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Life Skills for the Homeschooler: Dependence to Independence

By Andre Olivan, Amber Olivan, and Daniel Willis
Introduction by Steve Clark
Pacific Dolphin Enterprises, LLC

1210 Brookview Drive
Concord, CA 94520

Homeschooling parents often talk about what they are teaching their students--history, math, science, etc. But what about the skills the children will need to live on their own after they have finished homeschooling? Will they be able to balance a checkbook or make a financially sound decision when purchasing a car or house? Will they know how to file their taxes or set up a basic budget? Life Skills for the Homeschooler covers these topics and more! Here is a listing of what is covered:
  • The decision-making process
  • Writing a resume and looking for a job
  • Buying a car
  • Getting your own place
  • Creating a budget
  • Bank accounts
  • Establishing credit
  • Creating a medical information profile
  • Voting/jury duty
  • Balancing responsibilities
  • - Owning a home
  • - Serving your country
  • - Income taxes
  • - Basic recordkeeping
Each topic is presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand format, with sample forms and lots of questions for the student to answer. At the end of each section is a summary page, a section test, and a blank page for taking notes.

There are 15 sections, which means this material could be covered in either one or two semesters, depending on how much time the family wants to spend on each topic. Since a high school student is usually required to take a semester of Economics, Life Skills for the Homeschooler could be added in as part of that class or taught during the other semester of that year. At the time of this review, Life Skills for the Homeschooler retails for $59.95. The curriculum comes in a large comb-bound edition with laminated covers and a heavier weight of paper inside. I do wish that a Recommended Reading List had been included; I am sure that the authors, while writing this book, came across a lot of books that would make good supplemental material for this course. Several of the topics covered are common sense, but there were a few that I wouldn't have thought to include, such as jury duty or creating a medical profile. For parents who don't have time to create a curriculum like this on their own or who want to be sure that they do not leave any stone unturned, Life Skills for the Homeschooler just might turn out to be a "life saver"!

Product review by Kris Price, Assistant to the Publishers, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, December 2006

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