Tuesday, 15 November 2011


According to the definition given by the World Health Organization of Life skills is "the ability for positive and adaptive behavior that enables a person to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life." Teaching the Life skills is not so tedious job, however, it can be taught using fun lessons. The teachings of those lessons which are much more enjoyable are more likely to be retained, for the reason that people keep remembering the nice moments and events of life.
School Skills
During a brainstorming session good study habits can be highlighted by creating posters. In order to do this, for instance, divide students into groups and assign every group a poster, with themes such as "Excellent Study Habits" and "Techniques to Make Learning a Fun Activity." Talk over with the students what kind of words and pictures could be shown on the posters and then have them show the posters to the rest of the class. Hang the posters in the classroom, it will be beneficial for the students as they can have glance over it whenever they can and could learn the good skills and good habits.
Home Skills
Doing a few of necessary household chores what the children can do and self-care are the life skills that can be taught in various ways that make them appear a fun activity. Hygiene routines can be turned as games, greeting everyone in the morning, such as singing the alphabet song every time a child washes his hands after using the bathroom and before eating, brushing teeth before having the bath and check if your teeth seems same as is shown in the toothpaste advertisements, or counting the number of clothes you can fold and put away in five minutes. You should suggest ways to enjoy a personal care or cleaning routine, such as singing a poem while watering the plants in the balcony or the lawn, singing while washing the dishes or dancing to music while cleaning and arranging a room. With this kind of encouragement children won’t feel bored in keeping themselves hygienic.
Work skills also keep importance as other skills. Children must know the value of hard work and its benefits. So the teacher and parents should highlight the outcomes of productivity and a potent work ethic by having students play a skit comparing two different work styles. Have one man sit and act lazy and apathetic at a desk while another man works attentively and communicates with other workers in a friendly manner. Show the lazy worker clambering to pass the day whereas the hard worker enjoys everything he is getting from his work. The children will enjoy creating workplace characters and they will also understand the values of a strong work ethic when you tell them the benefits for those who are fully engaged in their work.
Money Skills
Money is also an important thing for the present day society, so children must be good in the money management skills. It’s not hard to develop these skills. Money skills can be learned through interactional and fun lessons. Board games, such as "Life", “Business”, “Trade”, “Money Word Games”, “Change Maker”, “Counting coins” and "Monopoly," are enjoyable means for children to learn and to deal with money and transactions. Another significant area to dig into is establishing a budget. For this, you can distribute catalogs of popular products like Ben 10, Disney, Ra.One, Hannah Montana Forever, Dora the Explorer, Barbie, Winnie the Pooh, Scooby Doo!, Maped, Tintin, Tweety, etc., and have the students act as if they have a definite amount of money to spend in their funds. Let them choose the products based on that fund they do have. It will be fun for the children and this way they will learn the money management.

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