Embarrassing moment #2011 for the homeschool mom
The doctor or another adult asks your child “So what grade are you in?”
Child gets a blank look on their face and looks at you for the answer like they don’t have a brain in their head. Adult then looks at you like “didn’t you teach them ANYthing?”
Yes it happens a lot. But it gets worse when it happens as they get older. There is a lot of information that the rest of the world just seems to know without any hesitation that my homeschooled kids don't have in their heads.
Inexperience with forms and information recall
Most homeschool children haven't spent much time filling out forms so they have ZERO experience with recalling the necessary information! I am sending my third child off to college in less than 2 months and I NEED to know that she can recall her important information.
If you are a young adult learning to starting on this "adulting" thing then this is for you too!
Don't rely on important information to be stored in your phone or on your computer!!! Your brain is a powerful machine—use it! Seriously before cell phones I could recite more than 20 phone numbers of friends and family. So learning your social security number by heart shouldn’t be a big deal!
Make important information Available!
- Social security number*
- Phone numbers*
- Health insurance
- Car insurance
- Parent’s information—phone #, mother’s maiden name*
- Medical conditions—be able to communicate about it and explain your needs(prescriptions, sleep, exercises, noise levels etc.)
Require kids to memorize the ones with a *
In real life everyone has to fill out forms. At the DMV, at the doctors office, signing up for tests etc.
So parents get out of the way! Let(or make) your child be responsible for doing this so they become more confident at the task. You should check their work and give feedback.
Practice it- It seems really silly but practice makes perfect (and it builds confidence too!)
Need a simple way to make this happen? I got you covered! Today's printable will do just that for you! Just print a few copies and get the practice going!
- Memorize the information and review it often enough that it is retained.
- DO the practice worksheet provided above.
- Repetition and review. Do the worksheet several times or until it can be done without looking up the information! Put it in a calendar to practice once a week at first and then maybe once a month. Do it until it can be done perfectly without a problem!
This is the first day of the 10 day series of Tips for Homeschool Moms. (If you aren't a homeschooler don't click away!!! MANY of these topics will apply all moms!)
10 days of real life lessons NOT learned in school
- Do you know your info?
- Who you gonna call?
- Money doesn't grow on trees
- Car Care Basics
- 2 secret weapons to fix small easy meals
- How do I take care of me?
- Grownup Faith for Young Adults
- Change the world one person at a time aka How not to be a Jerk in life
- 6 Secrets to budget time and resources
- The Relationship Factor
- 10 days of printables for homeschool moms
- 10 alternate evaluation methods for middle and high school
- 10 days of homeschooling a child with ADHD
- 10 days of road schooling
- 10 days to organize your homeschool
- 10 days of literacy activities
- 10 days to prepare for the school year
- 10 days of morning resources
- 10 days of nerdy fun
- 10 days of back to school prep
- And SO MUCH more!!!
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