How To Prepare Your Homeschooler For The “Real World”
There is a stigma against homeschoolers as unsociable and unprepared people compared to public school students, when in fact many studies prove the opposite argument that homeschoolers are better prepared, well-rounded, and work-ready.
Fighting this stigma already, how do we prove to our homeschools and to ourselves as parents and teachers that they will be prepared after leaving the class? How do we prepare them for college, beyond, and most importantly the “Real World?” The “Real World” meaning entering the work force, living on their own, and using life skills.
Here’s some pointers to get you in the right direction. From here, you can find what works for you and your homeschool, because every homeschool is different and unique.
- Start with being their guide and mentor. That’s why it’s great being a homeschool teacher. You’re the parent and teacher all in one package. You can serve as their college admissions guide and present them information on what schools are around. Check on what kind of SAT scores he or she needs and when they should start the test prep. You know their interests and needs best. Guiding them in this process also helps them focus on which subjects to develop more of.
- Start intertwining real living with schooling and due to the fact that a homeschool is usually in the home (ha, “home” is in the word, folks!) start from there. Take a lesson in dish washing 101, cook a meal (great homeschool activity that can also be turned into a science lesson), or go outside when it’s hot out to hang some clothes on the line. These little lessons turn out to be big lessons when your homeschool student is living on their own.
- Add a language for your homeschooler. It keeps your student competitive in the workforce, especially if your student has real exposure and fluency in his or her chosen language. Sometimes a language is not needed at all, it depends on what you see in your homeschool student. Maybe he or she is not an international business student and plan to stay local. You know them best, but if you feel he or she needs it…add a language!
- Bolster their learning with extra curriculum. Here are some suggestions in materials to use from our homeschool experts here at Nest:
Lesson Boosters or Guidance Systems for life lessons and supplementing lessons. These curriculum are counselling systems that teach students how to manage conflicts. It’s what we call “soft people skills.” You don’t want Jimmy punching Bobby in the face, but when they grow up…. These skills are great in customer service and hospitality. Hone them in now.
Bob Beaudine’s Power of Who for making connections. Essentially The Power of Who is networking on steroids. Yes, start giving them books like these when you start to see them bud in high school. Many students get into business in one form or the other and networking is a must-have skill! All those skills you thought never got a class, you can make it into one.
As you can see, there are plenty of charts and questions to answer. It’s a workbook like any other one from a curriculum.
Rosetta Stone and MegaWorld for language learning and travel learning. We recently got MegaWorld: Dubai. Didn’t you love watching all those National Geographic specials? I loved watching these and when you are on a budget, stick to a DVD and not a plane ticket.
There are also great DVDs by Cerebellum Curriculum that we have in our homeschool. These two I really liked from Daily Planet.
What kinds of life skills are you teaching your homeschool?
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