Just in case this was your first time to see these challenges, I wanted to slip in a quote from my very first Challenge post
Since Handicrafts/Life skills are an important part of our family I wanted to spotlight it on my blog . I also wanted to offer a weekly challenge (or we can just call it an invitation =) to anyone who happens to read my blog. This would be great for both Home schooling families and Non Home schooling families!
Let me share my definition of Handicraft/Life Skills: “Anything useful you can learn and use the rest of your life.” Yes, I know that is a very liberal definition!! You might not spend every day of your life using all the skills you learn but the point is, you can if you want or need to. Here are examples: Art (all kinds), Photography, Computer skills, Sewing, Knitting, Wood Work, Leather work, House Cleaning, Organizing, Crafts, Cooking, Baking, Hunting, Wilderness Survival, Nature Study, Farming, Inventing, Writing, Drama………..o.k., I think you get my point. You are only limited by your own imagination.
This week we are spotlighting LIFE SKILLS.
Learning How To Change Oil
You may think this will not be any fun, well your right but anything we can teach our children that will help them get by in life is important!! =)
Learn How To Do Laundry and Fold Clothes
Learn How to Really Clean a Sink
I encourage you to pick at least one skill that you can show/teach your child. If you have more than one child you may want to pick a different skill for each child. You know your children, what would be more beneficial to each one, what they would be ready for, etc. Just because you show them doesn’t mean they will be ready to do this skill on a regular basis but you are setting things up so that one day they will be ready to do just that. This is just an opportunity to expose them to this skill, teach them the importance of the skill, the importance of doing their best and the importance of contributing to the family.
Learn How To Clean Out A Fire-Place and even How To Make A Fire
How To Really Clean A Toilet
You might find these links helpful or NOT. If you have an older child these links may provide good reading material for them =)
How To Make A Pot of Coffee and Clean a Coffee Pot
To add a little fun to this why don’t you plan a special activity to do after your kid(s) have had their Life Skills Lesson, to celebrate a job well done!!
Special Activity Ideas: Have Tea Time, Play Board Games, Go for a Nature Walk, Listen to an Audio Book together, Watch a Favorite Movie, Bake Cookies, Eat Ice Cream, etc
Pouring the new oil in
If you would like to see the rest of my son’s Lesson on “Changing Oil” than go HERE
After my son’s lesson I ask him to Narrate the lesson (Tell me what all he remembers), Below is what he remembered with a little help from his daddy and I.
1. Warm up truck (daddy reminded him that is so the oil will flow better) 2. have supplies handy 3. crawl under truck 4. empty old oil from oil pan into the drain pan 5. Put on new filter (hopefully you’ve already made sure you have the right one) 6. Crawl out from under the truck 7. Pour new oil in through funnel (you should already know how much you need to put in) 8. Pull out dip stick, wipe it off, stick it back in, pull it back out to see if the amount of oil is correct (It too much oil, you’ll have to drain some out, if not enough, add more) 9. Update your records so you will know when this will need to be done again 10. Clean up the mess
*My husband told him to make sure you put the drain plug back in the oil pan before you start refilling it with the new oil, I think you can guess why that would be important*