Life Skills

Part of the appeal of homeschooling, for me, was the opportunity to have the time to teach my boys all the skills that we never seemed to have time to do during the traditional school year.

With our time at home my boys have all learned to clean house, do laundry, cook, budget, and more.

I lump all these tasks into the category of life skills.  In my humble opinion many of these are skills that will be vital to them as they grow up and therefor are more important than some of the "other" things they teach at school.

Most of these skills are things they learn alongside me, they watch, offer to try and I give them a few rules or guidelines to follow.  

Here are just a few of the skills we've been working on since we started homeschooling (these are the types of skills that we are always working on and they are ongoing):
  • All three of my boys can run the washer and dryer.  The older two boys routinely do their own laundry.  I started by putting simple dot stickers on the washer and dryer on the settings they would need to use.  We talked about size of the cycle, sorting clothes, and checking pockets.  
  • Setting the table
  • Clearing the table
  • Washing the table
  • Making their beds

  • Vacuuming
  • Cleaning the bathroom fixtures; sinks, toilets, and tubs.  
  • Dusting
  • Putting on their own sunscreen
  • Checking themselves for ticks after playing outside
  • Cleaning up after themselves and making sure they don't leave toys hanging around
  • Sweeping the floors
  • Washing the floors
  • Cooking dinner one night a week; using stove top, oven and/or microwave

  • Using knives to cut various foods
  • Pouring their own drinks
  • Making their own breakfasts and lunch
  • Making sure they eat nutritious foods
  • Properly brushing and flossing teeth
  • Choosing their own clothes for the weather
  • Reading and following a recipe; even doubling or halving it as needed

  • Writing up the grocery list
  • Checking items off the grocery list
  • Pushing the carts around at the store
  • Comparing prices when shopping
  • Estimating the cost of our purchases before getting to the register
  • Helping to figure out the cost of a tip when dining out
  • Planning our weekly dinner menu
  • Wearing their helmets
  • Using tools safely
  • Learning woodworking skills
  • Helping to wash cars inside and out
  • Cooking food on the grill


  1. Great list! I do wonder how I would find the time to teach life skills to my son if we didn't homeschool.


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