Life Skills

  • Life Skills lessons can be carefully planned, or done in an impromptu fashion.  By keeping a few of these lessons in the back of one's mind, they can be a great way to fill in the gaps during transition times.  These lessons can be modeled by the teacher and/or rehearsed and modeled by the children themselves. 

    In the beginning of the year, it may be necessary to introduce and practice Life Skills within the classroom setting.  Lessons may include modeling "how to walk around a work rug" to "how to ask for help," these quick lessons - sometimes with words and sometimes without - give children tools to navigate their environment and social landscape.  Other lessons are more social and provide a way to establish a classroom management technique that is child driven rather than teacher driven.

    Always relevant to the classroom community, Life Skills lessons empower children to be responsible, self-aware, and independent.  These activities are about respecting children's needs and considering the whole classroom community as a collective unit.  Practicing modeled behaviors at neutral moments allows children to discover much-tools, and they are grateful to know what to do and say in frustrating or difficult circumstances.

    Through he structure of Life Skills, children are able to practice respectful communication and they are given tools to respond to others.  Life Skills lessons are an invaluable tool for the teacher in the way that they allow us to put a special energy on behavior we want to support.  The lessons serve our classrooms well because we can revise what lessons are given, as needed, in response to observing how the children interact with certain objects and/or others.