New class for Fall 2019 - Adulting skills 202!
Our goal is simple: To equip middle and high school students with life skills that will help them to be happy and successful in life, and improve their acadamic performance.
While some places use the term 'Life Skills' to refer to basic skills for Special Needs children, this does not apply to our curriculum. Our program is intended for all children.
Adulting Skills 101:
Course consists of 10 classes, each lasting for 2 hrs. During Fall and Spring, classes meet one day a week in the evening or weekend. In the Summer class meets everyday for 2 weeks.
Adulting Skills 202: (New for Fall 2019!!)
Ongoing class that meets once a month for 2 hrs
Both classes are Power point based lecture classes with plenty of interactivity and hands on activities.
We cover a wide range of life skills like critical thinking, emotional intelligence, financial literacy, career options and household maintenance (more detailed list under the curriculum tab). Studies have shown that skills like Emotional Intelligence are very important to a person's success in life, and also improve academic performance. Schools often do not have time to teach these skills because they have so many pressures to teach their state mandated curriculum. We thus feel like we are supplementing their teaching.
Our classes are FUN - students want to come! We use a heavily discussion based (Socratic) instruction / guided exploration format that requires and rewards student participation. Every student will feel like his or her opinion is heard and valued. In addition, kids can see immediately how our subjects could be useful to them on a practical basis in their lives, which gives them an incentive to attend.
Students who wish to attend refresher training can attend future classes at no charge if space is available.
Who would benefit:
We believe all middle and high school age children benefit from our curriculum, regardless of their socioeconomic status. This includes children of very successful parents, many of whom know that their success had very little to do with the academic education that they received in school. While they obviously didn't need our program to become successful, I think they will agree that as long as we are sending kids to school there are some important things we can be teaching and discussing with them that may help them avoid pitfalls that trap even the wealthiest kids - for example, bad decisions involving personal relationships, bad habits, and so on.
You have created a really wonderful program in your Life Skills Academy! I can tell it is filed with your care and wisdom. A. and others are so lucky that you felt the need to share with others. I read every packet and talked every day with A., who loved your class and you! I'm going to tell people about you and LSA and wish you the very best! Sincerely, D. and A."
In the News:
Check out the article that Community Impact - McKinney wrote on us in their March 2019 issue!
For your enjoyment:
Here is an entertaining music video about life skills that are not being taught in schools, sung by pop group BoyInaBand. We just happen to touch on most of the topics he describes :-)
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