How Does the Program Work?

Curious how the SkillTrek Life Skills Curriculum works in a homeschool setting? You’ve come to the right place!

If you’re looking for help on how to use it in a co-op or typical classroom setting, stay tuned. In the meantime, email me directly if you’ve got specific questions.

How to Purchase a Membership

This only takes a few minutes. We have several different membership options (including a quarterly subscription), but our annual and lifetime plans are the most heavily discounted options.

If you’re interested in purchasing a membership, simply click one of the links above and fill in the forms to get started. Welcome aboard!

Ways to Use the Program

There are two options available to you. Choose the one that works best for your family.

Zero Setup

Many families reference lessons directly in their lesson plans. Once you complete your purchase, we’ll send you a page that has links to all the videos and PDFs in our library. It’s extremely easy to copy those links into your lesson plan.

Student Portal

We’ve got a portal for members that lets you set up sub-accounts for each student. Once you select a skill for each student, our system will assign lessons from our library that are matched to the season of the year and the student’s skill level.

As a parent, you can manually intervene to select different skills. When students complete skill challenges, they can mark their progress in the system and unlock new skills.

Preparation for the Skill Topic (30-45 minutes)

SkillTrek is intended to be paired with your own life skills knowledge as a parent. Before you and your kids dive into the topic at hand and watch a video, we encourage you to discuss it as a family around the kitchen table.

Don’t feel like you need to offer a full “how to” during this conversation. Below are some examples of what you can do instead:

After all of this, watch the video with your children - and ask some questions afterward to be sure they have a full grasp on what’s required to develop the skill. You can also ask them to summarize the main points.

Practice Sessions to Learn the Skill (time varies)

Because the skills in our program are so varied, this portion is hard to nail down in terms of a time commitment. That said, it’s extremely important to facilitate hands-on practice.

Each skill requires a different:

Practicing skills can be a challenge for both parent and child - but for these skills to be learned, they must be practiced. As the parent, you must be willing to fully support their practice time by wisely contributing as much time, energy, tools, and materials as you can to make it happen.

Personally, we feel that the best (and most fun) way to facilitate their learning is to work one on one with the child on their skill.

Sharing & Celebration of the Skill (15-20 minutes)

This step may feel unnatural to you, and maybe even a bit corny, but it’s a critical step that shouldn’t be overlooked. Our goal isn’t simply to teach our kids how to do the skill, but to influence how they think about the skill. We want them to use their skills for good - blending capability, confidence, and humble service to others.

The dinner table is a great time to share these conversations. It gives the other parent (who may be working outside of the home) a chance to stay in the loop and praise both the teacher and the kids for their effort and progress.

How Often to Teach a New Skill

Generally speaking, kids should learn about one new skill topic every week. Our kids have a wide variety of ages and this is what works best for us. We go back and forth between topics for younger and older age ranges. When it comes to more advanced skills, younger kids find a way to help out. When it comes to simpler skills, the older kids teach the younger ones - which means older children are learning the bonus skill of teaching as they help their younger siblings.

“One skill a week” isn’t a hard and fast rule, however. Some skills take longer. For example, if the skill of the week is mowing the lawn but it’s been raining all week, your kids will have limited opportunity to practice it that week. Another reason skills may take longer to learn is increased interest - which is totally fine!

We do try not to stay on one skill too long - instead, we find ways to weave the skill into our everyday lives.

Oops! Here’s How We Deal with Failure

As parents, we’re not always correct in gauging how ready our kids are to learn particular skills. We may also find that we’re unprepared because we lack the tools, budget, or materials needed to learn them. These failures are not a big deal though - failing to bake a perfect loaf of bread from scratch shouldn’t keep you from trying other types of cooking and baking.

There are two sides of what we’re trying to influence here. Our goals are to:

You can set the tone for your children by reacting to setbacks, mistakes, and disappointments in a positive way rather than a negative one. If you’re willing to see failures as opportunities for learning (and facilitate those conversations with your kids), they’ll pick up on it as well.

Other Ways to Use Our Program

For some families, it may seem overwhelming to try to teach one skill a week. The time commitment may feel overwhelming.

If you can’t commit to teaching a skill a week, here are some other things you can do instead:

Any Questions?

If you want to brainstorm about more ways to incorporate life skills instruction into your family routine, reach out to me directly at dave@skill-trek.com.

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