Here’s how to earn Home Economics on homeschool transcripts.
How to Earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts
There are some hilarious videos on social media these days showing millennials who don’t know how to fry an egg or iron a shirt. We don’t want our homeschool high schoolers to fall into the trap of GREAT education and LOUSY life preparation.
Some of the most important life skills can be summed up in a good old-fashioned Home Economics course.
Here’s how to earn Home Economics on Homeschool Transcripts.
*Home Economics is an elective course. Record it on the transcript after the core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages).
*Use Carnegie unit hour-logging to show credit earned. This means that your teen will need to keep a log sheet and record the number of hours spent on learning new skills. Here is a post to help explain how to do this.
- The number of hours needed to earn a credit varies from state to state. Some states require 120 hours per credit, many require 180. If you aim for 180 hours of learning, then you will be sure to be covered.
*Only record skills being learned and then practiced once. (In other words, don’t count cooking spaghetti if your high schooler has been making that for years.)
*Aim for a well-rounded, life-preparation experience.
*Create a syllabus to keep you and your teens on track.
*Farm out things you hate to do. Is there someone in co-op or at church who can teach skills (maybe barter some babysitting)?
*Here are areas to cover in Home Economics:
Food and Nutrition
- Healthy meal planning
- Cooking and baking skills
- Sanitary cleanup
- Planning for an event
- Basic social skills for greeting and conversation
- Setting tables
- Arranging living areas/decorating for guests
- Allowing guests to help cleanup, or not
Necessary house cleaning
- Kitchen organization and chores
- Bedroom organization and chores
- Living area organization and chores
- Bathroom organization and chores
- How to use a plunger
- External organization and chores
Laundry and clothing maintenance
- Basic laundry skills
- Ironing skills
- When to go to dry cleaners
- Clothing repairs
- Seasonal change-overs
- Shopping skills
- Digital shopping smarts
- Brick-and-mortar shopping smarts
- Financial literacy course
Interior design and decorating
- Working with a budget
- Basics of aesthetics
How to be a good neighbor
- Interacting with neighbors
- Setting boundaries when necessary
- Community involvement
How to be a good family member
- Family rights and responsibilities
- Basic communication skills
- What should you check and how
- How often does your car need maintenance?
- Where to go for maintenance
- Checking tire pressure/adding air
- Changing a tire
- How to answer a phone
- Business communications
- Complaint calls or emails
- Contacting your politicians
Basic home repair/maintenance and safety checks
- How to check the fuse box/circuit breakers
- checking batteries in smoke detectors
- cleaning lint trap in dryer
- how to find a chimney sweep if you have a fire place
- replace air filter in furnace
Some people include childrearing in their Home Economics courses. It would be our suggestion that those courses need their own credits to do them justice. Here are our courses on childrearing.
What else would you add to a good Home Economics credit?