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Life Skills

Life Skills are the skills we all believe our children should learn to become successfully functioning adults.

The Life Skills curriculum is divided into the following areas:

  • Financial Literacy

  • Skills for Life/Character Education

Financial Literacy 
Curriculum Standards 

The National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education (created by the Jump$start Coalition) were designed to guide classroom education, extra-curricular learning and the development of financial education programs, materials and tools, but also, can be easily and effectively used to guide informal education outside the classroom and at home; postsecondary and adult education; professional development for teachers, counselors and others; and other initiatives. They are organized into six sections that address:

  1. Spending and Saving: Applying strategies to monitor income and expenses, plan for spending and save for future goals.

  2. Credit and Debt: Developing strategies to control and manage credit and debt.

  3. Employment and Income: Using a career plan to develop personal income potential.

  4. Investing: Implementing a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal financial goals.

  5. Risk Management and Insurance: Applying appropriate and cost-effective risk management strategies.

  6. Financial Decision Making: Applying reliable information and systematic decision making to personal financial decisions.

Skills for Life/Character Education
Curriculum Standards

We have adopted the Overcoming Obstacles Curriculum, which centers around the CASEL Core SEL Competencies:

Self Awareness

  • The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

    • Identifying emotions • Accurate self-perception • Recognizing strengths • Self-confidence • Self-efficacy

Self Management

  • The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

    • Impulse control • Stress management • Self-discipline • Self-motivation • Goal-setting • Organizational skills

Social Awareness

  • The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

    • Perspective-taking • Empathy • Appreciating diversity • Respect for others

Relationship Skills

  • The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

    • Communication • Social engagement • Relationship-building • Teamwork

Responsible Decision Making

  • The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

    • Identifying problems • Analyzing situations • Solving problems • Evaluating • Reflecting • Ethical responsibility