September 18, 2011

The Lost Art Of Home Economics

serly spring and baby blessing 042 When I was in school growing up I took a home economics class. These days those classes are not offered, which is sad. It seems that kids growing up these days can’t cook very well. There is no money in the school budgets for Home Economics classes and with so many parents on the go there is not much teaching going on in the home.  Being a home school family we try our best to teach a well rounded education to our kids, including home economics.

Getting our girls involved with food is so much fun! Even though they are young there are a lot of things about meal planning they can help out with:

Menu Planning- We get the kids to help come up with meal ideas in the hopes they will actually EAT what I make for dinner!!

Setting up a budget- For older kids giving them a budget will help them learn food cost real money and wasting it is not such a great idea.

Coupon clipping- This is not only good for mom (Who wouldn’t love a helper going through coupons!) But kids have fun finding favorite items and saying “Mom!!! Look 50 cents off cookies… can we buy them?!”

Shopping- We take our kids grocery shopping with us to pick out the food we will be eating for meals and to teach them a little about the money it costs for food. Conversation might go like this:  Mom- “Yes, we can get the cookies but they are $3.50 with the coupon. If we get them them we can’t get (insert favorite afternoon snack treat here)”  Kid-  “that’s ok I was (favorite snack food) instead.”

Cooking- This is my favorite part! I have found that if you have kids help make dinner they are more willing to eat it. My girl loves trying new recipes she sees on TV. We were watching an old episode of Julia Child where she trussed a chicken and my girl wanted to try it. She had so much fun rubbing butter on the chicken!

You can go as in-depth with these as you want. One of the beauties of homeschooling!

There are other tasks that fall under Home Economics- Sewing, Cleaning, Yard Work, Plumbing, Home Repair, checkbooks and budgeting, and much more I can’t think of at the moment. I have had many “Home Economics” days where we incorporate school with getting stuff done around the house.

With all things I teach my children the goal is the same. It is my job to rear them in righteousness and to be productive adults. I want them to be able to cook, clean, sew on a button, not pink-a-fy whites and be able to un clog a drain all by themselves when they are all grown up. The things they learn at home will help them to grow up more self reliant. Don’t get me wrong, academics are so important and are the core of what we do with school but Home Economics is one subject I love to teach and I think is pretty important.



Click here for a link to a Julia Child recipe for roasted chicken. Bon App├ętit!!


Leahona is a crunchy mama to 3 adorable little girls and has been married to the most fantastic man ever for 6 wonderful years. She blogs about her family and she also has a helpful hints blog full of recipes, product reviews, and advice. Leahona enjoys playing card games, baking, and homeschooling her cuties.

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JRoberts said...

Before shopping day, my boys choose some recipes (for the days they are in charge of dinner), then make a list. They get to find those foods and write the prices down. When we come home we figure out the cost per meal that they have chosen.

Sometimes I have to veto a meal (we try to stick to budget) but within reason it is great to see them react to the fact on how cheap we can eat vs going out to eat. :)

Dana ♥ said...

We lump these things in our "Life Skills" category. These skills are very important for both boys and girls alike.

It's easy to think our children might not be old enough for certain things, but I've been proven wrong many times. The best (by far) laundry folder at our house is my youngest son who is 11. He's been doing his own laundry for a few years now. After his first time folding his clothes it was apparent!

Sherral said...

Yay! I totally forgot that Home Economics can count as "school".

Evenspor said...

Home Economics is now referred to as "Family and Consumer Sciences" or FACS for short. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law are both FACS teachers in Utah (one on the junior high level, the other in high school). They both have bumper skills that say something like, "I give students life skills. I teach Family and Consumer Sciences." I want one that says, "I teach life skills. I homeschool."

Andrea said...

Thanks for the reminder! I'm often surprised at how many skills my little guy is starting to learn--even if he needs a lot of help still. :D