by Mary Pride from Homeschool World – The Joy of Chores
Editor’s note: Mary starts off her article with the story of what sounds to me more like the typical homeschooling families I knew, with mom bemoaning to dad that just doing the household chores with the children took up the entire day and she never got around to academic teaching. While making sure your child knows how to cook a simple meal, do their own laundry and sew on a button before they leave your home that does not give one a pass on academic subjects. It’s not more important. Some of us manage to teach those skills while we work and our children go to school outside of the home. This shouldn’t be so hard as she wants to make it. Like so much of Quiverfull this is not an either or situation like they claim it is.
Well, you might not have accomplished great things academically, but take heart, because you were teaching your children priceless real-life skills that not every kid today knows.
You might find this unbelievable, but I have heard of children who do not even know how to use a can opener or to measure with teaspoons!
While today we don’t live in the “Little House on the Prairie” world of Laura Ingalls Wilder, we still need some practical skills. We might not have to track and snare rabbits, but it should be possible to track and snare an open can of beans. Cooking, baking, cleaning, gardening, basic health care, basic car care, and much more are all necessary for comfortable existence in today’s world… even though they are not covered in any academic curriculum!
In other words, chores are curriculum. And kids need to learn to do them.
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