Slowing Down the Day: The Importance of Teaching Life Skills

As a teacher of a very busy classroom, sometimes I catch myself forgetting to slow down. I get super wrapped up in time, rushing through the schedule to make sure we cover everything that day, that I zip a student’s coat before giving him a chance to do it first, or I jump at the opportunity to prompt a student to wash her hands for snack time before allowing her to use her schedule and follow the routine I know she knows. I sometimes lose sight of the greater picture of my job. A few weeks ago… this quote popped up on my Instagram feed and reminded me to sloooooow down.

There is so much truth in this quote. Our students are never going to learn a skill that we continue to do for them because we are in a hurry to get started with morning work. So lately, I’ve been paying extra attention to ensure I break down all these important daily skills that I take for granted. This quote sparked an idea…. I love using task analysis data sheets and picture sequences to break down and teach students important life skills such as getting dressed, washing hands, etc. AND my students respond SO WELL to adapted books – why not combine the two. Also, one of my IG teacher friends, Aly from Just a Primary Girl, suggested I make some adapted Social Stories and that idea turned into this idea. I LOVE COLLABORATION!!!!  Introducing…..
Here are a few pictures I may or may not have taken just to show off my gold stapler. Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!?! 🙂
Color and Printer Friendly take home version

Recalling comprehension strips

Books Included in Life Skills Set One:
Life Skills Set One


  1. Nicole Leger on February 20, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Love this idea! These are perfect for my students!

  2. Kelly M. on February 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    This blog post is the perfect resource to share with my instructional assistants about the importance of teaching our students these independent skills. THANK YOU!

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