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LIVING SKILLS SUBJECTS AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS FOR AGES 9 - 11

Kids are often ill equipped to assume the responsibilities that are required of them. Failure to perform adequately creates frustrations and disappointments for kids and the people around them.

The purpose of Living Skills for ages 9 – 11 is to teach kids the information and skills they need in order to fulfill expectations. These expectations include caring for themselves and keeping themselves safe. The expectations also include following through with responsibilities to others.

It is recommended that parents enhance their kids’ natural development and growth by teaching them age-appropriate Living Skills that can help them become responsible and meet expectations.

Here are the LIVING SKILLS SUBJECTS AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS for AGES 9 – 11 presented in developmental categories and sequencing.

PERSONAL CARE

GOOD GROOMING – Educational goals should be to show how to clean and groom one’s body from head to toe.

GETTING DRESSED – Educational goals should be to teach how to select clothing that is appropriate for the occasion, weather conditions, and one’s own physical characteristics.

HAVING GOOD POSTURE – Educational goals should be to describe good posture and show kids how to stand, sit, and move so they can look and feel their best.

SLEEPING AND RESTING – Educational goals should be to explain the importance of sleep and teach kids how to get a good night’s sleep.

COOKING FOR YOURSELF – Educational goals should be to show how to plan and prepare simple and nutritious meals and snacks.

BEING PREPARED – Educational goals should be to teach what needs to be done to adequately prepare for any emergency.

BEING CAREFUL – Educational goals should be to teach guidelines for keeping safe at home, school, and in the community.

HANDLING EMERGENCIES – Educational goals should be to teach proper procedures for handling minor emergencies and proper responses for dealing with major emergencies.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

HANDLING BOREDOM – Educational goals should be to teach how to deal with boredom in creative and productive ways.

WATCHING TV INTELLIGENTLY – Educational goals should be to teach how to watch TV intelligently and responsiblyl

USING THE INTERNET – Educational goals should be to teach the negative and positive effects of the Internet and recommend ways to use it appropriately.

PLAYING ELECTRONIC GAMES – Educational goals should be to teach the negative and positive effects of electronic games and recommend ways to use them appropriately.

DOING HOMEWORK AND SCHOOLWORK – Educational goals should be to explain the rationale behind homework and schoolwork and teach how to do both more effectively.

GETTING GOOD GRADES – Educational goals should be to explain the appropriate use of tests and grades and teach how to derive maximum benefits from both.

CLEANING YOUR ROOM – Educational goals should be to use a step-by-step approach to teach how to organize personal belongings and clean a bedroom.

CARING FOR YOUR CLOTHES – Educational goals should be to teach kids the basics of caring for and managing their wardrobe.

FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES

CONSERVING RESOURCES – Educational goals should be to explain why conserving energy and other resources is necessary and teach kids how to conserve.

DOING YARDWORK – Educational goals should be to teach about general yard maintenance and explaining how to do specific yard care tasks.

DOING HOUSEWORK – Educational goals should be to teach about the general upkeep of indoor spaces and explain how to do specific cleaning tasks.

CARING FOR PETS – Educational goals should be to explain how to choose the right pet and teach the appropriate care of specific household pets.

BABYSITTING – Educational goals should be to explain how to care for and entertain younger children.

EARNING AN ALLOWANCE – Educational goals should be to teach how to contribute productively to the family and how to earn, collect, and utilize an allowance appropriately.

HELPING WITH FAMILY FINANCES – Educational goals should be to teach kids how they can have a positive instead of negative impact on the family finances and encourage them to do so.

BEING A LATCHKEY KID – Educational goals should be to teach kids who are required to be on their own how to keep themselves safe and engaged in independent, productive activities.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

TABLE ETIQUETTE – Educational goals should be to teach table manners and encourage the implementation of them.

CONVERSATIONAL ETIQUETTE – Educational goals should be to teach how to be gracious when talking with others and encourage good conversational manners.

TELEPHONE ETIQUETTE – Educational goals should be to explain the correct way to answer the telephone, take messages, and handle calls from strangers.

WRITING ETIQUETTE – Educational goals should be to teach how to write appropriate and effective communications.

PUBLIC ETIQUETTE – Educational goals should be to teach appropriate behavior for public places and at public events.

ENTERTAINING – Educational goals should be to teach how to be respectful and gracious to guests who visit.

VISITING – Educational goals should be to teach how to be kind and considerate when visiting others.

HANDLING PEER GROUPS – Educational goals should be to discuss the difference between peer groups that have a negative influence and groups that have a positive influence and teach how to select and become a member of an acceptable peer group.

FOLLOWING RULES – Educational goals should be to explain why rules and regulations are necessary and encourage kids to understand, respect, and abide by the rules they are expected to follow.

COPING SKILLS – LEVEL ONE

NIGHTMARES – Educational goals should be to teach kids about good and bad dreams and explain how to handle nightmares.

ILLNESS – Educational goals should be to teach how to prevent illness and what kids can do to help facilitate their recovery when they are sick.

DANGER – Educational goals should be to teach kids how to protect themselves from dangerous people, objects, places, and situations.

TRAUMA – Educational goals should be to define trauma and its causes and teach kids how to handle it in constructive ways.

TIME MANAGEMENT – Educational goals should be to teach kids how to organize their time in order to accomplish the things they need and want to do.

COPING SKILLS – LEVEL TWO

MONEY MANAGEMENT – Educational goals should be to provide a variety of ways kids can earn money and teach them how to handle money appropriately.

CONSUMERISM – Educational goals should be to teach kids how to be intelligent consumers.

SCHOOL LAW – Educational goals should be to explain the laws that relate to kids while they are at school.

COMMUNITY LAW – Educational goals should be to explain the laws that relate to the communities in which kids live.

THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM – Educational goals should be to explain how the juvenile justice system works.