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Teaching School Kids Life Skills - 3 easy activities

Updated on April 23, 2011

School Books or Life Skills

A couple of decades ago the school books we had did not cope us very well with small emergencies of life such as say changing a light bulb.In fact it was not till my father taught me how to change a bulb in the seventh grade that I had any idea how it was done.

Today educators have realized the fact that children need more hands on education. That they need more practical activities based on life skills that will be used time and again as compared to reading theory in school books.

What is even more heartening is that parents are willing to take the extra time to teach children life skills that they will not come across in any book. In this hub you will find a few simple to do activities that will help your school children learn a few basic life skills.

The Lemonade stand

Selling a glass of lemonade from his own stand will teach your child a whole host of life skills. He will learn the basics of setting up a successful entrepreneurship. Here is a check list of things that he will learn about

* Supply and Demand

* Estimating and Procuring

* Competition and Marketing

* Profit and Loss

The Balancing Scales

A set of balancing scales can literally provide hours of entertainment to a child who has enough things to weight in them. It can take some getting used to initially but once he knows how to use the scales believe me he will be dragging all kinds of things from around the house to weight them out. He will learn about

* The Metric system

* Measuring things

* Comparing weights

* Balancing things

The Rock Collection

Simple nature rambles and walks can be converted in to a history lesson without fuss. It will also teach your child how to work with the scientific method. All you need to do is pick up rocks and study some geology to start your child off on an engaging habit. He will learn about

* Collecting specimens and organizing them

* Comparing various textures and properties

* Using data collected to make reports

* Figure out the history of the planet through rocks collected


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      ananya 6 years ago

      wow a gr8 idea to keep my daughter engaged & learn life's lessons

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thank you Jalus and Stephanie

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Kids can learn so much from doing simple things at home with their parents, and these are great suggestions! I love the idea of rock collecting as I think it's especially important to instill an appreciation of nature in our kids while they are young. How else will we save our planet! Nice hub!

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      Jalus 6 years ago

      Great ideas! I had a mango stand when I was younger and the experience taught me so much and I had a lot of fun with it.