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  1. ANything I'm missing.? What would be your goals? Once something's been acccomplished , it gets checked off and I'll put a line next to each item for a little journal info.to be jotted down or whatever. My kids love this sutff. They will think this is the coolest. This doesn't have decision making, relationship, relationship stuff. I'm not doing that yet. Thanks! PERSONAL CARE Fetch diapers Wash hands Comb hair Potty train Wash face Trim nails Clean ears Brush teeth Bathe Shower Floss deodorant Leave bathroom clean after use Puberty talk BEDROOM Tidy room Care for belongings Strip bed Remake bed with clean sheets Organize o drawers o closet o a place for everything Declutter CLOTHES Hang coat on hook Put own pajamas away Dress self o Snap o Zipper o Button Tie shoes Put clean clothes neatly in drawers Hang clean clothes on hanger LAUNDRY Put own dirty clothes in hamper Carry dirty clothes to laundry room Be able to do family laundry completely o Gather laundry o Sort clothing by color, clothing care directions, and check pockets o Clean filter and use washer o Clean lint trap and use dryer o Fold laundry and sort o Put laundry away neatly Iron HOUSEWORK Straighten living room Clean bathroom completely o Sink o Toilet o Bathtub Empty bathroom trash Empty kitchen trash Wash outside and inside trash can Take out recycle Water plants Dust Sweep Mop Vacuum Replace vacuum bag Replace vacuum belt Clean mirror Wash window inside and outside COOKING Cut up own meat, pancakes Kitchen safety o Knife o Bacteria o Distinguish between good and spoiled food ??? Breakfast o Eggs o Scrambled o Over easy o Boiled o Pancakes o Waffles o French Toast Beverages o Hot o Cold Breads o Quick o Yeast o Biscuits Desserts o Brownies/bars o Cake/muffins o Cookies o Confectionary o Bakers o Sugar o Custard o Doughnut o Frozen o Fruit o Pastry o Pie o Pudding o Sweet bread Plan and execute a balanced meal o Decide budget o Plan balanced meal within budget o Make shopping list o Shop o Safety (i.e. flashing cash) Compare quality and prices o Checkout Bring in and put away groceries o Cook meal MEAL CLEANUP Wipe up own spills Carry plate to sink after meals Set table completely Clear table Wipe table Put away leftovers Wipe counters Load dishwasher and turn on Put away clean dishes Wash dishes by hand LAWN CARE Pick up yard: toys and trash Pull Weeds Mow lawn Trim Yard Rake leaves Shovel snow HOME MAINTENANCE and REPAIR Drywall o Patch o Texture o Paint o Caulking Basic electric repairs o Change light bulb and understand wattage o Replace fuse o Learn where circuit breakers Plumbing o Leaky faucets o Plugged drains o Stopped up toilets o Running toilets PET CARE Feed and water Clean bowls Groom o Brush o Mats o Eyes o Ears o Teeth o Nails o Bathe o Clip hair Poop cleanup TRANSPORTATION Walking o Rules and safety Biking o Learn to ride o Rules and safety o Repair § Fix flat § Change tire § Oil Passenger o Safety Driving o Drivers Ed. o Pass driver’s test Public transportation o Purchase ticket and ride bus Clean car o Clear out o Vacuum o Wipe down interior and windows o Wash exterior Car Maintenance o Check and fill all fluids o Fill car with gas o Air pressure o Air filter o Charge battery o Change tire Plan and price a vacation FIRST AID Cuts Bruises Fractures and sprains Fainting Bites and stings Burns Nosebleeds Choking Poisoning Medicine and seriousness of overuse First aid and CPR class SAFETY Know how to handle pocket knife Swimming Address Phone number Learn how to make emergency calls Public bathrooms Understand dangers of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes Miscellaneous Make phone call Answer phone Take phone message Check mail and put in proper place Basic camera use Stay home alone Look after siblings o Take a babysitting course Go to store and make purchase by self Simple sewing o Hand sewing project o Mending project o Machine sewing project Sit quietly in church Know basic knots Give a haircut Banking o Deposits o Withdrawals o Write check o Balance checkbook Call and schedule an appointment Fishing (bait, cast, gut) Start a fire from nature sources TOOLS (identify and use each) Claw hammer Screwdrivers Pliers with wire cutters Crescent wrench Tape measure Sander Power drill Saw Duct and electrical tape Nails and screws Utility knife Staple gun Flashlight
  2. There was a recent thread on scheduling and encouraging excellence on the accelerated board where Nan in Mass wrote the following: "I should add that one of the focuses of middle school was academic and organizational skills. There comes a point (and if your children are accelerated, it will come sooner) when the child needs better writing skills, needs to know how to study, how to take notes, how to keep a calendar, how to organize his materials, how to do research, that sort of things.(continues)" As always, Nan got me thinking and wondering what you all do to systematically teach study skills, note taking, researching and the other skills that Nan mentions above to your logic/dialectic stage student. If you have favorite resources, please share those as well.
