While math, Latin, and grammar top our list of daily subjects, I know it's also important to teach kids basic life skills and chores. Best of all, you don't really need a program or curriculum - it's very easy to just incorporate it into your everyday life.
Teaching life skills to kids
When I first started homeschooling I was very worried that I would forget to teach something of vital importance to TJ. And I did!
I completely forgot about teaching her to tie her shoes (she loves velcro and slip-on shoes so it just hadn't come up). Of course, that was an easy enough fix - she quickly learned and that was that. Still, there's always the chance that I'll forget something else.
But now I'm not so worried.
I know that as long as I cover important basic skills and make sure that she knows how to research and discover things for herself, she'll be a confident, independent adult.
Don't forget those real life learning moments
While it's important to make sure we cover math, grammar, writing, and other basic skill subjects, it's also necessary to make sure our kids have the skills they'll need in the future.
Things like balancing the household budget, changing a tire, planning a weekly grocery menu & shopping list - they are important skills your kids are going to need.
I'm sure many of us discovered as adults that there were many things we hadn't learned - and I'm sure there will be things our kids will find that they need to learn. The printable list below has a wide range of skills and chores that you can teach your kids as they come up in your everyday life. Of course, every child is different and will learn these skills at different rates - these are just suggestions!
Download a printable Life Skills list
Click on the image below to get your own Life Skills Checklist.