Our goals are simple: take the non-academic life skills learned over the summer and practice, practice, practice… But do so in a way that the children won’t know they’re doing work! We have developed the following goals for use in the program, with short examples that describe the skill, but are not limited to only this example:
- Money skills — child will pay for items at the grocery store and ensure correct change is given.
- Meal preparation and cleanup — child will participate in healthy meal preparation as well as cleaning up.
- Using public transit — child will look at bus schedules and determine appropriate routes, have appropriate payment and participate in getting to the end destination.
- Social skills — child will work on interpersonal skills and building friendships through games, activities, and peer-to-peer interactions.
- Street safety/stranger danger — child will act in a responsible and safe manner when out in the community.
- Turn taking — child will participate in activities of a social nature in which they have to take turns, such as board games, meal prep and so on.
- Personal space and behaviour management — child will keep hands and feet to self and engage in appropriate contact with others and use effective calm down strategies.
- Communicative skills — child will communicate their needs either verbally or non-verbally.
- Time management — child will use various strategies to their time, for example, getting ready for out trips in the right amount of time, discussing whether there is time for an activity before pick up.
Parents pick one main goal and two supporting goals for their child to work on over the summer, and staff track how often children work on the goals. At the end of the summer, the worksheet that tracked the skills goes home so that parents can share the information with the child’s school in September. All of our activities are mapped to the goals above, so we are sure children have multiple opportunities to work on their goals.