  3. I know we have discussed this, but my searches aren't turning up anything. What skills would you want your children to have before they leave home? I'm planning for next year and I can't find the threads.
  4. It seems like European politics will make it difficult for one wage earner families. The EU communicated to Germany recently that they did not approve of their recent law proposing to give a parent staying at home with a child under 3 yo a 100 Euros/month...saying that it would encourage parents to stay at home and that they should be out in the work force! Soooo...I've quickly decided to turn my daughter's life skills course into a course about frugal home making and educating - since she might really need it! Are there materials that people can recommend for this? Ages ago we bought all the Tightwad Gazette books (which I think have now been condensed into one)... Thanks! Joan
  5. I've seen requests from time to time asking what skills should be learned at what age. I came across this list today and thought I would share. Life Skills Ages 2-18
  6. I'm wondering if people have favorite books/sites/other materials to suggest for how to do a good job taking care of children? In retrospect, I don't think I was a very good babysitter or au pair. And I've already forgotten a lot about childcare - not having any babies or friends' babies to care for, for the last bunch of years....and want to prepare dd... Any favorites anyone can recommend? Thanks, Joan
  7. Looking through the WEM yesterday, I came across the book Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904) by Max Weber (p 224 in WEM) and was fascinated.... For more than a year I've been much more aware of how I've elevated 'efficiency' above many more important qualities such as love, kindness, etc....NOT in my mind as in 'saying' that it is more important but in how I've handled situations, treated my children sometimes, or my dh - becoming impatient when things are not going efficiently, we're taking a longer path, etc. There's this latent 'perfectionism/efficiencyism'...At first I thought it was an American trait, but then looked around me in Switzerland and saw that 'efficiency' is even more highly prized here in some ways....there are exceptions such as in 'greetings'....But if you don't bag your food fast enough at the foodstore (no baggers here) you quickly sense impatience and many times they'll just start putting the next person's food through, even if it can get mixed into your own...(big deterrent for large quantity food shopping trips)...Of course it is great to have the trains really running on time, etc...but what do we lose with it? Here's a quote from the 3rd paragraph..... "This valuing of every moment of time helped to support Western "rationalization": a commitment to the most efficient methods of accomplishing every task in politics, economics, and daily life." I'm wondering if anyone else has been thinking about this lately and what observations you've made, conclusions you've come to, etc... Has anyone read the book? This is one of those 'life skills' that we can't live without - or can we to some degree? I'm starting to wonder about all the time management books I've read over the years that made the members of my family like little pawns to move around in the rush to get it all done....Should some system be part of Life Management/Health skills? Joan
  8. We take ds to university in 46 days. I am trying to think of last minute skills to teach and wisdom to impart - much to his chagrin. I am going to go over ironing. He's been doing his laundry forever so that isn't a big deal. The importance of being careful with your laundry if you don't want to do it often, i.e. tossing stuff on the floor that isn't dirty, putting wet towel in you hamper on your clothes. Reuse clothes that aren't dirty. Time management and effective use of the academic planner. Setting your goals early instead of playing Beat the Clock which he usually loses. Binder organization seems like a time waster but can save you. How dusting your dorm room periodically is a good thing and will help you all to breathe better. Wash your sheets now and then. Hang up your towel so you can use it again and it will be dry when you next use it. Yeah you're the man, but don't be stupid. Crime is up in the city and you need to be careful at night. Go with a buddy. This is your personal first aid kit. You will still call me at 3 a.m. sick and desperate and I will tell you where it is, but you will be less miserable if you know where it is yourself. Argh! He's a smart kid although a teenage boy. I know he won't do all this or care but I have to fill the knowledge gaps before he goes. What am I missing?
  9. I will be graduating my first child next year and would like to know what things a senior should absolutely know how to do before going to college. In the past couple of months I've been thinking that ds may need to take a gap year to mature a little before attending college. The reason I say this is because he taaaaaakes sooooooooo loooooooooooong to complete his work on a daily basis. He has never missed or been late on any assignment in his high school career, and he gets decent (mostly A's some B's). He does not have an exceptionally heavy load: Music Theory II at the cc, English (grammar, composition, and literature) online, chemistry online, algebra 2 online, and French 1 online. He also has a music lesson once a week, music composition lesson every other week, and youth orchestra (for what seems like all day) every Saturday. Of course he does daily work/practice for those classes. We are in the car for more hours than we care to be each day because the cc is 35 minutes away, trumpet lessons are 1 hour away, composition is 1hr 15 minutes away, and orchestra is 1.5 hours away. But he usually takes work along and completes it in the car. He begins working around 9AM and most nights will work AT LEAST until midnight. He is not really the lollygag-type. (My rising 9th ds has lollygagging down to a science, but he's another story). Anyway, in order for me to decide whether or not I will make him take a gap year (yes, I said "make"....ds is VERY opposed to the idea), I want to make a concrete list of goals to be accomplished by the end of senior year 1st semester (but I'm willing to give him into 2nd semester) to determine if he is ready to go to college. I need ds to be able to visualize what is expected of him. I've come up with a couple of things, but since he is my first high schooler, I can use the advice from moms who have btdt. Here is my list (not complete yet) of things that I would like ds to know how to do and prove he is able to do before he graduates. Please add to it as much as you like. 1. Seek help from instructors/use resources available on campus to get assistance. 2. Initiate communication with instructors. DS is very reserved and is the type that will go unnoticed. 3. Be able to read 300 pages per week. 4. Schedule all assignments/quizzes/tests/projects, etc using a daytimer or calendar on his laptop (I prefer the daytimer). 5. finish all work in enough time to get at least 8 hours of sleep 6. prefer - finish normal school work in 6 to 8 hours (excludes extra work/projects) 7. write a good 700-1200 word essay (rough draft) in 30 to 45 minutes I know there are many other things that ds should accomplish before graduating, but these are the areas where I think he is lacking most. Please chime in and let me know how you prepare your seniors. I'm clueless. Thanks
  10. A friend was telling me that in some high schools there is a class on 'real life' that does things like *gives child a paycheck *shows child how much goes to government, bills, etc *what it does to your 'paycheck/life' if you are paying child support for your girlfriend/ex-girlfriends child that you concieved together. *That kind of curriculum Does anyone know what she was talking about or something like that?
