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Life Skills

Grades 8 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Fall Only Schedule
Dates: 2023-08-17 to 2023-12-14
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Thu: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Tuition: $185 / Semester
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Most of the homework will be project based. It will take around an hour and a half each week with some weeks requiring more, depending on the project, or the amount of time the student wants to invest. There may be an occasional video to watch or links with reading.
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About the Course
Life Skills

As we prepare students to take their next steps, one of the most important things we can give them are tools for managing day to day life. The goal of this class is to do that. We will cover a variety of topics including the following:

  • Home organization/decluttering

  • Home management

  • Cleaning approaches and techniques

  • Interior design

  • Hospitality

  • Manners/etiquette

  • Interpersonal skills/conflict resolution

  • Personality types

  • Finances/budgeting

  • Meal planning, basic cooking

  • Nutrition and wellness

  • Laundry maintenance

  • Careers or next steps

  • Personal habits: sleep, exercise, attire, grooming

  • Self management: goal setting, managing a schedule

  • Other topics as requested by parents/students

The class will include teaching and hands on projects. We will apply what we are learning as we go. This will be a fun and practical class. Students will end with a portfolio of sorts along with some usable tools for down the road. They will have a better sense for approaches that will work for their personality type and will be better prepared for what lies ahead. This class can be counted as an elective in the Core 40 Indiana requirements. It can be listed as Life Skills. This is a one semester class currently, but if there is an interest it could easily be expanded into a year course. We could spend more time on each topic and add a few more. If you have an interest in this please contact me.

The textbook is to be decided.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Business from Taylor University. She has taught at Cornerstone for nine years classes such as Speech, Debate, Literature, Life Skills, Career Planning, and Theater. Previously, Diane led Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the art of writing, speaking, and debate. She has judged and given feedback on hundreds of speeches and debates. She also served as Indiana State Representative for NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association) running competitive tournaments for a six-state region. She taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was the Internship Coordinator and taught students how to write resumes and interview. She is a certified administrator for the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality/career assessment. She loves helping students develop their giftings and develop skills for the future.

Diane homeschooled her five children who have graduated from high school and college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, designing homes, discussing good books, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

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