Each school year, students is grades K-3 receive a series of Life Skills Lessons. Our goal is to make sure that anything we expect of our students is explicitly taught first. We should never expect students to be responsible for something they have not learned. Below is an overview of those lessons. Wording is adjusted as students get older. Feel free to continue the learning at home!
Life Skill 1: When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me, and say, “Yes.”
Children often hear their name when they are being corrected or have done something wrong. Thereby, they will sometimes ignore when someone calls their name. Our goal is to increase the amount of times they hear their name associated with something positive, like a compliment, and thereby, increase their ability to respond when their name is called.
Life Skill 2: When I give you an instruction (instructions), do them right away.
The goal is for the student to hear an instruction and do it the first time we ask. Many teachers also call this, “First Time Listening.” We readily praise children for following instructions the first time we ask.
Life Skill 3: When something is too hard, find a teacher and say, “help me, please.”
The goal is for students to have a plan when something is difficult. At times, we will encourage students to try it first, or try it again, before we help, but we always want them to have a plan if it is a struggle.
Life Skill 4: When you want something from a teacher or a friend, and they are doing something, say, “Excuse Me” to get their attention, and then wait to ask for you what you need by saying, “May I …?” Or if someone is in your way, say “Excuse me,” and then wait for their attention to ask, “May I please get by?”
The goal is for students to practice receiving attention in an appropriate manner and also to practice waiting for their turn.
Life Skill 5: When someone asks you to wait, say “Okay” and then use a waiting strategy to wait for what you need or want.
The goal is for students to practice waiting, which can be difficult. We go over different strategies they can use to wait their turn; i.e. playing an imagination game, looking at a book, exploring their environment, etc…
Life Skill 6: When someone gives you something, look at them and say, “Thank You.”
Life Skill 7: When someone comes over to you, look at them, and say, “Hello!”
Life Skill 8: If someone does not have any toys, share some of your toys with them.
Life Skill 9: If someone looks hurt or upset, ask them, “Are you okay?”
The goal of life skills 6-9 is to encourage students to think of other’s. It is difficult for them to think beyond themselves, especially first, so we work to increase this ability.