Life Skills
an Essential Piece
of the Homeschooling High School
Puzzle





Learning Life Skills is an often neglected area of a homeschooled child’s education. Sometimes we forget that our children won’t learn everything they need to know through osmosis by simply watching us as parents.

There needs to be a period of time during their schooling set aside to ensure that they have the tools necessary to cope with living on their own in today’s complicated world.

Areas to consider teaching both boys and girls are:

Banking and Finances -

Life Skills - Finances

  • How to find a good deal on checking and saving accounts and how to manage them well.
  • Debit cards vs. Credit Cards and how to avoid debt
  • How Loans Work – avoiding cosigning or speculating
  • Investments – Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
  • Why Save? – Retirement, College, and Emergency Funds


Employment -

Life Skills - Employment

  • Writing a Stand-out Resume
  • Conducting a Job Search
  • Interviewing Successfully
  • Timecards, Paychecks, Payroll Deductions, W-4s
  • Wages, Salaries, Commissions, Tips, Piecework

Transportation -

Life Skills - Car

  • Learning to Drive – Getting a License
  • Cash vs. Loan vs. Lease
  • New vs. Used
  • Researching Reliability and Economy
  • Pre-Buy Inspections, Test Driving
  • Auto Insurance
  • Maintenance – Gas, Oil, Tires, Tune-ups, etc.
  • Registration and Licensing

A Place to Call Home -

Life Skills - Home

  • Renting vs. Owning
  • Leases, Tenant Agreements, Tenant Rights
  • Mortgages – Short or Long term, Fixed or Variable Interest Rates
  • Home Owner’s Insurance
  • Utilities – Electric, Heat, Phone, Water, Sewer, Garbage
  • Property Taxes – What do they pay for & How are they assessed?
  • Home Maintenance – Plumber, Electrician, Painter, etc.
  • Building a Home

Food -

Life Skills - Food

  • What makes a good diet?
  • Planning a Menu – Developing a Shopping List
  • Finding Bargains – making your dollars stretch
  • Food Storage
  • Basic Cooking
  • Simple Hospitality

Clothing -

Life Skills - Clothing

  • Practicality vs. Style
  • Finding Sales and Discounts
  • Shopping Online
  • Retail vs. Wholesale, Markups
  • Caring for Clothing - Mending and Laundry
  • Basic Sewing

Other Insurance -

Life Skills - Insurance

  • Life Insurance – Term vs. Whole
  • When Life Insurance is needed
  • Health Insurance Options
  • Social Security System

Income Taxes -

Life Skills - Taxes

  • When to File
  • How to File
  • Filing Online
  • Deductions and Exemptions
  • How to Get Help with Your Taxes

So, you can easily see that many of these topics can be taught by allowing your child to participate as you and your husband take care of these chores yourselves.

Some life skills require specific mathematics. Applying math skills to the transactions of everyday adult life is covered in a course called Consumer Math. This should definitely be a part of your student’s high school education.

Ready to get the tools you need to help your student learn essential life skills? You can find great resources at discounted prices and benefit this website by checking out Christian Book Distributors homeschooling website… Click the link below, then do a search for 'life skills' or 'consumer math' or any other topic you're interested in covering.

Christian Book Distributors Homeschool Division

Want to know more about economics in general? Look into ’Uncle Eric Books’ such as ’Whatever Happened to Penny Candy’ by clicking on the link to my review below. You can read about similar books on our legal system, world history, etc. If you like what you see, you’ll find links to purchase there too!

Uncle Eric Books



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