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KinderLifeSkills: Kindergarten Life Skills Curriculum | Homeschool Compatible |

Tara West
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PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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250 pages
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KinderLifeSkills Kindergarten Life Skills: A life skills curriculum for primary-aged students! This packet is designed for the kindergarten classroom and easily adapted to fit a guardian-led homeschool setting! If inquiring about this bundle for a homeschool setting, feel free to email me directly with any questions at tara@littlemindsatwork.org!

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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Total Pages
250 pages
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