit card.  I explained the differences (while the little girl was checking our groceries) between the two.  Debit (or used as credit) goes directly out of my bank account…instantly…no money into an account, it will decline my card.  I then asked him what I had taught him about credit cards and he gently replied: “they are from the devil!”  Well done…son….well done!!!!!!

Unloading and Starting Dinner

We got home and he had to hurry to put everything up.  After he got everything put up, he had to hustle to get Little Man prepared for soccer and we can’t forget his water!  He was a soccer dad because every kid likes to be involved in something.  After 2 hours of waiting, he had to come home, feed LM and then put the rest of the groceries (pantry items) up.  He will take my menu list and he will separate out each meal and put the recipe items (as well as the recipe) in the boxes.  He will then place those in the pantry…when it is time to make that particular meal, he will have everything at his fingertips.

Yes, he will be cooking (pray for me).  He made Corn Chowder and Broccoli/Cheese Soup.  Both were delicious.

Taking a Kid to Therapy

Tuesday, he attended speech therapy with Catfish.  He had to come in, sign him in, meet the therapist and shake her hand.  He had to properly introduce himself to the head of the department, as well as, an undergrad student who was taking notes.  My boy took 2 pages of notes AND he asked many questions to the head of the dept. and the grad student therapist.  He loved it!

Doctors, Soccer, Errands, Oh My

Wednesday, he will be going with 4 of the other children to the doctor, as well as, making sure everyone is bathed and ready for church.  Thursday is therapy and soccer again….he will do everything that I do and I will shadow him.  He was exhausted, yesterday…maybe he will have an appreciation for me 🙂 Friday, we have a down day and will probably pay bills (he will write checks, as well). Saturday is a full day of soccer in another town about 2 hours away.  He will have to prepare snacks for everyone, make sure they are properly dressed, make sure LM has all he needs to play, get blankets and chairs and be ready to cheer!  Then everyone needs showers because Sunday is church!  Then it starts all over again.

Not Done Yet

We will be going to the bank, doing some couponing, reading recipes, making phone calls, attending therapies, doctoring boo-boos and he has to clean the house from top to bottom….good times people, good times.  My goal is to teach him to look people in the eyes, have a firm handshake, be prepared, be polite and to be efficient.