Teaching Opportunities at Home

Many life lessons learned at home by homeschooled kids are, sad to say, not being taught in schools. Kids in school learn a lot of academics, they know their maths, they know their sciences and all other subjects but life lessons are nowhere to be found.

Many adults face difficulty dealing with daily life simply because they have not been taught in school how to cope; they have not been taught life lessons. As homeschooling parents, we should be thankful that we have the opportunity to share life lessons with our children as well as lessons from the books.

Here are some examples of life lessons that you can teach your children at home.

In home economics, we learn how to cook and about nutrition which is not really enough to prepare one for the real life outside of school. If you are a homeschooling parent, you can teach your children how to cook and clean and incorporate these lessons in their daily life.

Don’t clean up after children but encourage them to clean as they go. It should be a part of every lesson to clear up and then it become a habit to them to clean as they go.

Teaching children how to budget is also important. People who get themselves into financial trouble have never been taught to budget. Schools teach math which includes money but students are never taught about budgeting. This is where the problem lies.

You can do activities at home that will teach your children how to budget. Play shopping using play money can be used to teach budgeting. Going to a child friendly store like Anthill shop N play is a great place to teach budgeting. Give them money to buy items and make them budget their own money. Give them an allowance good for a month and see how they fare in budgeting. They can use their money to pay for candies, toys, or activities, but it has to last them for a month.

Taking care of self is seldom taught in school but what they learn is to eat healthy foods and to be active. And because of this a lot of children don’t know how to take care of their wellbeing effectively.

To help calm their minds and relax them, you can teach them meditation. If a child learns deep breathing, he can help himself when he goes older if he knows how to reduce his feelings of stress and anxiety. Art and other ways of self expression must be encouraged in children to find a way to express themselves.

With your children always with you at home, you have a great opportunity as a homeschooling parents to teach them important life lessons. In the future, when they become adults all these life lessons can be applied to help them live normal, happy lives.

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