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 10 goals for use in the program:
- Street safety — child will act in a responsible and safe manner when out in the community.
- Stranger danger — child will appropriately respond to strangers (for example, say hello if passing on the street but not engage in conversation or provide personal information).
- 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.
- 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.
- Personal space and personal hygiene — child will keep hands and feet to self and engage in appropriate contact with others. Child will actively participate in self care, such as toileting, hand washing and so on.
- Communicative skills — child will communicate their needs either verbally or non-verbally.
- Fine/gross motor skills — child will participate in activities or movements that enhance basic life skills.
- Personal behaviour management — child will use calm down strategies such as deep breathing, stop and wait, and communication with staff.
Parents pick three 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.