KinderLifeSkills Kindergarten Life Skills: A life skills curriculum for primary-aged students!
What is KinderLifeSkills?
KinderLifeSkills Curriculum is an engaging life skills curriculum with young learners in mind! KinderLifeSkills takes 75 common life skills and teaches them in a kid-friendly way for students. The students are able to grow and develop by listening to the oral stories. The oral stories contain a character, Levi the Life Skills Lion. Levi will take the students on adventures as they are introduced to the broad life skills context.
What is the structure of KinderLifeSkills?
KinderLifeSkills consists of 75 two-day lesson plans. Day one is an introduction of the skill and an oral story. Day two is a review of the skill and a hands-on approach to applying the skill. On the second day the students are also asked to deeply think and apply the skill to their own lives. On both days the students will interact with their peers through verbal discussions. The teacher will lead the initial conversation and then turn it over to the students for their opportunity to have collaborative peer discussion. KinderLifeSkills also includes a follow-up independent writing sheet for each skill. This is a way for the students to put the skill on paper and for parents to be connected with the skill of the day. There is a note at the bottom of each paper so parents can track the life skill and hopefully continue the discussion of that skill at home.
What is included in KinderLifeSkills?
- 150 life skill lessons (75 skills spanning over 2 days each) *day one is an oral story and day two is follow-up)
- 75 follow-up student sheets (2 differentiated versions included for non-writers and writers)
- lion "puppet"
- notebook labels
- journal covers
What does the RESEARCH say about KinderLifeSkills?
In the day and age of increased academic competence in children from preschool age through high school, there also seems to be a decrease in the emphasis on life skills. All too often we read article after article to support the fact that there is an extremely high need in providing students with the life skills they so desperately need to be successful in today’s society. Currently education identifies core curricula as language arts, math, science, and social studies. However, Dr. Spencer Kagan, a world renowned author and keynote speaker in the fields of both education and psychology, points out that life skills are just as important in an educational setting as the other core curricula and should be treated as such. Dr. Kagan (2003) points out that compared to previous generations, students today come to school lacking many basic life skills, including social, emotional, organizational and citizenship skills. Although there are many factors that have contributed to this decline, he points out that once these students grow up, they will need these skills in a work force that is now placing a greater emphasis on teamwork and interdependence. Dr. Kagan’s resolution to this crisis is for students to be exposed to a comprehensive life skills curriculum that will address these deficits.
What skills are included in KinderLifelSkills?
Story 1: Using a Napkin
Story 2: Tying Shoes
Story 3: Eating Utensil
Story 4: Eating with Hands
Story 5: Handwashing
Story 6: Bathroom Etiquette
Story 7: Toilets and Urinals
Story 8: Buttoning Pants
Story 9: Zipping
Story 10: Buckles and Tucking In Shirts
Story 11: Putting on Coat
Story 12: Blowing Nose
Story 13: Nose Picking
Story 14: Sneezing
Story 15: Licking
Story 16: Checking Face in Mirror
Story 17: Phone Number
Story 18: Address
Story 19: Opening Milk Carton
Story 20: Zipping Baggies
Story 21: Trying New Foods
Story 22: Greeting Guests
Story 23: Getting Someone's Attention
Story 24: Saying Excuse Me
Story 25: Please and Thank You
Story 26: Hand Sanitizer
Story 27: Caring for School Supplies
Story 28: Being Wasteful
Story 29: Picking Up
Story 30: Being a Helper
Story 31: Wiping Off Feet at the Door
Story 32: Knocking Off Snow at the Door
Story 33: Manners
Story 34: Lining Up Politely
Story 35: Doing the Right Thing
Story 36: Thinking of Others
Story 37: Soap Squirts Usage
Story 38: Power Towel Usage
Story 39: The Drinking Fountain
Story 40: Responsible for Items
Story 41: Happy for Others
Story 42: Introducing Oneself
Story 43: Being a Leader
Story 44: Actively Listening
Story 45: Chewing on Clothes
Story 46: Entering a Room
Story 47: Putting Things in a Folder
Story 48: Table Manners
Story 49: "Finders, Keepers"
Story 50: Responding to an Adult
Story 51: Latch a Bathroom Stall
Story 52: Pushing in Chairs
Story 53: Hugs and Kisses
Story 54: Ordering Lunch
Story 55: Responding to Grief
Story 56: Making a 911 Call
Story 57: Bicycle Safety
Story 58: Seat Belts
Story 59: Taking Others' Things
Story 60: Being Independent
Story 61: Stopping When Asked
Story 62: Stranger Safety
Story 63: Crossing a Street
Story 64: Knowing School Details
Story 65: Healthy Eating
Story 66: Hair, Teeth, Nails
Story 67: Limiting TV Time
Story 68: Protection From Illness
Story 69: Inside-Out Clothing
Story 70: Pulling Up Sleeves
Story 71: Rude, Mean, Bullies
Story 72: Stop, Drop, Roll
Story 73: Telling the Truth
Story 74: Building Trust
Story 75: Personal Information
*Please note that the stories may be used in any order you choose!
Ah, I love this but I teach PreK/First/Sped?
You will notice that this packet is marked as Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade! This is not something I do often or lightly! I find it very frustrating to purchase a packet and it not be grade level appropriate. I have included two differentiated versions to all practice sheets. These two versions work for non-writers (coloring) and writers (writing 3-4 simple sentences). Please note that NO student materials and NO teacher materials have the "KINDER" name on them so you do not have to worry about this! As teachers we are the only ones to ultimately make the decision as to know if it will work for our kids, if I can help with this decision please let me know! Please note that I have included alternate covers.
Is KinderLifeSkills a lot of prep?
This unit is a quick and simple prep! You will need to decide first if you choose to place all of the lessons on one single book ring or two separate book rings. Your next decision will be to print out the kindergarten specific covers or the generic grade covers. Print out your covers and then print out the 75 pages of lesson plan cards. Each page will have two days of lesson plans. Once the lesson cards are printed out, you will then trim around the edges and cut away the extra white paper. Next, you will need to hole punch each of the lesson cards. Place the cards onto the book ring(s) and you are good to go. You can place the student response sheets in a teacher master binder or make student journals. Laminating the lesson cards is optional. Printing the lesson cards on cardstock is recommended for durability.
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