In order to continue being functional and to fine-tune living, there are lots of errands to be made such as doing the laundry, paying bills, eating, and cleaning. These errands may bring forth the notion of repetitiveness in adults, but for the younger ones especially the students, these tasks bring forth challenge.
Trying to manage money and household chores are significant lifelong skills that students need to master at a young age and before leaving home to stand on their own feet. Teaching them at an early age promotes independence, enhances self-esteem, and builds confidence. With the right way of teaching, these tiresome errands and chores can turn out to be valuable virtues in time.
Teachers should teach students the life skills that would go with and counterpart their age and the priorities that their families may have. These life skills are as follows:
Teaching students how to handle their allowance. The importance and value of money should be explained, but not exaggerated. Keeping records of expenses and trying to set the receipts aside are important. It is also important to teach and demonstrate how to inscribe a check, read a monthly credit or bank statement, and pay the bills. Let students keep a place to save a part of their allowance, or open a jumpstart bank account for those who are a little older.
Teach students how to carry out basic repairs, such as changing a busted light bulb or installing a faucet. Let them know the location of the fuse box and the main shutdown switches for the water and for the gas.
Preparing simple and nutritious meals is also of great significance. It requires certain know-how for basic slicing and dicing and eventually cooking. Starting off with eating healthy and nutritious meals as a youngster is carried out until adulthood and may reduce the risk of obesity and other diseases.
Let students know how to read a map, phone book, utility bill, and a catalog.
Show them how to properly do the laundry by sorting the whites from the colored, washing, drying, ironing and folding. These are basic housekeeping skills and even preschoolers can help sort the laundry.
Teach the students basic skills for sewing, but since this requires essential teacher supervision, these could be taught to students who are older and much able.
Let the students learn how to pack their own things. Let them practice packing their own things especially when they are off to travel or are going to outings.
Perform fire, tornado, earthquake, and storm drills. Teach the students the usage of a telephone during an emergency situation. Regularly put children in charge of maneuvers to keep them and test their readiness.
Provide basic first aid classes and basic life support classes. Younger students may start learning the Heimlich maneuver and the older more able students may learn CPR.
Try teaching students about life's reality at an early age and not just all about academics. These life skills bring into being more productive and responsible citizens. At the present time, because of the wavering economy, most adults are busy and stressed trying to juggle their work, responsibilities, and other external demands. By involving students at an early age with the know-how in life, they are trained to be more responsible in the future.