My boys are hitting their teen and preteen years, and as you might expect, they are exerting their independence. This is all well, fine, and good, except for the small, itty-bitty fact that the two of them together couldn’t wash their own socks. If someone held a pistol to their temples and demanded fluff and fold, they would be done for. Kaput.
This is the year we are focusing on working life skills into our homeschool curriculum. So I’ve been doing what every normal homeschooling mom would do when they wanted to teach life skills – – asking the internet. The WWW can’t look over the boys’ shoulders as they pour their first scoop of laundry detergent into the machine, but it does have some pretty nifty resources for introducing kids to “the real world.”
- The Goodwill Community Foundation has created several free classes online, called GCFLearnFree, and one really terrific one is called Everyday Life, and includes instruction on things like measuring and baking, making deposits and counting change, using a time sheet, preparing a grocery list, and making use of a subway map.
- The Friday Zone – This PBS show is designed for ages 7-12, and its aim is to challenge children to explore the world around them. The companion website includes several of the previous show videos
- This one isn’t an online tool, but a videogame one! Nintendo DS has created a videogame called Imagine: Babyz, that is all about learning what the responsibilities of babysitting and housework. (AKA Mommyhood)
- Land of Cyke – Learn about feelings and how your body works through fun games and interactive Flash movies.
- Life Choices Online Game – The object here is to get a cool job — but your prospects are affected by choices that you make early in the game. Examines the consequences of various scenarios.
- nextSTEPmag.com – step by step guidance for life after high school
- LifeSmarts – gameshow style competition that teaches teens to be smart and responsible consumers and citizens
- LifeKnowledge – pdf resource with links to over 200 lesson plans for life skills training
- It’s Your Health – podcasts and activities designed to help middle schoolers take charge of their own health
- Life Skills Information Center – links to toolkits for parents for teaching many different types of life skills
What are your favorite life skills resources? Please list them in the comments section below….