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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
  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 s
  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 bough
  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
  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 o
  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 (gr
  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
  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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