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Lifeskills Update

The Lifeskills program has been a part of LP for many years – we encourage children to use their Lifeskills every day, whether it’s by making friends with a new student (friendship) or working with other students to pick up trash (cooperation and responsibility) or helping a teacher carry a towering load of books (respect and initiative). There are a total of 16 Lifeskills (in addition to those noted above – integrity, effort, flexibility, curiosity, patience, organization, common sense, problem solving, perseverance, sense of humor and caring). Students are recognized for their efforts with Panther Proud Lifeskill Awards. 

LifeSkills at School


The goals of this program are to improve social relationships, foster mutual cooperation in solving problems, develop a stronger sense of school and community, foster cross-cultural sensitivity and respect for life, develop a sense of self and empowerment to make healthy life choices, and overall, to prepare children to live healthier, happier lives.

We teach life skills in the classroom; you can teach life skills at home.

Respect is to
show consideration or regard for others.
Respect looks like paying attention and listening quietly when someone else is talking.
Respect sounds like "I want to hear what he has to say," or "She helps the students in class."
Respect feels like honor or esteem.

Caring is to feel and show concern for others, to be thoughtful and considerate.
Caring looks like helping others, being nice, being thoughtful.
Caring sounds like "Can I do that for you?" or "I'm sad that you got hurt."
Caring feels like being supported or that people care about you.

Common Sense
Common sense is to use good judgment and clear thinking, to act wisely.
Common sense looks like not riding a bike in front of a bus or car.
Common sense sounds like "I'm not going to do anything that is not healthy for my body."
Common sense feels like I can make good decisions for myself.

Cooperation is to work together toward a common goal or purpose; teamwork.
Cooperation looks like everyone in a group doing work.
Cooperation sounds like "I'll do that part," or "I'll go along with your idea."
Cooperation feels like "What a team we have!", having fun, more energy to do the job.

Curiosity is to have a desire to learn and know about one's world, to be inquiring.
Curiosity looks like reading a magazine, visiting new places, taking apart a toy.
Curiosity sounds like "I wonder why bats only fly at night?" or "Why does it snow?"
Curiosity feels like thinking or concentrating.

Effort is to try your hardest, to strive or to practice.
looks like assignments that are done with your personal best.
sounds like "Joe, you did a great job!" or "Your paper is complete, comprehensive and correct."
Effort feels like confidence or pride.

Flexibility is the ability to alter plans when necessary or to be adaptable.
Flexibility looks like a willingness to do a chore at a different time because of visitors.
Flexibility sounds like "That's OK, I'll do the dishes before I go with my friends."
feels like being agreeable.

Friendship is to make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.
Friendship looks like hiking together or going to the movies together.
Friendship sounds like "I have a special gift for you," or "You are very important."
Friendship feels like caring about someone or understanding.

Integrity is to be honest and sincere and of sound moral principle; honor; trustworthy.
Integrity looks like standing up for a belief even if others disagree.
Integrity sounds like, "I believe in you," and "It is the right thing to do."
Integrity feels like supporting or being courageous.
4th graders say...

Organization is to plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way, to keep things in an orderly, ready , usable way.
Organization looks like a binder with papers in order behind dividers or a bedroom picked up.
Organization sounds like "I like the way you turned in your report," or "Wow! You can see the titles of all the books on your bookshelf."
Organization feels like being calm or peaceful.

Patience is to wait calmly for someone or something; diligence, tolerance.
Patience looks like sitting or standing without pushing or shoving.
Patience sounds like "It's almost my turn," or "It's OK, I can wait until later."
Patience feels like being calm or peaceful.

Perseverance is to continue in spite of difficulties; to have patience.
Perseverance looks like practicing a new skill, or pushing harder to do something, like running.
Perseverance sounds like "I can almost do it," or "We're almost at the top of the mountain."
Perseverance feels like success or confidence.

