Functional Homework

Functional Homework is activities that encourage students to increase their independence and necessary life skills.

Home Chores: 

  • Set & Clear the table for a meal
  • Do the dishes (wash & dry)
  • Put clean dishes away
  • Sweep the floor with a broom, use a dustpan
  • Empty the garbage, replace the trash bag
  • Wipe down the counters with a clean sponge/towel
  • Mop the floor
  • Clean the windows/mirrors
  • Vacuum a rug
  • Separate the laundry into lights & darks
  • Do a load of laundry (if you are unsure how to run the washing machine, ask an adult to help)
  • Make your bed
  • Fold your clean clothes
  • Organize your clothing

Functional Math: 

  • Open your wallet and take out everything inside.   Recycle or shred the receipts you do not need.   Count the money.  How much is there? If you do not have a wallet, ask an adult to help you purchase one.
  • Pretend you have $20 for dinner.   Find a take-out menu.  What could you order for your family (at least 4 people).  Is $20 enough?
  • Look through a grocery store flyer.   What is on sale?   If you had $15 for sandwich meat, bread, and a snack…could you buy it?
  • If you have a bank account, ask an adult to help you look at your statement.   Do you know how to withdraw money?   How many banks are close to your house?
  • Go grocery shopping.  Find the yogurt section.  What is the cheapest?   Which is the most expensive?
  • Find a box of pasta and a jar of sauce.  How much money would you need to buy both?   You can round up to the next dollar.

Functional Living: 

  • You have $50 to spend at   You need to buy work appropriate clothes.  For most job sites that means khaki pants and a button down shirt or a shirt with a collar.   What is the least amount of money you can spend to get an outfit?
  • Plan a meal for your family.  Make sure you include a protein (like meat),  vegetable, fruit, grain and dairy.   Can you make the meal healthier?

Leisure Skills:

* Plan a game night for your family.   Set up the game for everyone, explain the directions and help run the game

  •  Read a book of your choosing.   Read for at least 15 minutes.  Can you make a connection to the text?