07 February 2012

8 Resources for teaching your kids practical self-reliant skills

We've presented a few posts before on helping to teach your children self-reliance and preparedness. Today, we're continuing with that theme by presenting free or low-cost resources for teaching your kids practical, useful, and self-reliant skills:
  1. Lowe's: Start your kids on building stuff early by taking them into any Lowe's store to build a free wooden project. According to the website, each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project-themed patch, and a certificate of merit upon completing their project.

  2. Home Depot: Not to be outdone, Home Depot offers a similar kids' program, also for free. These are free hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12, offered the 1st Saturday of every month between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Like Lowe's, the kids get to keep their craft and receive a free kids workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

  3. Joann: Here your children can learn sewing and other crafts. The link takes you to some kids' materials and projects. To find in-person classes, you'll need to go to the store locator to find a nearby location, and then download a PDF of the current kids events for that store.

  4. Sewing.org: Is there no Joann store nearby, or do you prefer to teach your children to sew on your own? This site has a number of simple sewing projects that you can use to help your kids learn to sew.

  5. Kids-cooking-activities.com: This very cool site provides age-appropriate kids cooking lessons. Each  category includes a list of the types of things to be teaching that age of child, along with a series of lessons plans.

  6. Girl Scouts of America: The GSA strives to teach girls important values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through a wide range of activities including camping, community service, first aid, and other practical skills.

  7. Boy Scouts of America: The BSA purpose is to train boys to be responsible citizens, build character, and develop self-reliance through participation in a wide range of educational programs and outdoor activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

  8. 4-H: This is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (part of the USDA). The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through hands-on learning programs.

2 comments:

  1. I think room decoration is also a best idea to improve self reliant skills in kids. To do this task, you can give some instructions to kids about how room decoration.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! That's another good idea for helping your kids become self-reliant.

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