We teach all of our Life Skills lessons from a Biblical World View and our hope is that Gateway Pupils will own their faith when they leave the school.
Skills we need in everyday life that are not taught in the class or on the sports field.
There are many reasons why I believe Life-Skills is becoming a very important subject in our schools, but here are the three main ones.
There is a lack of ability to respond to instructions and a lack of respect for authority. Whether this is due to ECD centres or parenting we can’t be sure, but there is definitely a decrease in the skills base we were used to. The more sedentary life style and gadget play rather than outdoor play is in the mix there somewhere. Perhaps a contributing factor is the increase in absent parents, either physically due to the economic environment or emotionally due to the high tech life – style we live, where gadgets have replaced a lot of the interaction.
As a department at Gateway, we used to offer life-skills from grade 3 through 7, but more recently this has been extended to include grade 2s and now from the second term we include our grade 1s.
Grade 1 & 2 Life Skills:
Life Skills should be taught as early as possible because emotional Intelligence is so VERY important and can be taught to our littlies!!
Since introducing Life Skills to Grade 1 and 2 in 2015 we have seen that the “proof is in the pudding” J These are lessons for life!!!
Feed-back from parents and fellow teachers has been very positive.
Higher up the school Life Skills lessons address similar issues but in greater depth and with a view to preparing them to cope with the pressures that exist in High School.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all you might.Ecclesiastes 9:10