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Life Skills

LifeSkills are the foundation on which we build a community of learners at Camino Pablo School. These are posted in each classroom and taught throughout the curriculum on an ongoing basis.



To feel and show concern for others.

  • Working cooperatively to plan activities.
  • Help one another in times of need.
  • Offer support for each other.
  • Show an interest in the lives of others.
  • Share materials. Offer help with everyday tasks.
  • Take care of a pet.
  • Talk and listen to friends.
  • Donate to worthy causes.

A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world

  • Ask questions to increase knowledge.
  • Find more than one solution for a problem.
  • Design new and innovative projects.
  • Experience new activities even if friends show no interest.
  • Read biographies of scientists, inventors, statesmen, composers and artists.

To be willing to alter plans when necessary

  • Exude a positive attitude about unexpected schedule changes, or when a special activity is cancelled or postponed.
  • Work with a variety of classmates.
  • Offer alternative ideas during discussions.
  • Solve a problem using a new and creative technique.
  • Work with other when a best friend is occupied.
  • Play a different position on a team to fill in a gap.

To do something because it needs to be done

  • Offer to show a new student around the school.
  • Initiate a project without prompting or nagging.
  • Stand up for students being picked on or put down.
  • Contribute suggestions on small group projects.
  • Volunteer to do tasks that are important to be done but uninteresting to do.

To act according to a sense of what is right and wrong

  • Keep promises made to ourselves and others.
  • Tell the truth even when it gets us into trouble.
  • Try to locate the owners of found objects.
  • Follow through on projects to completion.
  • Resist peer pressure and speak and act from their own values and beliefs.
  • Do what they say they will.
  • Earn the money they spend and only spend what they earn.
  • Respect others even if they disagree with what they say.
  • Take charge of their own learning and commit themselves to excellence.

To keep at it

  • Stick with a project form beginning to end.
  • Read a book from cover to cover.
  • Invest time in developing friendships.
  • Practice computation facts until mastered.
  • Work to reach personal, educational and social goals.
  • Invest practice time to learn skills needed to succeed in games and sports.
  • If they want to quit, analyze why, then stick with it until they’ve gleaned value from the experience.

To have consideration of others

  • Listen when others are speaking.
  • Keep hands, feet and objects to oneself.
  • Strive to protect the natural environment.
  • Use materials and money wisely.
  • Learn to speak their native language correctly and are open to learning other languages.
  • Turn in papers that are neat, on time, and accurate.
  • Wear school spirit clothing.
Sense of Humor:

To laugh and be playful without harming others

  • Enjoy each other’s company.
  • Share jokes and riddles from books they are reading.
  • Laugh at themselves whey do or say something funny.
  • Laugh at themselves when they make a mistake.
  • Understand what is appropriate humor for class and school.
  • Chuckle, when appropriate, as they work with a partner, club or small group.
Common Sense:

To use good judgment

  • Schedule time to complete assignments by the due date.
  • Ask for advice or help when stuck.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • Learn from previous lessons.
  • Share personal experiences to help classmates solve problems.

To work together toward a common goal or purpose

  • Assist classmates learning and reviewing lessons.
  • Work together regardless of social, emotional and learning differences.
  • Organize and use materials cooperatively.
  • Work in harmony with classmates and teachers.
  • Mediate differences.
  • Participate in play, sports, student council.

To do your best

  • Do more than is required.
  • Work with determination and fortitude on each task.
  • Work as long as it takes to complete a task.
  • Plan ahead for all materials necessary.
  • Offer to assist others when help is needed.
  • Redo work that is less that their personal best.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Meet deadlines in a timely fashion.

To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring

  • Greet people pleasantly.
  • Welcome new neighbors and classmates and make them feel included.
  • Ignore rumors and seek out the truth.
  • Listen when a friend is in need.
  • Share materials, toys, and belongings.
  • Understand when friends make mistakes.
  • Include everyone in activities; avoid cliques.
  • Ignore or confront classmates who spread hurtful rumors. (Be an “Upstander” not a “Bystander”)

To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way

  • Maintain clutter-free desks.
  • Show up for special activities according to schedule.
  • Remember library books, tennis shoes, and instruments on scheduled days.
  • Find work when needed.
  • Turn in work on or before due date.

To wait calmly for someone or something

  • Take adequate time to become proficient at a skill.
  • Wait for others to finish talking before they speak.
  • Stay in line.
  • Wait to use materials that someone else is using.
  • Share by taking turns.
  • Hold onto their ideas until asked to share.

To create solutions in difficult situations and problems

  • Look for misplaced and lost belongings.
  • Save money until there is enough to buy what we want without going into debt.
  • Brainstorm solutions with family and friends.
  • Ask advice from someone who has had a similar problem.
  • Use “I messages” to resolve differences.
  • Ask for advice from a friend, teacher, or parent.
  • Move desk so they can fully see the teacher.

To respond when appropriate, to be accountable for your actions

  • Seek lifelong interests and hobbies.
  • Commit to improving their skill, knowledge, and behavior.
  • Return borrowed items to people or to their agreed upon places.
  • Replace torn or lost library books.
  • Accept responsibility for their negative actions.
  • Stand up for others who have been rudely or unfairly treated.