Life Skills

Life Skills and Life Long Guidelines

(Susan Kovalik & Associates)

  • ORGANIZATION my ability to plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way
  • FLEXIBILITY my ability to alter plans when necessary.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING when I seek solutions in difficult situations and every day problems.
  • EFFORT when I need to try my hardest.
  • PERSEVERANCE my ability to continue on spite of difficulties.
  • RESPONSIBILITY so I can respond when appropriate, and be accountable for my actions.
  • INTEGRITY when I conduct myself according to a sense of what's right and wrong.
  • COMMON SENSE when I use good judgment.
  • COOPERATION when I work with others toward a common goal
  • PATIENCE when I need to wait calmly for someone or something.
  • SENSE OF HUMOR so I can laugh and be playful without hurting others.
  • CARING so I can feel concern for others.
  • CURIOSITY my desire to learn about the world around me.
  • COURAGE when I act according to my beliefs.
  • FRIENDSHIP so I can make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.
  • INITIATIVE so I can do something because it needs to be done.
  • PRIDE the satisfaction I get from doing my personal best.
  • RESOURCEFULNESS to meet challenges and
    opportunities in an innovative & creative way.
  • JOIE de VIVRE! my ability to enjoy each and every day to its fullest.
  • Lifelong Guildlines

For any meaningful relationship, the following guidelines are needed for that relationship to flourish:

  • Truthfulness, Trustworthiness, Active Listening, Absence of Threat/Nurturing Environment and Personal Best
Personal Best is further defined by the Lifeskills listed above.

The emphasis is consistent and year-long. Rather than a specific curricular focus for a short period of time, these skills are processed and applied to all we do. It builds a supportive environment where students feel safe and willing to share and take risks academically. Building self-confidence and courage at this age is one of our primary goals. Nature Academy students take a risk in joining the program by doing something different from their peers. It takes courage on their part and support from all of us to nurture that decision into the strength it shows later in life. We are very proud of the accomplishments our students have made.