The New Essentials

“Think about your own experience for a moment. When you got out of high school, did you know everything you needed in order to survive in life, let alone succeed? If you were lucky, you knew how to read and had some basic history and math skills, and if you were even luckier, you had good study habits that would serve you well in college.

But were you prepared for life? Most likely not, unless you had parents who did you that favor. In fact, many of us screwed up our early adult lives because we didn’t know those skills — and we’re paying the consequences now.”

Leo Babauta helps us to explore the essential curriculum in preparing children for life, beyond the rigours of reading, writing and arithmetic. In his post about 27 Non-School Skills Children Need, he highlights essential lessons that parents and caregivers can teach children in order to better prepare them for life after high school.

He bases his lessons around these six overarching themes:

  1. Financial
  2. Thinking
  3. Success
  4. Social
  5. Practical
  6. Happiness

What are your thoughts on these essentials lessons and how do you teach them to your children and/or students?

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~ by Omaira on January 3, 2013.

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