Life Prep

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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I have homeschooled my boys from the beginning, but I have to admit that my weakness is teaching them the simple skills for day to day living. I had high hopes of teaching them to cook.  That hasn't quite worked out the way I had hoped.  I really don't have a lot of practical knowledge in finances except to not spend what I don't have.  So when I realized that  to graduate my son will need one semester of life skills I started looking for some type of guide to follow to teach my son the skills he will need in the "real world".  I came across Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers a few weeks ago and ordered it in the hopes that it would help.

This guide has basically two parts: a reading list and step-by step projects.  The reading list has several categories like living, finances, the working world.  Basically, I can have my son read the titles I choose and discuss them with him. Here is a partial list of some of the books that are suggested:

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free
How To Win Friends and Influence People

   The projects part of the book has great ideas for learning about finances.  Here is a partial list of the projects:
The Credit Card Project
The Car Loan Project
The Health Insurance Project
The Budgeting Project

The projects look well thought out and don't require much prep for the homeschool mom.  I am looking forward to working through this book with my son this year.  After a project or two I should have a handle on how well it works (or doesn't).  I am looking forward to actually learning some tips for myself even if I am a 40-something year old woman!

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