Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Personal and Social Skills

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Themes:

  • Personal Information
  • Safety
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Good Character Traits
  • Feelings & Emotions
  • Attitude & Perspective
  • Manners
  • Friendship

Personal Information ~ It’s important to teach a child key personal information, such as their full name, address and phone number. This includes being able to write them. To expand the lesson, they should also know the names of their parents and siblings.

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Safety ~ This theme works well for dealing with personal safety, such as dealing with bullies, strangers, or setting boundaries about our bodies. You’re Body Belongs To You by Cornelia Maude Spelman is an excellent book for that topic. Jungle Bullies by Steven Kroll is a good book to use when dealing with the subject of bullies. You can also discuss general home and community safety guidelines such as how to handle emergency situations, calling 911, fire safety, water safety, weather safety, playground safety, street and traffic safety, Internet safety, etc.

Related Worksheet: No Bullies Here

Personal Hygiene ~ This theme includes how to take care of our bodies, as well as doing things to fight against germs and diseases. Some key things to discuss are cleanliness skills such as proper hand washing, daily bathing, dental hygiene, hair hygiene, clothing hygiene, keeping nails trimmed and clean, no nail-biting, keeping room tidy and clean, getting regular/annual check-ups, bathroom etiquette, using tissue rather than hands or clothing to wipe nose, etc.

Recommended Books:

  • Any related How Do Dinosaurs…? book by Jane Yolen
  • Potty Animals: What To Know When You’ve Gotta Go! by Hope Vestergaard
  • Robin Hill School: Wash Your Hands! by Margaret McNamara
  • Does An Elephant Take A Bath? by Fred Ehrlich, M.D
  • Diggy Dan: A Room Cleaning Adventure by Daniel Kamish

Good Character Traits ~ See my lesson titled Pillar of Virtues on how we can shape and build our character with specific traits/virtues.

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Recommended Books:

  • Alex Did It! by Udo Weigelt
  • Learning To Get Along Series by Cheri J. Meiners

Feelings & Emotions ~ We experience many feelings and emotions as humans. Help a child understand how feelings and emotions are a natural part of who we are. The more we learn to understand and work through our feelings and emotions, the healthier people we will be. The key is to acknowledge and validate the feelings and emotions our children have and helping them express them in a natural, healthy way.

Recommended Books:

  • Feelings by Aliki
  • The Way I Feel series by Cornelia Maude Spelman
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • The Story of My Feelings by Laurie Berkner
  • Sometimes I Feel Like A Storm Cloud by Lezlie Evans
  • Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis

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Attitude & Perspective ~ Having the right attitude and perspective in life is important. It will help us stay focused on what’s truly important, do our best, achieve our goals and overcome challenges.

Recommended Books:

  • It’s Not Fair! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • One Of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm
  • It’s Not What You’ve Got by Wayne W. Dyer

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Manners ~ Manners are simple considerations. It’s like the old saying: treat others as you want to be treated. Help the child develop a habit of saying things like pleasethank you, ‘yes, please’ or ‘no, thank you’. Asking rather than demanding. Holding the door for someone else. Not talking with your mouth full. Table manners. Asking before taking. Putting things back where you found them. etc. Manners is about being courteous.

Recommended Books:

  • Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller
  • Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide To Manners by Margery Cuyler
  • Manners by Aliki

Friendship ~ By learning to get along with others, we are better able to make and keep friendships, and learn how to be a better friend too.

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