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 Appétit!!
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.