I’m over halfway through my homeschooling career as a homeschool Mom, which is a very strange thing to realize. Through the years I’ve come to realize there are many necessary skills we don’t think to teach as a homeschool parent. Necessary life skills they need to know. We talk about preparing our kids for life and teach them to cook and do laundry, but have we prepared them to survive in a college classroom? I set myself a challenge to find all of the needed skills I had to teach my child before they graduated. That’s what this series is all about, the skills you need to teach your homeschool kid.
For the next five days, I’m going to either post new content or update some old posts working through how I taught each skill your child needs to know. If it’s an old post I’ll be updating it with what else I’ve learned, and as I think of more skills to add in, I’ll add them to this series. It’s kicking off with five skills you need to teach your homeschool kid.
Confession, I didn’t think this was necessary until I started thinking about SATs and driving tests. This is the skill of looking for those annoying details they like to put on tests, not the skill of understanding a book you’ve read and told about the plot (that is actually a different skill).
I distinctly remember learning this skill. It’s one you’ll use all of your life until you die. Unless you plan to stop learning, I don’t recommend that. Jeff takes notes at his work as he goes to continuing education. I take notes at church and at lectures. You will always take notes
This is the post that started it all. My kids ran into their first ever “traditional test” and bombed it. That’s when I started thinking about skills I’d forgotten I’d learned.
This skill grows as your kids get older. I originally wrote this when my kids were in elementary school. My standards for their research papers have grown since then.
This is a hard skill my kids are still working on. They hate editing, but they will need it all of their life.
Looking for some more homeschool how-to ideas?
Not all of my homeschool how-tos fit into skills you need to teach your homeschool kid, some of them are handy hacks or useful ideas.