5 Important Life Skills for School Curriculum

life skills - edbuild Converge

Life is a continuous process of learning and each day everyone is prone to learning something different.

Everyone has learned some essential skills to help them to navigate through life. Some learned them late while some were early.

These life skills are essential and schools should cultivate them in their curriculum to train children.

These life skills work alongside development and can help a child succeed soon.

These skills are sometimes described as “learning to learn” skills because they are developed through deliberate daily activities.

In this post, exploration of 5 essential life skills will be made likewise recommendation of some simple way to grow and nurture these skills.

Focus and self-control

An inclusion of schedules, habits, routines makes students flourish. It not only creates a feeling of security but also aids children to comprehend self-control and focus. Talk to the children about what to expect each day.

Organize the classroom in a way that that the children know where to put their school bags, books, coats, lunch, and personal belongings.

Our world is filled with noise and so many distractions, so calm tasks like reading a book, savoring auditory tasks, or concluding a puzzle together can help children decelerate and improve focus.


Relating to things from another point of view doesn’t come naturally or easily to most children, the good thing is it can be developed.

Explore characters’ emotions and impulses in the books they read, e.g., “why would the dog and the rabbit not help the little white duck.”

Create reflections regarding the emotions, e.g., “David’s face looked downcasted that he didn’t get a turn. I wonder what we can do for him to feel better.”


Building healthy social-emotional skills from everyday personal interactions is highly needed. This includes the capabilities to communicate and understand others.

The pace at which children may develop these skills may alter yet children need to comprehend how to “read” social cues and listen carefully.

This life skill entails the children considering what they want to communicate and be taught the most effective way to share their minds.

Teachers will have to spend time every day listening and responding to the children without distractions.

Critical thinking

Every day adults are required to analyze information and make choices about myriad things in the complex world we live in.

One of the best to harness this life skill is through enriching, open-ended play. Make sure the children have time to play alone or with friends in the classroom.

This play might include pulling on roles (pretending to be pilots or superheroes), playing board games, building structures, or playing outdoor games, such as tag or hide-and-go-seek.

Through play, children devise theories, try out their ideas, take risks, make mistakes, and find solutions—all these are essential elements in building critical thinking.

Taking on challenges

One of the pivotal attributes a human can develop in life is resilience which includes the ableness to take on challenges, jump back from failure, and never giving up.

Creating a surrounding with an adequate amount of structure, enough to make them feel safe will aid children in learning how to take on challenges.

Encourage children to attempt fresh things and permit sensible risk, such as climbing a tree if there is one in the school compound.

Give on fresh challenges when the children seem ready. Teachers should focus more on effort than achievement.


Don’t miss important articles during the week. Subscribe to edbuild daily digest for updates