If you’ve been around here for a while you know that life skills are a huge reason we decided to homeschool our kids. As a woman who lacked many of the basic skills I needed as I entered into adulthood, I know the importance of life skills.
When I first got married, I couldn’t even make Hamburger Helper without help. I didn’t know how to write a check, let alone pay bills. Knowing what groceries I needed from the store was beyond my knowledge base. And when we’re talking about how to balance a checkbook and keep myself out of debt, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story.
When I had kids, I knew I had to do better. I didn’t want to send them out into the world without all the skills they’d need to become a productive member of society. So I knew we had to do something different.
That’s when we decided to homeschool.
This post is sponsored by LYFT Learning. All opinions are my own and I was compensated for my time.
From the get-go, we focused hard on life skills. We canned jelly, learned to sew our own clothes and learned basic first aid and safety.
By the time my kiddos reached high school, I knew they’d be able to take care of themselves. They had life skills that most kids never even think about. But I knew there was more.
While we had focused so hard on learning how to survive in this crazy world, I hadn’t nailed down how to teach them other skills that I knew were vital to their success.
- Could they go to work everyday and get along with co-workers?
- Would they be able to manage their money, without ending up in a pile of unnecessary debt?
- Would they be a good husband or wife to their partners?
Those were the things I hadn’t taught but I knew were incredibly important to their success as adults.
Thankfully, we found the Life Skills Reimagined curriculum, by LYFT Learning.
Life Skills Reimagined is an online life skills curriculum that kids actually love to use! The animated content, engaging videos and real-life questions ensure kids are learning critical life skills, while allowing them to also engage with their parents.
As a busy mom, my favorite thing about Life Skills Reimagined is that I don’t have to fight my teen to do the lessons. She actually enjoys them and understands that these are topics that aren’t easily taught, without an effective curriculum.
Effective Communication Skills:
Students will learn the importance of facial expressions, working through conflict, managing negative emotions and so much more.
Getting & Keeping a Job
In this section, teens will learn the most important (and basic rules) of having a job. They’ll learn what it takes to be a great employee, standing out at work and how to plan their career.
Learning to live on your own isn’t a small task. From understanding apartment living, to knowing what you need to do to prepare for a big move, this section helps ease the transition. With multiple checklists and workbooks, students can see exactly what to expect during these stages of life.
From banking and budgets to income taxes and insurance, teens will get ahead in life when they know what to expect when it comes to their finances. Learning to compare grocery prices and things to avoid that will land you in financial trouble will help kids get a good grasp on how to handle their money.
From love and sex to emotional trauma, this section will help teens face hard topics that are super easy to overlook. Students will work through several workbooks that help them understand their own story, as well as their support system.
With over 60 hours of educational learning, teens will get a better understanding on some of life’s most difficult topics. They’ll come out feeling more confident and self-efficient.