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Homeschooling | teaching lost skills

There is no doubt that homeschooling can put you and your kids at an advantage. That list of advantages is ever-growing too. With the advancement of technologies and programs extending to suit families of all sorts of alternative learning models, the opportunities available to homeschoolers is more than any other time in history. Don’t get me wrong, I support and love all of the S.T.E.M programs, robotics courses for this and a subscription crate for that. However what about some of our long-lost knowledge? Is there a place for teaching lost skills, life skills, dare I say even old-fashioned skills? You know those vintage skills that grandma used to know,  the know-how that seemed to just disappear with generations past?

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“Old-fashioned skills” like baking bread, gardening, personal finance, sewing, fixing cars, reusing the old (upcycling we call it), working with animals, knowing the land, understanding local vegetation and more have gone by the waste-side in recent generations. Have we as educators, parents, and communities, in general, let critical skills go extinct to the detriment of our kids? Although the opinions differ a little many people are starting to understand generations of people are growing up without a simple understanding of majorly import skills.

Luckily this is something the homeschool community can generally avoid with a little forethought. As with almost all homeschool parents I always try to make everything a learning lesson when possible. Grocery shopping, baking, sewing and many other tasks become a time to slow down and teach as well. There are many skills kids of today could benefit from, however much go completely without.

old-fashioned skills to teach to homeschoolers

  • personal finance– setting a budget, debt management, savings, understanding credit scores etc
  • goal setting– setting short and long-term goals and how to achieve them
  • time management– using planners and tools to manage time
  • cooking/ baking– basic cooking or baking skills to include bread making from scratch
  • first aid– basic to advanced first aid
  • emergency preparedness– preparing for natural disasters and what do in case of
  • mending/ sewing– basic hand sewing, repairing, using a sewing machine
  • planting a garden– gardening basics, companion planting etc
  • map reading– understanding and basic map skills
  • storing and preserving food– canning, dry storage, fermentation etc
  • reusing materials– upcycling or repurposing used items
  • animal care– management, feeding and basic needs of different animals
  • plant knowledge– understanding and identifying local and native plants
  • basic carpentry– using hand tools, building basic items
  • vehicle mechanics– basic car maintenance, changing a tire, checking oil etc
  • personal health and fitness– understanding the basics of health and fitness

This list is by no means complete, there is much more that can be added. This list is as much about creativity as it is learning skills. When was the last time your children built a birdhouse from scratch, baked bread or took old sweaters to make a blanket? What do you wish you had been taught? What could you have benefited that you did not learn until much later?

Teaching lost skills

The homeschooling edge

Homeschooling does have many advantages, being able to teach and learn outside the box is definitely one of them. When you do not have a whole school or classroom it can make teaching lost skills a bit easier. Animal care and management or planting a garden can be difficult with large groups of kids but its a piece of cake with just your own.

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Adults of the future will likely have many more obstacles than the adults of yesterday. With global warming and sustainability issues on the rise, learning and knowing how to reuse and repurposed things will be a valuable skill. Gardening can come in very handy when oil prices (therefore food prices rise) but paychecks do not.

The possibilities and opportunities that homeschoolers have at their disposal are many. Kids of today will need problem-solving, advancing of technology and a good understanding of science, to make the world a better place. However, they may also need to know how to rely on skills common to our grandparents’ generation to navigate a changing world. Call them life skills call them old skills, teaching lost skills to our kids gives them a major advantage in the world of tomorrow ♡♡♡

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  • Jess says:

    Thank you for your valuable list. We’re entertaining the idea of homeschool right now (we still have a couple years until kindergarten!), and I want my kiddo to learn all of these skills that they just do not teach in school anymore! <3

    • Beth says:

      Hey Jess,
      That’s awesome, homeschooling is such an amazing and unique journey, so very excited for you. Blessing for your family on this possible journey!

  • Amy says:

    I think about this so much. I’ve been really interested in the 1800s recently and kinda wish we could go back to certain ways because they were simpler, though maybe not always easier. We would be so much more mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy with proficiency in these basic, practical skills and meaningful work. I think everyone should know how to grow and cook their own food. Ugh, but gardening for us has gone by the wayside with a baby/toddler around. Maybe next year!?

    • Beth says:

      Amy, I absolutely agree. Kids could use a lot more of these basic skills they used to be so common yet, most of them have been completely forgotten! Yes, Gardening with super little ones certainly has its challenges!

  • Kristen says:

    I’m wondering how many of these things are supposed to be taught in school instead of at home. I love homeschooling my daughter for the opportunities it provides us but if a kid never learns to bake or cook I would not see that as a school’s failure, rather, a shortcoming on the home/parenting side of things.

    • MeghO says:

      My kids aren’t homeschooled right now. My oldest goes to the high school and a lot of these things are taught there. A lot of the others are taught in cub scouts and Boy Scouts.

      • Beth says:

        I think it is absolutely AMAZING and probably fairly rare that your children’s public schools are offering these sorts of classes! That being said I am also very grateful at the opportunity the homeschooling offers those who do homeschool. Many states mine included have had many serious budget cuts, and the local desire for top-notch football fields instead of learning life skills is a priority for our school district. My kids would hardly get an art class much less an education in baking, making a budget, or learning the fine arts of food preservation. I applaud the public schools who are finding it important to add life skills back into education!

  • Crystal says:

    This has never been more true than in these times! I’ve realized over the years I wish I had spent more time learning these skills from my grandparents when they were younger but I was not homeschooled and never had much time. My grandparents still have amazing skills (master seamstress, farming, even things like small engine repair and advanced carpentry skills) to share but unfortunately are unable to use or share them now. I am now having to learn these on my own and teach my homeschoolers. But for many in this current generation it will be lost skills they never gain.

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