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Home Economics- Doing All the Things

In this 12 week class, we will be learning how to get our household in order and keep it in order by doing simple tasks that make a huge difference.
Valerie Kosa
146 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 18 learners
year old learners
learners per class


Charged upfront
$18 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 12 weeks
55 minutes per class

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Learners will understand and be able to do many of the functions of keeping a household running smooth in adulthood. By practicing these skills in a safe and fun environment, learners will gain confidence in their ability to contribute to a household. By learning executive functioning skills and mindset along with the basics of home economics, they will be able to gain the mindset, motivation and momentum to do what needs to be done to keep their homes running efficiently. 
I have always worked to keep a clean, organized home. Growing up, both of my parents worked and my mom took a lot of time to teach my brother and myself to help run the household. From sewing, to cleaning and cooking and even helping with yard work, I learned the importance of doing all the things to keep our home running.  From dealing with paperwork, to de-cluttering, organizing, cleaning and doing some of the things every day, it has helped build habits to help do all the things in adulthood. As an adult, I lived on my own for many years and learned to keep my house in order before getting married and having children. I kept a budget and meal-planned and created meals for myself and then did the same for my family after marriage. Having moved often, I've made it a point to continuously organize and de-clutter so that we're not transporting needless items when we move. A few years ago, our family of four sold our home and moved into an RV to travel the U.S. for two years. This was an amazing opportunity and continued to help me in my quest for a smooth running household. I have learned that mindset is important in keeping a home running and so is executive function. I have always been a teacher and taught middle school band for nearly ten years before becoming a conference manager and now a homeschool mom and online teacher. Each role has taught me the value of planning and implementing simple routines to stay ahead.
Each week the learner will have a skill sheet with the opportunity to practice what is learned each week. Each skill practiced multiple times will help create healthy habits for the future.
Learners will need to use household cleaning supplies and appliances to complete each project. On our room organization day and de-cluttering our clothes and bedroom, learners will need 3 containers to sort items. On our cooking days, learners will be provided with a list of ingredients they will need one week prior to that class. In addition, they will need a needle and thread for our mending and a sewing machine (optional) for our sewing class. For the sewing lesson, learners will need their sewing machine pre-threaded. We will discuss one month prior to the sewing classes, which pattern they would like to use to make their skirt and will be given a list of fabric, thread and notions based on that pattern's requirements. On our first few classes, learners will need a notebook and a calendar or planner- preferably something to write on, but digital will work as well.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learners will be assessed in class informally and will also be assessed on their practice skill sheet through completion of assignments and through pictures of finished products. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Learners will be using appliances, cleaning supplies, and will be cooking on the stove and in the oven and must be comfortable around each appliance. Recipes may include allergens such as gluten, eggs and dairy; however, in most cases substitutions can be made.


Valerie Kosa
Lives in the United States
Experienced Music Educator and Homeschool Mom
146 total reviews
153 completed classes

About Me

I have always been a teacher and explorer and received my bachelor's degree in music education in 2000. Teaching in the public school system as an accomplished band director for nearly a decade was rewarding; however, I wanted more for myself and... 
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