Life skills are the skill set that enable people to live happy and meaningful lives and reach their potential. People who have sufficient life skills flourish. In this context, a meaningful life is achieved through mental wellbeing, self-awareness, skills for appreciating humanity in others as well as working towards wellbeing in one's community.
Instilling life skills and wellbeing skills in our school supports mental wellbeing in children and youth now and in the future. Life skill education is based on research and methodology for positive pedagogy and positive education developed alongside positive psychology. It is important to teach research based life skills such as happiness skills, strength skills, resolution skills, emotional skills, skills for being present, interaction skills, relationship skills, self-management skills as well as empathy skills at school. This way children grow up to be whole, mentally strong and resilient young adults.
Whole School Approach to enhance self-esteem and build positive relationships
We follow a behaviour policy for the entire school as per this program that is based on a survey conducted among parents,students,teachers and all the stakeholders. The objective of the policy is to create a safe and sensitive learning environment through embedding policies, spaces and interactions that are positive, constructive, nurturing and collaborative for all – students and staff alike. Thereby shaping up a responsible citizen. As the policy statements are agreed and followed by all the stakeholders a conducive and congenial culture is set in KNMS.
The expected core values and golden rules are imbibed by all the members of the school community and reinforced in our life skill classes(from KG to class XII ) through a complementing mindfulness program.
A special program offered for classes I to XII to know the importance of having Emotional intelligence. This program facilitates us in managing difficult emotions like anger, social anxiety, jealousy ,possessiveness and loneliness. It cultivates the habit of self-compassion, boundary setting and communication, positive emotions and effective time management. The outcome of this integrated life skill program is to keep stress and anxiety at bay in this fast-paced life.
The art of practicing yoga helps in controlling an individual's mind, body and soul. It brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful body and mind. Yoga benefits people of all ages and is suitable for people at all walks of life. It all depends on the purpose of our practice, what we strive to achieve and what our ultimate goal is. For children and young adults, the benefits are numerous. They have just begun their life’s journey and Yoga is the ideal light to shine over their path.
By incorporating yoga in the school curriculum, some of the immediate benefits for the children are
It Enhances Physical Flexibility: Yoga promotes physical strength because children learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups, while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.
It Refines Balance and Coordination: Balance is a key element of yoga. Balancing poses were created to promote mental and physical poise, as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of trying the poses.
Develops Focus and Concentration: The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school and get better grades.
It Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence: Yoga helps to instil confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be patient, and work towards their goals. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.
It Strengthens the Mind-Body Connection: Yoga helps children achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit.
At KNMS, every student has a session of yoga once a week as part of their school hours. Also, each of them is encouraged to practice a few breathing exercises and asanas on a daily basis. The yoga practice compliments the school’s mindfulness program perfectly.