Don't you just love to see your children grow in independence? I want to foster this in them more.
I was inspired by a post I read over at Simple Homeschool a few years back. Since then I've been waiting for my kids to be old enough to do it with.
It's an Adult Skills Class
It's a Home Ec course, but I'm including lots more topics than your typical Home Ec class.
I think... I never took it in high school.
Don't hassle me if I'm way off. I can only be perfect 2% of the time.
Create Your Materials
They will each have a 1/2" binder. In it will be their syllabus, recipes, instructions (for non-food lessons), and glossary.
What's in the syllabus?
Their individual schedules, expectations, guidelines, checklists, and evaluations.
Now this may sound hardcore, but it's not really.
Since I will have 2 children doing this with me this year they will be on a schedule (this is for my sanity). The expectations and guidelines are how the course will be run and what they are expected to do. It's 3 sentences long.
Checklists: guide them through the process of preparation, reading instructions/recipes, safety, and just making sure they don't skip a step. Nothing too fancy here.
Evaluations are merely if they've completed the task and are ready to perform it on their own.
I've created a simple syllabus here that you may use if you wish. It includes the sections, schedule, expectations, checklist, and cover sheet. I've included what we are planning and then some blank pages for you.
This is a Google Doc for you to edit. Just make a copy of the file and it's yours to edit and personalize. Enjoy!
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Plan Your Semester
I've picked 2 days to do this class on with each kid. They will get 2 lessons a week. I will do the first two sections at the same time. or thereabout. I will cover sections 1 and 2 in 30 weeks then 3 and 4 over the summer.
I'll split it up like this:
The Captain: Baking Saturday, Cooking Sunday
Little Miss: Cooking Saturday, Baking Sunday
They will not be doing the same items that same weekend or eating life would be very dull. Hence the need for a schedule.
I would like to have been able to spread it out over the week, but these are the days that will work for us.
They will do each lesson 3 times. 1 - Mom teaches, 2 - Mom watches, 3 - By themselves.
If having 2 lessons a week per child becomes too overwhelming then I'll spread them out to 1 lesson a week.
Pick Your Topics
Now comes the fun part!
I'll break down each section and list out what I've got planned. You can pick your own! Or use what I'm doing.
1st section - Baking
- Chocolate Chip cookies
- Blueberry muffins
- Chocolate Cake and frosting
- Peach pie (or some other pie)
- Their choice
- Their choice
2nd section - Cooking
*Prior to these lessons I will do a special week of knife skills and safety class. It's too important not to!
- Dinner salad
- Chicken Alfredo
- Pot Roast
- Baked Potatoes/Mashed Potatoes/Roasted Potatoes
- Two Timin' Pasta
- Eggs & Sausage
3rd section - Household skills
My kids are already doing lots of chores, but I wanted to add to their repertoire and all that.
- Menu plan
- Grocery list
- Make bed (with corners and pretty)
- Stain removal (clothes, carpet, couch)
- Paint a wall, etc
- Minor repairs
- Save money
- Wash the car (in and out)
4th section - Misc skills
- Check the oil
- Check the weather
- Build something (using hammer and/or screwdriver)
- Use the library to the fullest (searching, researching, reserving)
- Braid hair (even for my boys)
- Hair styles (mostly for girls, but a few different things for boys)
- Lead a song
- Get directions and navigate to location
I reserve the right to alter this at any time. :)
As they get older
I will add more meals to learn. I will also teach them to time the meal so that all the dishes are ready at the same time. We'll add in a babysitting and sewing course as well.
What do you think?
I'm super excited!
I was going to come up with some snazzy crazy fun-filled name, but my children liked Adult Skills Class better. My oldest son is dying to be an adult (poor kid), so that was definitely a big plus for him.
My kiddos are always wanting to help cook and be in the kitchen with me. This is the perfect way for them to participate and for me to let go of the control issues I have in the kitchen!
I'll be honest, I'm worried about them and raw chicken and ovens. I may have to put things in the oven myself for now, just so I don't have to add another thing to stress over.
I do think they'll grow in many ways and I think I will, too.
When talking to The Captain about this new class we'd be doing he stated, "Then I can take care of you, Mom!"
That's exactly why, my boy. That's exactly why.
No Top Ramen for me, and no wrinkly grandma pants.
Call to action:
Leave a comment:
- What are some skills I may have missed?
- Do you have a favorite memory of cooking with your parents?
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photo via Love From Ginger