Wanna hear something funny? Home Economics was one of my worst subjects. Sure, I’m a homemaker, but that doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing! In high school, Home Ec was right up there with P.E. in terms of stress, for me. Anything requiring interaction between my clumsy, absent-minded self and the physical world is fraught with danger. Prove a theorem? Why sure, I can do that! Use a sewing machine? Without safety goggles? Forget it!
Now that I’m older, and have had some practice, I can do most of the things required of me as manager of my (slightly dusty) home, but back when I first left my parents’ home to strike out on my own, I was overwhelmed with even the most basic tasks, like grocery shopping. I simply didn’t know how.
Nobody taught me any of that stuff. After all, anybody ought to be able to figure out how to manage the household funds for herself, right? Well, maybe in time, but it would have been nice to have some practice with it before I found myself at the bank asking “How could I be out of money? I still have checks!”
I don’t want my kids to end up like me: 32 years old, and still scared to plow up a few rows in the back yard for a family garden. Gardening, meal planning, and sewing on buttons are simple tasks, but they are learned tasks. You have to teach them to your children. The trouble with that, is that I don’t feel qualified to teach this stuff to my kids. (Can you smell the irony in that?)
Angie Kauffman has written a short, but useful ebook, Training Your Children in Home Economics, that really encouraged me to get started teaching Home Ec. to my kids. I’ve taught my 8 year old to wash dishes and clean up after himself, and we all cook together, but what about the stuff I don’t know how to do? I needed further inspiration, and Angie provided it. Now I have some idea how to teach my children to sew and garden! I just have to learn along with them!
The ebook contains useful printables and links to helpful websites, along with some beginner sewing patterns perfect for little hands. I know my list-motivated, type-A firstborn will love seeing his accomplishments checked off on the charts!
Training your children in Home Economics is $4.99, but you can snag it for 40% off if you use the code HSC40 by Saturday, July 14. You can also use that code for the very homeschooly Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places (which I haven’t gotten yet). Click and enjoy!
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