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Recommended Books:

  • Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by Christine Field
  • What Every Child Should Know Along the Way by Gail Martin
  • Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens by Oliver DeMille
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Basic Life Skills

Your children probably already know how to text or send an email, but do they know how to write a letter or address an envelope? Can they make a meal for themselves? Can they create and manage a budget?

Life skills are the things your children need to succeed in life. They are the kinds of things you don’t normally learn in school but they are things we all need to learn. Basic life skills include knowledge of important everyday tasks like cooking skills, changing a tire, minor home repairs, creating and living on a budget, money management, and much more.

They also include vital cognitive abilities like problem solving, conflict resolution, time management and effective communication. When you homeschool, your children have important opportunities to observe you tackle these challenges, and thus, learn from you.

A good place to start is to take an inventory of what you do throughout a day or week and make a list. If it’s something you do every day, it’s probably something your kids should know. We have created a sample list you can draw upon when creating your own list of essential skills.

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