Problem Solving
Problem solving is to seek solutions in difficult situations and everyday problems; to discover.
Problem solving looks like figuring out a task or putting an object together.
Problem solving sounds like "I get it now," or "It fits."
Problem solving feels interesting, frustrating, or sometimes challenging.

Responsibility is to respond when appropriate or to be accountable for your actions; your duty.
Responsibility looks like doing homework or picking up personal items.
Responsibility sounds like "It's time to wash the dishes," or "Thanks for coming home on time."
Responsibility feels like being caught up, reliable or trustworthy.

Sense of Humor
Sense of humor is to laugh and be playful without hurting others; to be in good spirit.
Sense of humor looks like laughing with others, smiling, or showing spirit.
Sense of humor sounds like "I can tell you're in a really good mood," or "That was really funny when you wrapped up that empty box as a present."
Sense of humor feels like friendship, joy.

Initiative is to do something because it needs to be done; energy.
Initiative looks like picking up litter or finding the materials for the group project.
Initiative sounds like "I'll volunteer to find out how we get there."
Initiative feels like giving support or helping.

LifeSkills at Home

At Los Perales we are reviewing and practicing the many life skills we have learned. To help your child remember and continue to practice these life skills we are providing you with some sugge

At Los Perales we are reviewing and practicing the many life skills we have learned. To help your child remember and continue to practice these life skills we are providing you with some suggested activities to try at home. You may want to try one activity each day or every other day. Spending time with your child can help you and your family to learn about life skills and one another together.

Have a "Dress Up Dinner." Have all family members dress up, formally set the table, and everyone practice good manners. You can discuss how this dinner was different and what you liked about it.

Make a list of three things you are responsible for at home. Celebrate at the end of the week when you have completed your job. You may want to make a list of family jobs as well and complete them together, also.

Read a book or watch a television show and identify what characters are using and not using their life skill of cooperation (and how they are using it). You can also do this for all other life skills as well.

Problem Solving
To help deal with problems around the house and within the family, make a "Problem Solving Box." Family members may write their problems down and put them into a box. One day or night a week, meet as a family and read the problems. Collaboratively, come up with solutions as a family, allowing every person to share their ideas and thoughts.

Play Charades with your family. One person acts out a person, place or thing without talking. The observers have to try to figure out what he/she is mimicking. Once the role is figured out, switch roles. At the end of the game discuss how each person had to use perseverance when playing the game.

Discuss as a family the difference between what is "right" and "wrong." Discuss things that are "right" to do and things that are "wrong" to do. Talk about times when it is easy to make good choices and times when it is difficult. How can your family help you to use integrity? Brainstorm a list of strategies.

Choose one thing in your house or with your family that needs to be organized or done. As a family, choose to do the thing and make it a "family" job. How did it feel that as a family you call took the initiative to get the thing done?

Make a list or book of family friends. Who do you, as a family, consider "Family Friends?" Why are these people important to you? What do they do to "show" you they are friends? Make a list of these people for emergency situations.

Play a board game with your family. This game should be one where players need to take turns. Tell family members that when you play a game with other people you need to "wait" your turn and be patient. Playing games can help children to practice patience as well as enhance relationships among family members.

Make community service a family routine. Once a month volunteer to help others. You may suggest your child "adopt" an elderly person or needy person. The child can mow their lawn, clean their yard or go to the store for them. These acts can help children see the benefit caring has on others and oneself.

Identify times when the family had to change plans. Discuss why you had to change plans and how it made you feel. What helped you to feel better about the change? How did you have to compromise? One aspect of flexibility is compromise. In a family, compromise is a necessary part of getting along.

To help your family remain organized, post a list or board titled things that need to be done." Each morning anyone in the family can add an item on the board. This way the board can serve as a reminder for the individual as well as the rest of the family.

Together, look through the newspaper and identify people showing effort. Discuss how these people are making an effort and what, if any, are the results of their effort. Share times when you had to use the extra effort. What were your results?