Kids Love Life Skills!
I grew up reading a lot of Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie, and one theme that comes up again and again in these stories is how vital it is that each child develops a good character. Good character was thought to be the determining factor in leading a good and happy life. Times have changed, and our vernacular has changed, but what leads to a good and happy life hasn’t. Good character is as important now as it ever has been, we just use different words these days.
The problem with developing “character” is that it is vague and undefined. How do you explain good character to a kid? You break it down into different skills. What the nineteenth century called “character” we call grit, personal responsibility, and soft skills. We also call it determination, perseverance, honesty, and having good manners. We call it a lot of things actually, because there are many skills and characteristics that go into developing good character. And they make up the different skills that are taught at JMA as part of The Kids Love Life Skills curriculum that is embedded into all of the kid’s karate classes at JMA.
And while all of that is fabulous, that is not the best part. Kids Love Life Skills is super fun. Frankie loves it. The skills are presented in a way that is concrete and obtainable, and the kids get badges! The badges are awesome. Frankie loves getting a new badge. The skills that go into having good character is so often invisible to kids. Kids Love Life Skills makes the invisible visible, and it makes the abstract concrete, and the badges give the kids a sense of accomplishment and pride.
It is an amazing program, and my daughter is proof of that.