The term ‘life skills’ refers to a group of soft skills or abilities that help an individual in living their life to the fullest and in dealing effectively with various challenges. Whether one is a student, working professional or homemaker, an understanding of these skills is imperative to live life with ease. There is no definite list of skills that are included under this category; it encompasses everything that is useful, from tying one’s shoelaces to critical thinking abilities. Parents and teachers can play a crucial role in shaping a child’s future by helping them in imbibing relevant life skills. At Mount Olympus, we understand the importance of life skills in the overall growth of students and ensure that each child is well equipped to meet the challenges of life. While this is an ongoing lifelong process, we have a wellness delegated a weekly class specifically for this purpose. Read on to find out more about some of the most important life skills and activities through which they can be implicitly taught to kids.
As social beings, we interact and communicate with different kinds of people on a daily basis. Interpersonal skills lay the foundation of our emotional bonds and relationships as they include direct verbal communication through language, non-verbal communication through body language as well as listening skills. At Mount Olympus, we have a counsellor, who provides individual guidance to all the students, listens to their problems and pushes them in the right direction. Our initiative, Club Samvedna is an attempt to inculcate basic moral and social values such as empathy, sharing, compassion, team spirit, kindness, etc. in our students. We organise several group games and team building activities aimed at making our students leaders of tomorrow.
Also known as ‘academic skills’, these are indispensable to success in school. We continue to learn new things throughout our lives but during school years, academics are paramount. Students who can procure, process, analyse and memorise information readily tend to get better grades and perform well academically. We organise special storytelling workshops for our students to enhance their learning skills through tales. Activities such as spin a yarn, memory games, word chain, etc. help in boosting memory and improving concentration. Like everything else in life, study skills also improve with time and continuous practice. The most important thing is to understand what is being taught and to not rely on rote learning. In today’s technologically advanced generation, many students depend on the internet, a tool that can easily be misused. We hold webinars on pertinent topics such as cyber-crime, digital detoxification, cyber bullying etc. to save them from falling prey to internet hazards.
It is said that “Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem-solving.” Problems can come at any time and conflict resolution strategies can help an individual in overcoming every difficulty in life. It is important to have the right approach to problem-solving; every problem should be seen as a stepping stone to success and an essential part of this journey called life. For effective problem solving, it is necessary to understand the problem clearly, its causes, possible solutions and their successful execution. In order to keep our students motivated, a weekly quiz based on life skills is held during the assembly which gives them the perfect opportunity to learn and grow as individuals.
Critical Thinking Skills
Logical thinking and reasoning form the core of critical thinking skills. This skill helps an individual in making informed decisions about important matters and choosing the right path objectively. A person who thinks critically cannot be duped easily and is likely to achieve great heights in his/her career. Critical thinking evolves with time but the seeds have to be planted at an early age. Students must be encouraged to think for themselves and not rely on others to make important decisions. They should be able to do research on their own, gather necessary facts and come to the relevant conclusions. Club Samvedna acts as the perfect working ground for Mount Olympians, making them independent thinkers, responsible leaders, compassionate beings and caring individuals.