As an academic discipline, Home Economics has gone out of fashion, but nevertheless it remains a worthy area of study. Home life holds a central place in everyone's lives. Our sense of belonging, our space for family and community, our first place of love, life, and work, begins in the home, both literally and figuratively. Family is the first community, and the place this community lives and works together is the home. There is both pleasure and meaning to be found in home life and when you find it, it is a treasure to behold.
Home making, home management, home keeping do not necessarily come naturally. It requires discipline, effort, time and talent. I list here a few resources and ideas for weaving Home Economics into your home education plan as an area of study. From an academic point of view, it can be a springboard into the vocational area of hospitality and/or the arts. From a lifestyle point of view, growing in the knowledge and skills required to make a happy and healthy home life, benefits your whole life.
You can scatter these books throughout the highschool years, or you can gather them into a concentrated two year course of study. I have done both.
~ Down To Earth & The Simple Home
~ The Hidden Art of Homemaking
~ The Lifegiving Home
~ Faith-Based Family Finances
~ Peacemaking for Families
If you scattered these books throughout the highschool years, you would cover 1 book each year, you would read 3 books each year if you followed a structured 2 year study plan. A binder/folder with tagged dividers is a perfect complement to the readings, to keep lists, notes, pictures, narrations, research, plans, and records of any projects undertaken. This folder idea could be a precursor to a suggested home management folder that can be handy when our children begin managing their own home.
All you have to do now is read, fill your folder with ideas, and try out a variety of projects from cooking, menu planning, household budgeting, bedroom interior decoration and organisation, arts and crafts, gardening, pet care, household maintenance, home industry business. The possibilities are nearly endless.
Some possibilities include:
Cooking & Nutrition
Sample 1: Cook a meal. Record recipe and a picture of the presented meal.
Sample 2: Plan a menu and shopping budget for a week. Consider nutritional value of the meals over the week. Shop for ingredients and cook the meals. Record in pictures and keep notes.
Sample 1: Sew pillow covers
Sample 2: Sew window dressings
Sample 1: Create a bedroom decoration and organisation plan & make a list of how to fulfil your plan. Include scale drawing and correct measurements of your bedroom space and furniture.
Sample 2: Photo's of the finished bedroom, including close up photo's of any handmade items in your decoration.