  11. My six-year old son is not what I would call "practical" -- he has to be told everything repeatedly with respect to life skills or he just can't figure it out. For example, "If you want ketchup, you need to ask for it." Otherwise, he will just stop eating and wait for me to hand him the ketchup. And no matter how many time we talk about "stranger danger," he just doesn't get it. He'll just chat with everyone. It's a little disconcerting. That being said, he's excellent at picking up stuff at school. The life skills just don't make any sort of sense to him. It's like I have a six-year old "absent-minded professor." So I'm wondering if there is a curriculum that we could use to try to teach life skills as a school subject. Maybe he'll pick it up if I/we present it as a school topic? Maybe he's just *six*? He's our oldest, and I don't really know what is "normal" for this age?
  12. I'm thinking of putting together a class full of basics that we should all know when we are out on our own. For example, job interviews, budgets, how credit scores work, social networking and how it can hurt/help you, study skills, car maintenance, etc. Right now it's just an idea I'm playing with. I'm curious, what would you of wanted to know before you were out on your own? What challenges did you run into that would of been easier if you knew a bit more first? :lurk5:
  13. Does anyone have a Moving Out Checklist for teens? I won't be moving out for a few years, but in my planning, I know there are unexpected expenses I am forgetting. If someone has seen a checklist online, made their own, or would like to throw out unexpected things on here, thanks! One thing that came to mind was dishes. I don't know, I must have thought they would magically appear by themselves when I moved :tongue_smilie: :bigear:
  14. Hello! I'm trying to set up a central notebook or area in our home for all of the schedules, to-do lists, phone numbers, etc. I am initially thinking of a 3-ring binder but am interested in what other people do! I'm hoping this will help with household info, as I'm starting to take classes myself, and my DH and a trusted caregiver will need to know routines, contacts, etc., when I am doing school. Any ideas or links you have are welcome. Thank you!
  15. I've been reading the thread about requiring WTM skills (narration, outlining, etc.) for our logic kids. -It evolved into a thread about all the things we often neglect to teach our homeschooled kids (tying shoes, names on papers, etc.). :001_huh: I started wondering just how many skills I've forgotten to teach.... Anyone want to start a list? __________________ Mary DS 11, DD 9, DS 7, DD 5
  16. I just discovered that my 15 year old had never changed a lightbulb until a few days ago. :001_huh: What life skills gaps have you discovered?
  17. I'm looking at an umbrella school in FL which requires 0.5 credit of "Health-Life Management". I've looked at Florida Virtual School for Life Management and found a fairly interesting course "Life Management Skills". But I also finally found the price for out-of-staters on the application form - $375 + $25 for out-of-country. It would be better to not have to pay so much... Has anyone invented a similar course? Could I ask what books you used? or for any other suggestions you have to offer about this type of credit? Merci beaucoup, Joan
  18. My husband and my almost 18yo daughter are having conversations about young adult reponsibilities while living in the family home: Can you give me some ideas for topics of conversation? Maybe a list of adult behaviors/responsibilities: Getting up on time for work/other activities. Treating parents and siblings with respect. etc lj
  19. Has anyone come up with a list of "life skills" that they would like a child to attain by around the age of 10 or 12? I've never felt comfortable with life skills myself, and am hoping to prevent my children from feeling as incompetent as I often do.
  20. i have a very-easily frustrated DS who LOVES to do artsy/crafty things (more than mama does!) .... and a preK'er who has great fine motor skills but not much attention span. what kinds of handicrafts would you recommend or have you done? i bought a simple little pot-holder loom and tried it back in the late winter/early spring. it didn't go so well . . . on a scale of 1-10, it was a 4. too much "mommy-sit-here-with-me and help" for my taste. what's reasonable for these ages?
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