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Homeschooling? 3 Technical Skills All Students Should Learn

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Homeschooling can be a blessing for many children. They have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and peruse more of the topics and subjects that interest them. Homeschooling also lets them explore some subjects and skills that might be passed over in traditional school. A parent has a great deal of flexibility when it comes to providing and preparing their child’s homeschool curriculum. It is important to take full advantage of homeschooling and expand this curriculum to skills that might not be traditionally taught in school but that are critical to everyday life.

Basic Computer And Typing Skills

It may seem odd that modern students need to be taught basic computer and typing skills, but this is ironically the case for many teenagers. While modern students are surrounded by technology daily, they often have very little knowledge of how it works, how to fix it when it breaks or how to work with it at a professional level. Just because a student plays a lot of games on their Xbox doesn’t mean they have good technology skills. Most mobile devices also have heavily simplified features that don’t require technical expertise of any kind.

Typing has also become an essential lost skill. While texting dominates, shockingly speedy texting does not translate into good or fast typing form. Many students will also sidestep the need to type by using voice recognition software or swipe features found on many devices. It is important that a middle grade student be sat in front of the computer consistently not to play games but to develop important computer literacy and functional skills.

Car Maintenance And Repair Skills

Many young adults have very little understanding of how their car works or why. They are unable to identify or understand very basic car parts, and they may not be able to perform even the most basic repair skills like oil or tire changes. Instead, they may rely on mechanics for all their car needs, and if an emergency occurs, they will be unable to do anything without roadside assistance.

Understanding basic repair and maintenance tasks can save a bundle on car upkeep. Even the ability to change one’s own oil can save almost a hundred dollars a year for many vehicles. The more a person is able to repair their own car, the more they stand to save. The prices of most mechanics are highly inflated. Buying the parts and doing it yourself can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Consider getting various used car parts from places like U Pull & Pay for a hands-on lesson that will help increase education of the mechanics of a car. Understanding car parts and the basics of car function and repair also helps a young person identify a problem with their vehicle before it becomes very serious. It will also help them intelligently discuss the problem with the mechanic and ensure that it is fixed properly. While most mechanics are honorable and want to treat customers well, they may not always do the best or most complete job. It is ultimately up to the owner to ensure their car is kept in good condition.

 

Cooking And Housekeeping Skills

The first years of college can be a shock to many students who haven’t had to live on their own before. One of the most important skills becomes healthy cooking and food preparation. Too many college students end up relying on fast food and takeout or microwave options. Not only is this considerably more expensive than cooking real food at home, it is much less healthy.

You don’t have to try and turn your high schooler into a gourmet chef, but teaching them cooking basics is an incredibly useful skill. They can go off to college with the skills and recipes they need to make inexpensive and healthy meals, and they might even be able to impress their friends with wholesome and inviting dinners.

When designing your child’s homeschool curriculum, it is important to think outside of the box and identify important life skills that may not be on the list of required subjects. As the parent of a homeschool child, you have an incredible opportunity to enrich their learning and give them real tools for success, and non-academic skills may be even more important than what they get from a textbook.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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