Remember Home Economics class? Turns out those skills are proving useful these days. With students stuck at home, some are getting back to the basics during the quarantine.

Melissa Wilfong, principal of Mary Ingles Elementary School in Kanawha County, has challenged her students to use this time at home to cook meals with their families. They then shared photos with her of the delicious and creative meals they helped prepare.  And Eli Wetzel, an 8th grader at Paden City High School in Wetzel County, put his sewing skills to good use to make masks during this critical time of need.

These types of life skills are great for demonstrating the importance of math, chemistry and communication in everyday activities — not to mention they can help improve focus and dexterity. They also equip your student with essential skills they can use later in life. The same lessons can be applied to doing simple chores around the house or managing a “piggy bank” budget. Keep sharing the ways you’re keeping your kids engaged at home!