Thoughts on Lifeskills Class
Here are my thoughts on our Thoughts on Lifeskills Class for homeschooling. This has been an interesting experiment, to say the least.
Child 1’s Job
Peach (works at McDonald’s): We *sort of* have this ironed out. She will be doing daily lunches, at my house. Also, she will have to make sure the bathrooms, during the lunch hour, are clean. Realistically, she will also have to keep the dining area clean and the kitchen clean. She will create menus with prices. Next, she will pull that hair back and slap on those rubber gloves. Finally, she will cook, serve, collect money, and clean.
One day a week, she will be cooking McD type items (burgers, cheeseburgers, McChickens, fries) for our two families. She will have to create fry holders and wrap all items appropriately. She will be accepting checks, debits, and cash…she must learn how to count cash back. We would like to get a field trip to a fast food place (or any restaurant) to see how things really work. Pizza Hut is usually really good at doing this.
Child 2’s Job
Gigi (farmer): She has had to clean out the meat chicken’s coops and the laying hen coops. She has had to feed and water all farm animals. Also, she has had to transfer the horse poop and work it through the garden area to prepare it for planting next year. Then, she is weeding flower gardens and soon will be planting fall flowers. Finally, she will learn how to feed horses/cows properly, any “how-tos” with horse maintenance. We will be planning a field trip to a local farmer and learn how to milk cows and work tobacco farms. She will work the yards of both families.
Child 3’s Job
Boo (stay at home dad): We have that pretty much covered. Whatever I have to do, he does. He will also be spending at least one day a week with Pam and her family being a stay at home dad to them…cleaning/cooking/chauffering, etc.
Child 4’s Job
Catfish (army): He will do exercise drills, hiking, learning how to live in the woods, shoot guns…he will teach a couple of times to all the kids and every day do drills with my children. We are going to try and plan a field trip to Ft. Campbell…we shall see on that one. We will also be planning a field trip to the police station, ambulance service, and the fire department. In doing that, we will bake these people cookies and create cards to show our respect and appreciation for all they do.
Child 5’s Job
Little Man (doctor): He will take blood pressures, pulses, and blood sugars from everyone in the family, as well as Pam’s family. He will learn how to clean out cuts, what types of creams to use on burns or cuts, how to bandage properly. We would like to go on a field trip to a local doctors office. We will also try to get a field trip to the health department. They will talk about nutrition, staying healthy, how to do examines (hearing and vision), etc.