Every few weeks Isabelle gets the kids to cook us some food. Cooking is an essential skill that schools don’t teach.
The kids grab raw ingredients and make some fantastic dishes. I’m always impressed. With all the crap they put in restaurant and ready-to-eat meals it’s a skill worth having.
There are a number of other things I can think of from the top of my head that most schools do not teach that every child really should know about:
- Current affairs
- Domestic skills including laundry and ironing
- A balanced diet and understanding food labels
- Personal finance including investing, debt and mortgages, whether to buy or rent, negotiation
- Some basic understanding of the law and their rights
I feel home school, if done right, prepares kids better for the real world. The fact that the kids have so much time with us, we pass a lot more of our knowledge and experience to them than if they went to school, and frankly no-one will do it with as much passion as us…