High School Home Economics
by Kim Ooms
Design your own Home Economics course using Proverbs 31 as your outline. Type out verses 10-31, inserting specific homemaking skills after each verse. Some of the projects can be enjoyed by your family, given as gifts, or saved in a hope chest.
Some examples from our family include:
v. 1 3—she seeks wool and flax
Crochet a scarf
Knit a sweater
Make a set of potholders or an apron
v. 1 4—she brings her food from afar
Preserve four jars of jam, three jars of pickles, and eight jars of beans
Cook dinner one night a week for six months
v. 16—she considers a field and buys it
Do the family grocery shopping for one month using a specified budget
Plant a garden
Develop a marketable skill or start a cottage industry
v. 17—she girds herself with strength
Maintain an exercise program of at least 20 minutes a day
v. 20—she reaches out her hands to the needy
Commit to four months of volunteer service in your community
v. 22—she makes tapestry for herself
Learn to sew a jumper, a dress, etc.
v. 26—she opens her mouth with wisdom
Develop the inner beauty of lady-like character
Tailor the assignments to your own family's needs, interests, and circumstances. Assign at least one task for each verse. Ask Grandma to supervise the canning or Aunt Martha to teach the knitting. Perhaps these skills can be learned in an apprentice-type situation where the student offers some kind of service in exchange for the skills learned.
The main objective is to make sure our girls are ready to become wives and mothers and that they know there are so many activities that can be done at home. Many of our generation are losing the arts of cooking and sewing. A woman's job at home never need be dull.