Monday, May 13, 2013

Life Skills day

Today we had a Life Skills Day. David & I worked on the yard. Jessica & Jamie worked on the kitchen. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures today. Everyone worked hard today. I'm thinking we need to do these days more often. I have so much I need to teach the kids.

I thought I'd make a list of life skills that I'd like them to learn. So here goes:

  • Mowing/ weed-eating
  • Dishes
  • Cleaning kitchen
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Mopping/sweeping
  • Basic sewing
  • Laundry
  • Budgeting
  • Cooking/baking
  • Grocery shopping
  • Planning a meal from start to finish
  • Basic exercise
  • Basic car care
  • Gardening
  • Basic home maintenance
  • Basic first aid & health care
  • Personal hygiene - deodorant, bathing, hair care, etc.
  • Basic job prep - interview, resume, etc
  • Communication skills - listening, asking questions, getting point across, etc.
  • Basic study skills - note taking, outlining, picking out important info, etc.
  • Researching skills - how to find info at library, how to find info online, etc.
  • Basic computer skills - word processor, spreadsheets, how to use computer, how to troubleshoot, etc.
  • Personal safety - in life & online
  • Personal Bible study skills & routine
  • Apologetics - how to defend their faith
  • Manners - basic, eating, interpersonal, etc.
  • Organization - household, records, etc.
  • Basic tool use - saw, hammer, measuring tape, etc.

I'm sure I'll add a few other over time, but this is what I came up with while sitting here. What skills would you add?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Back on the road

Sometimes when we travel, there is not a lot of free/cheap things to do. So then we hang out in the hotel room or a McDonalds with a playground. This was one of those weeks.

We had a kids' suite at the hotel.

The girls' bunks.

The boy's bunk & the storage bunk. They did school work in the bunks.

We spent time at McDonalds. Jamie chose to sit outside the play area & do her work.

Jessica did her work next to me.

David did his work up in the playground.

Here they are coloring.

We had a Ritter's within walking distance from the hotel.

We visited Hubby's 2nd cousin once removed, Ruth.

We even went swimming.

It was a pretty good week. We love being able to be with Hubby. It makes the weeks we can't go with him a little easier.