So, may have heard me mention that we'll be trying home school starting June 5th. I realize that not every home can acclimate to homeschooling, and that it doesn't suit every child. That's why we're trying one six week period during the summer, so that if it isn't for one or both of our kids they can start in their same ol' public with no problem. I've found a program I like, Time4Learning, and have already found the books/workbooks to supplement our 7th grader's science and (Texas) history. I'm one of those people that remembers things (particularly math) better when I can find a practical use for it. I've always done better at geometry than algebra because I can use that math to figure the paint needed, the carpet needed, the cuts for building a coop, etc. Also, making the connection between school learning and real world is a plus in my book. So I figured on cooking for chemical/science bits and for math/fractions... that's a given... Planned to also try specifically... Basic Sewing... take two bandanas, sew together, reverse and stuff, final stitching to make pillows. Freezer Jam... and hopefully later pickles, etc. Cold Method Soap using pringles can... MAJOR ADULT SUPERVISION ON THIS ONE But I was wondering if there are any HSers out there that had more ideas? There is SO much I was taught in school that I never used... but then I'm a mom, not an engineer, teacher, mechanic, etc. If I'd been one of those things then other skills prolly would have stuck. I'm trying to find a balance of life skills that no matter what my kids choose to be they'll be able to use. Any ideas, links, sites, etc. appreciated. Oh, yeah my DS is 11 (12 in June) and DD is 7 (8 in August)... they're heading to 7th and 2nd grades.