What Are Some Basic Elements Included in a Life Skills Curriculum?

Basic elements in some life skills curricula include daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, employment and career management skills, drug resistance skills and others. Some curricula cater to specific segments of the population, such as high school students, those with learning challenges and those with special needs.

The Council for Exceptional Children includes in its list of daily living skills items such as food preparation, citizenship responsibility, managing personal finances, household management and personal needs. Education.com identifies these categories, and includes under the finances category counting money and making correct change, maintaining savings and checking accounts and paying taxes. It includes under the household category basic housekeeping tasks, arranging for home maintenance and planning and preparing meals.

Topics in the self determination and interpersonal skills curricula of some institutions include developing self-awareness and personal responsibility, developing good communication skills, building healthy relationships, learning about civil rights and responsibilities and fostering independence. Employment and career management skills may teach students how to find and keep a job, develop good work habits, enhance job competencies, write resumes and fill out job applications.

Drug resistance skills foster awareness of the risks and consequences of taking illegal substances and how the media influences the drug industry.