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Life Lessons


What do you need to know in order to be a useful and productive citizen of the world? How about just of America? Obviously you should know how to write and to sign your name, although I understand cursive is a rare thing in kids these days. I also think you should understand basic math because it’s required in day to day life, and you should know basic world history, and social skills. Manners, religion, science, art and music are other things that should be covered in your primary education. So all that to say, I want to incorporate some LIFE skills into the boys basic Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
So here is my current list of what we are “adding” into our day to day schooling. Let me know what you think and if you have any further ideas.
Current Events
Laws in your state
Human Rights
Animal Rights
Civil Rights
Basic first aid
Political systems
Writing checks
Cashing checks
what you need to open a bank account
Applying for a job
Building a resume
Practice job interviews
Organizing bills
Paying bills
Making a household budget
Typing lessons

So far the boys are really enjoying this “extra” stuff, and like that it’s a big group lesson and not them all scattered off to their own corners of the house. I like it too and am enjoying spending this extra time with them. 🙂


random things about me/my family

  • i was born in germany
  • the last four of my SS# is only one digit off from the last four of the husbands SS#
  • i have been pregnant exactly four times
  • i have exactly four sons
  • my dog lucy is the second dog we’ve owned named lucy. it’s a good name. i recycle.
  • we used to have hens.
  • the husband got a job at a chicken plant and we had to get rid of our hens. if we had any other birds we would have to get rid of them too.
  • i went to a school for gifted children when i was a child.
  • i went to a christian school as a child.
  • i was home schooled as a child.
  • i was one of two white girls in a school as a child.
  • we moved around a lot  when i was a child (can you tell?)
  • Scott drove a plymouth horizon when we met.

    scotts "ho-rizon"

  • i drove a dodge omni when we met. 
  • yes, it was meant to be.
  • i used to be a hairdresser.
  • i shampooed Susan Day’s hair. she was nice.
  • juan juan hair salon is where i worked in 90210. you say “juan” with the J, not silent like “yuan”.
  • my favorite candy is mike n ikes. original please.
  • i love my ipad. i can do everything there except blog. well i probably could blog but i don’t like typing on that teeniny keyboard.
  • my house was built in 1976. i almost just typed “my house was born in 1976”
  • i was born in 1973. i’m a “youngin” according to most folks around here.
  • my parents are native to north carolina, so this is like home to me.
  • my dads family got here (usa) via shipbuilders. the “haddock” men were builders of boats used to bring over pilgrims!
  • i wouldn’t have known that if we didn’t home school our kids. the eldest did a research paper on it last year. cool beans!
  • i collect enamelware, but only if it can be used and is functional.
  • i love handbags/purses/totes. it’s an addiction. if there were a 12 step program for it i’d totally go.
  • i love to read books.
  • i love to watch movies.
  • i love to watch tv, but only when i can watch a bunch of episodes of the same show, in a row. hulu is good for that.
  • this was going to be a post titled “ten random things about me” but then i went over ten, and talked about my husband.
  • i’m done.