Home economics is often overshadowed in academic curriculums, but your homeschooler has the option to study them if they choose. If your children are interested in learning about home economics, here are five courses that can benefit their education.
Everyone can benefit from learning how to cook. You and your children can review recipes, study the food groups, learn about nutrition and create delicious food that nourishes the body. It’s an exciting art form that offers tons of practical applications. Everyone needs to eat, and food preparation is a skill your children will take with them everywhere.
If your children are ever in a situation where they want to make their own clothing or repair something they already own, learning about sewing and textiles is a great addition to their education. The course can be altered depending on how far they want to take it; they may want to stop with basics like sewing on buttons and mending rips, or they might be interested in crafting full-sized ball gowns.
Something that isn’t always covered in holistic learning materials is household finances. By teaching your children about the responsibilities of balancing their income, budgeting for groceries and paying bills on time, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of success. If your children are old enough, this course is perfect for teaching them how to set up a bank account; for high schoolers, adding lessons on annual taxes is even more helpful.
Basic First Aid
There will almost certainly come a time when your child or someone they know gets hurt, and knowing first aid can make a world of difference. This allows your homeschooler to focus on cleaning and bandaging wounds, treating burns and handling all sorts of medical emergencies. If you’d like, the Red Cross offers courses to help your child get CPR certified.
Understanding how to care for small children can benefit your homeschooler’s life in countless ways. If they hope to become a parent someday, childcare courses equip them with tools to be successful early on; if they don’t, they still benefit from understanding and empathizing with children around them.
Your children’s education is important, so make sure it’s tailored to what they want to learn. By equipping them with the knowledge to safely and responsibly run a household, you are helping your children establish good habits for taking care of themselves (and possibly others) as they grow into adulthood.