Life Skills in the Primary School Curriculum as a Basic Step

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Life Skills in the Primary School Curriculum as a Basic Step
Students benefit from learning important life skills. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Teaching life skills to primary school students prepares them for adulthood and the responsibilities they will have as they get older. Life skills allow students to have more successful experiences when it comes to things like building and maintaining relationships, money management, time management and staying organised. As a primary schoolteacher, include life skills education in your curriculum so that students benefit from academic and nonacademic lessons.

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Money Management Skills

Money management is a basic life skills step for students in primary school to learn. It is also a lesson that can be integrated with math class in terms of counting, sorting and basic arithmetic. Children should be aware of how to manage money when they start attending school, as money smarts will allow them to make informed decisions about how to spend money on things such as lunch and snacks. For older students who already know how to keep track of money, a basic step in money management may be a lesson about balancing a checkbook or understanding and calculating interest.

Organizational Skills

Organizational skills are life skills that apply directly to a student's academic -- and nonacademic -- success. They can be taught early to a crowd of kindergartners or revisited with students in fifth and sixth grade. The age of the students you are teaching will determine how you incorporate organizational life skills into the curriculum. For young kids, begin with the basic step of keeping their desks tidy. You can accomplish this by giving students five minutes at the beginning and end of class to straighten up and organise their desks. This will get them into the habit of having an uncluttered school work environment. With older kids in a primary school, teach them about the basics of organising homework assignments and how to keep their class notes in order.

Relationship Skills

Students in primary school have relationships with their classmates, friends, teachers, parents and other children and adults in their lives. Design your classroom curriculum to include basic issues, such as maintaining personal boundaries with others, communicating in a way that is appropriate and practicing proper etiquette when it comes to social interactions, like shaking hands.

Healthy Life Choices

Health is an important life skill that teachers should educate students about starting in primary school. Children must learn about such things as the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing their teeth, as well as how to make smart food decisions. It is never too early to teach kids about nutrition, as Casey Family Programs explains in their "Ready, Set, Fly!" parental curriculum. Basic steps include educating primary school students about the food pyramid, how to read nutrition labels, how to tell if something is not healthy and how to plan daily menus.

Transportation Skills

With school buses at your fingertips, it is easy to teach primary school students about transportation life skills. Kids who know how to use public transportation can get around efficiently and effectively, which can also be useful for emergency situations. Have students practice using the school bus, or teach them about public buses and how to use them. You can also discuss the way that taxis work.

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