My friend, Pam, came up with an extraordinary idea for our little homeschool people. I know that they do similar things in public school, but the intensity of what we will be doing was created out of her experience as a teen mom, who took her daughter to school everyday.
Life is hard. There is no way around that and in the world we live in, giving our children everything is not doing them any good. We are setting them up for failure. My son, 13, asked me if he could have his own room when he was 16. Ideally, I would *love* for each of my kids to have their own space. Realistically, the Lord has met our needs. Do kids share rooms? Yes, they do. We have 3 boys in one room, 2 girls in another and then my oldest has the smallest room of the house. It is what it is. My kids need to learn to be grateful for what the Lord has given us…and they are, for the most part….but they do still dream big.
There is nothing wrong with dreaming!!!!!!!!! Dreams can, one day, be turned into attainable goals and goals are a great thing to have. Goals keep us in a place of constantly growing and changing. There are families with way less than what we have and then there are families who have way more than we have. The point is….is that our needs are met by the only One who can meet them!
My kids went over to Pam’s house, on Monday, and that is when she went into more detail of what they would be doing. She had different educational options printed out on paper and thrown in a bowl. In another bowl, she had jobs listed. Each child randomly selected their educational status, their salary, and their jobs. They could decide how many children they want, their type of home, etc. based on what they drew. They jobs that they chose from were engineer, lawyer, McDonald’s worker, farmer, stay at home parent, doctor, army, and factory worker.
These are some of the things that they have to do in this class:
- Draw their homes to scale
- Decide on how many children they want
- Create a budget for their bills (they will be given amounts for everyday bills like electricity, water, phone, gas, etc.)
- We have printed out checks so they will have to learn how to write them properly (this will also teach the younger kids how to write in cursive)
- They have check registers because Pam and I are the bank and if they overdraw their accounts, then that means more money they have to come up with.
- They will go to a bank, for a field trip, and they will learn about savings accounts, IRAs, checking accounts, safety deposit boxes, debit cards, ATMs
- They will learn how to save….tithe first, then (ideally) 1/2 a paycheck to savings and 1/2 to checking
- They will learn about vehicle maintenance
- How to go to the grocery
- Meal planning
- Organizational skills
- We will have them switch jobs, in 2 weeks, but they will have to interview for it.
- They will learn how to properly fill out job applications
- Some kids will get to go experience court
- The engineer will design/build things
- At the end of the two weeks, they will write a paper about their experiences
There are so many things that we are going to have them do, that I will try and document it with posts and photos. In a month or so, we will receive our “baby” and each child be solely responsible for that baby for 2 weeks. We will probably continue this type of class each semester and they will have to keep the baby each semester to keep things fresh. Our goal is to raise children who love the Lord, who love others and are responsible.
If you have any ideas on what we can incorporate, please feel free to leave them in the comments section or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on facebook under “The Barefoothomeschooler.”